Bielefeld University Library

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2017

15 Mar 2017

Citavi campus site license renewed for another 2 years

The University Library again offers to all university members as part of a campus site license agreement a free Citavi license for the next two years. The license agreement is valid until 31.03.2019. If you already use Citavi, the new license key will be sent automatically to your university emal account within two days.

You do not use Citavi yet? You are invited to obtain the software and license key free of charge by visiting our Citavi website.

Copy the license email from Citavi and insert it on the Citavi homepage into "Lizenzdaten", "Lizenzdaten eingeben".

As of now, 5,800 members of Bielefeld University (5,000 students and 800 employees) are using Citavi.

2016

07 Dec 2016

Changes as of 1 January 2017: Shutdown of Stud.IP and the library scanning service

From 1 January 2017, new legal conditions will come into force concerning copyrighted works for teaching and research. No copyrighted written contents are allowed on the digital learning platforms without prior consent of the copyright owner. This affects teaching staff, researchers and students.

Please note that the library scanning service for digital key texts will be discontinued on 31 December. The library’s eLearning system Stud.IP deployed until summer semester 2016 will also be discontinued on 31 December 2016.
Please download any materials you need in time. As of 01.01.2017, there is no longer any access to Stud.IP!

More information (in German):
Aktuelle Informationen zum Urheberrechtsgesetz § 52a und den Auswirkungen für die Universität Bielefeld

13 Jan 2016

Change of printing and copying services in the Library and Hochschulrechenzentrum

Since 14.12.2015 the print, copy and scanning services offered in the University of Bielefeld are now provided by a new operating company. This affects all multifunction copiers in the Library and in the foyer of the Hochschulrechenzentrum. As a result all units have been replaced and a new printing software has been installed on the PC workstations in the Library and the pool-computers of the Hochschulrechenzentrum.

The Copyshop on the gallery is closed since 14.12.2015. If you have problems with the multifunction copiers, please contact the service number listed on the unit as before.

Printing and copying services with final processing (eg thesis) for students which were previously provided by the Copyshop are now offered by the Zentrale Vervielfältigungsstelle of the University of Bielefeld, located in T0-103.

Photocopying and Scanning

Printing in the Library

2015

01 Dec 2015

Christmas Break Information

In line with the Christmas closure of Bielefeld University the Library will also be closed. The Library (all departmental libraries, Reference Department, Central Lending Department) will be open until 17.30 on Wednesday, 23. December 2015.

The Library will reopen at 8.00 on Monday, 4. January 2016 as usual.

Rules for Borrowing Non-Circulating Items During Christmas Break

To ensure that researchers, examinees students and students are able to work appropriate to their needs as far as possible, the library provides the option to borrow non-circulating (not loanable) items as a special exception:

  • Lecturers, teaching staff and other staff members of the university can borrow non-circulating library items for the holiday as usual.
  • As from 15. December 2015 exceptional loan conditions will apply to examinees, doctoral candidates and library users who have "Tischapparate" at their disposal. Please contact your departmental library for details.
  • Bielefeld University students who are not examinees may borrow three library items maximum. This rule is valid only on 23. December 2015. These items must be returned on 5. January 2016 at the latest.
  • These exceptions do not apply to members of the public or other universities.

We wish all our customers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

15 Jul 2015

Circulation Cutback on Tuesday, 21 July, 06.00 - 13.00

A software update of our circulation system which is urgently necessary leads to cutbacks, related to our online circulation services on Tuesday, 21 July , 06.00 - 13.00. The library will be open as usual.

Not affected by the cutbacks

  • borrowing and returning of items at the circulation desks

Services affected

  • renewing or reserving items, borrowing items anew
  • borrowing and returning of items at the self-service units
  • checking the loan status in the library catalogue
  • access to "My Loan Account"
  • personal login to the Metasearch
  • interlibrary loan orders for books and journal articles
  • payment of fees and charges
07 Jan 2015

University Library With New Service Concept - Important Changes as From 2015

At the beginning of the new year the University Library puts changes in service to practice. The background to this are personnel cutbacks in the library as well as structural alterations in the course of the modernization of the main university building (UHG).

Key facts in a nutshell:

Opening hours of the library remain unchanged.

Monday through Friday from 18.00 onwards as well as Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, borrowing and return of items is possible at self-service units only.

Please note: when using a self-service unit, your library card is needed and a valid password for your loan account. For return of items at a self-service unit your library card is required.

Collection and borrowing of reserved items is possible only Monday to Friday 8.00 - 18.00.

To ensure the outstanding performance of the library as before, a new service concept has been developed. In doing so the opening hours of the library will remain unchanged.

What does the new service concept include?

From Monday through Friday 8.00 - 18.00 in the Central Lending Department, Reference Department and in departmental libraries library staff is present. For the first time we offer consistent and partly extended service hours throughout the library, in the departmental libraries and in the Central Lending Department at first for a test.

Please note: To borrow at the self-checkout terminals, you will need your library card and a valid password for your loan account

Monday through Friday from 18.00 onwards and on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, a security firm is present, Library staff is not on site. Borrowing and return of items is possible exclusively at self-service.
After evaluation of the experiences made in the library located in building X in regard to the use of a security firm during evening hours and on weekends, approved modalities will now be applied to the main university building.

Almost all services are at disposal during the entire opening hours:
Borrowing and return of items at self-service units, use of books and journals onsite, Internet research; use of electronic resources; workplaces in reading rooms and discussion rooms; copying, printing and scanning.

In the evening from 18.00 onwards, on weekends and public holidays the following is no longer possible:
borrowing, return or use of special collections (e.g. non-circulating collection, audiovisual media, literature in special location); collection and borrowing of reserved items. These services are available from Monday through Friday, 8.00 - 18.00.

A virtual tour has been designed as a guideline for users unfamiliar with the library.
For distance learning students we will provide handouts with detailed information .

The new service concept is effective as from 5. January 2015.

2014

03 Dec 2014

Christmas Break Information

In line with the Christmas closure of Bielefeld University the Library will also be closed
The Library (all departmental libraries, Refernce Department, Central Lending Department) will be open until 17.30 on Tue., 23. December.

The copiers located in the departmental libraries in area C and U of the Main University Building and some copiers in Building X are at your disposal until 17.00, all other copiers will already be switched off at 16.00 for technical reasons.

The Library will reopen at 8.00 on Mon., 5. January as usual.

Exceptional Rules for Non-Circulating Books

The library wants to support and accommodate researchers, examinees students and students as much as possible. For this reason we agreed on exceptional rules for borrowing non-circulating books during the Christmas break. Details of the agreement are as follows:

  • Lecturers, teaching staff and other staff members of the university can borrow non-circulating library items for the holiday as usual.
  • As from 15. Dec. 2014 exceptional loan conditions will apply to examinees, doctoral candidates and library users who have "Tischapparate" at their disposal. Please contact your departmental library for details.
  • Bielefeld University students who are not examinees may borrow three library items maximum. This rule is valid only on 23. Dec. 2014. The items must be returned on 6. Jan. 2014 at the latest.
  • These exceptions do not apply to members of the public or other universities.

We wish all our customers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

25 Nov 2014

Interlibrary Loan Service Down From 28.11 to 1.12.2014

The Hochschulbibliothekszentrum Köln will be performing extensive maintenance of its interlibrary loan system. For this reason the interlibrary loan of books and articles will be unavailable from 28.11. at 15.00 to presumably 1.12. at 7.00.

Thank you for your patience.

19 Nov 2014

Library Entrance D1 in the Main University Building Replaces the Previous Library Entrance C1 - New Service Desk in Area C1

Due to the start of the first construction phase of the modernization of the Main University Building, the entrance to the Library and the loan desk have been moved from C1 to the adjacent area D1.

As of now the library entrance C1 is closed.

Instead, please use the entrance D1 on the gallery in the Main University Building as main entrance to the departmental libraries Linguistics and Literary Studies (area C0 and C1), Public Health (area D1) and Biology, Chemistry, Physics, General Natural Sciences, Nutrition Science (all located in area E1). This entrance is open Monday to Friday from 8.00 to 22.00, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 9.00 to 19.00.

Because of the move, audio books, DVDs and CD-ROMs from the holdings of the departmental library Linguistics and Literary Studies will be fully available again in the middle of next week.

The library entrance and the loan desk in area E1 are open Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 16.00 - as usual.

In accordance with the service desk in area T1 (Educational Science, Psychology, Sport Science and Music) a service desk in area C1 (Linguistics and Literary Studies) is opened, answering questions regarding borrowing or shelving. Opening hours of the service desk will be based on actual needs, as a maximum opening times from Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 16.00 are intended.

18 Nov 2014

Relocation of Library Lockers within the Main University Building

Due to the start of the first construction phase of the modernization of the Main University Building (UHG) lockers located in section S1, T1 and C1 will be moved within the UHG. New locations of these lockers are the library entrances in section D1, U1 and V1.

Therefore affected lockers are out of order from 19.11. - 20.11.2014.

Thank you for your understanding. Please use other lockers instead.

18 Nov 2014

Relocation of Library Lockers within the Main University Building

Due to the start of the first construction phase of the modernization of the Main University Building (UHG) lockers located in section S1, T1 and C1 will be moved within the UHG. New locations of these lockers are the library entrances in section D1, U1 and V1.

Therefore affected lockers are out of order from 19.11. - 20.11.2014.

Thank you for your understanding. Please use other lockers instead.

04 Jun 2014

Overview of Services Offered by the Departmental Libraries in Building X

History, Sociology, Philosophy, Theology, Art, Earth Sciences, Gender Studies

Opening hours for departmental libraries in building X

  • Mon - Fri 8.00 - 1.00
  • Sat, Sun and public holidays 9.00 - 22.00

Opening hours Mon - Fri 8.00 - 1.00 from 18.00 onwards as well as Sat, Sun and public holidays from 9.00 - 22.00 are ensured by the security firm. Library staff is not present during these hours.

Services offered during the entire opening hours in building X

  • use of books and journals on site
  • use of digital library services (e.g. e-books, e-journals, search query in catalogues and databases)
  • use of workplaces in the reading room and in discussion rooms
  • borrowing and return of items (Mon - Fri from 18.00 onwards as well as Sat, Sun and public holidays from 9.00 - 22.00 at self-service units only)
  • renewal of items (except special collections and reservations)
  • internet access (after login with HRZ-ID)
  • photocopying, printing and scanning

Services offered Monday to Friday from 8.00 to 18.00 in building X

  • assistance by library staff
  • collection and borrowing of reserved items
  • borrowing, return and review of special collections (e.g. non-circulationg collection, audio-visual media, litterature from special location)

Following services are offered solely by the Central Lending Department in the main university building (area A1, entrance via gallery)

  • collection and return of interlibrary loan (media and articles)
  • issuing of library cards
  • cash payment of fees
04 Jun 2014

Departmental Libraries in Building X open since 28 May

After moving to building X the departmental libraries History, Sociology, Philosophy, Theology, Art, Earth Sciences and Gender Studies are open again since 28 May 2014. The departmental library Music has moved inside the main university building (UHG) to area T1. This library reopened as well.

In building X you can expect a modern designed library area with excellent studying and working conditions. The entrance is located on the first floor, area F. More than 600,000 books and other media are mainly presented on open shelves.

About 350 workplaces equipped with power sockets and individual lighting are provided and beyond that with interesting views of the green environment and the campus.

The discussion rooms, with glass facades built around atriums, are bright and inviting. Equipped with modern presentation techniques they offer an ideal realm for group work and collaborative studying.

The entire library area appears bright and pleasant by the dominating colours anthracite grey, white and green.

The departmental libraries in building X are open Monday to Friday from 8.00 to 1.00, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 9.00 to 22.00.

2013

28 Oct 2013

Circulation Cutback Friday 1 November until Sunday 3 November

A software update of our circulation system which is urgently necessary leads to cutbacks, related to our online circulation services this coming weekend Fri 1 Nov. until Sun 3 Nov. 2013. The library will be open as usual.

"My Loan Account" and the interlibrary loan will not be accessible via internet.

Not affected by the cutbacks

  • borrowing and returning of items in C1 and U1

Services affected

  • renewing, reserving or borrowing items anew
  • interlibrary loan orders for books and journal articles
  • checking the loan status in the library catalogue
  • access to "My Loan Account"
  • authentication for internet access at the PCs in the library
  • personal login to the Metasearch
  • borrowing and returning of items at the self-service unit
15 Apr 2013

Katalog.plus! takes the place of the library catalogue

As of now the library's new search engine - Katalog.plus! - takes the place of the previous library catalogue. Katalog.plus! contains:

  • library catalogue with more than 2 million books, journals, e-books, DVDs …
  • EBSCO Discovery Service (Artikel und mehr) with more than 100 million journal articles
  • search engine BASE with more than 40 million academic and freely accessible web documents

Search Katalog.plus!

When doing a search the results list first of all will give you hits from the library catalogue. You can quickly switch to hits from "Artikel und mehr" and "Web-Dokumente (BASE)" via navigation.

The display of the results list and the detailed search hits has been completely revised, standardised and completed with new features. The scope on the right offers sorting by various criteria and allows to refine the result. In addition subject databases matching your subject area are provided for a deep search query.

The option "Export" enables you to save specific hits - no matter what scope - to a directory and next to a reference management programme.

The results page now provides a simplified access to online documents (e-books and e-journals) and properly formatted citation information has been integrated.

Currently Katalog.plus! is available in German only but an English version is under progress.

We appreciate your feedback, please use our blog or our mailbox.

23 Jan 2013

New platform for the digital collections of the University Library

The digital collections of the University Library are now available on a new platform:

Digital Collections

Here you will find adjacent to digitized prints and autographs from the library's collection the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft funded project "Retrospektive Digitalsisierung wissenschaftlicher Rezensionsorgane und Literaturzeitschriften des 18. und 19. Jahrhunderts aus dem deutschen Sprachraum" (Journals of the German Enlightenment) which is at the moment in the third project stage (2011 - 2013). Currently journals are still processed and completed. The import of the journals dealt with in the first two project stages is not yet completely finished thus in some cases you will be forwarded to the previous platform. In the next months this will gradually change.

The redesign of the platform improved the ease of use considerably. For instance via table of contents volumes and articles of journals or books are at disposal in pdf format for download, pages can be zoomed in and out or rotated as well and a lot more. Changes, enhancements and adaptions will be made in the next months but nevertheless we hope that you already will enjoy browsing and your feedback will be very much appreciated.

23 Jan 2013

New Databases

The following three databases are now accessible on the campus. These databases had been provided as a test access at the end of last year and are newly licensed by the Library:

Klapp-Online (Bibliographie der französischen Literaturwissenschaft)

Conference Proceedings Citation Index (via Web of Science)

International Medieval Bibliography

7 Jan 2013

Increase in postal charges

A new year and alterd fees: the Library had to increase postal charges from 55 cent to 58 cent analog to the increased charges of the Deutsche Post.

When do postal charges occur? The Library demands fees for a postal notification on reservations. We inform you when requested library items are returned or supplied via interlibrary loan that can be collected.

You can easily avoid postal charges by entering your email address in your loan account. After that you receive cost free notifications by email. Linked to the entry of your email address is the service that reminds you by email before items become overdue.

2012

14 Dec 2012

Christmas Break Information

In line with the closure of the university during this year's Christmas break, the library will also be closed. The library (departmental libraries, Reference Department, Central Lending Department) will be open until Friday, 21 December 2012, 17.30. and will reopen on Wednesday, 02 January 2013, 08.00.

Exceptional Rules for Non-Circulating Books

The library wants to support and accommodate researchers, students and examinees as much as possible. For this reason we agreed on exceptional rules for borrowing non-circulating books during the Christmas break. Details of the agreement are as follows:

  • Lecturers, teaching staff and other staff members of the university can borrow non-circulating library items for the holiday as usual.
  • As from Dec. 13, exceptional loan conditions will apply to examinees, doctoral candidates and library users who have "Tischapparate" at their disposal. Please contact your departmental library for details.
  • Bielefeld University students who are not examinees may borrow three library items maximum. This rule is valid only on Dec. 21, 2012. The items must be returned on Jan. 3, 2012 at the latest.
  • These exceptions do not apply to members of the public or other universities.
18 Sep 2012

The Library as a Study Environment

The library offers various options for individual or collaborative studying. The intense use of Lernort.plus! for instance shows the increasing importance of the library as a study environment for students.

Thus all informations on study environments in the library are summarised under a special website. The link is directly accessible via our homepage by using the left-hand navigation bar ("Services").

While planning future workspaces in the library the focus lies on additional group study zones to be established until 2013. To find out more please see our concept of study environments (in German).

What do you think is important regarding additional group study zones? What is your favourite learning zone? Please post your comments via our service mail.

25 Jul 2012

International Student Barometer (ISB) 2011

In autumn 2011 about 209,000 international students out of 238 universities throughout the world have been asked about their motive for a study abroad. The focus was on criteria such as destination choice, open days, application, social media, arrival, learning, living and support.

Bielefeld University Library with 93.8% was rated first in Germany and 2nd place worldwide in benchmarking learning / physical library by the biggest survey of international students.

Overview of the ISB 2011 results (partly in German)

03 May 2012

Did you know that you can search for subjects in our library catalogue?

All books at Bielefeld University Library are indexed by a classification. Each work or item is allocated to a particular subject, regardless of its language or wording.
You can choose the subject you are interested in from the online classification scheme. If you click the subordinate class mark, you can browse the classification tree. Start with general ("broad") search terms and proceed to more special ("narrow") ones.

Classification 1

Then click on the number of documents. You will be shown the titles of all items dealing with this subject which are available in the library.

Classification 2

You can find the classification browsing option through the tab Advanced Search in the library catalogue ("Classification") or directly via: https://www.ub.uni-bielefeld.de/english/databases/systematik/

Happy searching!

16 Apr 2012

Students' Dorm Illustrated Dictionary App

Illustrated dictionaries? The library holds a lot of them. The Dorm Illustrated Dictionary by the Studentenwerk Bielefeld is something special, though. Students can look up important terms for everyday life situations at the dorm or at the university in German, English and Chinese. Of course, we do hold the Bielefeld edition, but the nationwide edition as well.

Students who attended the seminar "Vorsicht Mobile Marketing!" have now developed an app for iPhones and androids. It is called idormdict.

05 Apr 2012

New Search Option in the Library Catalogue for Journal Articles

A search in our library catalogue for scientific documents includes a parallel search on the internet with the academic search engine BASE. As of now, a search with the EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) is added as well.

The matching results from these resources are displayed to the right of the search form, titled "Hits from external resources". BASE retrieves records of and links to predominantly free of charge academic documents on the internet (Open Access).

When you click "Artikel und mehr" (articles and more), you will find a huge amount of full text articles and bibliographic data of articles retrieved from the most important subject data bases by different publishers, but book chapters, reviews, conference proceedings and such as well. The article database JADE is substituted by this significantly more comprehensive EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS).

"Artikel und mehr" (articles and more) includes mainly licenced data and full texts so that for the time being the result list is only accessible on campus. However, university members may use the new option externally via VPN connection.

Start Searching the Library Catalogue

04 Apr 2012

Forschungsort_ZiF: New Group Work Space for Academic Exchange

The university library and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) will carry out a first trial run for the new "Forschungsort_ZiF".

Get out of everyday life! "Forschungsort_ZiF" is intended to give academics and postdocs the opportunity to compare notes - intellectual, social and interdisciplinary in an easy, concentrated and relaxed ambiance.

"Elias Room" ZiF

Two discussion rooms on the first floor of the ZiF building and the ZiF Library on the ground floor build the core of the new research space. Each can be used by up to 12 people.

The two discussion rooms are equipped with computer, data projector and presentation utensils (screen, flip chart). If you want to use the rooms, you need to make a reservation first. (Contact: Trixi Valentin at the Conference Office, – 2769 and Martina Hoffmann, – 2768) and can only be booked by academics. These rooms can not be used for lectures or courses.

The ZiF Library is open Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 12.00. It can also be used by academics as a place for communication without prior notice. Talking is explicitly welcome here - comparable to the Lernort_B1 in the university main building which has been established in cooperation with the Department of Teaching, Learning and Student Counselling SL_K5 in November 2011 and which became a great success ever since. The ZiF Library offers: ten working places, librarian advice, print and electronic literature, internet access and a photocopier.

ZiF-Bibliothek

The "Forschungsort_ZiF" is a cooperation of Bielefeld University Library and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF).

Contact person in the library: Barbara Knorn, barbara.knorn@uni-bielefeld.de

16 Feb 2012

New in the Reference Department: the Daily "Cumhuriyet"
and the Weekly "der Freitag"

The range of German and international daily and weekly newspapers in the Reference Department (B1-100) has been broadened. Two new subscriptions are now at hand: the daily newspaper "Cumhuriyet" and the weekly newspaper "der Freitag".

"Cumhuriyet" is a Turkish supraregional paper situated in Istanbul. It is one of the oldest dailies in Turkey and is considered to be left-kemalistic. Turkish journalists desscribe it as respectable and intellectual.
Source: Wikipedia (accessed: 03 Feb 2012)

"Der Freitag" is a supraregional left of centre German weekly paper. It was founded in 1990 with the subtitle "Die Ost-West-Wochenzeitung". After a change of ownership in 2009 the paper was significantly remodeled: beside design and content modifications the online activities were immensely broadened. The aim was to link both the online and the print version equally and to intensify interaction with the readers. At the same time the subtitle was changed to "Das Meinungsmedium". Publication date is Thursday, the place of publication is and has always been Berlin.
Source: Wikipedia (accessed: 03 Feb 2012).

Zeitungen

04 Jan 2012

New Databases:

these databases are newly licensed as of 2012:

PsycTHERAPY: PsycTHERAPY comprises about 300 demonstration videos of individuals', couples' and families' therapies.

Access PsycTHERAPY

PsycBOOKS: PsycBOOKS includes about 3,000 English language Psychology books as full texts (pdf).

Access PsycBOOKS

SpringerImages: SpringerImages includes more than 1.6 mill. pictures, graphics, bar charts and tables from all fields in science, technology, and medicine.

Access SpringerImages

Springer Protocols: This database comprises laboratory protocols from the Life Sciences and Environmental Sciences.

Access Springer Protocols

beck-eBibliothek: For this database more than 65 current top titles in the fields of private, public, and criminal law which are published by C.H. Beck and Vahlen have been selected.

Access beck-eBibliothek

Staudinger BGB (Beck): Großkommentar on the German Civil Code and important ancillary laws plus detailed annotations on the International Private Law.

Access Staudinger BGB

LEGIOS: LEGIOS is a cooperation of the publishing house Dr. Otto Schmidt and juris GmbH. Both partners supply their market-leading products - commentaries, handbooks, journals and practical reports, case law and administrative directives in the fields of law, economics and taxes online.

Access LEGIOS

SocINDEX with Full Text: Bibliographic and full text database, includes more than 2 mill. thesaurus-indexed records from about 4,000 different journals.

Access SocINDEX with Full Text

International Bibliography of Art (IBA): Successor of the Bibliography of the History of Art (BHA, since 2008). About 500 journals, as well as monographs, article compilations, conference papers, and exhibition catalogues are exploited.

Access International Bibliography of Art (IBA)

The following databases have changed providers (formerly Ovid, now Ebsco):

PsycARTICLES

PsycINFO

Psyndex

03 Jan 2012

New in the Reference Department: the art magazine "art" and the magazine for political culture "Cicero"

Foto Reading Nook In the Reference Department of the library (B1-100) a reading nook is located where you can find national and international newspapers and news magazines. Apart from that you will find a comfortably furnished reading area where other magazines such as Chip, Emma, Focus, Geo, Natur & Kosmos, Öko-Test, Spiegel, Stern and Test are at hand. Just recently the range of titles has been enhanced by the art magazine "art" and the magazine for political culture "Cicero". The magazines do not circulate, but may be photocopied.

You get to the Reference Department via entrance C1 (Departmental Library Linguistics and Literary Studies). The hours are Monday to Friday, 8.00 - 22.00, on weekends and public holidays 9.00 - 19.00.

2011

05 Dec 2011

Christmas Break Information

In line with the closure of the university during this year's Christmas break, the library will also be closed. The library (departmental libraries, Reference Department, Central Lending Department) will be open until Friday, 23 December 2011, 18.00 and will reopen on Monday, 02 January 2012, 08.00.

Exceptional Rules for Non-Circulating Books

The library wants to support and accommodate researchers, students and examinees as much as possible. For this reason we agreed on exceptional rules for borrowing non-circulating books during the Christmas break. Details of the agreement are as follows:

  • Lecturers, teaching staff and other staff members of the university can borrow non-circulating library items for the holiday as usual.
  • As from Dec. 15, exceptional loan conditions will apply to examinees, doctoral candidates and library users who have "Tischapparate" at their disposal. Please contact your departmental library for details.
  • Bielefeld University students who are not examinees may borrow three library items maximum. This rule is valid only on Dec. 23, 2011. The items must be returned on Jan. 3, 2012 at the latest.
  • These exceptions do not apply to members of the public or other universities.
15 Nov 2011

New: 2 Trial Accesses, 3 E-Book Collections and a Database

Trial access Legios (until 10 Dec 2011): Economic and tax law portal (commentaries, manuals, journals and reports, case law and administrative directives)

Access Legios

Trial access beck-eBibliothek (until 31 Jan 2012): Beck-eBibliothek includes more than 65 current works on private law, public law, and penal law; chosen from the range of publications offered by C.H. Beck and Vahlen.

Access beck-eBibliothek

Beltz E-Books Pädagogik: Full texts of Beltz textbooks and scientific publications focussing on Pedagogy.

Access Beltz E-Books Pädagogik

Oxford Handbooks Online / Philosophy : Oxford University Press provides access to 32 manuals on Philosophy

Access Oxford Handbooks Online / Philosophy

Oxford Handbooks Online / Political Science: Oxford University Press provides access to 23 manuals on Political Science

Access Oxford Handbooks Online / Political Science

Wiso Technik: wiso Technik comprises two sources: Infodata - Information Science literature and FOGRA - printing industry information

Access Wiso Technik

10 Nov 2011

Staff Meeting on 16 Nov 2011: Library Partly Closed until 10.00

On Wednesday, Nov 16, 2011 in the morning, the library will be partly closed because of a staff meeting.
Affected areas are the northern wing (entrances C and E), the Central Lending Department and the ZiF Library which then will exceptionally open not until 10.00.
We kindly apologize for the inconvenience caused.

