Making your thesis available online for everybody, or looking up other students' theses? You can do that in the Student Repository of Leiden University Libraries.
The Student Repository forms an independent part of the Leiden Repository and offers an online archive that makes Leiden University student thesis easily searchable and publicly available (if desired).
Not all programmes participate in this initiative. Please enquire at your own programme.
The Student Repository is intended to serve multiple purposes:
It brings together theses within one specific location.
As a student, you can browse its contents when preparing your own thesis, familiarizing yourself with subjects, requirements and lay-out.
If your thesis is publicly available, you can ‘showcase’ your own academic work after graduating, for instance when applying for a job, grant or another degree programme.
Public availability of research results is beneficial to the academic process in general.
If your programme participates in the Student Repository, you are expected to submit your thesis into the repository after having gained official approval by your supervisor(s). This upload will then be reviewed by a staff member (e.g. programme secretary). At some programmes, also the submission is done by the programme secretary. After being checked thoroughly, the thesis description will become visible within the Repository. The thesis itself is only made publicly available if you, your supervisor and the external client (if applicable) have given their consent. The consent form should be provided by your programme.
Before getting started, please notice the following:
Only PDF-files are accepted. How to make a pdf is answered in the FAQ.
Please upload the final and approved version of your thesis.
If your thesis becomes publicly available, please be careful including personal information (address, phone number) in the file!
Perhaps our FAQ provides the answer.
For questions about the system, or when you have problems logging in or uploading, you can go to the circulation desk or use Ask a librarian. For questions concerning the procedure, or when you would like to make changes to the description of your own thesis, we refer you to your Programme.
For thesis submission an instruction manual is available.
Before adding an academic publication to the Repository, every submitter is asked to accept the License to Deposit. This states all regulations pertaining to the ways in which a publication may be used by the library. The license is available in pdf.