Borrowing, renewing and reserving

As a student or staff member at NHL Stenden, you can borrow books for free from the libraries on the Dutch campuses. You can use your student or staff card for this. You can renew and reserve books at the library desk or online. Having trouble doing it yourself? Then please contact us.

Borrowing and renewing

  • You may have a maximum of 12 books in your possession.
  • You can only renew a book if it has not been reserved. You can only renew online (a maximum of ten times) if you are on time and have no outstanding fines.
  • To renew online, go to the catalogue then to the "borrower information" tab. Log in with your NHL Stenden card number and password (first three letters of your surname). After logging in, you can select and renew your books under the "loans" tab.

Access the catalogue


In the library on Leeuwarden, Emmen and Terschelling, you can use the self-service desk to borrow and return books by yourself.

  • You will find the self-service desk near the entrance to the library.
  • First scan your library card then use the device to register the materials you want to borrow. You can print a list of what you have borrowed and when it is due back. The user instructions are displayed on the machine.
  • You cannot borrow all material from the self-service desk. DVDs and CDs with a secured cover must be unlocked by a library staff member. You will also need to go to the library desk for anything from the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) collection.

Loan periods

  • White: 3 weeks
  • Purple: 1 week
  • Blue: same day return
  • Red: only to be used in the library; these books cannot be borrowed

You will receive an email reminder one day before the due date.

Fines for overdue books

Books with a blue label: € 5 per book per day
Other books: € 0.20 per book per day
If you have more than € 10 in unpaid fines, we will block your library card. You will be able to borrow books again once you have paid the fine and returned the book. If you lose a book, we will send you an invoice for the purchase of a new copy.


You can reserve a book if the copy you want to borrow is out on loan. If there are multiple copies of the title, we advise you to reserve all the copies that are out on loan, as we do not know which one will be returned first.

You will receive an email when your reserved book is available. You then have seven days to pick up the reserved title.

More information

Opening hours of library locations 

Library regulations (PDF)