27 Oct 2011

Issuing of Library Cards

Due to technical changes which have to be realized at short notice, library cards can not be issued from

Friday, 28 Oct. 2011, 13.00 hours through Tuesday, 01 Nov. 2011.

Moreover, library cards for guests and external users can not be requested online.

We apologize for the inconvenience caused.

25 Oct 2011

Licensed: Römpp Online

Römpp Online is the most voluminous and most famous encyclopedia on Chemistry and related disciplines which appears in German language.

Access Römpp online

17 Oct 2011

Trial Access to the BioMed Central Portfolio of Products
(until 16 Nov 2011)

The trial access to the BioMed Central Portfolio of Products includes the following products:

Arthritis Research & Therapy

Alzheimer's Research & Therapy

Biology Image Library

Breast Cancer Research

Critical Care

Genome Biology

Genome Medicine

Stem Cell Research & Therapy

17 Oct 2011

Trial Access PsycTHERAPY via APA PsycNET (until 16 Nov 2011)

PsycTHERAPY includes about 300 videos demonstrating therapies with individuals, couples and families. The documentation comprises about 230 subjects.

Access PsycTHERAPY

06 Oct 2011

10,000 New E-Books Available

As of today, the library catalogue includes about 10,000 new full text e-books. Almost every subject field which is represented in the library holdings is covered. As a result, the total amount of available e-books is now has risen to 410.000.

Show E-Books in the Library Catalogue

29 Sep 2011

New E-Books: Beltz-Lehrbücher Psychologie

Full texts from Beltz text books and technical publications in the field of psychology.

Access Beltz-Lehrbücher Psychologie

28 Sep 2011

Scan Service for Digital Course Reserves

Digital course reserves are provided within the e-learning platform Stud.IP. The library's scan service for the contents is offered for five semesters now and proves to be successful.

We continue digitizing for you complying with effective copyright regulations

  • journal articles and book sections from books held by the library. If the requested document does not belong to the library's collection, we will procure it via interlibrary loan,
  • your printed material

and add the documents to the respective courses in Stud.IP.

For further information, please refer to:
Scan-Service für Digitale Semesterapparate (in German)

22 July 2011

More New Digitized Imprints

The scope of digitized imprints has been expanded by four further works in the field of "German Language and Literature":

More works from the library's holdings will follow and enhance the existing digital collection.

Table Digitized Imprints

14 July 2011

Bielefeld University Library Again Receives Compliment in the Nationwide Benchmarking of Libraries BIX

For the university library it is already good tradition to participate in the annual library benchmarking BIX which is conducted by the Deutscher Bibliotheksverband (German Library Association). So we did this year - for the eighth time by the way!
A total of 236 institutions including 74 academic libraries participated and competed for a nationwide ranking list. 17 performance indicators in the areas services, usage, efficiency and progression build the calculation basis.

The result: Within the category of one-track university libraries, Bielefeld achieved the 6th rank. Among the North Rhine-Westphalian participants it is even second best behind ULB Düsseldorf. Just like last year, Bielefeld achieved a good rank in the categories services, usage and progression and thus is placed in the upper third in the group of all participants.

BIX Bibliotheksindex

Current and former results in detail (in German)

12 July 2011

New Digitized Imprints

The scope of digitized imprints has been expanded by four further works in the field of "Literary Studies / German Language and Literature":

More works from the library's holdings will follow and enhance the existing digital collection.

Table Digitized Imprints

29 June 2011

Regulation of Usage and Scale of Fees Updated

The library's Regulation of Usage and the Scale of Fees has been updated. Amongst others, water may now be brought along if filled in colourless, transparent and tightly closeable bottles. (The trial phase ended ahead of time.)

Regulation of Usage (in German)

Scale of Fees (in German)

20 June 2011

New RFID Detection System - Trial Phase Successfully Completed

The trial phase for a new RFID detection system has been completed successfully. Starting with the beginning of the winter semester, we plan to put the new system into operation. It will help to better protect our library items against theft and users will be able to borrow and return items by themselves. For the trial, we had some 10,000 books in the Women's Studies collection furnished with RFID tags and a self-service station and a detection system were installed in area C1.

Detection System In the trial further departments and organizational units of the university were involved. The next step will be to convert all 2.2 million books and journal volumes shelved in the departmental libraries. In order to carry out this task, 25 teams of 2 persons each, will be on their way through the departmental libraries, beginning at the end of July.

self-service stationThe university library plans to put four self-service stations into operation which will be installed at the entrances of areas C1 and U1. Here the users may borrow or return books by themselves. The process can be sped up by charging several items simultaneously.

The new self-service intends to make things more convenient for our users; it will not cause a reduction of services or a limitation of service hours.

04 May 2011

Trial Run of New RFID Detection System

Starting in May 2011, we will test a new RFID detection system. For that reason a self-service station and a detection system will be installed in area C1. For the trial run RFID tags will be affixed to some 10,000 books in the Women's Studies collection. During the trial, the self-service station can only be used by library staff. As of June 2011 we will begin to furnish our whole collection which includes some 2.3 million items.

The new facility will not only optimize the protection of the books against theft. Students and academics can then borrow and return items by themselves. Borrowing and returning will be quick and easy as it will be possible to process multiple items simultaneously. Further details and handling advice for the new self-service station will be provided in good time.

07 Apr 2011

"Search & win" - Library Information Day on April 14, 2011

Search and retrieve - the library catalogue and its added value by modern web technology.
On Thursday, 14 April from 09.00 to 14.30 the library presents the multifacted search and retrieval options of its web based library catalogue. The catalogue is well known as a reliable search tool. Widely unknown might be the fact that up-to-date web technology makes it especially attractive as an all-rounder for external use. Thousands of e-books and e-journals in full text versions can be read on screen. Scans of tables of contents let you get an impression of books which are only available as printed copies. Using the integrated book preview carried out by Google makes large parts of printed books visible online, too.

Catalogue.plus!

An Information Day is not complete without our Book Bazaar, which is always a chance to get a bargain. Of course, we will be glad to give you information about all the other services we provide. If you are lucky, you may even win one of the attractives prize in the Library Quiz Game. We are looking forward to having you join us!

04 Apr 2011

Trial Access "Philosophy Research Index" (PRI) until 30 Apr 2011

The Philosophy Research Index is a bibliographic database which contains more than 720,000 citations of articles, books, reviews, dissertations, and other documents in philosophy and adjacent fields. Coverage ranges from the year 1460 to the present.

Access Philosophy Research Index

09 Mar 2011

New: List of Course Reserves

We are pleased to announce that we can now fulfill a long-cherished wish of our patrons: a title list of works which are currently shelved in a course reserve.

List of Course Reserves (in German)

Select a subject from the page and you will get a list of lecturers in alphabetical order. After clicking on the name link, you will see all works which are currently shelved in this particular course reserve. A click on one of the bar codes will display the record in the library catalogue, which holds detailed information about the corresponding work.

Example:

You will find the list field under "Essentials for Library Use" and then "Course Reserves" and in the in the respective subject portals.

08 Mar 2011

New Index for Search Engine BASE

In order to be able to handle the growing number of open access publications with BASE in the future as well, we worked intensively on the software transition from Microsoft FAST to open source Solr/Lucene in the last few months. The search interface is realized with VuFind (open source as well). At present, the new technology is only implemented in the test system, the so-called BASE Lab. The index has been completely updated and expanded and includes some 26.5 mill. documents from 1,700 sources now.

Search the BASE Lab

BASE is one of the world's most voluminous search engines especially for academic open access web resources, e.g. journal articles, preprints or theses. Open access means the free access to research literature and other material on the internat. Each user may use an open access publication free of charge.

Further Information: BASE Weblog

22 Feb 2011

PubLister Symposium and Workshop on 23-24 March 2011: Invitation

The PubLister project ("Personal Publication Lists as University-wide Services") implements services that help researchers to make their publications available on personal webpages as well as exploring the pivotal role of repository-based solutions to operate across disciplinary and administrative boundaries within higher education and research institutions.

The PubLister project has been funded by the DFG for a period of two years.

We would like to invite you to the PubLister Symposium and Workshop on March 23rd and March 24th 2011 at Bielefeld University Library to jointly discuss the final results.

PubLister Symposium and Workshop: Invitation and Details

09 Feb 2011

Trial Access Nietzsche Online (until 11 March 2011)

The database Nietzsche Online provides researchers and readers complete online access to the editions, interpretations and reference works on one of the most important philosophers. Users thus obtain access to a comprehensive database containing the research results of the last forty years. Apart from the authoritative editions of the works (KGW) and the letters (KGB), the database Nietzsche Online contains all De Gruyter publications on Nietzsche. Due to the cross-referencing to the full texts and the further interpretations, the headwords of the Nietzsche dictionary have become an even more indispensable basis for the research and understanding of Nietzsche's work.

Access Nietzsche Online

07 Feb 2011

European Documentation Centre: Room U1-216 now freely accessible

Room U1-216, where the European Documentation Centre (EDZ) is located, is now freely accessible during library opening hours and may be used as a discussion room as well.

18 Jan 2011

New Database: Jura-Kartei Online

Law file cards concerning private law, criminal law and public law. The user gets annotations to important decisions. Issues that both emerge from the annotated decisions and are relevant for legal studies are explained in detail.

Access Jura-Kartei Online

10 Jan 2011

Departmental Libraries in Area S Reopened

The refurbishment works which affected the departmental libraries History, Art History, Philosophy, Music und Earth Sciences have been completed. The libraries are open to the public again.

2010

20 Dec 2010

New E-Book Collections and Image Databases

Palgrave eBooks: Media & Culture: Full-texts of english-language ebooks in media science via Palgrave Connect

Access Palgrave eBooks: Media & Culture

Palgrave eBooks: Political & International Studies: Full-texts of english-language ebooks in the field of political studies via Palgrave Connect

Access Palgrave eBooks: Political & International Studies

Palgrave eBooks: Social Sciences: Full-tetxs of english-language ebooks in the field of social sciences via Palgrave Connect

Access Palgrave eBooks: Social Sciences

Basic Neuroanatomy and 3D Real-time Head: The two modules "Basic Neuroanatomy" and "3D Real-time Head" (Primal Pictures Interactive Anatomy) show visualisations and textual explanations of the human brain. The module "Basic Neuroanatomy" provides Magnetic Resonance Imagings (MRIs), neuroanatomic visualisations (Flash Plugin) and explanatory texts, the module "3D Real-time Head" provides a freely controllable real time 3D visualisation.

Access Basic Neuroanatomy and 3D Real-time Head

Primal Pictures interactive anatomy: "Primal Pictures interactive anatomy" incloses detailled interactive real time 3D models of the complete human anatomy.

Access Primal Pictures interactive anatomy

15 Dec 2010

Closing of Departmental Libraries in Areas S0 and S1 from
Dec. 13, 2010 to Jan. 9, 2011: Circulation Stopped!

Due to refurbishment works, the departmental libraries History, Art History, Philosophy, Music und Earth Sciences will be closed from December 13, 2010 to January 9, 2011. During this period of time the collection is not accessible.

With immediate effect and against earlier communication it is unfortunately not possible to provide library items from the closed areas.

As we encountered unforeseeable conditions on the construction site, we can not provide this special service as earlier planned.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

09 Dec 2010

New Fulltext Database: Encyclopaedia Britannica Online

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online

The online edition of the most comprehensive English language general encyclopaedia provides access to the complete text of the current 32-volume print version (2007) as well as the updates published since (print edition 2010). It includes more than 75,000 entries by 4,900 authors and 10,500 articles published in the series "Britannica Books of the Year".

Access Encyclopaedia Britannica Online

02 Dec 2010

Closing of Departmental Libraries in Areas S0 and S1 from
Dec. 13, 2010 to Jan. 9, 2011

In March 2008 in the areas S0 and S1, experts found asbestos fibers in the ceilings of the History, Art History, Philosophy, Music and Earth Sciences libraries. In order to reopen these then temporarily closed areas as quickly as possible, the ceilings were provisionally sealed. This measure was monitored by the experts. Since then regular inspections have been carried out to exclude health hazards in these rooms.

After two years now the provisional protection must be renewed. This time, the ceilings will be permanently sealed in order to make sure that health hazards will not occur in the future. Unfortunately, this measure will lead to restrictions for library users.

The refurbishment works will be carried out from 13 December 2010 to 09 January 2011. During this time, the departmental libraries in areas S0 and S1 will be closed.

Affected subjects are: History (call numbers CA - EZ), Art History (call numbers FA - FE), Philosophy (call numbers BA - BJ), Music (call number FF) and Earth Sciences (call numbers GA - GD).

The course reserves will be relocated on December 9 and 10 and displayed in area C1 (Linguistics and Literary Studies) until the refurbishing is finished. We apologize for possible disturbances due to relocation noise.

For students and university employees only, we offer the following options for ease:

You may borrow non-circulating books which are located in the affected areas on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010 and on Friday, Dec. 10, 2010 for a special loan period until Jan. 11, 2011. Renewals are not possible. This special loan modality can only be offered at circulation desks S1 (9.00 - 16.00) and U1 (16.00 - 24.00).

Only in justified urgent exceptional cases and with one working day delay you can request books from the closed areas. Please send an email to info.ub@uni-bielefeld.de including the following data: your name, your library card number, bibliographic data of the requested item, call number and a short justification statement.

Library items which were borrowed from areas S1 and S0 can be returned at any other circulation desk.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

02 Dec 2010

New E-Book Collections now Included in the Library Catalogue

The following new e-book collections are now permanently available and accessible free of charge (under national licence):

  • NetLibrary (further 3,400 works)
  • Springer E-Books in Chemistry (630 works)
  • Springer E-Books in Medicine (1274 works)
  • Karger E-Books in Biomedicine (419 works)
  • Brill Nijhoff E-Books Law (254 works)
  • Le Corpus de la littérature médiévale (Romance Literature) (878 works)

In addition to the catalogue entries, we provide an e-book title list page "Elektronische Bücher" (only in German) where you will find a direct link to the individual works that are included in the respective collections.

Elektronische Bücher (E-Books)

01 Dec 2010

Christmas Break Information

In line with the closure of the university during this year's Christmas break, the library will be closed from 23 December 2010, 18.00 until 03 January 2011, 06.00.

The public access areas (departmental libraries, Reference Department, Central Lending Department) will be open until Thursday, 23 December 2010, 18.00 and will reopen on Monday, 03 January 2011, 08.00.

Exceptional Rules for Non-Circulating Books

The library wants to support and accommodate researchers, students and examinees as much as possible. For this reason we agreed on exceptional rules for borrowing non-circulating books during the Christmas break. Details of the agreement are as follows:

  • Lecturers, teaching staff and other staff members of the university may borrow non-circulating library items for the holiday as usual. The period Dec. 23, 2010 until Jan. 4, 2011 counts as one day.
  • As from Dec. 15, exceptional loan conditions will apply to examinees, doctoral candidates and library users who have "Tischapparate" at their disposal. Please contact your departmental library for details.
  • Bielefeld University students who are not examinees are allowed to borrow three library items maximum. This rule is valid only on Dec. 23, 2010. The items must be returned on Jan. 4, 2011 at the latest.
  • These exceptions do not apply to members of the public or other universities.
05 Nov 2010

Trial Access: Germanische Altertumskunde Online (until 03 Dec 2010)

Germanische Altertumskunde Online

The new database Germanische Altertumskunde Online (GAO) provides a unique research medium representing the current state of knowledge of Old Germanic History, which includes Germanic and Northern European cultural history from the subject areas of history, archeology, art history, legal history, ethnology and religious studies. It contains the complete data of the "Reallexikon der Germanischen Altertumskunde" and its 70 supplementary volumes which have been published to date.

Access Germanische Altertumskunde Online

03 Nov 2010

Search Engine BASE Received Special Award from SuMa

The "Bielefeld Academic Search Engine" (BASE) which is created and operated by Bielefeld University Library received a special award from the Verein für freien Wissenszugang. The prize recognizes the special achievements in indexing open access documents.

BASE-Team and SuMa Award

BASE-Team: Bernd Fehling, Friedrich Summann, Renata Mitrenga, Dirk Pieper, Sebastian Wolf

BASE is one of the world's most voluminous search engines especially for academic open access web resources, e.g. journal articles, preprints or theses. Just recently BASE has indexed the 25 millionth document included in more than 1,700 repositories worldwide and thus can be looked at as a considerable component of the international open access community. Open access means the free access to research literature and other material on the internat. Each user may use an open access publication free of charge.

The SuMa Awards are prizes granted in order to recognize achievements for the future of digital knowledge. The awards were granted by the "SuMa-eV, Verein für freien Wissenszugang" this year for the third time.

Search BASE

More Information on SuMa-eV

02 Nov 2010

New Databases: SPIE Digital Library and HeinOnline

SPIE Digital Library

SPIE Digital Library is the worlds largest e-collection of optics and photonics research literature.

Access SPIE Digital Library

HeinOnline : the Modern Link to Legal History

Voluminous collection of legal material from the United States, Great Britain and the Commonwealth

Access HeinOnline

14 Oct 2010

Interlibrary Loan Orders on Articles Not Possible on Oct. 18

Due to maintenance work in the Hochschulbibliothekszentrum in Cologne, the ordering of articles via interlibrary loan will not be possible from

Monday, 18 October 2010, 09.00
until Tuesday, 19 October, 09.00


Please note that only article orders are concerned; orders on books are processed as usual.

We apologize for any inconveniences.

13 Oct 2010

International Open Access Week, 18 - 24 Oct 2010

From 18 - 24 Oct 2010 the "International Open Access Week" takes place again. statt. Bielefeld University Library is involved and participates with an information booth in the university hall on Wednesday, 20 Oct 2010, 10.00 - 15.00. The concept behind this activity is to give scholars and students an understanding of the open access idea, which means to give free access to publicly funded scholarly information and research results. We focus especially on the transfer of this idea for Bielefeld University. Bielefeld University Library already provides a range of publishing services for its patrons. The publishing services include the provision of publication servers (e.g. BiPrints) where scholarly works can be recorded and presented and financial support from a publication fund in order to help people to publish articles in open access journals. Moreover, the library renders technical and organizational assistance for the publication of electronic journals. We invite you to visit us and get both information about open access in general and the publication services of the library in particular.

Further Information about the International Open Access Week

Scholarly Publishing Services

06 Oct 2010

Trial Access to Intelex Past Masters and Bergmann/Schaefer Physik Online (until 31 Oct 2010) and new database RSC eBook Collection (National Licence)

Intelex Past Masters

This database includes mainly complete editions of seminal philosophers but reference works, too. You will find Descartes, Hegel, Fichte or Kant complete editions but e.g. the Oxford Classical Dictionary and the Motif-Index of Folk Literature.

Access Intelex Past Masters

Bergmann/Schaefer Physik Online

The database Bergmann/Schaefer Physik Online is based on the established and by generations of students and lecturers alike proved and tested textbook and reference work in Experimental Physics.

Access Bergmann/Schaefer Physik Online

RSC eBook Collection

The eBook Collection of the Royal Society of Chemistry with its approx. 900 works represents a comprehensive factual collection. Digitized in PDF-format, the works are entirely searchable. It shows predominantly important and fundamental chemical literature from 1968 to 2009.

Access RSC eBook Collection

01 Oct 2010

Water Bottles in the Library, Trial Phase 1 Oct 2010 - 31 Mar 2011

During the above mentioned period of time consumption of water is allowed in the library. You may bring along transparent and reclosable bottles.

Drinking from the bottle is permitted, however, the use of cups and glasses is not. Users are responsible for the disposal of the bottles.

If the test period is completed successfully, the arrangement will become standard.

30 Sep 2010

ZiF Library Closed until 31 October 2010

Due to refurbishment works the ZiF Library (FB 02) will still be closed until 31 October 2010.
If you need items from the ZiF Library, please refer to the Reference Department: Email: info.ub@uni-bielefeld.de
Phone: +49 521 106-4114

2009

23 Sep 2009

Staff Meeting on Sep 29, 2010: Library partly closed until 10.00

On Wednesday, Sep 29, 2010 in the morning, the library will be partly closed because of a staff meeting.
Affected areas are the northern wing (entrances C and E) and the Central Lending Department which then will exceptionally open not until 10.00.
We kindly apologize for the inconvenience caused.

16 Sep 2010

3D Database on Anatomy "Primal Pictures" on Trial For 4 Weeks

3D image of a human headThe database on Anatomy "Primal Pictures" is available online for testing. The trial period of a month starts on Sept. 15.

"Primal Pictures" includes detailed interactive 3D models of the entire human anatomy - the visualizations are tailored for use by researchers and practicioners in the field of Sports Science, Biology, Psychology and Clinical Linguistics. The database consists of 15 modules with 3,000 anatomic structures, which can be watched either via Flash Plugin as 3D images or with a help of a special plugin as real time 3D environment. Besides computer animated models MRI images (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) as an additional visualization level and multiple choice tests for checking the personal level of knowledge are available.

Standard Access to "Primal Pictures" showing 3D images (requires Flash Plugin)

Real time 3D environment "Primal Pictures" (on the next page evoke the 3D real time viewers after having emptied the browser cache. Then install the necessary plugin)

Would you like the university library to licence this database for campus use?
Please vote!

13 Sep 2010

New Full Text Database: Oceana Law (OUP)

Since 1948 Oceana offers a plenitude of basic international legal information which is in line with the specific needs of lawyers, legal scholars, legal researchers, managers and librarians.

Access Oceana Law

08 Sep 2010

New Reference Work: Langenscheidt Großwörterbuch Englisch

Some 410,000 entries linked with about 770,000 translations. Reference work for professional use including current and comprehensive vocabulary. All subjects and linguistic levels of everyday speech are covered broadly. About 1,000 word formation elements will support active phrasing. Regional vocabulary is incorporated, as well as phraseology, idiomology, extensive information on pronunciation, translation, grammar and stylistic levels as well as many examples of use. The work consists of two parts: German - English and English - German.

Access Langenscheidt Großwörterbuch Englisch

03 Sep 2010

Trial Access to SPIE Digital Library (until 30 Sep 2010)

The SPIE Digital Library is the most extensive online resource available containing scientific and technical literature on optics and photonics.

Access SPIE Digital Library

25 Aug 2010

New E-Books on Mathematics: EMS eBooks

English language eBooks published by the European Mathematical Society.

Access EMS eBooks

18 Aug 2010

Search Engine BASE Indexed More than 25 Mill. Scientific Open Access Publications

The "Bielefeld Academic Search Engine" (BASE) is one of the world's largest search engines for scientific open access documents, e.g. journal articles, preprints or theses. Just recently BASE has indexed the 25 millionth document from more than 1,700 document servers spread throughout the world and may be considered as an essential component of the international open access community. Open access means the free access to scientific literature and other material on the internet. Every user may use an open access publication without charge.

BASE allows easy and comfortable reception and of scientific open access publications. In view of decreasing library budgets, it is a service which gains in importance. Compared to other general search engines, BASE provides outstanding convenience with its linguistic methods of query expansion (retrieval of additional word forms of a search term), search history, divers sorting options in search result lists and the option to narrow down big hit quantities.

BASE is operated by Bielefeld University Library and is subject to continuous improvement.

Start BASE Search

29 Jul 2010

Departmental Libraries in Area S Open Again

After the departmental libraries in area S were preventively closed yesterday, all are open again today.

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28 Jul 2010

Departmental Libraries in Area S Temporarily Closed

Due to a water ingress, the departmental libraries Geosciences, History, Art, Music and Philosophy had to be temporarily closed to the public.

27 Jul 2010

Loan Account: New Design, Improved Functionality

The user interface of the loan account has undergone profound changes: the look has been aligned with the university design as it appears on the library's web pages and the display of borrowed items has been improved. The display lists are now clearly structured and a colour scheme will ease the procedure of renewing library items.
We hope that you will find it helpful and that the improved service will meet your needs. We appreciate your feedback and further suggestions.

My Loan Account

23 Jul 2010

ZiF Library Closed from 2 Aug to 30 Sep 2010

Due to refurbishment works the ZiF Library (FB 02) will be closed from 2 Aug to 30 Sep 2010.
If you need items from the ZiF Library, please refer to the Reference Department: Email: info.ub@uni-bielefeld.de
Phone: +49 521 106-4114

13 Jul 2010

Trial Accesses: Intelex Past Masters and Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum online (until 10 Aug 2010)

Intelex Past Masters

This database includes mainly complete editions of seminal philosophers but reference works, too. You will find Descartes, Hegel, Fichte or Kant complete editions but e.g. the Oxford Classical Dictionary and the Motif-Index of Folk Literature.

Access Intelex Past Masters

Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum online

The Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum systematically collects newly published Greek inscriptions as well as publications on previously known documents. It presents complete Greek texts of all new inscriptions with a critical apparatus; it summarizes new readings, interpretations, and studies of known inscriptions, and occasionally presents the Greek text of these documents.

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06 Jul 2010

Bielefeld University Library honoured for outstanding achievements - National Library Award prized service orientation and innovative capacity

Today the German Library Association and the ZEIT-Stiftung Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius highly valued the achievements of Bielefeld University Library. The library wins an excellent second rank in the nationwide competition for the award "Bibliothek des Jahres 2010". Assigned for the eleventh time, the national German library award, for the sake of which libraries of all categories compete with each other, appreciated especially the distinctive services to the user and the sustained innovative capacity.

Read more: Press release

05 Jul 2010

New biology reference work: Encyclopedia of Neuroscience

The Encyclopedia of the Neuroscience explores all areas of the discipline in its focused entries on a wide variety of topics in neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry and other related areas of neuroscience.

Access Encyclopedia of Neuroscience

01 Jul 2010

Outstanding Service for Research and Teaching: Bielefeld University Library Sustains Position in Nationwide Benchmarking BIX

Bielefeld University Library achieved an excellent 6th rank among the group of one-track university libraries in this year's BIX-Bibliotheksindex.

