Membership info

As a member of the Rotterdamsch Leeskabinet, you are entitled to borrow books and to use the reading room in which reference works, periodicals, and journals are available. As a member, you support the upkeep of a unique, historical—though up-to-date— Rotterdam-based book collection. This cultural heritage deserves your attention as well.

You will also receive – some six times a year – invitations for the Leeskabinet lectures. The subjects of these lectures are literature, history, art, and culture.

Members of the Leeskabinet can peruse and borrow books and journals from the University Library of Erasmus University free of charge. Books which are not available here can be requested via the interlibrary loan (ILL) service. A handling fee will be charged in that case.

Membership fees are as follows:  

Types of membership

Costs per year

Membership - standard


Membership (single): valid for one person; you may borrow 5 books at a time

€  35.00

Membership (extended): valid for yourself and members of your household; you may borrow max. 12 books at a time 

€  40.00

EUR staff and EUR students


Eur staff and EUR students: To borrow books use your student card or library card of the University Library



Students at other Dutch universities


Students secondary education: secondary school, MBO, HBO and WO students on presentation of valid student card (Max. 12 books at the time).


€  10.00

The following fee adaptations are applicable to memberships starting after January in the current calendar year:

  • Membership starts in the months of January through April: fee according to list
  • Membership starts in the months of May through September: 50% discount in the first year.
  • Membership starts in October, November or December: fee according to list, but membership is valid till the 31st of December of the next year.