Library services

Due to special measures for energy saving, the services are temporarily changed. Please have a look at the opening hours page for more information.

Quiet study space

The ETF Leuven library is an academic library, intended for study and research. Silence, order and a neat environment are maintained at all times. On the entrance level of the library you will find many tables to use as a study space. There are plugs for you laptop and there is WiFi throughout the library. For your convenience, cubbyholes and a coat rack are stationed at the entrance to leave your coats and bags. Baskets are available.

Research tables

In the center room of the library, research tables are available for ETF Leuven MA and PhD students writing their thesis or dissertation and LCCS research guests, upon request. More information on research tables can be found on the Virtual Campus. Applications happen through e-mail

Library catalog

You can log in to your library account using your username and password. You can also request a new password.
After logging in, you can:

  • check your item due dates or renewals left
  • place holds
  • change your password
  • create, manage and share lists
  • make purchase suggestions
  • view your search, checkout and holds history
  • set your preferences for automatic e-mail notices
  • choose your privacy settings and consents
  • view your charges

and use all other catalog features, which can also be used without signing in.

Physical collection

Library users gain access to the growing collection of about 100.000 physical materials, primarily in Dutch and English, with many resources available in German and French.
Find out about navigating our collection.


You can find an overview of the library's online resources on the library website. We combine academic peer-reviewed Open Access resources that are available to all users, with subscription-based resources. The subscription-based resources are available to all library members on the library computer, and on the ETF library network. Other log-in options (such as off campus) are reserved for ETF Leuven staff and students through Virtual Campus.

Required Reading

The library provides a copy of all required reading, either digital, or physical. These can be found on the required reading shelf in the main reading room, Virtual Campus, EBSCO or ProQuest Ebook Central.


Holds can be placed only on the items that are located in the closed stacks or are currently checked out. Holds are normally processed twice a week, except during holidays and exam periods. An automatic email confirmation will be sent when the requested item is available for pick-up. Each requested item needs to be either checked out or placed on the book cart to be returned.
Library patrons can put in a maximum of 10 hold requests.
Open University and non-residential doctoral students are allowed to place holds on “on-the-shelf-items” in the main library.
See also the FAQs.

Advance item requests

Open University students can place a hold on all items in the library, to be picked up after email confirmation during the Open University study days. You can find more information about this service on Virtual Campus.

Print/scan/copy facilities

Book scanner

Not all books can be checked out (indicated with "not for loan" or "available for reference" in the catalog). The library has a book scanner that all library members can use to scan parts of books at no cost (in observation of copyright law).


ETF students and staff can use the copier in the room next to the dining hall to print, copy or scan. You can access the multifunctional with your student/staff card. Charges are invoiced periodically by the bookkeeping. Fees:

  • black/white: €0,07
  • color: €0,32
  • scans: free

Scan requests

Non-residential ETF staff, Open University and PhD students and external visitors can request a scan from all items in the library using the "article request" button. There is a limit of 5 open scan requests at a time per user. See the FAQs for more information.

  • PhD and OU students: €2,00 / request
  • Alumni and visitors: €5,00 / request

Return books by mail

ETF Library patrons are allowed to send back their books to the library at their own risk and responsibility, and at their own cost. Students using this service need to be aware that they have to send back the book in time in order not to acquire any fines or fees. (The date the book arrives in the library office acts as the check-in date.)

Book drop

You can hand in your books in the book drop when the library is closed. You can find the book drop at the library entrance.


Check out our Frequently Asked Questions page. If you have any further question or concern, please do not hesitate to contact the library office.
We hope that our library members can use the library with ease and will enjoy their theological study and research. Please do reach out to us, we do our best to provide all of our members with the best possible service.


Updated 06/02/23

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