As a nationwide benchmarking of libraries, BIX has been carried out now seven times by the German Library Association. 93 German and Austrian libraries supplied their data concerning services, usage, efficiency and progression. BIX calculates out of these 17 performance indicators and creates a ranking.

Participation in BIX is optional, all participants are characterized by high service capacities and transparency. Bielefeld University Library recognizes the participation as a chance to identify exactly strengths as well as potential weaknesses and to find clues for further improvement.

BIX Bibliotheksindex

24 Jun 2010

New databases, E-Books and E-Journals

The following databases, E-Books and E-Journals are now accessible on the basis of the DFG funded national licences:

Primary Sources for Slavic Studies: : comprises different Primary Source collections with extremely rare and often unique materials selected from Brill's impressive list of Slavic Studies publications. The majority of the selected collections are taken from the series Eastern Question and Mass Culture and Entertainment in Russia.

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The database Music Online by Alexander Street Press consists of four parts: Classical Scores Library, Classical Music Reference Library, African American Reference Library and The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music Online.

Access Music Online Reference

Brill Nijhoff E-Books Collections / Human Rights and Humanitarian Law; International Law contains 264 e-Books of the collection "Human Rights and Humanitarian Law" und "International Law" published 2006 to 2008.

Access Brill Nijhoff E-Books Collections / Human Rights and Humanitarian Law; International Law

Elsevier eBook Collection on ScienceDirect / Mathematics includes a total of 93 series with 877 titles from the backlist (1949-2006) and 27 titles from the frontlist (2007-2008).

Access Elsevier eBook Collection on ScienceDirect / Mathematics

The Nation Digital Archive covers all issues of the journal "The Nation" from the first issue 1865 up to 2010 in fulltext.

Access The Nation Digital Archive

Die American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection documents the living conditions of the Americans and the American point of view regarding world affairs and sciences commencing with the colonial era over the Civil War until the period of reconstruction in the 19th century. The first part of the collection covers about 500 journals from 1691 - 1820.

Access American Antiquarian Society (AAS) Historical Periodicals Collection

Informa Healthcare Digital Archive 1896-2008 includes the archive of 153 medical and pharmaceutical journals of the renowned publishers Marcel Dekker, Taylor & Francis, Routledge, CRC Press, Gordon & Breach, Swets & Zeitlinger and Ashley.

Access Informa Healthcare Digital Archive 1896-2008

23 Jun 2010

New Digitized Imprints

The scope of digitized imprints has been expanded by three further works in the field of "Literary Studies / German Language and Literature":

More works from the library's holdings will follow and enhance the existing digital collection.

Table Digitized Imprints

08 Jun 2010

New Database on Educational Science: Education Research Complete (via Ebsco Host)

Education Research Complete(tm) (ERC) is the world's most voluminous and comprehensible collection of journals in regard to education and educational science. This database includes indices and abstracts of about 2,100 journals, full texts of about 1,200 journals, more than 500 books and monographs and numerous conference proceedings.

Access Education Research Complete

07 May 2010

New eBook Bundles on Mathematics and Biomedical Sciences

Full texts of English-language books on Mathematics with copyright years 1949 - 2008 published by Elsevier (national licence)

Access Elsevier eBook Collection on ScienceDirect / Mathematics

Full texts of English-language books with copyright years 1997 - 2009 published by the medical publishing house Karger (national licence)

Access Karger ebooks Collection: Biomedical Sciences

13 Apr 2010

Full texts of about 400,000 licensed e-Books accessible

In the recent months Bielefeld University Library has widened its existing, very voluminous range of electronic media significantly by consistent purchases and demand-oriented licensing of e-books.

You can use the e-books within the campus network at any PC workplace or standard notebook at no charge, day and night, and no specialized software is needed.

List of e-Books provided by the library

The e-Books can also be retrieved by a usual search in the library catalogue. If you want to limit your search to e-books, simply use the "Online Resources only" option.

Search for e-Books in the library catalogue

Also in future we will extend the range of e-Books according to our guidelines, which means, that we arrange for simple and direct search and retrieval options. Your convenience is a major criteria for the selection of e-books.

08 Apr 2010

"Search & win" - Library Information Day on April 22

On Thursday, 22 April from 10.00 to 15.00 the library presents its very comprehensive range of eBooks, eJournals and eNewspapers. The range of licensed electronic resources comprises about 400,000 eBooks and 10,000 eJournals. As an addition, some 25,000 eJournals, which are publicly available on the internet, are included, too. Moreover, you will learn about all other library services as well.

The Lexis Nexis Wirtschaft database includes articles from several thousand newspapers and magazines which can be searched and retrieved as fulltext versions. The online archives of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Frankfurter Rundschau, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Welt and Die Zeit complete the huge package of information resources.

An Information Day is not complete without our Book Bazaar, which is always a chance to get a bargain. If you are lucky, you may even win a book gift coupon in the Library Quiz Game.

08 Apr 2010

Westend Party on April 14: Access to the Library

On April 14, 2010 a Westend Party will take place. Please note:

From 21.00 you can reach the library only by drawing on the Shuttle-Service from the main entrance.

The lockers of the library in area C and U are reserved for use by library users. All other lockers are accessible only until 20.00. Please clear the respective lockers in good time.

Thank you for your cooperation.

05 Feb 2010

Trial Access Historical Abstracts with Full Text (until 09 Apr 2010)

Historical Abstracts is one of the most important reference works in the field of History. It records journal articles, articles from collective works, monographies, and theses dealing with historical topics of all countries (except for USA and Canada) from 1450 up to now. The library has already subscribed to this database, the trial offer however applies to additional full texts in about 316 journals and 138 books.

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02 Feb 2010

New E-Books Bundle: Springer E-Books Mathematics and Statistics

Available now are full-texts of English language books with copyright years 2009 and 2010 published by Springer. Included are works published by Birkhäuser, Gabler, Physica, Teubner and Vieweg.

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29 Jan 2010

Trial Access "prometheus - Das verteilte digitale Bildarchiv für Forschung und Lehre e.V." (until 15 Mar 2010)

"prometheus" is a shared digital picture archive in the field of art and cultural sciences. It merges graphical material from heterogeneous databases online and makes it accessible to resesarch and teaching. It comprises research and documentation databases including detailed information about the object shown as well as databases compiled by institutes who add pictures which are important for teaaching. On the website material can be compiled, sorted and put together in presentations for lectures.

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25 Jan 2010

Trial Access Brill's New Jacoby (until 22 Feb. 2010)

Brill's New Jacoby represents the actualized and enhanced new edition of Felix Jacoby: Die Fragmente der griechischen Historiker (15 volumes, 1923-1958). The thematically and chronologically arranged and commented source book with fragmentary texts by 856 Greek historians is composed of three parts: genealogy and myth, history in general and contemporary history, ethnography und horography. The collection includes more than 12,000 fragments deriving from Greek, Armenian, Syrian and Arabian sources.

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20 Jan 2010

New Law Database: Fachportal Sozialrecht

Fachportal Sozialrecht

Fachportal Sozialrecht includes statutes, court decisions, commentaries, journals and manuals concerning all areas of social law.

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11 Dec 2009

New Databases in History and Social Sciences: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography and SourceOECD

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography includes some 57,000 biographies of people who have been of great influence on Great Britain's history, excluding the living. One-fifth of these biographies comes with a portrait. Further reading recommendations are added to each entry. The reference period reaches back to the fourth century B.C.

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SourceOECD

SourceOECD represents the electronic publications portal of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

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07 Dec 2009

New Engineering Database:
IEEE Xplore / Electronic Library Online (IEL)

IEEE Xplore / Electronic Library Online (IEL)

This database provides full text access to the a huge amount of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) publications - namely some 2 mill. documents: about 219 IEEE journals, magazines, transactions; more than 600 IEEE conference proceedings (about 10,000 individual works); abpur 1,600 current IEEE codes / standards. Included are as well publications by IEE / IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology): about 24 IET journals; some IET conference proceedings, colloquium and seminar digests.

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02 Dec 2009

New Database on Philosophy and new E-Book Collection:
Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy and "Handbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft"

Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy

This dynamic webversion of the printed definitive book comprises of more than 2,000 encyclopedic articles regarding all fields of Philosophy of all continents and times.

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E-Book Collection "Handbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft"

The series "Handbücher zur Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaft" published by de Gruyter opens up an area of knowledge, which includes Linguistics in general as well as the specific philologically oriented Linguistics and the fields which have evolved in recent decades from the ever growing research on the multifaceted phenomenons of communicative action. By now it has become an irreplaceable milestone in philological teaching and research.

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01 Dec 2009

Christmas Break Information

In line with the closure of the university during this year's Christmas break, the library will be closed from 23 December 2009, 18.00 until 04 January 2010, 06.00.

The public access areas (departmental libraries, Reference Department, Central Lending Department) will be open until Wednesday, 23 December 2009, 18.00 and will reopen on Monday, 04 January 2010, 08.00.

Exceptional Rules for Non-Circulating Books

The library wants to support and accommodate researchers, students and examinees as much as possible. For this reason we agreed on exceptional rules for borrowing non-circulating books during the Christmas break. Details of the agreement are as follows:

  • Lecturers, teaching staff and other staff members of the university may borrow non-circulating library items for the holiday as usual. The period Dec. 23, 2009 until Jan. 5, 2010 counts as one day.
  • As from Dec. 15, exceptional loan conditions will apply to examinees, doctoral candidates and library users who have "Tischapparate" at their disposal. Please contact your departmental library for details.
  • Bielefeld University students who are not examinees are allowed to borrow three library items maximum. This rule is valid only on Dec. 23, 2009. The items must be returned on Jan. 5, 2010 at the latest.
  • These exceptions do not apply to members of the public or other universities.
29 Sep 2009

Database Trial Accesses Psychology

Trial access for Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection until November 28, 2009.
Additional trial access for PsycInfo until October 28, 2009 via EBSCOhost

23 Sep 2009

Anniversary "40 Years Bielefeld University": Duplex Exhibition presented in the Library

The university library celebrates the 40th anniversary of Bielefeld University with a duplex exhibition in cooperation with the university archive.

Under the title "Wie gründet man Universitäten?" (How to found a university?) the university archive outlines Helmut Schelsky's founding concept of the "Reformuniversität" Bielefeld which proved to become a successful model although the general conditions worsened. The second part of the exhibition is titled "Innovation ist unsere Tradition" (innovation is our tradition) and highlights forty years of digital innovation performed by the university library - before and after the emergence of the internet and Google.

Original documents, accessible exhibits and multimedia presentations will bring past and present of the university and the library to life. Both exhibitions can be visited from October 21 to November 25, 2009 in area C1. Come on in!

You are invited to the vernissage which takes place on October 21, 18.00 in area C1 as well. The opening address will be held by Dr Irmgard Siebert, Director of the University and Regional Library, Düsseldorf.

Further information about the exhibitions:

Celebratory Calendar of the University's 40th Anniversary

14 Aug 2009

New Acqusitions Lists

The library's new acquisitions (purchase, exchange, gift) of the last four weeks can now be browsed again. We provide a list arranged by discipline.

New Acquisitions of the Last Four Weeks

17 Jul 2009

Interface connects BiPrints repository and research database FoDa

The repository BiPrints (http://repositories.ub.uni-bielefeld.de/biprints/) stores permanently quality assessed full texts of scholarly works and assures visibility and ease of access on the internet. At the moment is comprises some 2500 publications from Bielefeld scholars of all faculties.
Recently, an interface between BiPrints and the university's research database FoDa has been realized. This new connection enables the additional upload of publications for existing or new FoDa entries. Users may add descriptive bibliographic data or can have the library do it. The full text will be uploaded and indexed automatically while a persistent address assigned to the full text will be inserted in the research database entry.
When a BiPrints record exists, it will improve the visibility of the text on the web and thus promote the citation frequency. On top of that longterm availability is guaranteed by the library.

Contact: Susanne Riedel, susanne.riedel@uni-bielefeld.de

07 May 2009

Trial Accesses until 31 July 2009: BioOne, Beck-eBibliothek

BioOne

BioOne is a non-commercial publishing house which offers a platform for bioscience journals. It comprises of two collections, BioOne 1 und BioOne 2, and hosts all in all about 145 journals. On top of that, the platform includes an open access section with currently more than ten journals (information as of 27 February 2009).

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Beck e-Bibliothek

For libraries, museums and archives, the publishing houses C.H. Beck, Vahlen and Nomos intend to publish more than 350 textbooks and commentaries as "Beck-eBibliothek". Starting in 2009, recent (published in 2006-2008) books in the field of law and economics will be available. The demonstration version which is currently available includes two commentaries and 24 textbooks by C.H. Beck (information as of 20 April 2009).

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18 May 2009

Staff Meeting on May 27, 2009: Library partly closed

On May 27, 2009 in the morning, the library will be partly closed because of a staff meeting. Affected areas are the northern wing (entrances C and E), the Central Lending Department, and the ZiF-Library, which then will exceptionally open not until 10.00. We kindly apologize for the inconvenience caused.

15 May 2009

Trial Access until 28 June 2009: Kindlers Literatur Lexikon

Kindlers Literatur Lexikon

The "Kindler" represents the most comprehensive encyclopedia in literary history in all Europe. It includes 18,000 entries describing the most significant works of world literature, among those are about 16,000 works of some 8,000 important authors from all over the wolrd plus about 2,000 anonymous works. Moreover you can find comprehensive, cross-epochal descriptions of literary matters and more than 120 essays dealing with the literatures of the world.

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15 May 2009

New Library Cards (Update)

Due to universitywide IT management adoptions which affect the library systems, too, we unfortunately have to announce disturbances probably until Tuesday, 19 May 2009. In detail:

  • Library cards or replacements cannot be issued
  • Online applications for library cards cannot be prcessed.

We will keep you informed and publish news on the issue in good time.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

04 May 2009

Trial Acesses: Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception, Latinum Electronicum, Der literarische Expressionismus Online (until 29 May 2009)

Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception

Comprehensive reference work on the origins and development of the Bible in its Jewish and Christian canonical forms. The work will consist of thirty volumes appearing over a projected ten-year period (2008 - 2018) and accompanied by a parallel online version. The project is divided into five areas: the formation of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, the New Testament, the Bible in the Judaic and Christian traditions respectively, and biblical reception and influence in literature, art, music, and film, as well as in Islam and in other religions that do not ascribe exclusive authority to the Bible but in some way draw upon its traditions.

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Latinum Electronicum

The Latinum Electronicum is an interactive Latin course. It imparts the basics of the Latin language in 23 learning units and leads to a Latin certificate.

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Der literarische Expressionismus Online

This database provides full text access to the articles which appeared in 151 journals in the era of expressionism. It covers about 40,000 articles by more than 5,000 authors. All in all the database consists of more than 79,000 digitized pages.

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02 Apr 2009

New Database: International Encyclopedia of Communication Online

The online version of the International Encyclopedia of Communication provides more than 1,350 articles concerning all subsections of media and communication science and related fields such as law, psychology, and economics. This interdisciplinaryly arranged reference work covers the whole range of communication sciences starting from methodology to concrete research. Treated issues are: communication theory, communication philosophy, interpersonal communication, journalism, media law, PR etc.

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20 Mar 2009

Trial Access American Film Scripts Online (until 18 May 09)

American Film Scripts Online (AFSO) is a current project which aims to digitize and comprehensively index about 1,000 motion picture scripts. It will not only give access to many yet unpublished scripts but also promote the acceptance of scripts as a literary genre.

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19 Mar 2009

Trial Access British History Online (until 16 Apr 09)

This database includes sources on mediaeval and ancient history of Great Britain. For further information refer to the British History Online Brochure

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26 Jan 2009

Library Website Relaunch: New Corporate Design, New Services

Bielefeld University Library is happy to present its restructured and enhanced information services range:

The most obvious alteration concerns our website: we adopted the corporate design of Bielefeld University with its versatile system of colours, planes and pictures. As the range of services is growing continously, we realized the necessity to improve the transparency and user friendliness of our website and modernize it at the same time. The new corporate design which was introduced for the university as a whole offered a number of chances.

The right column presenting a context related support and information area on almost every page is an absolutely new concept. Here you will find tips, further information or reference to contentwise related pages.

But, the implementation of some database and search engine supported services with new functions - partially related to the Web 2.0 concept - has been a major challenge. Examples of what we have successfully carried out are the new library catalogue, the new publication server BiPrints and the search engine BASE.

According to the BITV guidelines (Barrierefreie Informationstechnik-Verordnung) we have optimized our pages with regard to accessibility.
Almost all existing web addresses will stay in further use, so you don't have to worry about changing bookmarks.

Tell us what you think about the new web pages!

26 Jan 2009

Library Catalogue: New Design and New Technology

The library catalogue is the most important tool for searching and finding items in the collection of Bielefeld University Library. The new website design was adopted to the appearance of the catalogue. Moreover, it underwent a complete Restructuring based on a new innovative technology. This new technology enables several new functions:

  • Availability of items will already be displayed in the result list (short title list)
  • Search results can subsequently be refined
  • Search result arrangement can be changed (publication year, author, title, volume)
  • Search history
  • Simultaneous search in several databases: Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek, BASE and journal database JADE
  • Display of the book cover, if available
  • Author names are linked to corresponding entries in Wikipedia
  • Query suggestions (suggestions for completing your query)
  • Spell checking and suggestions in case of typing errors ("Did you mean...?")

The catalogue can be searched from each library web page. Use the search field which is located in the top right position. Of course an advanced search form with detailed search options is provided, too. With the new catalogue we now hope to optimize the search options even more and better meet your search needs. We appreciate your comments!

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26 Jan 2009

Search Engine BASE Appears in New Design

In the course of the redesigning activities of the university library's website, the "Bielefeld Academic Search Engine" has undergone some changes in design, too. In addition we used the opportunity to add some new features to it. BASE is an international search engine which is operated by Bielefeld University Library since 2004. Metadata of freely accessible scientific documents (open access publications) stored on more than 1,050 different servers are collected, indexed and made available for searching. Among these servers are all major publication servers such as the famous arXiv and PubMed as well as servers of scientific instituitions such as the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft or CERN. Of course the servers located in Bielefeld, BiPrints and the electronic journal Documenta Mathematica for example, are included.

Along with Google Scholar and OAIster, BASE is one of the world's most voluminous search engines of this kind and promotes concurrently the visibility of the open access publications created in Bielefeld. One of the highlights of BASE's features is a multilingual search option. On the basis of a language thesauraus it permits to search in one language and retrieve results in up to 20 other languages.

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 05 Jan 2009

New Databases: Frantext, Kritisches Lexikon zur fremdsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur (KLfG), StatistikNetz.de and Süddeutsche Zeitung Archiv

Frantext: Voluminous collection of more than 3,700 essential texts on French literature from the 16th to the 20th century. Any genre of fiction is incorporated (80%) as well as essays, treatices and correspondency in the fields of philosophy, science and art (20%).

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The KLfG presents the life and work of prominent contemporary writers of world literature, who have influenced the literature of their language and cultural areas and still do. The database includes more than 600 author entries.

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StatistikNetz.de combines leading national and international official statistical sources to a webbased, centralized database: Eurostat: complete EU foreign trade, Eurostat: "Regio" (regional statistic of the EU), Eurostat: major fields of economy and social statistic from "NewCronos", OECD: "SourceOECD" statistic databases, IWF: International Financial Statistics, UNIDO: Industrial Statistics, Statistisches Bundesamt: Statis Bund (Genesis), Deutsche Bundesbank: Statistiken der Monatsberichte und Statistischen Beihefte.

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Süddeutsche Zeitung Archiv contains the national edition, Bavaria edition and Munich edition including the county editions since 1992, the SZ-Magazin since 1999, SZ-Extra and SZ Prime Time. Since the publication year 1998 the articles can be viewed as newspaper pages in PDF format. The current national edition issue is already available at 22.00 of the previous day. Both current Bavaria and Munich edition issues are available at 07.00 of the same day.

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08 Jan 2009

Renewals etc. via Internet not possible

From Tuesday, 13 Jan. 2009 until Monday, 19 Jan. 2009 (expectedly), the library will have to conduct inevitable systems maintenance work in order to adjust to the North Rhine-Westphalian library network. The disturbances for the users will be kept at a minimum level.

The library will be open at usual hours.

From 14 Jan., 19.00 until 19. Jan. 2009 access to "My Loan Account" is not possible which means, that renewals via internet, reservations and the display of the loan status of library media is not possible.

The circulation desks, however, are in full service and conduct loans, returns, renewals and reservations as usual.

Exceptions:

  • Wednesday, 14 Jan. from 19.00 until 15 Jan., 10.00
  • Saturday, 17 Jan.
  • Sunday, 18 Jan.

At that time we will have to work offline. Loans and returns can be made, interlibrary loans unfortunately not.

But: from 14 Jan. until 19 Jan. you can call us on the phone (+49 521 106-67788) for renewals or contact the circulation desk staff personally.

2008

11 Dec 2008

Loan System Shutdown on Wed., 17 Dec. from 16.00 to Thurs., 18 Dec. 2008, 9.00.

Due to urgently required maintenance work, the loan system will not be available during the above mentioned time period. Please reschedule borrowings and returns! The library, however, will be open.
Access to your loan account via internet and access to the interlibrary loan function are interrupted as well.

02 Dec 2008

New Interdisciplinary Database: F.A.Z.-BiblioNet

F.A.Z.-BiblioNet includes more than 1.6 million articles published in FAZ (Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung), Rhein-Main-Zeitung and on FAZ.NET. The archive dates back to Jan. 1, 1993 (Sonntagszeitung and Rhein-Main-Zeitung since 1996 and FAZ.NET since 1999).
Please note: off-campus access via VPN is not enabled!

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02 Dec 2008

Trial Access "Cambridge Collections Online" (until 31 Dec 2008)

The trial access includes the following e-book collections: The Cambridge Companions Complete Collection consisting of The Cambridge Companions to Literature and Classics (175 works), The Cambridge Companions to Philosophy, Religion and Culture (109 works), Shakespeare Survey (Shakespeare Yearbook, Vol. 1.1948 ff.)

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01 Dec 2008

Christmas Break: Exceptional Rules for Non-Circulating Books

In line with the closure of the university during this year's Christmas break, the library will also be closed.

The public access areas (departmental libraries, Reference Department, Central Lending Department) will be open until Tuesday, 23 Dec. 2008, 18.00 and will reopen on Monday, 05 Jan. 2009, 08.00.

Exceptional Rules for Non-Circulating Books

The library wants to support and accommodate researchers, students and examinees as much as possible. For this reason we agreed on exceptional rules for borrowing non-circulating books during the Christmas break. Details of the agreement are as follows:

  • Lecturers, teaching staff and other staff members of the university may borrow non-circulating library items for the holiday as usual. The period Dec. 23, 2008 until Jan. 6, 2009 counts as one day.
  • As from Dec. 16, exceptional loan conditions will apply to examinees, doctoral candidates and library users who have "Tischapparate" at their disposal. Please contact your departmental library for details.
  • Bielefeld University students who are not examinees are allowed to borrow three library items maximum. This rule is valid only on Dec. 23, 2008. The items must be returned on Jan. 6, 2009 at the latest.
  • These exceptions do not apply to members of the public or other universities.
11 Nov 2008

Trial Access "Revue d'Histoire ecclésiastique: bibliography (RHE)" and "Dictionnaire d'histoire et de géographie ecclésiastiques (DHGE)" (until 08 Dec 2008)

RHE represents an international subject bibliography database in the field of church history and includes more than 100,000 records.
DHGE reprents a comprehensive reference work including more than 70,000 subject and biographical articles in the field of church history.

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11 Nov 2008

Trial Access "Frantext" (until 05 Dec 2008)

Voluminous collection of more than 3,700 essential texts on French literature from the 16th to the 20th century. Any genre of fiction is incorporated (80%) as well as essays, treatices and correspondency in the fields of philosophy, science and art (20%).

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03 Nov 2008

Trial Access "MarketLine" (until 10 Nov 2008)

MarketLine is a database for conducting international market, business and company enquiries.

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30 Oct 2008

Trial Access "Cambridge Histories Online" (until 30 Nov 2008)

This database offers more than 250 comprehensive descriptions and reference works by Cambridge University Press, a publisher recognized for historical research. The content covers British and American history, Chinese, African and Latin American history, history of literature and music, social history and history of economics, history of religious studies and philosophie as well as history of natural science.

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15 Oct 2008

Trial Access "Social Work Abstracts Plus" (until 02 Nov 2008)

Social Work Abstracts Plus represents a bibliographic database on the subject of social work. It was published by the National Association of Social Workers and includes records from the journal "Social Work" plus about 400 related journals.

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13 Oct 2008

Trial Access "Kritisches Lexikon zur fremdsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur" (until 15 Nov 2008)

The KLfG presents the life and work of prominent contemporary writers of world literature, who have influenced the literature of their language and cultural areas and still do. The database includes more than 600 author entries.

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08 Oct 2008

New Public Health Database: Deutsches Krankenhaus-Adressbuch

This database contains addresses of hospitals, counselling and rehabilitation instituitions, sanatoriums, professional schools, authorities, associations, insurance companies in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

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23 Sep 2008

Trial Access Süddeutsche Zeitung Archiv (until Oct. 08, 2008)

This archive contains the national edition, Bavaria edition and Munich edition including the county editions since 1992, the SZ-Magazin since 1999, SZ-Extra and SZ Prime Time. Since the publication year 1998 the articles can be viewed as newspaper pages in PDF format. The current national edition issue is already available at 22.00 of the previous day. Both current Bavaria and Munich edition issues are available at 07.00 of the same day.

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22 Sep 2008

Visit the Library Information Booth on Oct, 10, 14.00-18.00 in the Hall

GENIALE Bielefeld 2008In the course of the Geniale festival, the library will be present with an information booth located in area V in the hall. The library's ongoing motto "Portal to the Knowledge of the World" will be illustrated by the presentation of the many information services which the library has to offer. We will introduce you to methods of easy and fast information searching. Get involved in our Bib-Quiz or browse for bargains at the book bazaar.

