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Information for Newbies


The Library

Located in the Main University Building and Building X the library is divided into groups of departmental libraries very close to the faculties. The entrance to the libraries is always located on the first floor. Each entrance (Area) has a unique letter (e.g. Area U). Sometimes the floor is given, too (U1 = Area U, first floor). Each departmental library (abbreviated "FB") has a unique number (e.g. FB 11 = Departmental Library Law).

Site map of the departmental libraries

Please note: Due to Corona regulations there are several restrictions at the moment. Details (in German only).


Opening Hours

Due to Corona regulations opening hours are restricted at the moment.

Opening hours in detail


Essential Information to Get Started

  • Your student ID card (UniCard) also serves as library card (Where can I get a library card to borrow books?)
  • The library bag in addition to the baskets allows you to carry comfortably work materials, laptop or books within the library. Leave your coat and other bags in a locker in the library entrance (deposit: 2 Euro)
  • Water can be consumed in the library, food and hot or cold drinks are not allowed
  • Until further notice due to special Corona regulations, wearing a mouth-and-nose cover on traffic routes in the library is obligatory for all persons. At the workplace the mouth-nose cover can be removed.
  • Please keep quiet within the library.

For all library rules please look up the regulation of usage (in German).​


Studying and Working

For undisturbed and concentrated studying choose the individual study zone or the PC workstations of the departmental libraries.

Due to the Corona regulations, the prior online reservation of a single workstation or a PC workstation is mandatory.
Unfortunately, it is currently not allowed to use the learning and discussion rooms.

Of course printing, scanning and photocopying is possible in the library:

Printing in the library

Photocopying and scanning

You may use WiFi free of charge in the entire university building. The sole requirement is an BITS account.

Using the University's WiFi network

 


Borrowing and Renewal of Items

White call number labels on the spine mean that these items circulate, yellow labelled ones do not. The loan period amounts to 15 or 30 days.

How are books shelved?

You may take the items from the shelves and present them at one of the circulation desk for the circulation transaction or use the or self-service units with your student ID card (UniCard).

For borrowing and returning media, please use the self-service units. In addition, the circulation desks are manned by library staff. The circulation desks are located in the entrance areas of each departmental library.

The self-sevice units, recognisable by the green-lit surface, can be found in the foyer of the departmental libraries in areas D, E, T, U, V, and in Building X. Self-service units for returning can be found in the foyer of the departmental libraries in area D and U, as well as in Building X.

When borrowing / returning items on self-service units you will receive a receipt, which you should check for correctness and keep carefully.

You have the option to renew a book, when first, there is no reservation for it and second, the loan condition assigned is 4 or 8. The renewal must be made on the last day of the loan period at the latest otherwise overdue fees will accrue.

Until further notice, a maximum of eight extensions are possible in the course of the special corona regulations. After expiry of the corona regulations, a maximum of five extensions will again be possible.

Please use the renewal feature in your Loan account - simply press the button "verlängern".

How to borrow, return, reserve, renew …


Search

The University Library offers a great number of research tools (catalogues, subject databases, search engines):

Search options

 


Assistance and Tuitions

The Reference Department (area U0 - entrance via U1) will be pleased to answer any questions on library matters. You can also ask questions via live chat or e-mail support ("mailbox"). You are welcome to arrange a consultation as a video conference with us by e-mail.

For subject-specific support in literature research, please contact the subject librarians.

Subject librarians / Academic services

The Library offers a variety of tuitions to show you how to develop searches and how to use the reference management program Citavi. Currently, all events take place online.

Tuition Calender (in German)


Reference Management

Since 2008 the Library provides students, faculty and staff of the university with the reference management program Citavi. Bibliographic information, call numbers and links to full texts can easily be imported .

Reference management and knowledge organization program Citavi (in German)

Citavi Tuitions (in German)