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Finding Resources

E-journals and E-books

The library has purchased (licensed) numerous E-journals and E-books. Details can be found on our website on databases, e-books, e-journals.

These items are available to all users at the PCs in the library without login. Texts can usually be stored on USB sticks.

As a member of Bielefeld University, you can also access our licensed services from campus via eduroam (WiFi). From off-campus, you can access the library's licensed services via Shibboleth or VPN.

Printed literature in the library

Photo Book Shelfs

In our departmental libraries books dealing with the same subject matter are shelved together. This is called "systematic" arrangement.

Each book bears a call number which consists of letters and ciphers. This code represents the textual affiliation to a subject and thus the position on the shelf.

Photo Book with Call Number

The photo on the right shows a book with call number BQ200 G318 .
The structure of the call number is as follows:

  • The first two characters (BQ) indicate the subject. BQ represents i.a. the code for "Psychological Diagnostics" in the subject area "Psychology".
  • The next three characters (200) indicate the subdivision. 200 represents "Intelligence etc. Diagnostics".
  • The last part of the call number is composed by the initial letter of the author's last name or the title (here G for Gelléri) and a code which supports the alphabetic sorting.
  • White call number labels on the spine mean that these items circulate, yellow labelled ones do not.

To find out where the subjects and call number areas are located you can use the site map of the departmental libraries or consult the website displaying the Site Map of the Departmental Libraries.

Photo Book Shelf

There are several ways to seek and find a book in the library.

You can search the classification to find out where the subject area is located and then browse the shelves for suitable literature. Nevertheless, it is advisable to search the library catalogue first as books of the same subject are not necessarily located at one place or specific books might have been placed e.g. on course reserve or in a textbook collection or even are on loan. Only a search query in the library catalogue provides this information.


Where do I find …?

Photo New Acquisitions Shelf

Some departmental libraries display new books on special shelves. These are generally located in the foyers.

The books remain displayed for one to four weeks until they are shelved at their final position. Whether the books can already be borrowed or reserved is indicated on the shelf labels or can be inquired at the circulation desks.

Photo New Acquisitions Shelf

A list of new acquisitions (purchase, gift, exchange) of the last weeks is available online. A QR-code is tagged on the special shelves so that you can open the list on your smartphone.

If you like to suggest a book to be purchased, please fill in the form provided at the circulation desk or online (Purchase Suggestion).

Photo New Journal Issues Shelve

In the compartments of the journal display (journal flaps) you will find the printed issues of the current year and partly of the previous year of journals. The individual issues are not circulating, since these are highly topical and needed by a lot of users at the same time. However, you can read them at any time and scan and save them.

As soon as a volume is complete, it is bound. The binding process may take some time - during this time the corresponding printed volume of the journal is not available. The bound volumes can be found under the call number, which is usually located directly on the respective journal flap.

If an issue is not available, please check in the library catalogue whether the journal is available as an online edition (e-journal).

Photo Textbooks

In the departmental libraries frequently used textbooks and other basic course material is grouped together and shelved separately in the textbook collection.
Each book title is held in several generally loanable copies.

The call number of the textbook collection in all departmental libraries normally is 080 (e.g. QA080).
If all copies are on loan you can check the! for further copies that may be shelved in other departmental libraries.

The course reserves include the basic literature which is required for particular courses.

They have been compiled by the lecturers themselves and arranged alphabetically by the lecturer's name on a separate shelf.

The items placed on the course reserves can only be borrowed with a written approval of the lecturer in charge. An appropriate form is in reach at the circulation desk of the particular departmental library. However, this literature can be used at any time in Individual Study Zones and scans can be made as well. Usually the course reserve is kept in place for the duration of the course. After that the reserves are cleared and the items are shelved at their original location.

Photo Reading Corner

Current issues of local, national and international daily and weekly newspapers (see table below) and news magazines (art, Cicero, Chip, Emma, Focus, Geo, natur, Der Spiegel, Stern, test / ökotest; The Economist, The New York Review, L'Obs) are available in the Reference Department (U0, entrance via U1). Some newspapers are also available in the entrance area of the Linguistics and Literary Studies Library (D1), some news magazines (c't, Geo Wissen, Neon) in the reading corner in the Psychology / Educational Science Library (T1), "time" is available at the journal display shelve in C1.

Many online archives of newspapers and news magazines can be searched (on campus or via VPN) and the articles read in the database Nexis Uni or wiso. In order to find out whether a particular newspaper is included, start wiso and click on the link Quellenliste (List of sources). Select the initial letter of the journal (notice: articles like "der" or "le" are omitted, so you will find e.g. "Die Zeit" under the letter "Z") and click on the magnifier icon to search the newspaper or select the page icon to get an table of contents of the current issue or select any other issue from the archive. In Nexis Uni click on Menu on the top left and select All Sources. Enter the title of the paper into the search form on the left hand side (Search within sources) and click on the magnifier icon. If the newspaper is included in Nexis Uni, it will be displayed on the right side in a hit list. Click on the three dots to the right of the newspaper's title. You can now choose between two options: Get documents (all articles from the newspaper will then be displayed - you can then search within the results using the filter on the left) or Add to search (you can then search within the source using the Nexis search mask at the top). We also provide a list of online versions of newspapers.