26 Aug 2008

Extended Opening Hours Postponed

For the time being the extension of the opening hours as of September 1, 2008 unfortunately has to be postponed.

20 Aug 2008

Trial Access to F.A.Z.-BiblioNet (until 19 Sept 2008)

F.A.Z.-BiblioNet contains more than 1.6 million articles of the "FAZ", "Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung", the "Rhein-Main-Zeitung" and the FAZ.NET. The archive goes back to Jan. 1, 1993. Since Jan. 1, 2001 all articles of the "FAZ" and Sonntagszeitung are available as a whole in PDF format. Each article is displayed with its graphics. Due to copyright regulations photos can not be displayed. However, the complete pages in PDF format contain all graphics, photos and images. Excluded are: Ads, exchange rate tables, cartoons, weather, events, and inserts.
Please note: Access via VPN from off-campus is not provided!

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15 Aug 2008

Collection of Psychological and Pedagogical Tests

The bibliographic data of all 1400 tests presented in the Media Resource Center / Testothek located in T1 have been recorded digitally. As of now, title lists arranged by area of application are available online. Along with the bibliographic data come, where necessary, further information on special using options (proof of qualification) or links leading to more information on the test itself (e.g., via "Hogrefe Testzentrale" or especially the database segment "PSYNDEXplus Tests").
On top of that, the check of availability (loan status) has been realized. This is an improvement in comfort, since up to now this information could only be given locally in the Media Resource Center. These lists build a complete record of the library's holdings, whereas the library catalogue only contains newer ones.

Collection of Psychological and Pedagogical Tests (only in German)
11 Aug 2008

Trial Access "Social Work Abstracts Plus"

"Social Work Abstracts Plus" is a bibliographic database by the National Association of Social Workers. It contains references of the journal "Social Work" and about 400 other journals relating to the field of social work.

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02 Jul 2008

Trial Access wiso eBooks (until 31 Dec 2008)

wiso eBooks offers access to full texts to more than 100 journal titles in the field of Business and Economics. The journals are published by Deutscher Fachverlag, Rainer Hampp Verlag and Haufe Mediengruppe.

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01 Jul 2008

New Scanning Feature and Book Copiers

As of now the colour printers in the departmental libraries enable to scan documents. The prize for one page DIN-A4 is 1 Cent. Just like copies and printouts the amount due is debited to your "Mensakarte" or your temporary TDM card.

The scanned document will be available as a file in the download area of the TDM website for 48 hours at the most. Printed user guides can be found at each copy machine, electronic versions are provided on the TDM Website, in the selection menu filed under "Scannen"

In addition, each departmental library and the Special Reading Romm have been equipped with special book copiers ("Bookeyes"). These machines enable gentle copying of books in particular by scanning from above. Scanned pages can be printed out directly on a connected printer located alongside. The cost for one page DIN-A4 is 4 Cent.

The previously provided PCs with scanning function have been dismantled because these new ones offer a wider range of functionality.

Please note: after a transitional period of two years, the paper copycheck cards have become invalid on June 30. A refund of balances is not possible.

Photocopy & Scan
16 Jun 2008

Outage of Electronic Services on Thursday, June 19 from 7.00 to 10.00

A recent power failure led to technical problems in the university computing center. As a result the power supply needs to be checked now. During this procedure most of the servers have to be cut off.

The electronic services of the library are affected as well and will therefore not be available on Thursday, June 19, most probably from 7.00 to 10.00. Due to the outage the web pages, the library catalogue, the circulation system and Stud.IP will not be available.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

11 Jun 2008

Additional SMART Board in the Reference Department

As of today, an adsitional smartboard is available and can be used by research teams and student working groups for collaborative learning.
It is installed in the Reference Department (B1, entrance via C1). This device is a combination of a blackboard and a computer. You navigate and project the contents of presentations or web pages onto the screen and edit by means of electronic crayons. More smartboards can be found in E1-151, T1-224 and V1-205.

How to use the SMART Boards (in German)
11 Jun 2008

Journals of the German Enlightenment - Digitization Project Completed For Now

The library's project

"Retrospektive Digitalisierung wissenschaftlicher Rezensionsorgane und Literaturzeitschriften des 18. und 19. Jahrhunderts aus dem deutschen Sprachraum" (Retrospective Digitization of Scientific Review Organs and Literary Magazines of the 18th and 19th Century in the German-speaking Area)

which was funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) within its "Cultural Heritage" programme has for now been completed. The current follow-up project term has been two years:

www.ub.uni-bielefeld.de/diglib/aufklaerung/

From 2000 to 2003 and 2006 to 2008, 160 German-language journals from the epoch of the German Enlightenment until the beginning of the 19th century have been digitized.
The included review organs and general interest journals cover every subject - such as literature, fine arts, philosophy, theology, law, history, economics and science and represent a cross section of the rich journal market of that time. Thus they allow a synoptical access to this communication medium, which is typical for the period in question.
The first and foremost criterion for the selection of the periodicals for the project was their appearance in the "Index deutschsprachiger Zeitschriften 1750 - 1815" worked out by the Akademie der Wissenschaften (Academy of Sciences) zu Göttingen.

The periodicals are presented as digital images and are freely available on the web. Apart from only few exceptions each journal is completely available comprising all its volumes ever published. This equals some 967,000 scanned pages and 118,250 articles.
Users may access individual journals either by browsing the list of volumes and the tables of contents linked to each one or use the provided search tool, which allows searching single articles or reviews. The functionality of the search tool is based on the bibliographic data which have been worked out from the included articles.

The project was carried out in cooperation with the Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen and Georg Olms Verlag AG (publisher):
The bibliographic data of the journal articles have been produced during the indexing project "Index deutschsprachiger Zeitschriften 1750 - 1815" of the Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen, which was funded from 1975 until 1987 by the Stiftung Volkswagenwerk and the DFG.
Olms Verlag supplied the microfiche editions of the respective journals.

The online editions of the journals are recorded in the library catalogue.

04 Jun 2008

Trial Access Springer Protocols (until middle of July 2008)

Springer Protocols is the largest subscription-based electronic database of reproducible laboratory protocols in the Life and Biomedical Sciences. Compiling protocols from the book series Methods in Molecular Biology, Methods in Molecular Medicine, Methods in Biotechnology, Methods in Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Neuromethods, as well as from a number of laboratory handbooks, such as The Biomethods Handbook, The Proteomics Handbook, and the Springer Laboratory Manuals, Springer Protocols offers researchers access to tested, easily reproducible, step-by-step protocols for immediate use in their lab.

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03 Jun 2008

Entrance S1 Open Again

The complete library collection located in area S1 is available again. As of today the circulation desk operates again as usual Mon - Fri from 9.00 to 16.00.

Opening Hours
26 May 2008

Trial Access StatistikNetz.de (until 31 Dec 2008)

StatistikNetz.de combines leading national and international official statistical sources to a webbased, centralized database: Eurostat: complete EU foreign trade, Eurostat: "Regio" (regional statistic of the EU), Eurostat: major fields of economy and social statistic from "NewCronos", OECD: "SourceOECD" statistic databases, IWF: International Financial Statistics, UNIDO: Industrial Statistics, Statistisches Bundesamt: Statis Bund (Genesis), Deutsche Bundesbank: Statistiken der Monatsberichte und Statistischen Beihefte.

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26 May 2008

Library Area S Open

The complete collection in the library area S is available again.

The areas S1 and S0 can be reached through the door connecting areas T and U. However, entrance S and the respective circulation desk still need to remain closed.

21 May 2008

Trial Access Credo Reference (until 20 Jun 2008)

Credo Reference provides access to 300 English-language reference works (encyclopedias, dictionaries, subject related lexicons, biographical indexes ...) which have been published by well-known publishers. An included full text search allows to search all title entries, across all included books, one or more subjects or in a single work.

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14 May 2008

Reduced Circulation Service from Friday, 18.00 through Sunday - Library stays open

In order to provide a timely circulation system for our users we have now reached the point where it is compulsory to implement an extensive software update. As a result the circulation service will be reduced beginning Friday, May 16, 18.00 through Sunday. The library stays open without any changes.

During this time, access to the loan accounts via internet ("My Loan Account") and the interlibrary loan function will not be possible.

Possible is:

  • to borrow and return library items

Not possible is:

  • renew, reserve and re-borrow library items
  • interlibrary loan orders (books and articles)
  • loan status display in the library catalogue
  • access to "My Loan Account"
  • metasearch personal login ("My Metasearch")

We apologize for any inconvenience.
13 May 2008

Digitization: 19 more Journals of the German Enlightenment Online

Within the digitization project of Bielefeld University Library "Retrospective Digitization of Scientific Review Organs and Literary Magazines of the 18th and 19th Century in the German-speaking Area" 19 further journals in electronic facsimile form have been made available. Both browsing and searching for particular articles contained in the journals is maintained. This digital "collection" now includes 144 journals.

List of Journal Titles (in German)
09 May 2008

Longitudinal Wing in Area S Reopened / Special Arrangements

As of now, the longitudinal wing of area S is reopen to the public. The Philosophy, Art, Music, Geography und Eastern European History collection is available again.
This part of the library can be reached through the door connecting areas T and U. Entrance S and the respective circulation desk remain closed.

Please note the following special arrangements for the collections in area S which are still not accessible:

Special Arrangements for the Collection Affected by Closing
07 May 2008

Trial Access Moutons interaktive Einführung in die historische Linguistik des Deutschen (until 06 Jun 2008)

"Moutons Interaktive Einführung in die Historische Linguistik des Deutschen" provides a voluminous overview to the developments in linguistic history of the German language, from its beginnings to the present time. Using text, pictures and sound it describes how phonology, morphology, syntax and lexis have changed over time.

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07 May 2008

Trial Access The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Online
(until 22 May 2008)

Online version of The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics, 2nd edition, edited by Steven N. Durlauf and Lawrence E. Blume, contains over 1,850 articles by more than 1,500 economists worldwide. The articles can be searached alphabetically, by author or by JEL Classification.

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30 Apr 2008

Access to the Library in the Oberstufen-Kolleg as of May, 5

As announced earlier, as of May 1,2008 the Library in the Oberstufenkolleg is no longer departmental library.

Please consider the following changes, effective as of May, 5:

  • The OS-Library will be run by the Oberstufen Kolleg as a reference libary.
  • Library items can be used on-site, but can not be borrowed.
  • The hours of the OS-Library are as follows: Mon - Fri, 10.00 - 14.00.

If you still have library items at home, please return them at one of the circulation terminals in the university library. Book return facilities are no longer provided in the OS-Library.

In case of questions please refer to Ute Wiessner, phone: +49 521 106-4110 or email ute.wiessner@uni-bielefeld.de

28 Apr 2008

New Springer eBook Bundles

The newly licensed bundles contain the full texts of German-language books in the categories "Architecture and Design", "Behavioral Sciences", "Biomedical and Life Sciences", "Chemistry and Materials Sciences", "Earth and Environmental Scineces", "Humanities, Social Sciences and Law", "Mathematics and Statistics" and "Physics and Astronomy", all available via the SpringerLink portal.

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28 Apr 2008

Trial Access EconLit with Full Text and Computers & Applied Sciences Complete (until June 30, 2008)

EconLit with Full Text will contain all of the content available in EconLit, plus full text for many journals including titles from the American Economic Association (AEA), including: American Economic Review, Journal of Economic Literature, and Journal of Economic Perspectives. This database will also include many non-English full-text journals in economics and finance.
Computers & Applied Sciences Complete covers the research and development spectrum of the computing and applied sciences disciplines. CASC provides indexing and abstracts for more than 1,470 academic journals, professional publications, and other reference sources from a diverse collection. Full text is also available for more than 660 periodicals.

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28 Apr 2008

DBIS Temporarily not Available - Direct Database Access Prepared

Because of a major operational fault on the part of the database system provider, the "Datenbank-Informationssystem" (DBIS) is temporarily not available. Those responsible are working hard to solve the problem. For the most important databases we have prepared a deviation so that direct access is possible.

Direct Database Access Page

24 Apr 2008

Digitization: 11 more Journals of the German Enlightenment Online

Within the digitization project of Bielefeld University Library "Retrospective Digitization of Scientific Review Organs and Literary Magazines of the 18th and 19th Century in the German-speaking Area" 11 further journals in electronic facsimile form have been made available. Both browsing and searching for particular articles contained in the journals is maintained. This digital "collection" now includes 125 journals.

List of Journal Titles (in German)
24 Apr 2008

Extraordinary Staff Meeting on Apr 25th: Library partly closed
until 10.00

On April 25, 2008 some areas of the library will not open until 10.00 due to an extraordinary staff meeting. The following areas are affected: entrance E, the Reference Department, the Central Lending Department, the ZiF-Library and the Library of the Oberstufen-Kolleg (OS).
Thank you for your understanding.

21 Apr 2008

Temporary Disturbances in the Areas T1 and U1 on Apr. 22, 2008

The university management has announced 500 measurement procedures in the entire university building due to the asbestos finding. Within this action plan, the library areas T1 and U1 will be affected on Apr 22, 2008. Library users may have to face temporary disturbances between 11.00 and 20.00.
Thank you for your understanding.

17 Apr 2008

Precautionary Closing of Library Areas S0/S1

Due to asbestos findings, the library areas S0/S1 will remain closed. This is a precautionary action. We apologize for the restrictions caused, but with regard to the well-being of our users and staff this action is unevitable.
The library aims to keep the annoyance for the users at a minimum level. Please note the following special arrangements:

Special Arrangements for the Collection Affected by Closing
14 Apr 2008

Trial Access KLG and KDG (via Munzinger)

The KLG (Kritisches Lexikon zur deutschsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur) is a renowned and proven standard reference work on contemporary German language literature. For decades now, the encyclopaedia has always described current developments in a well-informed and comprehensive way and has always included young writers. KLG is linked with other information services by Munzinger and will be currently updated and expanded.
The KDG (Komponisten der Gegenwart), on the other hand, represents a comprehensive and unique work which introduces the major composers in Germany and abroad since the beginning of the 20th century. It includes the work and life of more than 750 individuals as well as catalogues raisonnés, selective discographies and selective bibliographies.

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11 Apr 2008

Digitization: 16 more Journals of the German Enlightenment Online

Within the digitization project of Bielefeld University Library "Retrospective Digitization of Scientific Review Organs and Literary Magazines of the 18th and 19th Century in the German-speaking Area" 16 further journals in electronic facsimile form have been made available. Both browsing and searching for particular articles contained in the journals is maintained. This digital "collection" now includes 114 journals.

List of Journal Titles (in German)
07 Apr 2008

Precautionary Closing of Library Areas S0 and S1 : Update

Due to asbestos findings some days ago, it was decided to close the library areas S0 and S1 for three weeks. It probably will reopen in week 18, detailed information will follow. This is a precautionary action. We apologize for the restrictions caused, but with regard to the well-being of our users and staff this action is unevitable.
For current news on the matter, refer to
uni.aktuell.
Moreover, the university has compiled further information on the asbestos issue on a special FAQ page:
FAQ (in German)

The library aims to keep the annoyance for the users at a minimum level. Please note the following special arrangements:

Special Arrangements for the Collection Affected by Closing
28 Mar 2008

Precautionary Closing of Library Areas S0 and S1

Part of the library premises will be converted for the benefit of the newly installed excellency cluster "Cognitive interaction Technology". In the course of preparatory actions for the conversion, asbestos was found in the ceilings of area S0 for the first time. Health hazards for users and staff can not be eliminated. As a precaution, the university chancellor has instructed the immediate vacation and closure of the affected areas.

Due to that, you will unfortunately have to encounter restrictions when visiting the library in the next few days. We apologize for the inconvenience caused but with regard to the well-being of our users and staff this action is unevitable. Thank you for your understanding.

Press Release by Bielefeld University

25 Mar 2008

New: Large Lockers

Photo Large LockersAs of today, the library provides large lockers in addition to the small ones. It was the user's request to have room to store big bags or even suitcases while using the library.

The 16 provided large lockers are located on the gallery next to the law library's entrance (entrance TLU).
In contrast to the small lockers, which you can use with only a 2,- € deposit, the large ones cost an additional utilisation fee of 2,- € per day.

25 Mar 2008

New Digitized Imprints

The scope of digitized imprints has been expanded by three further works in the field of "Literary Studies / German Language and Literature":

Dehmel, Richard: Kriegs-Brevier (1917)
Dehmel, Richard: Die Menschenfreunde (1917)
Dehmel, Richard: Zwischen Volk und Menschheit: Kriegstagebuch (1919)

More works from the library's holdings will follow and enhance the existing digital collection.

Table Digitized Imprints
19 Mar 2008

May 1, 2008: OS Library No Longer Departmental Library

As of May 1, 2008, the Library of the Oberstufen-Kolleg will no longer be departmental library of Bielefeld University Library.
Please, consider the following information when using the OS Library:

  • Circulation and renewals of library items is only possible until March 31, 2008. The circulation of journals has already been stopped.
  • Return of library items in the OS Library is possible until April 30, 2008. Past that, please turn items in at all other departmental libraries.
  • Reservations, which are made available in April, can only be used on-site.

In case of questions please refer to Ute Wiessner, phone: +49 521 106-4110 or email ute.wiessner@uni-bielefeld.de

14 Mar 2008

Staff Meeting on April 7, 2008: Library partly closed

On April 7, 2008 in the morning, the library will be partly closed because of a staff meeting.
Affected areas are the northern wing (entrances C and E) and the Central Lending Department, which will then exceptionally open at 10.00.
We kindly apologize for the inconvenience caused.

03 Mar 2008

Stud.IP: Version 1.6 Update Includes New Design

The eLearning platform Stud.IP was upgraded. We now provide version 1.6 which comes up with a remarkable redesign of its surface.
Included in this version are some new functions as follows: an additional discussion forum and file folders for group work.
For further information, please refer to Ralf Hofacker and Susanne Riedel (studip.ub@uni-bielefeld.de, Tel.: 106-4032)

Stud.IP

27 Feb 2008

Further Journals of the German Enlightenment Online / New Digitized Imprints

Within the digitization project of Bielefeld University Library "Retrospective Digitization of Scientific Review Organs and Literary Magazines of the 18th and 19th Century in the German-speaking Area" 5 further journals in electronic facsimile form have been made available. Both browsing and searching for particular articles contained in the journals is maintained:

https://www.ub.uni-bielefeld.de/diglib/aufklaerung/

At present 90 journals are ready for use.

Our range of digitized imprints has been expanded as well. In the field of "History" we added:

Zedlitz-Neukirch, Leopold von: Die freien Staedte : ein geogr.-statist.-histor. Taschenbuch fuer Geschaeftsmaenner u. Reisende wie zum Gebrauch aller Staende (1833)
Bertuch, Carl: Carl Bertuchs Tagebuch zum Wiener Kongreß (1916)

Further works from the library's holdings will follow and enhance the existing digital collection.

Table Digitized Imprints
21 Jan 2008

Ordering of Journal Articles: Alterations

As of now, your journal article orders will no longer be processed by our local JASON system. We are now connected to a central interlibrary loan system which is already in operation for the interlibrary loan book orders.
The order transactions will become easier to handle and more transparent. The prices and the delivery periods will not change.

Ordering of Journal Articles

16 Jan 2008

Book Baskets

Your feedback to our user survey in autumn 2006 included a lot of wishes regarding the optimization of the working conditions in the library.

We are pleased to now announce the realization of one of these wishes: We provide 200 book baskets to allow comfortable transportation of library items and material within the premises of the library.

14 Jan 2008

Trial Access eBook Collection MyiLibrary (until 10 Feb 2008)

At present "MyiLibrary" is the largest e-book collection. It includes 70,000 titles, covers all important fields of science and is enhanced by some 1,000 titles per week. Among the publishers who are involved are McGraw Hill, John Wiley, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Springer and Elsevier. The collection offers exclusive access to publications by international organizations, e.g. International Atomic Energy Agency, International Labour Organization and World Health Organization.

Start MyiLibrary Search
09 Jan 2008

Search "Staudinger-Kommentar zum BGB" via Juris

"Staudingers Kommentar zum Bürgerlichen Gesetzbuch" can now be accessed and searched via Juris.

On top, you now have the option to limit your search explicitly to this particular commentary. After having accessed Juris, click the option "Kommentare" in the navigation bar on the left, then "Index 2"click and "Staudinger BGB" Clicking "Alle Dokumente" takes you back to the complete data stock of Juris.

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2007

20 Dec 2007

Restrictions Affecting Document Delivery

The German Bundestag and the Bundesrat have decided upon changes on the German Copyright Act which will restrict our online interlibrary loan and the document delivery services considerably. As of January 1, 2008 the libraries have to stop their service of electronic document delivery. Sending out scanned material as email attachment is not feasible any more.
That's why, for the time being, your orders can only be fulfilled in print.
The print-outs can be collected as usual at the Central Lending Department of the library (A1-151).
We apologize for this inconvenience.

If you have any questions as concerns the changes and the new procedures, please contact in the Central Lending Department:
Sabine Jonscher and Claudia Jetzke (A1-151, phone: 4039) or via email:
ZentraleLeihstelle.ub@uni-bielefeld.de

19 Dec 2007

New Databases: Springer eBooks Informatik and Springer eBooks Technik

Both portals contain full text versions of German-language books on Informatics and Engineering.

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Access Springer eBooks Technik
17 Dec 2007

New Physics and Engineering Database: INSPEC

In INSPEC some 3,850 technical journals, about 2,200 conference proceedings, reports, books and dissertations from all over the world are recorded. It provides access to international literature in physics, electrical engineering, electronics, communications, control engineering, computers and computing, and information technology and more - enhanced by excellent and detailed indexing and abstracts. The contents matches the printed versions of "Physics Abstracts", "Electrical and Electronics Abstracts" and "Computer and Control Abstracts". After a thorough revision of classification codes and thesaurus in 2004, the new Section E "Manufacturing and Production Engineering" was added.

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12 Dec 2007

New Economics Database: Springer eBooks Management, Betriebs- und Volkswirtschaftslehre

This database contains about 800 German-language books in full text, published 2006 - 2008 focussing on management, business and administration and macroeconomics. It is part of the SpringerLink portal.

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05 Dec 2007

Further Journals of the German Enlightenment Online

Within the digitization project of Bielefeld University Library

"Retrospective Digitization of Scientific Review Organs and Literary Magazines of the 18th and 19th Century in the German-speaking Area"

27 further journals in electronic facsimile form have been made available since the beginning of this year. Both browsing and searching for particular articles contained in the journals is possible:

https://www.ub.uni-bielefeld.de/diglib/aufklaerung/

Currently 71 journals are provided in this project. Until the end of the two-year project in May 2008 (which is already the continuation of a former one), several more will follow. A title list of the journals to come is available on the project website.

In order to improve the comfort of use of our digitization web pages, we added an RSS-Feed option. This feed will supply news regarding newly integrated journals to the project pool as well as notes on new digitized imprints of the library's own collection ("Digitized Imprints").

This project is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG). It is implemented in cooperation with the publishing house Georg Olms Verlag AG, who supplied the microfiche editions of the journals and thus form the basis of the digitization and the Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen, who supplied the electronic edition of "Index deutschsprachiger Zeitschriften 1750-1815" which is necessary for subject indexing.

30 Nov 2007

Christmas Break: Exceptional Rules for Non-Circulating Books

In line with the closure of the university during this year's Christmas break, the library will also be closed from 22 Dec 2007 until 1 Jan 2008.

On Friday, 21 Dec 2007 the library will close as early as 18.00 and open again on Wednesday, 2 Jan 2008, 8.00.

The library wants to support and accommodate researchers, students and examinees as much as possible. For this reason we agreed on exceptional rules for borrowing non-circulating books during the Christmas break. Details of the agreement are as follows:

  • Lecturers, teaching staff and other staff members of the university may borrow non-circulating library items on Dec. 21, 2007 and return them on Jan. 2, 2008. This period of time counts as one day.
  • As from Dec. 17, exceptional loan conditions will apply to examinees, doctoral candidates and library users who have ""Tischapparate" at their disposal. Please contact your departmental library for details.
  • Bielefeld University students who are not examinees are allowed to borrow three library items maximum. This rule is valid only on Dec. 21, 2007. The items must be returned on Jan. 2, 2008.
  • These exceptions do not apply to members of the public or other universities.
30 Nov 2007

New Digitized Imprints

The scope of digitized imprints has been expanded by five further works in the field of "Literary Studies / German Language and Literature":

Heine, Heinrich: Zur Geschichte der neueren schönen Literatur in Deutschland (1833)
Hofmannsthal, Hugo von: Die Frau im Fenster / Die Hochzeit der Sobeide / Der Abenteurer und die Sängerin (1899)
Däubler, Theodor: Mit silberner Sichel (1916)
Altenberg, Peter: Mein Lebensabend (1919)
Hofmannsthal, Hugo von: Das Salzburger grosse Welttheater (1923)

Further works from the library's holdings will follow and enhance the existing digital collection.

Table Digitized Imprints
28 Nov 2007

Catalogue of the "Umweltbibliothek" Prepared for Web Presence

As part of a cooperation between Bielefeld UL and the "Umweltzentrum" Bielefeld (UWZ), the instituition's library catalogue has been technically dressed and prepared for its use on the web. It is now available online.
This catalogue comprises some 10,000 titles focussing on the subjects environment, energy and society:

Catalogue of the "Umweltbibliothek" Bielefeld

As a special service for university instituitions, the library will continue the service to dress existing bibliographic data collections and prepare them for comfortable web presence.
If you want to draw on us and benefit from our expertise, please refer to Friedrich Summann, phone: +49 521 106-2631 or friedrich.summann@uni-bielefeld.de.

16 Nov 2007

Trial Access Press Display (until mid-December 2007)

Press Display gives access to more than 400 international daily and weekly papers from more than 70 countries in more than 38 languages. The papers are presented in complete versions with the original layout including advertisements and pictures.

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05 Nov 2007

New Journals on Offer in the Reference Department

The range of newspapers, which are held ready for use in the Reference Department, has been enlarged.
According to the results of a survey, the following newspapers have been added: Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ), El Pais and International Herald Tribune. You will find these and some 20 other daily and weekly papers in the reading corner in the Reference Department (Area B1 - Access via C1).

