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Composition of University Library Employee Council

The Employee Council represents the staff of the University Library and holds regular consultative meetings with management. The proper functioning of the organisation is the main objective here. To the best of our ability, we speak up for the interests and well-being of our staff members and seek to promote openness, transparency and mutual consultation within the University Library. 

What can the Employee Council do?

The Employee Council raises relevant issues in areas such as working conditions, health and safety, training and organisation.

The Employee Council can issue solicited and unsolicited recommendations to management. Management is obliged to respond to these recommendations, and also to provide information about the policies it is pursuing. The Employee Council sometimes has the right to approve new policies.

If you have any questions or if there is anything that you think we should be aware of, you can always contact one of the members of the council or send an email to dienstraad@library.leidenuniv.nl. You could also drop in during one of our consultation hours, the dates of which are published on the intranet of the UBL.

The Employee Council functions in accordance with the university’s Employee Council Regulations.


As of 1 September 2023, the members are:

Name Role
Anne van Engelen President
Ben Companjen Secratary
Mirjam Heijnekamp Vice president
Erik-Jan Dros  Vice secratary
Martine van Rhijn-Verhoef  General member
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