How do I borrow a book?

Last Updated: 31 Jan 2024     Views: 2279

Start searching for the book in sEURch. First, type a search term, title or author in the search bar. If you’re off campus a log in screen may appear.  

Log in as follows:

  • EUR student/staff? Click on Login with ERNA account;
  • Select Erasmus University Rotterdam (first time only);
  • Enter your ERNA-ID (username and password);
  • Click on Yes, share this data (first time only);
  • Click on Log in;
  • If you’re not an EUR student or staff member, select Users without ERNA account: login with library account;
  • Log in with your user name (=library card number) and library password.

The search result appears. If the library has a copy, it will be at the top of the list. Click on the title of the book and scroll to View Worldwide Editions and Formats for a complete overview of all available editions. If the book is a printed copy, you will see the signature and location of the book in the Access Options box, for example:

University Library Closed Stacks (for loan) Available
ISS The Hague Closed Stacks (for loan) - Available
Rotterdamsch Leeskabinet Closed Stacks (for loan) - Available​

To borrow a book, do the following:

  • Click on the orange Place hold button;
  • With I Need, Any Copy is selected by default – the system then chooses which copy is lent to you;
  • Choose the pick-up location of your choice at Pick up options;
  • Click Submit.

Pick up:

If you chose University Library – Self Service UB-RLK as your pick-up location in sEURch, your book is available on the pick-up shelf of the University Library in West 0. If you chose ISS The Hague – Self Service ISS, your book is available in the pick-up carousel in the ISS Library. Take the book from the pick-up shelf or –carousel and check it out yourself using your (digital) student card or library card.  

If the book is in the study area of the library, you will see a number like this in sEURch:

  • University Library Open Collection 70.03 Gher
  • ISS The Hague Open Stacks (for loan) 67571.

You can borrow it online, but also search the book with this code in one of the study areas. You may take the book and check it out yourself. 

Requested books will be available for collection for seven days. Check the opening times before you collect your book(s).


Is the book available online, you can click to the full text of the book via the button View eBook at Access online. Then click on the link to the database or publisher offering the e-book (eg JSTOR, EBSCOhost, Doab, Ebook Library, SpringerLink). Other members can get access with a EUR-account in the library.