Newspapers and Magazines
02 Nov 2007

Trial Access SocINDEX with Full Text (until 31 Dec. 2007)

SocINDEX includes more than 1.6 million subject indexed records from some 4,000 different social science journals. For more than 620 journals abstracts are supplied. SocINDEX with Full Text offers full texts from 289 core journals beginning with their first year as well as selected full texts from 75 "priority" journals. Full texts of 547 books and 6,711 conference papers are added.

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29 Oct 2007

Trial Access Oxford Scholarship Online (until 31 Dec. 2007)

Oxford Scholarship online offers full-text access (XML and PDF) to some 1,000 selected academic books published by Oxford University Press. The collection covers economics, philosophy, politics, and religion.

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22 Oct 2007

200 New Cushions for Reading Room Chairs

The user survey of autumn 2006 made it clear: one of your desires is the improvement of the working environment in the library.
We fulfilled this desire and now provide chair cushions for 200 chairs in the departmental libraries and the Reference Department.
For a trial we purchased different models. We appreciate your feedback in person, via email info.ub@uni-bielefeld.de, via mailbox or the provided message boxes in the departmental libraries.

22 Oct 2007

Night of Readings on Oct. 24

Logo Night of Readings When in the Night of Readings the lecturers of Bielefeld University read from their book recommendations, a diversified and exciting mixture is guaranteed. The range is remarkably wide: it varies from history novel to political book and scientific literature.
Different reading nooks are prepared in different areas of the library: the "Denkzelle", the "Literatur-Foyer", the "Hochspannungsbereich" and more. The readings will take place concurrently every hour on the hour. While the cafés on the gallery offer food and drinks, Bielefeld guitarist and singer Kristin Shey will perform during the reading breaks.
The night of readings is one of many nationwide events which take place on the occasion of the "National Library Day". Admission is free.
The night of readings is organised collaborately by the university library, SL_K5 and the Ästhetische Zentrum, supported by the Absolventen-Netzwerk der Universität Bielefeld e.V. (Bielefeld University alumni network).
For the third time, lecturers were invited to recommend books which they themselves enjoyed to read - apart from scientific literature, too.

Night of Readings 2007: Programme (PDF-File, in German)
Book Recommendations for Students (in German)

Programme Overview:

Literaturfoyer:
20.00: Prof. Dr. Martin Egelhaaf: "Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften"
21.00: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Braungart: "Joseph und seine Brüder"
22.00: PD Dr. Holger Dainat: "Minutennovellen"

Denkzelle:
20.00: Dr. Eva Reichmann: "Funken im Abgrund"
21.00: Aileen Grothues: "Never let me go"
22.00: Christian W. Becker: "I, Robot"

Hochspannungsbereich:
20.00: Programme modification: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Seelbach: "Hauff: Erzählungen und Märchen"
21.00: Prof. Dr. Bärbel Fromme: "Mörderische Elemente"
22.00: Dr. Bettina Bläsing: "Der Fall Jane Eyre"

Bücherzirkel:
20.00: Harald Hahn: "Rot"
21.00: Dr. Stefanie Schäfers: "Hausaufgaben"
22.00: Dr. Matthias Rose: "Istanbul"

Überraschungsecke:
20.00: Prof. Dr. Holger Theisel: "Jacobs Leiter"
21.00: Dr. Michael Pätzold: "Looking for class" und "Stars and bars"
22.00: Prof. Dr. Jens Stoye: "Schäbels Frau"
19 Oct 2007

Scanners in the Law Library

In the foyer of the law library a special shelf was put up, where current editions of relevant books are arranged and tied with chains. These books cannot be taken away for copying etc. For this reason the library has installed a scanning machine right in front of the shelf in order to enable users to scan pages and save them to a USB flash drive. The handling is simple and free of charge.
You may choose between the options colour, gray-scale and black-and-white (text scans). Colour and gray-scale scans will automatically be saved in JPG format, text scans in TIF format.

17 Oct 2007

Bielefeld UL Scores High in Nationwide CHE University Ranking

Bielefeld University Library is assessed second best in a nationwide university ranking with an excellent overall score of 1,8.

Students assessed twelve different aspects of "their" university library. Bielefeld came off particularly well with the aspects "Availability of Literature", "Access to Electronic Journals", "Online User Service", "User Assistance", "Availability of Work Space in the Library" and "Opening Hours".

These current figures result from a students' evaluation of universities, where they were asked several questions concerning the library. too. The assessment is based on interviews with some 21,000 students from the so-called "scholarly disciplines", which include German Studies, English/American Studies, Romance Studies, History, Educational Science and Psychology.

This excellent assessment means both recognition of our achievements so far and motivation for the future. We will continuously optimize and enhance the concept of services we are committed to: we strive to combine a voluminous and up-to-date scope of information with user-friendly services and a modern learning and working environment. This is also what our new brand mark stands for: Information.plus!

Students assess their libraries
Catalogue of Services "Information.plus!"

17 Oct 2007

Printing in the Library from your Private Laptop

Internet access in the library via WLAN and your private laptop is a service, which you are already used to. But from now on you can also send print jobs from your laptop to printers in the library. In order to do so, you need to install a specific TDM print programme on your laptop. Analogous to the payment for your photocopies, the amounts due for the print-outs are debited to your "Mensakarte" or your temporary TDM card. Printing is possible at any photocopier in the library, which is equipped with a card reading device.

Printing from your Private Laptop (in German)

17 Oct 2007

Coin Changing Machine in the Law Library

In the foyer of the Law Library (U1) you will now find a coin changing machine. It is located next to the vending machine for temporary TDM cards.

15 Oct 2007

Trial Access: Education Research Complete (until mid-December)

Education Research Complete (ERC) is the most voluminous and complete collection of journals in the field of Pedagogy and Educational Studies worldwide. This database includes indexes and abstracts to some 1,780 journals as well as full-texts of some 870 journals, more than 80 books and numerous conference proceedings.

Access Education Research Complete
12 Oct 2007

Library Information Day on Oct. 23

Information Day More service, better provision, more library: On Tuesday, October 23, from 10.00 to 15.00 the library will be present in the university hall. You will have the chance to see our complete range of information services and learn about new developments - even the ones that are planned for the future.
We have prepared a competition, which will take place between 10.00 and 14.00. Join in and win one out of five book gift coupons (worth 10 Euro). The drawing of winners will be at 14.00 at the information booth.
On top of that our always well-attended book flea market is set up - a chance to browse and get a bargain.

08 Oct 2007

New History Database: Historical Abstracts

The database Historical Abstracts is one of the most important reference works in the in the field of History. It includes journal articles, collection work articles, books and dissertations in the field of History of all countries (except USA and Canada) since 1450 until today. Abstracts are allocated to all items. The scope of items is international whereas mainly European languages are incorporated.

Access Historical Abstracts
01 Oct 2007

New Digitized Imprints

The range of digital imprints has been broadened by five further works in the field of "History":

Rau, Karl Heinrich: Ueber das Zunftwesen und die Folgen seiner Aufhebung (1816)
Erhard, Johann Benjamin: Ueber freiwillige Knechtschaft und Alleinherrschaft; ueber Buerger-, Ritter- und Moenchstum (1821)
Merz, Heinrich: Armuth und Christenthum : Bilder und Winke zum christlichen Communismus und Socialismus (1849)
Holzschuher, August Frhr. von: Die materielle Not der unteren Volksklassen und ihre Ursachen (1850)
Lassalle, Ferdinand: Die indirecte Steuer und die Lage der arbeitenden Klassen (1863)

More works from the library's holdings will follow and enhance the existing collection.

24 Sep 2007

New PCs in the Reading Rooms

The University Computing Center has set up eight new PCs in the reading rooms of the areas S0, T1, U1 and V1. These provide the complete range of electronic services that the Computing Center offers in general (e.g. Office programmes). For using them, the user name and password of the Computing Center is necessary.
The personnel at the respective circulation desks will advise the exact locations.
04 Sep 2007

Trial Access "Deutsches Gesetzesportal"

Until 28 Sep 2007 a trial access phase has been agreed upon to make the "Deutsches Gesetzesportal" available. This portal combines information on current legislative procedures, legal changes, new laws plus the entire federal law.

Please use this login data:
Benutzername: UNIBIEXTERN.GPORTAL
Passwort: jurtest

After having completed login successfully, click "Recherchieren".

Start searching "Deutsches Gesetzesportal"
04 Sep 2007

Trial Access "Staudingers Kommentar zum BGB" and "Fachportal öffentliche Verwaltung"

Until 28 Sep 2007 a trial access phase has been agreed upon to make Staudingers Kommentar zum Bürgerlichen Gesetzbuch and Fachportal Öffentliche Verwaltung available. The latter includes works on different law fields such as labour, tariff for the public service, building lease, public procurement, environmental law, social, tax and administrative law. Both sources are included in Juris and can be searched via the Juris search interface.

If you want to limit your search, say, to Staudinger, login to Juris and click the flag "Kommentare" in the navigation bar on the left, then "Index 2" and then "Staudinger BGB". Clicking on "Alle Dokumente" takes you back to the search option referring to the complete Juris database.

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31 Aug 2007

Future Restrictions Affecting Document Delivery Services

In July 2007, the German Bundestag has decided upon changes on the German Copyright Act which will come into effect in October 2007. As a result, our online interlibrary loan and the document delivery services will probably undergo major restrictions.

Interlibrary loan orders on journal articles (current fee 1,50 Euro) will in most cases only be completed by letter or fax. That means, you will have to collect your orders at the library. The alternative option will be to order the article directly from the publisher. You will get the article online at the price of 25 - 30 Euro.

We will provide more and detailed information on future options as soon as possible.

For further information on this matter, please read:

31 Aug 2007

BieColl: New OA Publication Option

The new repository "BieColl - Bielefeld eCollections" represents another component in the concept established by Bielefeld University to promote Open Access. Open Access means worldwide and free access to scientific information and, in this particular case, offers public access to publications prepared and issued by scholars from Bielefeld University or publications, Bielefeld University scholars contributed to.

The repository is intended for the publication of conference reports or abstract volumes, that are organized or published by research units or scholars of Bielefeld University. The documents exist mostly as full-text version and are entered and indexed as single documents. They can be searched and displayed as such, but also be presented as "Collection" of a particular event or context. The documents can be searched and found via search engines and other types of scientific indexes.

Access BieColl
31 Jul 2007

Library Services Shutdown Regrettably Continues

The maintenance work at the Hochschulbibliothekszentrum (HBZ) in Cologne regrettably continues. As a result, the affected library services as communicated on July 10, remain out of service.
The databases might be temporarily affected by the shutdown, too.

We apologize for the inconvenience caused!
17 Jul 2007

New Digitized Imprints

The range of digitized imprints in the field of "German Studies" was enhanced by five more works:

Dehmel, Richard: Der Mitmensch (1896)
Gall, Louise von: Frauenleben : ausgewählte Novellen (1907)
Meysenbug, Malwida von: Memoiren einer Idealistin (1876)
Meysenbug, Malwida von: Individualitaeten (1901)
Rilke, Rainer Maria: Das tägliche Leben : Drama in zwei Akten (1902)

Further works from the library's holdings will follow and broaden the existing digital collection.

Table Digitized Imprints
13 Jul 2007

More Journals of the German Enlightenment Online

In the library project

"Retrospective Digitization of Review Organs and Literary Magazines of the German Enlightenment"

14 more journals are now available as digitized facsimiles including easy browsing and searching options:
https://www.ub.uni-bielefeld.de/diglib/aufklaerung/ (in German)

The digital collection now spans 58 journals. The current part of the project will take two years. Until its completion in May 2008, several more journals will follow.

The project is undertaken in cooperation with the publisher Georg Olms, whose microfiche edition of the journals builds the fundament of the project. The Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen contributes the electronic data of the "Index deutschsprachiger Zeitschriften 1750-1815" for subject indexing.
10 Jul 2007

Library Catalogue integrated in Stud.IP

The library catalogue has been integrated in Stud.IP, so that catalogue searches can now be performed within the platform. It is possible to switch directly to a particular catalogue entry in order to either check the loan status or to make a reservation. The retrieved documents can easily be arranged as recommended reading lists and displayed either within a course setting or on personal homepages.

For further information refer to our eLearning web page:

eLearning
10 Jul 2007

Library Services Shutdown: Interlibrary Loan for Books and Journal Articles and Metasearch not available from 26 - 30 July 07

Due to maintenance work at the Hochschulbibliothekszentrum (HBZ) in Cologne, the library services interlibrary loan for books, for articles and Metasearch are not available from Thursday, 26 July, 18.00 to Monday, 30 July 07.
The databases might be temporarily affected by the shutdown, too.

We apologize for the inconvenience caused!
03 Jul 2007

New Digitized Imprints

The range of digitized imprints in the field of "European History of Law" was enhanced by four more works:

Unser von Gottes Gnaden Joachim Friderichs Marggraffen zu Brandenburg des heiligen Römischen Reichs ErtzCämmerern und Churfürsten ... Hoff und LandgerichtsOrdnung in der Altenmarckt (1602)
Der Statt Franckfurt am Mayn erneuerte Reformation (1611)
Crusius, Jakob Andreas: Ius statutarium reipublicae Mindensis (1674)
Vollständige teutsche Stadt-Recht im Erb-Königreich Böheim und Marggrafthum Mähren (1721)

Further works from the library's holdings will follow and broaden the existing digital collection.

Table Digitized Imprints
02 Jul 2007

Locking Device for Notebooks

In the areas C1, T1 and V1 you will find as of yet desks which are equipped with clamps as locking devices for notebooks. These clamps are intended to help prevent thefts. You only need to bring your own Kensington lock and cable to use it.
We highly recommend to lock notebooks as the university assumes no liability.

This represents a first phase, we intend to supply clamps in all departmental libraries.

29 Jun 2007

Trial Access "Historical Abstracts" (until 31 July 2007)

The database "Historical Abstracts" represents one of the most important reference works in the field of historical study. It includes journal articles, articles from collective works, monographs and doctoral theses concerning the history of the world (except the US and Canada) since 1450 until today. Most entries are accompanied by abstracts. The range of titles is international, but with a focus on European languages.

Trial Access "Historical Abstracts"
04 Jun 2007

Printing via "Mensakarte" (or Temporary TDM Card)

Copying and printing processes have been harmonized: as of now, analogous to the payment for photocopies the print jobs can be paid through your "Mensakarte" or your temporary TDM card. The former printing account at TDM is now obsolete.

Printing is possible at any colour photocopier in the library, which is equipped with a card reading device.

The "Mensakarte" can be purchased at the Studentenwerk booth in the hall. The card can be loaded or reloaded there, too, or at the cafeteria or Westend cash desks. Temporary TDM cards can be purchased at the "tdm Kopier- und Service Center" office (room U1-132, Mon - Fri 9.00 - 17.00) and from the vending machines located in the entrance area of the law library and the linguistics library.

This new service includes several advantages:

  • printing and copying with a single card
  • identical prices (4,1 Cent and up per page, means 20% cheaper than before)
  • printout options: double-sided, in colour, DIN A3 format

Before you use this service for the first time, please note that the card needs to be registered at one of the card readers provided.

The former TDM printing accounts become invalid on June 4. Library users who have credit left, can either have the amount paid out or transferred to the temporary TDM card. Transfer to the "Mensakarte" is not possible.

Printing in the Library (in German)
23 May 2007

Trial Access Ciando Library (until 25 Oct. 2007)

The trial is confined to e-books in the field of psychology and educational studies and includes only German-language study literature.

Access Ciando Library
23 May 2007

Trial Access "The Cochrane Library" (until 15 Jun 2007)

The Cochrane Library is a collection of databases in the field of health care and public health: it includes the "Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews" (Cochrane Reviews) concerning therapy and prevention issues, the "Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness" (DARE) with quality assessments and abstracts of relevant medical literature written by specialists of the British National Health Service and the "Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials" (CENTRAL). Also included is the "Cochrane Database of Methodology Reviews", a bibliographic index of articles and books on the methodology of research synthesis, a handbook on critical appraisal and the methodology of creating systematic reviews and more.

Access "The Cochrane Library"
21 May 2007

New Digitized Imprints

The range of digitized imprints in the field of "History" was enhanced by five more works:

Kuffstein, Ferdinand von: Ueber den Werth Grund und Bodens : in Beziehung auf d. Staat ueberhaupt u. d. Privatbesitzer insbesondere (1792)
Seume, Johann Gottfried: Über das Leben und den Karakter der Kaiserin von Russland Katharina II. (1797)
Helms, Anton Zacharias: Travels from Buenos Ayres, by Potosi, to Lima (1807)
Kerz, Friedrich von: Die wahrscheinlichen Hauptursachen der Unglücksfälle bey den deutschen Waffen, im Jahr 1806 (1807)
Wilken, Dietrich: Der Kaufmann wie er seyn soll und kann : oder vaeterl. Rath an meinen Sohn welcher sich der Handlung widmet (1824)

Further works from the library's holdings will follow and broaden the existing digital collection.

Table Digitized Imprints
15 May 2007

Trial Access to eBooks by Elsevier (until 31 Aug 2007)

For this trial more than 500 eBooks out of about 4000 titles published by Academic Press, Pergamon, Elsevier Science, North-Holland, JAI Press, Butterworth-Heinemann are released. The focus of this choice is placed on biology, chemistry, mathematics, medicine, physics, psychology and engineering.

Elsevier eBooks
08 May 2007

Information Platform open-access.net went Online

The library contributes to a project funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, which aims at creating a nationwide information platform on Open Access. By means of this resource, scientists and others can get comprehensive information on the subject and access freely available scientific publications on the web.

Open-access.net is a cooperatively created platform, partners in the project are the universities of Bielefeld, Göttingen, Konstanz and the Freie Universität Berlin.

Informationsplattform Open-access.net
Press Release on the occasion of the official start
08 May 2007

New History Database: Handwörterbuch der antiken Sklaverei (HAS)

Essential reference work containing about 1,500 articles covering all aspects of international slavery research. Grundlegendes Nachschlagewerk mit rund 1.500 Sach- und Personenartikeln zu allen Aspekten der internationalen Sklavereiforschung. Along with the classic occurrences of slavery, other types of bondage and dependance in different non-European civilizations such as Ancient Orient, Egypt, Carthage and India or China are included. Articles on the history of reception and science complete this work.

Handwörterbuch der antiken Sklaverei (HAS)
27 Apr 2007

Exhibition Catalogue "Buch & Kunst" now online

The exhibition "Buch & Kunst" was organized by the university library and took place from 10 Jan. to 21 Febr. 2007. It showed artistically designed book covers created by our bookbinders as well as large-sized oil paintings by the Bielefeld artist Achim Hellmann. Now, the exhibition catalogue containing pictures of these works is available online, too.

Exhibition Catalogue "Buch & Kunst" (PDF - 2,9 MB)
23 Apr 2007

New Digitized Imprints

The range of digitized imprints in the field of "Literary Studies / German Language" was enhanced by five more works:

Hofmannsthal, Hugo von: Elektra : Tragödie in einem Aufzug ; frei nach Sophokles (1904)
Hofmannsthal, Hugo von: Ödipus und die Sphinx : Tragödie in drei Aufzügen (1906)
Spitteler, Carl: Balladen (1906)
Hofmannsthal, Hugo von: Cristinas Heimreise : Komödie (1910)
Dehmel, Richard: Michel Michael : Komoedie in 5 Akten (1911)

Further works from the library's holdings will follow and broaden the existing digital collection.

Table Digitized Imprints
04 Apr 2007

Trial Access: Acolada Edition UniLex - Wörterbuchportal

This Portal contains more than 30 dictionaries and terminology databases in English, French, German and Spanish.

Access Acolada Edition UniLex
30 Mar 2007

Library Information Day: April 17, 2007

Informationstag 2005 On Tuesday, April 17, another library information day will take place. Come and see the library's presentation stand in the hall in front of the UniQ stage from 10 to 15. The library staff will be ready to demonstrate the library's multifaceted range of services and to answer all your questions concerning literature and information search as well as document delivery. Moreover we will present the results of the latest user survey in the winter of 2006.
And again: we have prepared our traditional well-assorted book flea market - a chance to browse and get a bargain.

16 Mar 2007

New Digitized Imprints

The range of digitized imprints in the field of German History was enhanced by five further works:

Table of Digitized Imprints
13 Mar 2007

User Survey 2006: First Results

Bielefeld University Library takes a top position in terms of user satisfaction.

From Nov., 15 to Dec., 15 a user survey was conducted among 11 university libraries in North Rhine-Westphalia in order to find out about the user's satisfaction concerning the library services.

Main focus was on:

  • the range and timeliness of services
  • convenience
  • the provision of closed stack and interlibrary loan orders
  • library personnel: helpfulness, expertise and availability
  • tuitions
  • work space conditions

In most of the examined categories, Bielefeld UL takes a top position and is significantly ahead of all other competitors. 2968 questionnaires from Bielefeld UL analysed and 561 persons expressed praise and criticism.

In cooperation with the university we will make all efforts to improve the work place conditions for our users.

We'd like to thank you for your numerous comments. After the evaluation is completed we will provide a detailed summary

08 Mar 2007

Digitized Imprints: Webpage Redesign

Bielefeld University Library provides a collection of printed works as digitized reconstructions. This collection is a choice of works from the library's holdings dating from the 15th to the beginning of the 20th century. It includes some rare works and will grow continuously.

Meanwhile, the number of works in this collection has risen above 100 items. In order to optimize the presentation, the webpage has been redesigned:

Digitized Imprints

Recently added were some law works by Johann von Hoya, Bishop of Münster: Münstersche Hof- und Landgerichtsordnung (1571) and Münstersche Gemeine Ordnung (1571).

28 Feb 2007

New Economics Database: Hoppenstedt Firmendatenbank für Hochschulen

This database provides detailed information concerning more than 225,000 of the most renowned companies and instituitions in Germany. Contact information of more than 700,000 top and middle management staffers is included. Companies with annual sales of 1 Mill. € and up and/or at least 20 employees are represented. Thus this database covers the same range of companies the Hoppenstedt Datenbank Großunternehmen does.

Hoppenstedt Firmendatenbank für Hochschulen
27 Feb 2007

Trial Access PsycCRITIQUES (until March 31, 2007)

Database of the American Psychological Association including book and other media reviews

Access PsycCRITIQUES
22 Feb 2007

Donations for Law Textbook Collection

Lecture notes by Alpmann Schmidt and Hemmer can now be borrowed from the law library collection. This was made possible by financial support from the Friends of the Law Faculty, the fund-raising campaign Ex Libris organized by "Wissen schaffen" as well as the Law Revision Course Alpmann Schmidt. Thanks to all donators for their generousity!

If you feel motivated to support the acquisition of current study literature, please refer to:

Ex Libris - Neue Bücher braucht das Land! (in German)
05 Feb 2007

New Digitized Imprints

Our collection of digitized imprints has been enhanced by five works in the field of constituitional law and town charter:

Table of Digitized Imprints
05 Feb 2007

Metasearch: 3 Databases Added

The Metasearch is an easy-to-use search tool. It facilitates simultaneous searches in a multitude of different library catalogues and databases. The range of searchable sources has been expanded by three more databases:

Humanities:

  • International Repertory of the Literature of Art (1975 - 1989)
  • Philosopher's Index

International Catalogues:

  • Union Catalogue of Luxembourgish Libraries

Including these, we now provide 67 library catalogues and subject databases for simultaneous searching.

Metasearch
22 Jan 2007

New History Database: "Historische Bibliographie und Jahrbuch der historischen Forschung online"

Historische Bibliographie Online comprises almost 220,000 bibliographical entries of history literature published since 1990: monographic publications, journal articles and contributions from collections. Added to this database is the "Jahrbuch der historischen Forschung" containing more than 11,000 entries indicating research works in progress.

Historische Bibliographie und Jahrbuch der Historischen Forschung Online starten (in German)
11 Jan 2007

New Digitized Imprints

The collection of digitized imprints has been enhanced by five works from the library's own holdings:

Heinrich Heine: Über den Denunzianten. Eine Vorrede zum dritten Theile des Salons (1837)
Heinrich Heine: Atta Troll. Ein Sommernachtstraum (1847)
Theodor Fontane: Gedichte (1851)
Detlev von Liliencron: Krieg und Frieden. Novellen (1895)
Ludwig Börne: Denkrede auf Jean Paul (1924)

Further works will follow and thus expand the existing digital collection.

Digital Collections Page
08 Jan 2007

eLearning: Stud.IP Upgraded

The eLearning platform Stud.IP was upgraded. We now provide the newest version (1.4.0-4), which is also available in English.

An overview to the new features is given in German on:

eLearning

2006

12 Dec 2006

New Law Database: LexisNexis Recht

LexisNexis Recht is a daily updated law information system, including laws and decisions, all relevant legal standards plus version documentation.

Access LexisNexis Recht (in German)
07 Dec 2006

1 Million Journal Article Orders via Interlibrary Loan

On December 6, the Central Lending Department handed over the millionth journal article which has been ordered via interlibrary loan. The library used the occasion to present the patron a small gift.

The Winner

Ordering of Journal Articles
06 Dec 2006

New Digitized Imprints

Our digitized imprints collection has been expanded. Six further historical imprints on constituitional and municipal law have been incorporated:

Digital Collections Page

Further works will follow and thus expand the existing digital collection.

30 Nov 2006

Law Faculty Again Donates for New Books

As they did in previous years, the law faculty again made a considerable amount of money available for the purchase of books in order to cover the most urgent literature needs.
This year the university library uses a big part of the money to set up a law textbook collection. Apart from that books especially in the new main emphases fields of study are purchased.

29 Nov 2006

New: Law Textbook Collection

As of today the first 600 new purchased textbooks are available in the law library. They are located close to the catalogue terminal pool, shelved under the class mark KA 080.

14 Nov 2006

Nov., 15-17: Circulation Cutback

In order to keep operating a circulation system which accords current requirements we have to carry out a substantial software update.

Unfortunately this can not be done without temporary cutbacks related to our online services: From Nov., 15 to 17 the remote access to the loan accounts ("My Loan Account") and the interlibrary loan option is not available.