Part of the back issues (until 2008) are available as microfilm versions and are ready for reading and copying in the Reference Department.

The library holds subscriptions of the following newspapers

Title Location (Departmental library) / Online access
Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung Current Issue: U0
Online archive 1996 onwards (access from campus only)
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Current Issue: U0, ZiF
Issues on microfilm: 1949 - 2008
Online archive 1949 onwards (access from campus only)
Der Freitag Current Issue: U0
Guardian Weekly Current Issue: ZiF
Online via Nexis 1981 - 2014 (access from campus only)
Handelsblatt Current Issue: U0, D1
Issues on microfilm: 1967 - 2008
Online via wiso 1986 onwards (access from campus only)
Le Monde Current Issue: U0
Neue Westfälische Current Issue: U0, ZiF
Online via wiso 2003 onwards (access from campus only)
Neue Zürcher Zeitung Current Issue: U0, D1
Issues on microfilm: 1977 - 2008
Online via Nexis 1993 onwards (access from campus only)
Online via wiso 1993 onwards (access from campus only)
The New York Times: International Edition Current Issue: U0, ZiF
Online via Nexis 1991 onwards (access from campus only)
Süddeutsche Zeitung Current Issue: U0, ZiF
Issues on microfilm: 1977 - 2008;
Online archive 1945 onwards (access from campus only)
Der Tagesspiegel Current Issue: U0
Online via Nexis August 2007 onwards (access from campus only)
Die Tageszeitung Current Issue: U0
Online via wiso 1988 onwards (access from campus only)
Online via Nexis 1994 onwards (access from campus only)
Die Welt Current Issue: U0
Issues on microfilm: 1976 - 2008
Online via Nexis 1999 onwards (access from campus only)
Online via wiso 1999 onwards (access from campus only)
Westfalenblatt Current Issue: U0, ZiF
Die Zeit Current Issue: U0, D1, ZiF
Issues on microfilm: 1977 - 2008
Online via wiso 1994 onwards (access from campus only)
Online via Nexis 11/2008 onwards (access from campus only)
Photo Special Reading Room

Some collections are shelved in special areas of our departmental libraries, in the rare book collection and in the closed stack. These areas are not freely accessible. The circulation desks provide further information on the special area.

You can order books from closed stacks by filling out the order form you will get on the hit page of an item from this area when you search the library catalogue. Depending on condition of use your ordered books can be picked up at the circulation desk in D1 (for loan or for use in the library) or for use in the special reading room at the Reference Department (U0). The ordered books are made available as soon as possible within 24 hours of the next working day. You will be notified by email when your order is available.

Books from the rare book collection can be ordered via the library catalogue, too. These books can only be read in the special reading room after date arrangement. The special reading room at the Reference Department is reserved for the usage of rare and protected books. Books ordered via interlibrary loan that do not circulate can also be used here.

The special reading room is open Monday to Friday 8.00 – 18.00. Old stock deserving special protection and literature relevant under criminal law aspects (Nazi literature, works harmful to juveniles) can be used from 9.00 – 16.00 by appointment only.

Tip: Many old collections have been digitized by libraries or other institutions and are now available online. Check beforehand the library catalogue or e.g. our search engine BASE or Google Books whether there is not already an online accessible version.

Photo Microfilm Scanner

Microforms are those materials that are not in book form, but are offered as roll film (microfilm) or as flat film (microfiche).

Bielefeld University Library owns extensive collections from a wide variety of subject areas as well as journals, newspapers and numerous individual titles, e.g. filming of old titles from holdings of other libraries and dissertations from universities in Germany.

Photo Microfilm

The microforms are stored centrally in the microform archive of the Reference Department (U0, access via U1), regardless of their subject affiliation. With the help of special scanners, contents of microfilms and microfiches can be viewed and scanned pages can be saved free of charge as PDF files on USB flash drive. The staff of the Reference Department will assist you with the operation of the equipment.

The catalogues and lists available at the Reference Department provide information about the scope and content of the major collections. The individual titles can be searched in the library catalogue.

List of Collections (only available in german)

Tip: Many titles available on microform have been digitized by libraries or other institutions and are now available online. Check beforehand the library catalogue or e.g. our search engine BASE or Google Books whether there is not already an online accessible version.

Literature that is needed directly at the workplace can be compiled in a handset by members of the university. The books in a handset must be accessible to all users during the day. For the accessibility of a handset, please refer to the regulations of the Bielefeld University Library § 10. If you need a book that is in a handset, please first check if there are further copies of the book you want to use in the library.

List of reserve collections

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