The library will be open as usual, but the Central Lending Department will operate on Nov, 15 only from 10.00 to 15.00.

Not affected by the cutback are:

  • Borrowing and returning of items

Not possible will be:

  • to renew, to reserve or to borrow items anew
  • to pay charges cash
  • interlibrary loan orders
  • issue of library cards
  • to checking the loan status in the library catalogue
  • access to "My Loan Account"
  • personal login to the Metasearch ("My Metasearch")

We apologize for any inconvenience.

13 Nov 2006

Trial Access: Fachportal Öffentliche Verwaltung Presently Integrated into Juris

The Fachportal Öffentliche Verwaltung (subject portal public administration) is a product by Hüthig Jehle Rehm Publishers and is at present integrated into the law database JURIS. Amongst others it includes the following works: Zeitschrift für Tarif-, Arbeits- und Sozialrecht des Öffentlichen Dienstes (ZTR), Zeitschrift für deutsches und internationales Bau- und Vergaberecht (ZfBR), TVÖD-Kommentar (Breier/Dassau), TVÖD-Kommentar (Sponer/Steinherr), Bundespersonalvertretungsgesetz (Lorenzen/Etzel), BAT-Kommentar (Uttlinger/Breier), Neues Allgemeines Gleichbehandlungsgesetz (Roesner), Bauordnung für das Land Nordrhein-Westfalen (Boeddinghaus/Hahn/Schulte), Baunutzungsverordnung (Boeddinghaus), SGB II (Linhart/Adolph), Verwaltungsgerichtsordnung (Bader/Funke-Kaiser/Kuntze), VwVG/VwZG (Sadler).

Access Fachportal Öffentliche Verwaltung in Juris
09 Nov 2006

Library Closed: 23 Dec 2006 - 1 Jan 2007

In line with the closure of the university during this year's Christmas break, the library will also be closed from 23 Dec 2006 until 1 Jan 2007.

On Friday, 22 Dec 2006 the library will close as early as 18.00.

Information concerning exceptional circulation of non-circulating books during Christmas break will follow.

03 Nov 2006

Trial Access Knovel Library (until 15 Dec 2006)

Knovel Library provides access to about 750 English-language reference works in the fields of science and engineering.

Access Knovel Library
26 Oct 2006

Trial Access LEGIOS - Bibliothek Recht/Steuern

LEGIOS constitutes a voluminous range of scientific law resources, addressing experts in the fields of law, economics and taxes. It will be permanently updated and includes compilations of decisions and laws, commentaries and hand books, journals, bibliographies, economic intelligence and daily news and reports.

Access LEGIOS - Bibliothek Recht/Steuern (in German)
25 Oct 2006

Trial Access LexisNexis Recht

LexisNexis Recht is a daily updated law information system, including laws and decisions, all relevant legal standards plus version documentation.

Access LexisNexis Recht (in German)
01 Oct 2006

Collection of Psychology E-Books: PsycBooks

PsycBooks represents a full-text database created by the American Psychological Association (APA).
It comprises of more than 850 books: about 500 APA publications, which have been published between 1950 and 2003 and including 100 out-of-print books, 75 archives with the main focus on Psychology and the exclusive electronic access to more than 1500 entries of the APA/Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of Psychology.

Access PsycBooks
27 Sep 2006

Cheaper and Easier: Cashless Copying in the Library

A new copy procedure has been implemented: From now on you may use your "Mensakarte" for cashless copying in the library.

The multi-functional "Mensakarte" can be obtained from the Studentenwerk booth (sale and reload in the hall in front of the refectory). Before long, the tdm copyshop (U1-132) will sell copy-only cards and vending machines will be provided in the foyers of the law and the linguistics library.

Using the new card, the cost for monochrome copies will be only 4.1 Cent per page (previously with copycheck card 4.7 Cent).
In the future colour copiers will be available as well. The cost will be 10 Cent per page.

In order to use up the previous copycheck cards, the copy machines will accept them for a transitional period of time.
Of course we will continue to provide coin-operated copiers.

In addition, during the next few weeks particular book scanners will be installed, which can also be used for copying. The cost will only be 3.7 Cent per monochrome page.
In the near future, printing in the library will also be possible with the "Mensakarte" so that the printing accounts will become obsolete.

Photocopying
Printing & Download Facilities (in German)
25 Sep 2006

National Library Day: Night of Readings

On October, 24 from 21 until midnight the first night of readings of the university library will take place.
An multifaceted and exciting mixture is guaranteed since the lecturers will read selected chapters from books they themselves have recommended to the students. The range is remarkably wide: it varies from scientific literature (Luhmann: Ökologische Kommunikation) to mystery stories (Heinlein: Der Infekt).
Different reading nooks are prepared in area B1, C1, D1 and E1 where the readings will take place every hour on the hour. During the breaks the cafés on the gallery offer food and drinks.

The night of readings is one of many nationwide events which take place on the occasion of the "National Library Day". The "National Library Day" is celebrated since 1995 when it was proclaimed under the auspices of the Federal President Richard von Weizsäcker.

The night of readings is organised collaborately by the library, SL_K5 and the Ästhetische Zentrum, supported by the Absolventen-Netzwerk der Universität Bielefeld e.V. (Bielefeld University alumni network).

All reading recommendations relating to the night of readings will be available online as of October, 16.
The books will be presented in the reading nook in C1.

25 Sep 2006

Library Information Day on October, 24

Informationstag 2005 On Tuesday, October 24, another library information day will take place. Come and see the library's presentation stand in the hall in front of the UniQ stage from 10 to 15. The library staff will be ready to demonstrate the library's multifaceted range of services, to provide information about the new e-books and answer all your questions concerning literature and information search as well as document delivery. And again: we have prepared our traditional well-assorted book flea market - a chance to browse and get a bargain.

12 Sep 2006

New Learning Management System: Stud.IP

With the start of the upcoming winter semester the university introduces a new learning management system which is supposed to support and improve the teaching concepts of the university lecturers. The new system is the open source product Stud.IP, which was jointly chosen by the university bodies who are responsible for the information, communication and media management. It will be run by the university library as a part of the library services in close coordination with the university administration and the computing center.

Stud.IP is a web based course management system for the support of a learning and teaching. It is already in operation and will supersede the current Blackboard system, which will be taken off the web at the end of October 2006.
At a later date ILIAS, an amending compound to Stud.IP, is planned to be added.

Both systems are designed to entangle advantageously with existing universitarian administration systems. A connection to the electronic university calendar has already been realized. It supplies course data to the learning management system in order to simplify the creation of course relevant pages.

For further information on functional range, migration, time schedule and demonstration take a look at the library's eLearning web page:

eLearning (in German)
11 Sep 2006

Database Trial Access "Nationalsozialismus, Holocaust, Widerstand und Exil 1933-1945" (until 06 Oct 2006)

"Nationalsozialismus, Holocaust, Widerstand und Exil 1933-1945" compreises selected ressources from the National Socialist period in Germany. This scientific database represents an essential virtual archive on the history of the "Third Reich". It includes

  • Files concerning correspondence of the supreme authorities of the "Third Reich"
  • Speeches, scripts and orders by Hitler until 1945
  • Joseph Goebbels' diaries
  • Reviews by the "Geheimen Staatspolizeiamt"about the disposition and the situation in the country and the occupied territories
  • Arraignments and decisions of the "Volksgerichtshof" etc.

Amendatory material such as biographical information, reference works, lists of abbreviations are available in the database as well.

Nationalsozialismus, Holocaust, Widerstand und Exil 1933-1945
18 Aug 2006

New Digitized Imprints

The collection of digitized imprints has been enhanced by six further works:

Albert Ludorff: Die Bau- und Kunstdenkmäler des Kreises Lübbecke (1907)
Hugo von Hofmannsthal: Jedermann (1911)
Hugo von Hofmannsthal: Der Tod des Tizian (ca. 1915)
Peter Altenberg: Neues Altes (1919)
Franz Kafka: Ein Landarzt. Kleine Erzählungen (1919)
Joachim Ringelnatz: Gedichte dreier Jahre (1932)

Further works will follow and so expand the existing digital collection.

Digital Collections Page
29 Jun 2006

New Database on Philosophy, Religious Studies, History: Corpus Augustinianum Gissense (CAG) 2

The work CAG 2, edited by Cornelius Mayer / Zentrum für Augustinus-Forschung, Würzburg in cooperation with the Kompetenzzentrum für elektronische Erschließungs- und Publikationsverfahren in den Geisteswissenschaften, University of Trier, contains the more than 100 scripts representing the literary works of Augustinus von Hippo (354-430).
In this edition the letters of non-Augustinian origin are also included which have been published within the Augustinian text corpus. A database containing more than 27,500 research literature titles about Augustinus and his work comes with the CAG 2 as well. This database is updated on a regular basis.

Access Corpus Augustinianum Gissense (CAG) 2
28 Jun 2006

Bielefeld Bibliography "German as a Second Language"

The new Bielefeld Bibliography "German as a Second Language" (BiDaZ) comprises a multiplicity of both different teaching and learning material and scientific publications in this field. Currently it encompasses more than 3,000 entries.
The users of the bibliography are invited to contribute to the development of this database. Due to interactive functionalities which are built in it is possible to suggest new entries, to review titles or contribute subject headings.

The contents of this database was compiled by the research group "German as a Foreign Language" at the linguistics department.
The technical realisation of the database and its preparation for its use on the web was undertaken by the university library in cooperation with the university information manager.

Access BiDaZ

As a special service for university instituitions the library offers to process existing bibliographic data collections and prepare them for web presence.
If you want to draw on us or if you want detailed information, please refer to
Friedrich Summann, phone: +49 521 106-2631, email: friedrich.summann@uni-bielefeld.de.

These databases have already been made available on the web:

22 Jun 2006

International Medieval Bibliography: Trial Access (until 31 July 2006)

The International Medieval Bibliography, published by Brepols, is a bibliography covering the European middle ages (approx. 450 - 1500). It contains more than 300,000 articles on Medieval Studies from about 4,500 periodicals and 5,000 anthologies.

Start International Medieval Bibliography (Enter databases)
21 Jun 2006

New Law Databases: RGZ and RGSt

The RGSt dvd contains the complete summary of the Reichsgericht's leading cases and decisions in criminal matters (RGSt). The collection comprises of 77 volumes and approx. 39,000 pages which contain more than 11,000 decisions from 1880 until 1944.
The RGZ dvd contains the complete summary of the Reichsgericht's decisions in civil matters (RGZ). The collection comprises of 172 volumes and approx. 91,000 pages which contain more than 15,000 decisions from 1880 to 1945.

Start RGSt : Entscheidungen des Reichsgerichts in Strafsachen 1880 bis 1944 Start RGZ : Entscheidungen des Reichsgerichts in Zivilsachen 1880 bis 1945
13 Jun 2006

Library Open on Corpus Christi

The library will be open on Corpus Christi (Thursday, 15 June) via entrance U1 from 9.00 to 22.00, via entrance C1 from 9.00 to 19.00.

12 Jun 2006

New Digitized Imprints

The collection of digitized imprints has been enhanced by four further works:

Justus Friedrich Runde: Kurze Darstellung der Unrechtmaessigkeit einer Ausschliessung vom Landtage durch die bey der ritterschaftlichen Curie eingefuehrte Ahnenprobe (1796)
Richard Dehmel: Weib und Welt : Gedichte und Märchen (1901)
Albert Ludorff: Die Bau- und Kunstdenkmäler des Kreises Bielefeld-Stadt (1906)
Gustav Meyrink: Der Löwe Alois und andere Geschichten (1917)

Further works will follow and so expand the existing digital collection.

Digital Collections Page
24 May 2006

Ascension Day: Library Open

On Ascension Day, the library is open via entrance U1 from 9.00 to 22.00, via entrance C1 from 9.00 to 19.00.

19 May 2006

More Reading Nooks

How about reading your textbooks in a pleasant ambience? In addition to the one homely furnished reading nook in area C1 (Linguistics and Literary Studies) we have now established similar ones in each departmental library, close to the respective entrance.

Did you know? The Reference Department provides room for pausing and browsing as well and offers popular journals such as Chip, Emma, Focus, Geo, Natur & Kosmos, Öko-Test, Spiegel, Stern, Test and Theater heute.

Learn more about "Studying in the Library"

03 May 2006

PsycBooks: Trial Access

PsycBooks is a full-text database compiled by the American Psychological Association (APA). It contains more than 850 books: more than 500 APA titles published between 1950 - 2003 including 100 books which are out of print, 75 psychology archives and - exclusively - online access to more than 1,500 entries from APA/Oxford University Press Encyclopedia of Psychology.

PsycBooks Access
03 May 2006

New Law Database: Recht für Deutschland

This database comprises of current law gazettes of both Federal Government and federal states and the historic Reich law gazette (RGBl.) I and the law gazette of the former German Democratic Republic (GDR) and makes all these material accessible online.
The Reich law gazette is available from 1868 to 1945 and the GDR law gazette from 1950 to 1986.

Access Recht für Deutschland
27 Apr 2006

New Digitized Imprints

The collection of digitized imprints has been enhanced by four further works:

Friedrich Anneke: Ein ehrengerichtlicher Proceß (1846)
Arthur Schnitzler: Freiwild : Schauspiel in 3 Akten (1898)
Justus Möser: Ausgewählte patriotische Phantasien (ca. 1900)
Hans Bötticher [Joachim Ringelnatz]: Ein jeder lebt's: Novellen (1913)

Further works will follow and thus expand the existing digital collection.

Digital Collections Page
26 Apr 2006

BieSOn Successfully Accredited by DINI

The Bielefeld Server for Online Publications (BieSOn) successfully passed the quality conformance test of the Deutsche Initiative für Netzwerkinformation (DINI).
DINI supports and encourages the development of university publications servers, especially with respect to crosslinking aspects and international standards. It aims at optimizing the quality of information services.
DINI certified that BieSOn complies with international standards and applies secure technology which enables to crosslink national and international publication servers. BieSOn is among the first accredited publication servers in Germany.

List of DINI accredited servers
BieSOn Homepage

24 Apr 2006

Range of Databases Enhanced and Newly Structured

As of now Bielefeld University Library is participating instituition of the database information system DBIS. Developed by Regensburg University Library, DBIS represents a cooperative service for the use of scientific databases which is currently run and used by 90 scientific German libraries.

The implementation of DBIS means a considerable enhancement of our range of databases. Along with the databases which are licenced by Bielefeld UL you may access and comfortably use about 1700 free on the net databases. The listings are arranged either by subject field or by alphabetical order.

For ease of use, all databases are furnished with detailed descriptions. Relevant databases can be found not only by searching title key words but also words from these descriptions. The system will be permanently updated. It is considered to be a valuable tool for literature searches across all scientific fields.

For DBIS access choose the entry "Databases from A - Z" in the menu "Digital Library" or the subject portals.

Databases from A - Z
Subject Portals

20 Mar 2006

March 28, 2006: Central Lending Department closed from 09.00 - 10.00

On March 28, 2006 in the morning, the Central Lending Department will be closed because of a staff meeting from 09.00 - 10.00.
We kindly apologize for the inconvenience caused.

13 Mar 2006

Two More Discussion Rooms

Two more discussion rooms are available now. They are located in the history area (S0-256) and in the linguistics area (C1-131).
For a complete list of discussion rooms available in the library refer to the page Studying in the library.

9 Mar 2006

Library Information Day on April, 4

Information Day 2005On Tuesday, April 4 another library information day will take place . You are invited to the library's presentation stand in the hall in front of the UniQ stage from 10 to 15. The library staff will be ready to demonstrate the library's multifaceted range of services, to provide information about new services and answer all your questions concerning literature and information search as well as document delivery. And again: we have prepared our traditional well-assorted book flea market - a chance to browse and get a bargain.

7 Mar 2006

New Digitized Imprints

The collection of digitized imprints has been enhanced by five further works:

Jodocus D. H. Temme: Die Lehre von der Tödtung nach preußischem Rechte (1839)
Theodor Fontane: Meine Kinderjahre (1894)
Gustav Meyrink: Der violette Tod und andere Novellen (1913)
Kurt Eisner: Die Götterprüfung (1920)
Rainer Maria Rilke: Die Sonette an Orpheus (1923)

Further works will follow and thus expand the existing digital collection.

6 Mar 2006

New Database: The Oxford Chronology of English Literature on CD-ROM

The database Oxford Chronology of English Literature on CD-ROM contains bibliographic records of English literature published from 1475 until 2000. A total of 30,000 works and 4,000 authors is listed along with information such as subtitles, printers and publishers, places of publication and publication dates and other descriptive notes.

Access The Oxford Chronology of English Literature on CD-ROM
9 Feb 2006

Loan Account Improvements

Facilitating the renewing process was a long cherished wish of many users. Now the ease of use of your loan account has been improved and you can select more than one borrowed item and renew them altogether rather than renewing each item individually or all in one go.
Tick the appropriate check boxes and then click "Markierte Medien verlängern".
Don't forget to control whether your renewal has been successful by clicking the button "Ausleihkonto".

My Loan Account
3 Feb 2006

Interlibrary Loan Orders within the City of Bielefeld

With immediate effect online interlibrary loan orders can be released for items held in other Bielefeld libraries.
Until recently you could order any library items which are not available at Bielefeld University Library via interlibrary loan from any other library in the world except for the libraries located in Bielefeld. This situation has changed and the interlibrary loan service now includes the public library and the library of the university of applied sciences in Bielefeld.
On rthe release of an order, the charges will automatically be added to your loan account. The ordered item will be delivered as usual to the Central Lending Department (A1-151) where it awaits your collection. When the item arrives you will be notified by yellow mail. If you prefer an email notification which is free of charge, enter your email address in your loan account.

Interlibrary Loan Option
31 Jan 2006

Complete Shutdown of Online Library Services on 1 Feb. from 19

At short notice the University Computing Centre advised that some urgent maintenance work as regards electricity supply needs to be done. As a result all online library service facilities are affected and have to be shut down.

From Wednesday, 1 Feb., 19 to Thursday, 2 Feb. 2006, 7

the circulation system, the interlibrary loan service, the elearning platform and the web pages are not available.

We apologize for any inconvenience!

24 Jan 2006

New Digitised Imprints

The range of digitised imprints from the library's own collection has been expanded again:

Politische Gedichte aus der deutschen Vorzeit. Hrsg. von A. H. Hoffmann von Fallersleben (1843)
Gottfried August Bürger: Gedichte (1884)
Ludwig von Embden: Heinrich Heines Familienleben (1892)
Hugo von Hofmannsthal: Gedichte (1922)
Philippi, Friedrich: Geschichte Westfalens (1926)
Hugo von Hofmannsthal: Das Schrifttum als geistiger Raum der Nation (1927)

Further works will be added and thus expand the existing digital collection.

Digital Collections Page
19 Jan 2006

"Science" and "Nature": Full-Texts Now Available Online

The journals "Science" and "Nature" now offer most articles in full-text online.

"Science": current volumes are accessible via the "Science Magazine" website. There, in addition, new articles which have not been published in print yet, can be accessed via the "Science Express" service.
Previous volumes (going back as far as 1880, to the very first volume of Science ever) are available on the online journal archive JSTOR.

"Nature": all articles published since 1997 are available in full-text.

Science: Current Volumes / Science Express
Science: Previous Volumes
Nature: Current Volumes

2 Jan 2006

Shutdown of Online Library Services on 21 and 22 January

From Saturday, 21, 13. until Sunday, 22, 16. the metasearch module, online interlibrary loan and some databases will very likely be shutdown. The Online Utility and Service Centre for Academic Libraries in North Rhine-Westphalia, our central host, has scheduled maintenance works for the mentioned weekend.
We apologize for any inconvenience!

2005

19 Dec 2005

More Digitized Imprints

The digitized imprints collection was expanded by three more works from the library's print holdings:

Heinrich Heine: Tragödien (1857)
Friedrich Philippi: Zur Verfassungsgeschichte der westfälischen Bischofsstädte (1894)
Hugo von Hofmannsthal: Früheste Prosastücke (1926)

Other works will follow in order to continuously expand our collection of digitized imprints.

Digital Collections Page
19 Dec 2005

Law Faculty Donates for New Books

Currently the law library experiences a pre-Christmas gift as many new books pour in every day. The law faculty made a considerable amount of money available for the purchase of books. The university library uses the money in order to cover the urgent literature needs of law students and lecturers.

New Acquisitions Law
15 Dec 2005

New German Studies Database: Die Deutsche Lyrik

The electronic version of Die Deutsche Lyrik in Reclams Universal-Bibliothek covers almost 500 years of German lyric poetry and includes the work of over 500 authors from the 15th to the 20th century. Die Deutsche Lyrik in Reclams Universal-Bibliothek is published with the co-operation and support of Philipp Reclam jun., Stuttgart and covers all volumes of German poetry published within Reclams Universalbibliothek since 1945.
Additional access to German Literature Collections from December 2005 until November 2006

Access Die Deutsche Lyrik
15 Dec 2005

Trial Access UNESCO-EOLSS (until April 2006)

UNESCO-EOLSS is a compendium which consists of 16 encyclopedias (approx. 200 volumes) and comprises collections on Biology and Environmental Studies.

Access UNESCO Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS)
05 Dec 2005

Anniversary Present for Bielefeld Public Library

Photo: Dr. Lossau and Dr. Höppner presenting a cheque for Bielefeld Public Library
(right to left: Dr Norbert Lossau, Library Director, CIO Scholarly Information; Dr Michael Höppner, Deputy Library Director, both Bielefeld University Library)

On Dec. 1, on the occasion of the 100th Anniversary of Bielefeld Public Library the two directors of the university library handed over a cheque. The cheque amounting to joyous 501 Euro resulted from the recent book flea market and the donations from library users and staff. The money will benefit the childrens' and juvenile library.
Very many thanks to all donors and flea market customers!

24 Nov 2005

Trial Access: Lexikon des Mittelalters Online (until 31 Dec 2005)

Lexikon des Mittelalters online is the online version of the printed work of the same name, published 1977-1999. It covers all fields of medieval research from 300 to 1500 A. D. The geographical coverage includes all countries and regions in Europe as well as North Africa and the Near East.
In addition to the encyclopedia the International medieval bibliography is included in the trial access option. Switching back and forth is possible.

Access Lexikon des Mittelalters Online
22 Nov 2005

8th International Bielefeld Conference: Final Programme

The final programme and first abstracts are now available:

http://conference.ub.uni-bielefeld.de/2006/programme/

The 8th Conference will again feature highly reputated speakers, including the university librarians from Cornell and Stanford (U.S.) or representatives from Google and Microsoft. We are especially delighted to welcome Lynne Brindley, Chief Executive of the British Library, as a keynote speaker.
For the first time the Conference has included a slot for more practical hands-on workshops, covering fundamental topics for libraries: Archiving, Management Tools and Networking of Instituitional Repositories.

You are invited to register and keep yourself informed on the conference website:
http://conference.ub.uni-bielefeld.de

2 Nov 2005

Trial Access to Political Science Databases

The EBSCO database International Political Science Abstracts (IPSA) contains journal and yearbook articles with abstracts from all over the world. It covers the following fields: general political science, international relations, international law, public international law.
The other one, International Security & Counter Terrorism Reference Center (ISCTRC) contains references on security and anti-terrorism issues. Several hundred full-text journals, books and reports are indexed.

Both databases are on trial until the end of 2005.

Access IPSA Access ISCTRC
2 Nov 2005

Trial Access to McGraw-Hill Concise Encyclopedia of Chemistry

The e-book McGraw-Hill Concise Encyclopedia of Chemistry is based upon the 5th edition of the printed version of the work of the same name.

Access McGraw-Hill Concise Encyclopedia of Chemistry
25 Oct 2005

Further Imprints from the Library's Collection Digitized

The range of digitized imprints from the library's own collection has been expanded:

Rainer Maria Rilke: Zwei Prager Geschichten (1899)
Christian Morgenstern: Wir fanden einen Pfad: neue Gedichte (1914)
Theodor Däubler: Aufforderung zur Sonne (1926)

Other works will follow so that our collection of digitized imprints will be continuously expanded.

Overview Digital Collections
25 Oct 2005

Nov., 2-4: Circulation Cutback, but Library Open

In order to keep operating a circulation system which accords current requirements we have to carry out a substantial software update.

Unfortunately this can not be done without temporary cutbacks related to our online services: From Nov., 2 to 4 the remote access to the loan accounts ("My Loan Account") and the interlibrary loan option is not available.

During this period of time no loan periods will end so that no charges will accrue. The library will be open as usual, but the Central Lending Department will operate only from 10.00 to 15.00.

Not affected by the cutback are:

  • Borrowing and returning of items

Not possible will be:

  • to renew, to reserve or to borrow items anew
  • to pay charges cash
  • interlibrary loan orders
  • issue of library cards
  • to checking the loan status in the library catalogue
  • access to "My Loan Account"
  • personal login to the Metasearch ("My Metasearch")

We apologize for any inconvenience.

19 Oct 2005

Opening of Discussion Rooms with SMART Board Equipment

Starting with the new semester Bielefeld University offers its students and research teams a dynamic learning environment. As a start and in cooperation with the computing center, the audio-visual center and the library two discussion rooms have been equipped with a so-called smartboard. This device is a combination of a blackboard and a computer. The two rooms are located in V1-205 and E1-151. They are open to every working group and free of charge. Reservations can be made in advance.

On Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 11. Prof. Gerhard Sagerer will inaugurate the rooms.

19 Oct 2005

Library Information Day on Oct. 25

On Tuesday, Oct. 25 another information day themed Fit for Information will take place. You are cordially invited to the library's presentation stand in the hall in front of the UniQ stage from 10 to 15. The library staff will be ready to demonstrate library services for information and literature search and ordering, the comprehensive library tuitions and to introduce you to the discussion rooms with the new smartboard equipment (V1-205 und E1-151). It goes without saying that we have prepared our traditional well-assorted book flea market - a chance to browse and get a bargain.

17 Oct 2005

Recommended Reading for New Students

The library has gathered the books which have been recommended by the university lecturers from its collection. From the missing ones as many as possible have been bought and made available.
For your convenience we established a comfortable reading corner for browsing and relaxing in the exhibition area in C1 (see Site map).

Compilation: Reading Recommendations for New Students

26 Sep 2005

8th International Bielefeld Conference 2006: Draft Programme and Registration

The draft programme of the 8th International Bielefeld Conference 2006 titled

Academic Library and Information Services - New Paradigms for the Digital Age

is now available:
http://conference.ub.uni-bielefeld.de/2006/programme/

This draft programme will continuously be updated.

Registration for the conference is now open:
http://conference.ub.uni-bielefeld.de/2006/registration/

26 Sep 2005

Standardized Authentication for Important Library Services

The authentication procedures for several library services have been standardized in order to provide facilitated access. From September 27, 2005 access to

  • Loan Account
  • Interlibrary Loan
  • Meta Search
  • Access to the Internet (from public workstations in the library)

is affected by the changes.

Then, the login procedure is as follows: Your user name is the number on your library card. Enter it completely but without the "#" sign!

In your loan account you can change your password anytime and on your own. This change will affect immediately all mentioned services.

07 Sep 2005

Further Imprints from the Library's Collection Digitized

The range of digitized imprints from the library's own collection has been expanded by three more works:

Erich Mühsam: Brennende Erde. Verse eines Kämpfers (1920)
Joachim Ringelnatz: Kuttel-Daddeldu (1923)
Joachim Ringelnatz: Allerdings: Gedichte (1928)

Other works will follow in order to expand our collection of digitized imprints continuously.

Overview Digital Full-texts

07 Sep 2005

Visiting Iraqi Librarians

This week two Iraqi librarians from Baghdad started a six-week visit at Bielefeld University Library. The main focus of this visit is to establish an information and communication platform on the web and gathering content for it. Its purpose is to serve as a practical tool for Iraqi librarians to support their everyday work and to give them the opportunity to start networking which has been suppressed during the last two decades.

Further details about the visit: Press release Nr. 175/2005 of the University as of 31 Aug 2005 (in German)

Iraqi Guests and Project Partners

From left to right: Abdul-Karim Kadhim (IT expert of Al-Nahrain University Baghdad), Library Director Dr Norbert Lossau, Dr Bärbel Stark (Goethe Institute Munich), University President Prof Dr Dieter Timmermann, Dr Faiza Al-Bayati (Head of Central Library Systems, Baghdad University Library), Markus … (Goethe Institute Munich), Prof Dr Ursula Georgy (University of Applied Sciences Cologne) and Friedrich Summann, Susanne Riedel and Dr Michael Höppner (Bielefeld University Library).

22 Aug 2005

Multiple Socket Outlets for Notebooks

From the 22 Aug until 9 Sept multiple socket outlets will be installed in the departmental libraries in order to provide for a more comfortable notebook use.
The access to the book and journal collection is not affected by the construction works however noise and minor blocks cannot be avoided.
We apologize for any inconveniences!

12 Aug 2005

Trial Access: The Shakespeare Collection (until 15 Sept 2005)

This online resource includes the complete texts of Shakespeare's plays and poems as published in the Arden III scholarly edition together with general reference data, full-text articles from more than 70 scholarly periodicals, reprinted criticism, primary source material.

Access The Shakespeare Collection

15 Jul 2005

Library Cards: Apply and Renew Online

Bielefeld University Library now offers another online service: you can apply for a library card or renew it online!
The new web form is easy to use and designed to save your time. The data you enter will be transmitted via a secure connection.
After having completed and sent the data please print the page. Bring this print out along when you pick up your library card. It will be available the next working day at the Central Lending Department (office hours: Mon. - Fri. 9.00 - 16.00, Thu until 18.00; A1-151).
This new service is an additional one; it does not replace the option to apply for a card or renew it conventionally.

Online Form for Library Card Application or Renewal (in German)

13 Jul 2005

Further Imprints from the Library's Collection Digitized

The range of digitized imprints from the library's own collection has been expanded:

Otto Ernst: Die größte Sünde (1895)
Otto Ernst: Siebzig Gedichte (1907)
Joachim Ringelnatz: 103 Gedichte (1933)
Auserlesene Gedichte deutscher Poeten, gesammelt von Julius Wilhelm Zinkgref (1624, reprinted 1879)

Other works will follow so that our collection of digitized imprints will be continuously expanded.

Overview Digital Full-texts

24 Jun 2005

Staff Meeting on July 6, 2005: Library partly closed

On July 6, 2005 in the morning, the library will be partly closed because of a staff meeting. Affected areas are the northern wing (entrances C and E) and the Central Lending Department, which will then exceptionally open at 10.00.
We kindly apologize for the inconvenience caused.

20 Jun 2005

"Silence Zones"

Some areas within the library have been designated as "silence zones" in order to provide noise-free seating space. These are located in the basements of the following departmental libraries: Linguistics and Literary Studies (C0), History (S0) and Sociology (U0).
We appreciate your feedback to this subject: info.ub@uni-bielefeld.de

20 Jun 2005

Renewal Hotline

As of today the library provides a renewal hotline in order to simplify renewals by phone.
You can call  +49 521 10 66 77 88  to request renewals on weekdays from 8.00 - 24.00, on weekends and public holidays from 9.00 - 22.00.

Please check in any case if your renewal request has been realized! You will be held responsible for renewing items in time. Otherwise overdue fees will accrue.

10 Jun 2005

Improvements for USB connector users

Many computers in the departmental libraries and the Reference Department are now equipped with easy-to-use USB connector devices.
Extension cords are available as well. These can be obtained at the circulation desks with the library card as deposit.

08 Jun 2005

Bielefeld University Declares Commitment to Open Access

The University of Bielefeld just passed a resolution expressing that it will officially support open access. According to the "Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities" it represents one of the forerunners amongst German universities to commit to this goal.

Contact: Dr Norbert Lossau, Library Director, Bielefeld University Library
Phone: +49 521 106 4050,
Email: norbert.lossau@uni-bielefeld.de

For the complete text of the press release (in German) refer to:
http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/Universitaet/Einrichtungen/Pressestelle/index6.html
http://idw-online.de/pages/de/news115730

07 Jun 2005

BioOne and Biological Sciences Database (via CAS) on Trial

Trial access until the end of July 2005.

BioOne lets you search in more than 70 bioscience full-text journals.
The Biological Sciences database represents the integration of 23 individual bibliographies (Agricultural and Environmental Biotechnology Abstracts, Animal Behavior Abstracts, ASFA Aquaculture Abstracts, Genetics Abstracts, Nucleic Acids Abstracts etc.) and contains references on international bioscience literature mostly in the fields of biomedicine, biotechnology, zoology and environmental science. More than 6,000 journals are indexed. Apart from the journals conference proceedings, research reports, article compilations and selected books and patents.

Access BioOne and Biological Science Database

03 Jun 2005

New Digitized Imprints

The library's collection of digitized imprints has been enhanced by two more works from to the library's print collection. These are two bibliophilic editions by Rainer Maria Rilke which are now online:

Rainer Maria Rilke: Die Letzten (1902)
Rainer Maria Rilke: Requiem (1931)

Moreover, an outstanding historic arithmetic book titled "Coss Christoff Rudolffs" published in 1553 is electronically available as well. For usability reasons this digital version was supplemented by an extensive table of contents. The latter was prepared with the collaboration of Dr Christian Siebeneicher (Faculty of Mathematics, University of Bielefeld):

Christoff Rudolff: Die Coss Christoffs Rudolffs (1553)

More digitized imprints will follow and thus extend the digital collection by-and-by.

Table of Digital Collections

03 Jun 2005

SocINDEX on Trial (sociology research database)

Trial access until the end of August 2005.

SocINDEX is the world's most comprehensive and highest quality sociology research database. This index features more than 1,300,000 records with subject headings from a 15,000 term sociology-specific thesaurus designed by expert lexicographers. This file also contains informative abstracts for more than 590 "core" coverage journals dating back to 1895. In addition, this file provides data mined from more than 500 "priority" coverage journals as well as 1,040 "selective" coverage journals.

SocINDEX with Full Text is the world's most comprehensive and highest quality sociology research database. The index features more than 1,300,000 records with subject headings from a 15,000 term sociology-specific thesaurus designed by expert lexicographers. SocINDEX with Full Text contains full text for 235 "core" coverage journals dating back to 1895, and 72 "priority" coverage journals. This database also includes full text for 545 books and monographs, and full text for 6,601 conference papers.

Start SocINDEX and SocINDEX with Full Text

23 May 2005

New Metasearch Release: More Databases, More Options, Fast Response

The metasearch facilitates simultaneous searches in a multitude of different library catalogues and databases.
After the search you can immediately find how the texts are available - online, in print, via document delivery, in a library or an online book store.

Innovations

  • The Simple Search applies for a quick and comfortable search for books, journals or journal articles
  • The Advanced Search facilitates simultaneous searches in numerous subject databases
  • Preset database profiles for searches related to particular subjects
  • A maximum search time can be specified
  • The search results are displayed immediately, that is, as soon as the first queried database responds, the result lists are displayed in chronological order
  • The Search History option saves the latest search queries automatically, the My Folder option facilitates the explicit storing of individual hits
  • Download option: Up to 100 retrieved hits can both be saved and emailed to any mail address or exported to a reference management system

Metasearch guest access

  • The most important function - to search the databases - is available for guest users (not authenticated).
  • If you are on Bielefeld University campus you can use all databases which are presented within the Metasearch interface
  • If you are off Bielefeld University campus you can only use the freely accessible databases.

Metasearch guest access

Metasearch Personal Login

The personal login can only be used by members of Bielefeld University (students and staff) and thus grants access to several new and enhanced metasearch features.

  • The complete range of options including access to licenced databases, which are otherwise limited to on-campus use, is available anytime and anywhere
  • The contents of Search History and My Folder will be saved permanently, irrespective of session ends or logouts. Whenever you login anew, the data will be at your fingertips again.
  • Search strategies can be permanently saved as Favorites and can be reused anytime.
  • Creating Search Agents: Your search query will be repeatedly performed according to your specifications. New hits will be emailed to you
  • You can build your own special metasearch by choosing particular databases from the complete selection
  • Whereever your email address, password or library card number is needed, you will find the entry fields already and automatically prepared.
  • If you want to terminate your metasearch session, you should leave the system by pressing the Logout button in order to prevent possible misuse of your data. Consider this matter especially when you have been working at a public area computer.

Metasearch Personal Login

27 April 2005

Westlaw International on Trial (until May 20, 2005)

Westlaw International represents a comprehensive web resource containing law material from all over the world. It comprises of national and international case law, statutes, commentaries, handbooks and journals. In order to narrow down on German or European matters you may also find Westlaw.de useful.

Access Westlaw International

16 April 2005

Scopus Database on Trial

Trial access until the end of the year is now available for Scopus, an outstanding lierature database which represents a very large collection of abstracts (back to 1966), references and key word indexes in the field of natural sciences, engineering and medicine. It encompasses bibliographic references as well as full- text articles from 14,000 journal titles and is fast and easy to use. Daily update.

Start Scopus

25 Feb 2005

Library Catalogue and Journal Articles DatabasE JADE: New Search Options

The "advanced search" mask of the library catalogue has been enhanced by new search options:

  • You may narrow your search to journal titles
  • You may narrow your search to printed material (Books and journals available in the university library)

Another newly implemented search field allows a combined search with keywords from the title and the abstract and with subject headings. This option has been added both to the library catalogue and the JADE search mask.

Library Catalogue Advanced Search
Journal Articles DatabasE JADE

11 Jan 2005

New Art History Database

Bibliography of the History of Art
Bibliography of the History of Art is a comprehensive database which has been compiled and published by the Getty Research Institute since 1973. It contains literature on European and American Art.

Database Access (with details on using conditions)

10 Jan 2005

New Databases: Law, Informatics, History, Theology

1. ACM Digital Library
The "Digital Library" of the Association for Computing Machinery is one of the most important collection of bibliographic citations and full-texts in computing. The database includes abstracts, full-texts of ACM journals, magazines, conference proceedings and other material. For further information, title lists and search instructions refer to the ACM Digital Library website.

Database Access (with details on using conditions)

2. Web Based Trainings
These German-language databases which have been created by the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld, contain learning modules, exercises and examination simulations.
The courses listed below are only accessible from campus. Out of these, the ones marked with a red dot are unfortunately not available on the premises of the library, since for the presentation on screen the Internet Explorer is required):

WBT Datenschutzrecht
WBT Recht der Mediendienste
WBT Recht der Teledienste
WBT Urheberrecht
WBT Werberecht


3. Patrologia Latina Database
The Patrologia Latina Database is an electronic version of the first edition of Jacques-Paul Migne's Patrologia Latina, published between 1844 and 1855, and the four volumes of indexes published between 1862 and 1865. The Patrologia Latina comprises the works of the Church Fathers from Tertullian in 200 AD to the death of Pope Innocent III in 1216. The database contains the complete Patrologia Latina, including all prefatory material, original texts, critical apparatus and indexes. Migne's column numbers, essential references for scholars, are included.

Database Access (with details on using conditions).

4. Westlaw.DE
Westlaw.DE represents a comprehensive range of German and European legal material, comprising case-law, laws, commentaries, handbooks and journals, for instance more than 100 volumes of J. von Staudingers Kommentar zum Bürgerlichen Gesetzbuch mit Einführungsgesetz und Nebengesetzen. In addition press releases of the German High Courts, the German Parliament and the Federal Council as well as JUVE-Nachrichten are available.

Database Access (with details on using conditions).

21 Jan 2005

Staff Meeting on Febr. 2, 2005: Library partly closed

On February 2, 2005 in the morning, the library will be partly closed because of a staff meeting. Affected areas are the northern wing (entrances C and E) and the Central Lending Department, which will then exceptionally open at 10.00.

5 Jan 2005

Comments & Suggestions

Bielefeld University Library welcomes your comments and suggestions about our services and collections and will use them to improve our services.
For that reason we have prepared two post boxes which can be found in the respective entrance areas of the Law library and the Linguistics/Literary Studies library. Note paper is supplied as well; please ask for it in any departmental library, in the Reference Department or the Central Lending Department.

2004

26 Nov 2004

3 Mill. JSTOR Full Text Articles Included in JADE

3 mill. articles originating from the 400 journals which are included in the electronic journal archive JSTOR are now incorporated in the Journal Articles DatabasE JADE.
The core fields are humanities, social science and economics but you will also find quite an important variety of journals on mathematics and general science. The addition of this notable amount of articles means that JADE now is double in size.

The articles are only accessible on campus:

JADE

For further information about and separate access to JSTOR please refer to our electronic journals entry page:

Access JSTOR

12 Nov 2004

Refurbishing Work in Area C1 (LiLi)

From November 2, 2004 until the end of the month a new carpet will be laid in Area C1. Library use will then be limited or at times not possible at all. For more information please contact the library personnel (phone: 106-5232 or 106-3414)
The exhiition area will not be affected though.

We apologize for any inconvenience!

27 Oct 2004

Four Databases on Trial

Apart from the database Entomology Abstracts we present trial access to four different databases. The host is CSA (Cambridge Scientific Abstracts Internet Database Service) and the trial period ends on December 31, 2004:

  • Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts
  • Social Services Abstracts
  • ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center)
  • Sociological Abstracts

Start database

14 Oct 2004

Simplified Loan Conditions

In order to help you keep track of your loan account and to make the renewal options more transparent, we have simplified the procedure. That's why we merged the six different existing loan conditions (loan periods) into three.
The third character of the bar code (e.g. 158/4127305+01) represents the loan condition.

Effective from October 18, 2004 the following three loan conditions apply:

  • 0 and 6: Reference literature, that is, non-circulating
  • 4 and 7: Loan period 15 days, 5 renewals max. possible
  • 8 and 9: Loan period 30 days, 5 renewals max. possible

All circulating items now can be renewed five times, provided that in the meantime it has not been reserved by somebody else. In this case it is inevitable to return the item in time.
Whether an item is circulating or not can be recognised by the colour of the call number label on the spine.

  • white label: cirulating items (condition 4,7,8 and 9)
  • yellow label: non-circulating items (condition 0 and 6)

The equivalent of the conditions in plain text can be found in the library catalogue on clicking the button "Ausleihstatus" and in your loan account in the column "Medientyp".

A label exchange would mean an extensive work and require a considerable amount of money. Moreover, it would have been necessary to withdraw the media from circulation. That's why we decided to keep the now outdated ciphers 6,7, and 9 on the bar code labels, only the meaning has changed as explained above.

How to borrow, return, reserve and renew media

11 Oct 2004

MLA International Bibliography: Additional Trial Access

The MLA International Bibliography includes some 1.5. mill. records originating from more than 4,400 published journals and books worldwide. At present the library has licenced this database via Ovid.
Now we are pleased to provide additionally a temporary trial access via EBSCO until Nov. 30th.
Further information about the access options.

Start MLA Trial Access

11 Oct 2004

ZiF Library Closed on Oct. 15, 2004

On the 15th of October (Friday) the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (ZiF) and its library will be closed for annual works outing.

We apologize for any inconveniance.

07 Oct 2004

Library Information Days on Oct. 19 and 21, 2004

In the course of the library information days on Oct. 19 and 21, 2004 from von 10.00 to 15.00 the Reference Department will present its wide range of services. This semester's event is themed "We get you fit for information". Every half hour you will see a presentation on how to search and get literature. Moreover you can participate in a library quiz and win attractive books. Our traditional and always well-attended book flea market will be available for intensive and successful browsing.
On top of that the Reference Department offers a very special service: If you deliver a title list of needed study literature you will get the readily assorted material back.
Welcome to the Reference Department (B1-100, Entrance Area C).

Reference Department: Contact, Opening Hours, Siteplan

Library in the Oberstufenkolleg: Restricted Access Sept. 20 - 24, 2004

The library in the Oberstufenkolleg (OS) will be refurnished. For that reason users will have to face restricted access from Sept. 20 to Sept. 24, 2004.

On Sept. 23 the library will be closed. Book returns, renewals and reservations can then be made in all other departmental libraries.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

On Sept. 21, 2004 Library partly closed due to staff meeting

On Sept. 21, 2004 in the morning the library will partly be closed because of a staff meeting. Affected areas are the northern wing (entrances C and E) and the Central Lending Department, which will exceptionally open at 10.00.

Interruption of Circuit on Sept. 15, 7.00 - 10.00

On Wednesday, Sept. 15, an other uninterruptable power supply will be installed in the machine room of the Hochschulrechenzentrum. Due to these works the power supply for the library's servers may suffer and the library services can be affected in terms of shut downs. The works are scheduled for 7.00. to 10.00.
However, most of the services will be maintained by provisional power supply but it can not be excluded that some of the services (e.g. CD-ROM databases) will not operate.
We apologize for any inconvenience.

Aug. 26, 2004: New in JADE: 10,000 Biomed Central Full Text Articles

Our Journal Articles DatabasE JADE has been expanded with articles published in open access journals by Biomed Central. Some 10,000 articles mainly about medicine or biology topics can now be searched and read directly on the screen.
Please note that access to the articles is only possible on campus:

Start JADE

For more detailed information about Biomed Central as provider and information concerning scholarly open access e-publishing options please visit our web pages:

Alternative Publishing Options for Authors at Bielefeld University
(in German)

Aug. 16, 2004: New Database: LexisNexis

LexisNexis Professional is best-known as first class research tool in the field of national and international economics and law. More than 35,000 current press and other media articles including archived material can be searched conveniently via a German language search interface.
Access information

Start LexisNexis

Aug. 13, 2004: Get informed! Quick and Easy: Our Newsletter

Our (German-language) newsletter titled "Mitteilungen der Bibliothek" has also been included into our web site. It is now available at
https://www.ub.uni-bielefeld.de/news/.
Library news and interesting information about new or altered services will here be published regularly and can be looked up in a quick and easy way.

But there is even more to it: If you prefer to receive this information personally via email, simply send a note to mitteilungen.ub@uni-bielefeld.de.
We will be glad to take you into our mail exploder.

July 30, 2004: Today Loan Account and ILL Options Not Available!

Unfortunately it occured that today several modules of the circulation system need mending. As a result the following options are not available:

  • Online Interlibrary Loan
  • "Your Loan Account"
  • request for the loan status.

The borrowing and return of library items will remain unaffected.
We apologize for any inconvenience!

July 6, 2004: Circulation and Interlibrary Loan Systems in Service Again!

The maintenance and updating workings have been successfully completed. The circulation and interlibrary loan systems are in service again.

July 1, 2004: On July 16, 2004 Library partly closed due to staff meeting

On July 16, 2004 the library will partly be closed because of a staff meeting. Affected areas are the northern wing (entrances C and E) and the Central Lending Department, which will exceptionally open at 10.00

June 23, 2004: July 1-6 reduced circulation service - library remains open

In order to provide a timely circulation system for our users we have now reached the point where it is compulsory to implement an extensive software update.

As a result the circulation service will be reduced from July 1 to July 4, 2004. During this time access to the loan accounts via internet ("My Loan Account") and the interlibrary loan options will not be possible. After that at the beginning of next week cuts may still occur.

From July 1 to July 4 no loan period endings are scheduled. The library hours remain unchanged except for the Central Lending Department which will be accessible on July 1 and July 2 from 10.00 to 15.00.

From July 1 to July 4 the following transactions are possible:

  • Borrow and return items (interlibrary loans as well)

Not possible will be:

  • Renewals, reservations, short-term loans, re-borrowing
  • Payment of fees in cash
  • Interlibrary loan orders for books and articles
  • Issue of library cards
  • Loan status display in the library catalogue
  • Access to "My Loan Account"

We apologize for any inconvenience.

June 23, 2004: BASE Demonstrator -
first public access to Bielefeld Academic Search Engine

BASE is a project at Bielefeld University Library. BASE offers an integrated search in heterogeneous scientific resources worldwide.

More information and access to a first prototype

June 23, 2004: Journal Articles DatabasE JADE enhanced

The Journal Articles DatabasE JADE has recently been enhanced by some 60.000 records. The data have been compiled by Bielefeld University Library. The majority of the records originates from 45 scientific review organs and literary magazines of the 18th and 19th century which have been published in the German-speaking area. The library had organized and overseen the digitization of the journals within the scope of a project financed by the German Research Council ("Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft"). For further details on the project please refer to:
https://www.ub.uni-bielefeld.de/diglib/aufklaerung/
The other part of the database enhancement presents recent volumes of several journals covering the subject history with predominantly regional reference, which have only been partly included in JADE:

  • Forschung an der Universität Bielefeld
  • Ravensberger Blätter
  • Wismarer Beiträge
  • Lippische Mitteilungen
  • Mitteilungen des Mindener Geschichtsvereins
  • Zeitschrift des Aachener Geschichtsvereins
  • Zeitschrift für Hohenzollerische Geschichte
  • Heimatland Lippe
  • Archäologie in Ostwestfalen-Lippe
  • Archivpflege in Westfalen und Lippe

JADE is accessible at:
https://www.ub.uni-bielefeld.de/english/databases/jade/

June 4, 2004: Discussions on "Scholarly e-Publishing": Lecture by Prof. Dr. Ulf Rehmann

The second lecture in a row of discussions concerning "Scholarly e-Publishing" will be held on Wednesday, June 23, 2004 at 15.00 c.t., Room A3 - 137.
The longtime editor of the international scientific journal "Documenta Mathematica", Prof. Dr. Ulf Rehmann (Faculty of Mathematics, University of Bielefeld), will speak about "A community driven scholarly journal".

Further details on the activities of Bielefeld University on these topics are documented at http://www.uni-bielefeld.de/ub/wp/

May 19, 2004: ZiF Library closed on May 21, 2004

The ZiF Library will be closed on Friday, May 21.

May 17, 2004: Free Transparent Carrier Bags for Laptops Provided at all Loan Desks

For security reasons the library doesn't permit to carry bags into the reading rooms (see below). This regulation applies for laptop bags likewise.

In order to facilitate the transportation of your laptop including its accessories without your personal bag we provide free transparent, reusable carrier bags for the use within the reading rooms. A further benefit of this new service is that you don't have to line up at the loan desk and present the content of your laptop bag anymore.
However, books, folders, briefcases etc. will have to be presented before leaving the library.

Bielefeld University Library
The Director
May 17, 2004

Extract from the "Regulations of Usage" of Bielefeld University Library as of February 11, 1999:
§ 5 Rights and Duties
4) Bags, coats, umbrellas, pieces of luggage, animals, edibles, drinks etc. may not be taken into the library. Smoking, eating and drinking within the reading rooms is not permitted.

May 4, 2004: Viruses in Emails Supposedly Sent by the Library

We are increasingly confronted with emails which are supposedly sent from the library but are contaminated with computer viruses. The library addresses are manipulated and often don't even exist, e.g. "Register".
The text in these mails reads as follows: "Ihre Benutzernamen und Passwörter befinden sich im Anhang dieser Email" and a file with the file extension ".pif" or ".zip" is attached.

These emails are not sent by the library and it is strongly recommended not and by no means to open them!
By the way: The library would certainly never send user names or passwords by mail.

Further information on faked emails at:
http://www.tu-berlin.de/www/software/show.shtml?virus/soberf
If you already have opened an attachment by mistake you will there find ways and means to eliminate the virus from your computer.

Well meant advice: do not open attachments which you do not have explicitly requested. Be always sure to have a virus scanner installed and keep it updated.

April 19, 2004: Information Day: The University Library as a Portal to the World of Scientific Information presents its Information Services

On April, 29 another information day themed "Fit for information" is going to take place. You are cordially invited to the library's presentation stand in the hall in front of the UniQ stage from 10 to 15. The library staff will be ready to demonstrate new library services and of course will show the well proven ones as well. It goes without saying that we have prepared our traditional well-assorted book flea market - a chance to browse and get a bargain.
Last but not least get yourself a glas of milk to energize your working day! Look and see: What do milk and the library have in common? They both get you going!

March 23, 2004: Online Interlibrary Loan Not Available During the Weekend

Due to an interruption of circuit in the Hochschulbibliothekszentrum (HBZ) in Cologne our online interlibrary loan facility and some of our databases will not be available. The union catalogue will be concerned as well so that the availability determination within the metasearch may not work properly.
The cutoff will probably affect our services from Friday 26th, 20 until Sunday 28th, evening.
We apologize for any inconvenience!

March 22, 2004: Chat (Live-Assistance)

In case of questions or problems you can now use our Chat (Mo-Fr, 9-16).

Chat (Live-Assistance)

March 3, 2004: JSTOR - Online Journal Archive with 400 Titles

The online journal archive JSTOR includes 400 full text journals which have been digitized almost completely, going back as far as the 17th century and starting off with the very first volumes. These resources are available now and can be searched under a single common search surface!
(Not available are the most recent three to five volumes each. For further details refer to the so-called "moving wall information").
In addition a search within the full texts is possible and several data formats for downloading (TIFF, PDF, PostScript) are supported.
The core fields are Humanities, Social Science and Economics but you will also find quite an important variety of journals on Mathematics and General Science. All journals are included in the EZB as well.

JSTOR is a nonprofit enterprise which started in 1994 and has its origin in a former project of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation at the University of Michigan Library.

Collections:

Feb. 27, 2004: LexisNexis on Trial

LexisNexis Professional represents a powerful and comprehensive search tool, which gives access to more than 35,000 German and international press resources including archives in the economics and law field.
LexisNexis Professional is provided on trial until April 30, 2004 (access confined to Bielefeld University campus).

Start

Feb. 26, 2004: Online Interlibrary Loan Not Available During the Weekend

Due to an interruption of circuit in the Hochschulbibliothekszentrum (HBZ) in Cologne our online interlibrary loan facility and some of our databases will not be available. The union catalogue will be concerned as well so that the availability determination within the metasearch may not work properly.
The cutoff will probably affect our services from Friday 27th, 17 until Sunday 29th, 13.
We apologize for any inconvenience!

Jan. 30, 2004: Notes on the library's new website

Today Bielefeld University Library presents a newly designed website in a revised structure and with extented information services. A lot has changed but the address:
www.ub.uni-bielefeld.de

Our intention was to simplify the handling and to optimize the clarity of arrangement. We have changed to a left navigation which has in the meantime achieved common acceptance on the web. There you find the four main access points into our site. Besides we present important library services already on the homepage grouped together as "Short Cuts" or the "News". "My Library" summarizes the personalized services like the loan account and the individual settings of the metasearch. In addition to the already familiar navigation tool A-Z you will shortly be offered a site search option across the new web pages.

From the numerous services we have to offer, we want to emphasize three of them explicitly: The subject portals (can be accessed via the link: Digital Library), the completely new category Scholarly e-Publishing (access via: User Information & Services) and our new Help- and Info-System including the interactive tutorial about online searching and the virtual tour through the library (Link "Help" located in the upper navigation bar).

The value of the subject portals has increased significantly. All information, resources and services related to the scientific disciplines which are being taught at the university and the departmental libraries which mirror the study fields are now conveniently accessible in one spot. Contact persons, opening hours and service units are listed as well as information on the subjects, subject related databases and other ressources and links to the various faculties in Bielefeld.

The category "Scholarly e-Publishing" is still in the process of composition. The dicussion about the reorientation of scholarly publishing but constitutes an important topic which will concern academic libraries, scientists and the universities altogether. The library will work on this far-reaching and large scale issue jointly with the university and its members and successively produce and incorporate content for the pages.

The newly created help system which includes e.g. an interactive tutorial about online searching, several info clips, a virtual tour through the library and a dictionary of technical terms will give you comprehensive guidance and tips on how to use both the real and the digital library. A live chat option will be installed in the near future and will round the whole area off. The help system is located in the upper navigation bar and thus at hand on every page.

We appreciate your feedback. Please contact Barbara Knorn (knorn)

Jan. 22, 2004: Flat Bed Scanners available in all Departmental Libraries

In addition to the standard copy machines, printing and export devices the library now provides flatbed scanners for public use.
All departmental libraries are now equipped with computers on which the following programs for text scanning and editing are installed:

  • HP Precision ScanPro
  • HP ScanJet copy programm
  • PageKeeper Standard 3.0
  • Adobe Photo Deluxe Business

Beyond that the word processing programs StarOffice 6.0 and the Microsoft Office Package including Photo Editor are available. Edited files can be printed out on the printers provided by TDM or stored on disks.
In case of questions or problems the library staff will be pleased to help.

Jan. 21, 2004: Complete Relaunch of the Library's Internet Presence

The library will present completely new, updated and revised web pages. We have extended the functionality and incorporated some new features, e.g. a multimedia help system and newly structured subject information portals. The relaunch is planned for January 30, 2004.

2003

Dec. 19, 2003: Temporary Database Failures

Due to technical problems the following databases are temporarily not available:

  • Assembly of Western European Union
  • Die Fackel
  • Das Deutsche Bundesrecht
  • Kritisches Lexikon zur deutschsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur
  • Gefahrgut-Merkblätter
  • Rehadat "Das Informationssystem zur berufl. Rehabilitation"
  • Die Tageszeitung

We are busily working on the problem and apologize for any inconvenience.

Dec. 10, 2003: Complete Shut-down of Server and Network Service on Sunday 14, 2003 at 13.00

Due to technical alteration work in the university computing center a complete shut-down of server and network service will be necessary for several hours.
During that period of time only borrowing and returning books, but unfortunately no reborrowing, renewals and reservations will be possible!
Affected by the shut-down are all electronic services like "your loan account", the catalogue searches and the use of the internet as well.

We apologize for this inconvenience.

Nov. 18, 2003: ZiF Publications Database

As of today a new database is available: it contains bibliographical information about the publications which originate from the many seminars and events organized by the Center for Interdisciplinary Research of Bielefeld University (ZiF).
Up to now mostly monographs are recorded. These books are accessible in the library of the ZiF, but do not circulate.

Access database (in German)

October 13, 2003: New Acquisitions List

The new acquisitions of the last four weeks can now easily be displayed on the screen.
The list is arranged to the departmental libraries and will be daily updated.

New Acquisitions

For information about all orders since 1996, the acquisitions catalogue can still be used.

October 29, 2003: Central Lending Department closed

Due to renovating work the Central Lending Department will be closed from Monday, Nov. 3, 13.00 probably until Tuesday, Nov. 4, 13.00.

During this time the following library services will be offered in the Special Reading Room located in the Reference Department in C1 instead:

  • Interlibrary loan: book collection and return
  • Payment of fees and charges
  • Collection of student cards

We apologize for any inconenience.

September 23, 2003: Information Days Oct. 10-14, 2003

The university library as a portal to the world of scientific information

In a well proven manner and at the beginning of the new semester, the library will present its wide range of information resources again with a stand in the University hall. The stand is located on the UniQ-Stage and is open at any one time from 11.00 to 14.00.
Take the chance to learn about the library's services and to try them out. The library professionals will be pleased to give you a demonstration and to assist you.
Next to the stand we will as usual have our book flea market where you are invited to browse to your heart's content.

July 4, 2003: "... May We Introduce to You: The Library!"

Within the scope of the "Woche der Wissenschaft" the library will present itself on July 18, 2003 from 11.00 to 18.00 with an information booth on the UniQ-Stage. The wide range of its information resources and the virtual tour through the departmental libraries will be in the center of the presentation. According to the motto "Get digitized" you can have your picture taken with a digital camera. Another highlight of this event is our traditional book flea market. Come and see!

July 2, 2003: New Catalogue Feature: Optimized Location Display

A new catalogue feature has been implemented: the display of an item location within the departmental library guide.
For each title of your retrieval result you can look up, in which part of the building the book is shelved. The location is marked with a red dot. Thus it helps you to find out easily where to go to get the required item.
If you need a book from the stacks, from a reserve collection or a rare book, you will get explanations underneath the map.

How do I get the location display?
Just click on the hyperlink "Standort(e) des Titels" which is offered in the long display version of a title.

Example: Location of an Item

July 1, 2003: Transaction Numbers (TANs) now Invalid

As of today the transaction numbers (TANs) are not accepted anymore. Unfortunately a reimbursement of TANs which you haven't used up is not possible.

From now on the JASON service is only provided for registered library users.

June 26, 2003: New: New Acquisitions Database

After having changed successfully to a new acquisition system Bielefeld University Library once again provides its users a database comprising the new acquisitions.

It contains information about all titles which have been ordered recently. In this weekly updated database you can find out about the current processing status of the items and answers to questions such as:
Has the book been ordered yet?
Are there any delivery problems?
Has the book already been delivered?
It it already on the shelf?

The database is easy to use: its interface is much the same as the search form of the library catalogue (OPAC) you are already used to.

Search for New Acquisitions (only in German)

June 24, 2003: Reminder: TANs Running Out of Time

As we announced earlier the "transaction numbers" (TANs) which you formerly needed for interlibrary loan orderings will only be valid until June 30, 2003. Up to then they can only be used for JASON orders for journal articles. Unfortunately a reimbursement of TANs you may have bought already is not possible.
We ask you to use up your TANs until June 30, 2003 at the latest.

After that date access to the JASON service is restricted to registered library users only.
For further information please contact the Central Lending Department.

Article orders via JASON

June 2, 2003: Central Lending Department (ZL) Now Open Until 18.00 on Thursdays

As of June 5th the Central Lending Department will be open on Thursdays until 18.00. The Central Lending Department is i.a. responsible for handing out library and students' cards.

May 28, 2003: BieSOn - Bielefeld Server for Online Publications

As of today a new library service called BieSOn is online.
By means of BieSOn university members can publish their scientific works free of charge on the web. It is intended for dissertations, postdoctoral theses, journal articles, proceedings, research papers and more similar material. The documents will be indexed, catalogued and permanently archived by the library.

For a transitional period older publications will remain accessible on the Hochschulschriftenserver until these materials will also be incorporated in BieSOn.

BieSOn Start

May 5, 2003: Breakdown of Ovid Server: Access to Ovid Databases

Unfortunately we are encountered with a temporary breakdown of the Ovid server. During this failure the databases Biosis, MLA, Sociological Abstracts, Medline, CancerLit, Health Star und Eric may be reached via the following link (on the following page please click on the button Continue):

Access Ovid databases

April 1, 2003: Email Reminder Before End of Loan Period

Shortly before the end of the loan period we offer to send you a reminder via email to avoid forgotten return dates and annoyance about unnecessary charges.
In order to take advantage of this new library service please leave your email address in Your Loan Account.
You will then receive reservation notices and claim notices via email as well which will spare yourself postage expenses, too.
Please keep in mind that a renewal is not when the item has been reserved by another user or when the loan period has already been renewed five times.
Please check your loan account for yourself whether a renewal is possible or not.

The payment of overdue fees is not dependant on the distribution or reception of the email reminder.

March 26, 2003: Transaction Numbers (TANs) Now Valid Until June 30, 2003

As we announced earlier this year the "transaction numbers" (TANs) which you formerly needed for interlibrary loan orderings will now be valid until June 30, 2003. Up to then they can only be used for JASON orders for journal articles. Unfortunately a reimbursement of TANs you may have bought already is not possible. We ask you to use up your TANs until June 30, 2003 at the latest.

Article orders via JASON

March 6, 2003: Extended Service with Reserved Media

We are pleased to offer an extended service for the collection of reserved library items: Reserved items from the holdings of the departmental libraries within the main university building can now be picked up also on weekdays after 16.00 and even during weekends and on public holidays.

Please pay attention to the circulation desks mentioned in the notification letter. The hours are as follows:

  • Circulation desk in section U: Mon-Fri 08.00 - 24.00; Sat, Sun, holidays 09.00 - 22.00
  • Circulation desk in section C: Mon-Fri 08.00 - 22.00; Sat, Sun, holidays 09.00 - 19.00
  • Circulation desk in section E: Mon-Fri 09.00 - 16.00
    (on weekdays after 16.00 and Sat, Sun, holidays refer to section C)
  • Circulation desks in sections S,T,V: Mon-Fri 09.00 - 16.00
    (on weekdays after 16.00 and Sat, Sun, holidays refer to section U)

March 5, 2003: New Aligned Hours

The closing time of the library entrances (except C1 and U1) have been aligned with the opening hours of the Central Lending Department and the Library of the "Oberstufen-Kolleg" : access is now possible Monday to Friday, 09.00 - 16.00. The closing time of the library entrances in C1 and U1 remain unchanged. (Through these two doors admission to the entire library system is possible. For further information refer to the Site Map).

February 24, 2003: New Version of the "Intelligent Search Assistant"

The Intelligent Search Assistant has recently been updated and improved. It now is easier to use and produces more precise results.
The Search Assistant searches the library catalog, JADE, the Elsevier and the Springer databases simultaneously. The unique search technology which ist based on fuzzy logic will retrieve records that fit best to your enquiry even if the search terms don't appear in one document altogether. The search result list is ranked by relevance. This new search procedure helps you find documents that you wouldn't have found by a conventional search and makes your search more efficient and complete.

Start Search Assistant (only in German)

February 13, 2003: News for Philosophers: Das virtuelle Lehrbuchnetz

Introductory literature to philosophy and philosophical problems
This database was prepared for its appearance on the web by the library in cooperation with the Faculty of Philosophy (Prof. von Savigny). It's a compilation of basic introductions to philosophy with extensive commentaries.
Since this resource is based on the library collection and therefore linked to the library catalogue it is easy to search the items' location.

Das virtuelle Lehrbuchnetz

February 5, 2003: More Literary Magazines of the 18th and 19th Century online

The number of magazines which have been digitized for the project "Retrospective digitalization of scientific review organs" and made accessible has increased noticeably. 32 out of 44 journals altogether are now online searchable. Newly added have been for example Thalia which was edited by Friedrich Schiller and the two titles edited by J.G. Meusel Historisch-litterarisches Magazin and Historisch-litterarisch-bibliographisches Magazin.
The journal Berlinische Monatsschrift which has already been digitized during the pilot scheme is now included as well so that this resource can be searched under the same common interface, too:

Access to journals

January 1, 2003: New Rates of Charge

According to the enactment by the North Rhine-Westphalian Federal Ministry of School, Science and Research as of today new rates of charge for library services are effective.

January 1, 2003: Ordering of Journal Articles - Innovations

As of today there are some simplifications for ordering journal articles via JASON:
There is only one single ordering system and the document will be supplied as fast as possible. Each order costs 1,50 EUR and the amount due summs up on our loan account.
The "transaction numbers" (TANs) you may have bought already will be valid until June 30, 2003 and can be used for JASON orders for journal articles though.

Ordering of journal articles

2002

December 20, 2002: Now PsychINFO via Silverplatter

The library now offers access to the psychological database PsychINFO via Silverplatter which means among other things improved search functions for the users.

Start PsycINFO

December 4, 2002: New Improved Interlibrary Loan Service

On December 4, 2002 the Bielefeld University Library introduced a new online interlibrary loan service for books that works the same way as the already known JASON ordering for journal articles.
With these changes the library offers you a modern consistent interlibrary loan service for all media. It now is possible to track the status of your order at any time during processing and the delivery period will be noticeably shorter.

Start Online Interlibrary Loan

October 14, 2002: Improved Search for Books and Journals

The search for books and journals in the Bielefeld University Library has become much easier. By using the new single-line search request form on the main page of the library website it is possible to search for titles, authors, subjects and corporate bodies at the same time. The terms may be entered in any order you like.
Looking up the examples in "Help" will help you use this new feature correctly.

The search request form comprising all search fields and more search facilities is of course still available to you by simply clicking on "more search fields".

September 27, 2002: Results of the Infas User Survey

In the summer of 2001 Bielefeld University Library carried out a standardized user survey in which all of the North Rhine-Westphalian higher education libraries participated at the same time. Planning, data capturing and analysis was done by infas and the Hochschulbibliothekszentrum für Nordrhein-Westfalen in Cologne was responsible for the organization. The objective of the survey was the comparative analysis of customers satisfaction with the different libraries and how as a result library services could be optimized.

In Bielefeld some 1.030 users participated in the survey. Their positive evaluation is the reason why Bielefeld University Library is ranking among the best in the land. Comparing the user's overall contentedness with their libraries Bielefeld takes the top position. Above-average contented are users with the completeness and relevance of the library services, including electronic and online services, the opening hours and last but not least the friendliness, readiness to help and competence of our personnel.

Results user survey (only in German)

September 26, 2002: Information Days

From October 15 to 17, right at the beginning of the new semester, the library will present itself again with a stand in the University hall. The stand is located on the UniQ-Stage and is open at any one time from 11.00 to 14.00.
The purpose of the presentation is to introduce the extensive information resources that the library has to offer to the students, especially to the first-year students. The focus this time is on electronic journals, how to search for articles and contents and how to print out the articles.
As a special service during the information days we offer our patrons the printout of one journal article for free. You can also browse through a book flea market and on top of that: at any one time from 13.00 to 14.00 you can have your picture taken with a digital camera.

August 20, 2002: Lecture Notes in Mathematics Now Available in Full Text

You now have the possibility to read the "Lecture Notes in Mathematics", which the library holds in the print version, as full-text documents directly on screen.

Access full texts

July 31, 2002: Scientific Review Organs and Literary Magazines of the 18th and 19th Century Now Online

The Bielefeld University Library has expanded its collection of digitized printings: Scientific review organs and literary magazines of the 18th and 19th century are presented and made searchable as digital recontructions via WWW. This selection comprises some of the most significant and ambitious journals of the German Enlightenment and the following periods.

From overall 44 journals 16 are already online accessible, the others will follow gradually. The bibliographic data of the articles and the reviewed works contained are made searchable in a database. Searching by words from the article title and browsing in the tables of content is possible.

Access journals

July 15, 2002: Encrypted login for your loan account!

As of July 15, 2002 the library is obliged to carry out encrypted data transmission to protect your personal data from misuse.

June 20, 2002: Now in English: How to Login with Password

Now available in English: For which library services do I need a password and how do I log in?

June 20, 2002: The Library at a Glance

Now available in English: The library at a glance. Here you can find all information about the library in alphabetical order.

June 10, 2002: For historians: Bibliography Economics in Eastern Westphalia/Lippe since 1815

This bibliographical database which was elaborated by the Forschungs- und Dokumentationszentrum Wirtschaftsregion Ostwestfalen-Lippe (Research and Documentation Center for the Economic Area of Eastern Westphalia/Lippe) is now available online.

Start

May 27, 2002: Free email notification for reserved books and interlibrary loan orders

If you want to receive a free email notification when your orders have arrived please indicate your email address in your loan account. If you don't you will receive a notification letter at your expense.

April 18, 2002: For the natural sciences: EMBASE with a new, user friendly interface

EMBASE is a biomedical and pharmacological database (particularly medical and drug-related subjects). It contains more than 9 million documents. After a search you can order articles directly via the JASON Fast Supply System or simply read articles in full text directly on your screen.

Start

April 10, 2002: New for Educational Science:
FIS-Bildung Literaturdatenbank via metasearch

You can search the FIS-Bildung Literaturdatenbank via the metasearch now.
Only available for members of the Bielefeld University
Please choose:

Metasearch: Educational Science and Media
Metasearch: Full Service

March 26, 2002: Information Literacy: Our Services

For beginners and more advanced users: how to use the library, the catalogue and our web site and more ...

Our courses

March 27, 2002: New platform for e-Learning:
Blackboard - Online Learning

With the BLACKBOARD system Bielefeld University Library provides a web-based integrated learning and teaching platform. Its core features are online information services, communication and feedback tools that may supplement and support academic courses.

Start

February 26, 2002: New Circulation System

Starting from March 11, 2002 the library will introduce a new circulation system. After logging in you can see your loan account and renew books.

Loan Account Login

February 19, 2002: New subject portal Educational Science: in collaboration with "Der Deutsche Bildungsserver"

In our subject portal Educational Science and Media you can find now databases, references and free accessible Internet resources on educational science.

January 04, 2002: "Web of Science" databases significantly expanded

Science Citation Index (SCI), Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) and Arts and Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI) significantly expanded

  • SCI now from 1945
  • SSCI now from 1956
  • A&HCI now from 1975

Start

2001

December 04, 2001: New Databases for economics and psychology

New for economics:
Business Source Premier - more than 2,300 E-Journals in fulltext

New for psychology:
Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection - more than 500 E-Journals in fulltext

Start

To start these database "cookies" must be enabled in your web browser.

November 12, 2001: Printing documents in the library

From now on it is possible to print documents in your departmental library.

To use this service, you have to open a printing account in the "Copy Service Center" of the firm Thiesbrummel situated on the Galery (U1-132). One printout will cost you 5 cents and the amount will be taken off your printing account.

Opening hours of the "Copy Service Center":
Monday - Friday, 9.00 - 17.00.

November 5, 2001: Bielefeld 2002 Conference

6. European Bielefeld Colloquium
High Quality Information For Everyone and What It Costs

The Bielefeld 2002 Conference will take place at the Stadthalle in Bielefeld, Germany, from 5 - 7 February 2002. The European symposium on current issues in the area of scholary information supply has now become a classic among events on the subject.

Bielefeld 2002 Conference

October 10, 2001: New Database: EMBASE (Excerpta Medica database)

EMBASE is a biomedical and pharmacological database (particularly with medical and drug-related subjects).
It gathers information from over 4,000 journals published in 70 countries and contains over 8 million records from 1974 to the present.

Start EMBASE

August 21, 2001: Guide to search services nearly completely available in English

In our guide to search services you will find more than 40 services for searching the internet and numerous information about searching effectively (e.g. how to use search services effectively, websites and literature about search services and current numbers about the web). The guide is nearly completely available in English now.

Search Services (Compass Guide).

July 20, 2001: Subject portal philosophy vastly enhanced

The subject portal philosophy now offers an extensive selection of important internet ressources (as before mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, and English studies). You can not only find licenced offers of the Bielefeld University Library, but dictionaries / references in the internet, learning material, news, jobs, search engines, information about studies and training among other things.

Subject Portal philosophy

June 19, 2001: JASON (Ordering of articles): Extensively increased offer

Our document supply system JASON now contains more than 900,000 journal titles. The data of the "Journal database" (ZDB) was integrated completely. Now all journal titles available in German libraries are searchable.

JASON search mask.

April 24, 2001: Read full-text journal articles (from Elsevier) directly at home

Via the personal login for the meta search, members of the university now have the possibilty to directly read and/or print out journal articles from Elsevier's database, even off-campus (for example from home or via a private provider). Elsevier contains more than one million articles in full-text.
After searching in the meta search, a link to the full-text version will be offered if the sought-after article is available in Elsevier.
Via the personal log-in you also have access to licensed databases and Other services even off-campus.

April 23, 2001: New databases and subject views in the metasearch

A few new and freely available catalogues and databases specialized in certain subjects have been integrated:

Catalogues Germany
  • Virtual Media Server (full texts)
Catalogues world wide
  • Boston University
  • Ohio LINK
  • Chicago University
  • Bell Labs Network
Biology / Medicine
  • National Library of Science and Medicine (Denmark)
  • NHM (National Historical Museum London)
Physik / Engineering
  • CSIRO (Science and Industry)
Art
  • California Inst. of Arts
  • Getty Research Institute
  • Acad. of Performing Arts (Hong Kong)
Law
  • Supreme Court (Canada)
  • Law Library (Univ. of Pennsylvania)
Geography / Environment
  • ESIC (Earth Sciences)
  • Bell Labs Network

These databases can be accessed through the Metasearch Catalogues or the Subject Portals.

During the integration of these databases, special subject views have been generated for the subjects
- Law
- Geograhpy / Environment
- Art
These can be selected in the metasearch via the "databases profiles" menu on the right-hand side.

April 5, 2001: Metasearch - New Functions

There are several new functions integrated to the metasearch:

User Profiles
Do you want to establish your own database selection? Then you now have the chance - after the personal login for the Metasearch - to set up your own selection of databases by clicking on the menu item "My Metasearch". The "user profile editor" will assist you in the process. First, you name the desired view, for example after a topic or subject. Then, you produce the categories accordingly and select those databases you would like to be searched in your profile.

Receiving the hit list via email
You now have the possibility to receive your search result - up to a hundred hits - via email. Simply give a name to the list and indicate your email address.

Sorting the hit list
You can sort your search result by author/corporation, title and publication year in an ascending or descending order.

Selection of views
On-campus users and looged in off-campus users can choose between the following views:

  • Subject Portals: Metasearch
    - Biology / Medicine
    - Humanites
    - Mathematics
    - Physics / Technology
    - Social Sciences
    - Economics
  • Metasuche: Full Service
  • Metasuche: Catalogues
  • Metasuche: Internet

With the help of the function "Metasearch: Internet" you have the possibility to search 4 German and 8 international search engines simultaneously.
You can also create your own profiles (see above), when you
Off-campus users who are not logged in can only choose between

  • Metasuche: Catalogues
  • Metasuche: Internet

since they are not entitled to access the licenced services included in the "full service" and the "subject portals".

March 5, 2001: New Homepage

We have redesigned our web pages to make it easier to find our services, including these new ones:

Subject portals
In addition to subject databases now to be found under the menu item Search for some subjects we offer a structured collection of Internet sources, the so-called subject portals. We will complete this service for all subjects in the future.
Additionally you can proceed to a simultaneous search in various databases by subject (subject portals: metasearch).
Internet Guide
The menu item Internet Guide offers a collection of specific internet sources which help to solve problems beyond the academic literature search e.g. questions about studying . Therefore we created the category "Around Studying". Interesting hyperlinks concerning changing university places, financial support (German BAföG), rooms or jobs are provided. If you have suggestions for other URLs, please contact us and make your proposal. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

March 5, 2001: 11 new databases in the Metasearch

There are eleven new freely accessible databases integrated into the Metasearch, which allow the simultaneous search of a huge number of databases:

  • ZDB (Journal Database)
  • EZB (Fulltext Journals)
  • Virtual Media Server
  • BIBSYS (Norway)
  • LIBRIS (Sweden)
  • NEBIS (Switzerland)
  • British Library (Politics and economics)
  • British Library (Science, Technology, Business)
  • NLC (Canada)
  • NLA (Australia)
  • CUHK (Hong Kong)

January 16, 2001: Interlibrary loan online

Books which are not available in the Bielefeld University Library can be ordered directly from your personal computer. Please fill out the online form.

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