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Library account and library card / Bibliothekskonto und Bibliotheksausweis

Members of the University and University of Applied Sciences: Upon activation of your library account your Campuscard will also function as your library card. Other Users: Upon creating a library account you will receive a library card.

The library card is valid for 1 year. It can be renewed for a further period of 1 year at the lending counter. For this, you need your Campuscard or your library card plus identity card. If you lose your library card or change your name or address, please contact us.

Lending and return / Ausleihe und Rückgabe

Lending counter service hours

Mo-Thu 9-18
Fr 9-16

Literature from the reading rooms, textbook collections and open stacks can be borrowed by using the self-service issue machines during opening hours.
Reservations, orders from stacks and inter-library loans are provided at the lending counters during their service hours.

You may return borrowed books at any of the return machines located in the different faculty libraries.

Exceptions to this are short loan books which have to be returned to the faculty library to which they belong.
Also, some books and media have to be returned to the lending counters and cannot be returned using the return machines. Please take note of inserts and stickers denoting this.

Loan periods / Leihfristen

Regular Loan Period

The regular loan period is 4 weeks.

Unless the book has been reserved by another user, you may renew the loan period for another 4 weeks, counting from the day of renewal. This can be done a total of 5 times. Short-loan books and books which have been reserved by another user cannot be renewed.

Get email alerts

Have you already signed up for our Email Notification Service?
Only then you will get information regarding the upcoming end of the loan period.

Online access to your library account / Online-Zugriff auf das Bibliothekskonto

Online access to your library account

Nutzerkonto
(Library account)

Your online library account offers a variety of functions:

You may look up how long your account remains valid before it needs to be renewed, which books you have borrowed and when they need to be returned, and if books you reserved are ready for collection at the lending counters.

You may use your library account to renew loan periods, reserve books, and order books from stacks.

To access your online library account you need your user number (located on either your library card or the back of your Campuscard) and your password, which is your date of birth in the format DDMMYY, e.g. 310590 for 31.05.1990. Then take the following steps:

  • While in OPAC click on "Benutzer-Info" (user information) OR while on the library's homepage click on "Nutzerkonto" (user account).
  • Enter your user number and password.
  • Click on "Abschicken" (send).

You will now see your user data and how long your library account is valid. Click on "Entleihungen" (loans) to see the titles and return dates of your borrowed books. Reserved books ready for collection are listed here, as well.
To renew a loan period mark the titles and click on "Verlängern" (renew). Please check if the renewal was successful afterwards. If books have been reserved by another user or the maximum number of renewals has been reached, no further renewal is possible.

Reserving books / Ausgeliehene Bücher vormerken

  • If the book you want to borrow is marked as on loan (in OPAC: "Ausleihstatus: zurzeit ausgeliehen bis DD-MM-YYYY"), click on "Vormerkungen". Here you can check if other users already reserved the book.
  • Enter your user number and password.
  • Click on "Abschicken" (send). You should see the following notice: "Der Titel ist für Sie vorgemerkt" (The book has been reserved).

E-mail alerts are used for notifying you that a book you reserved is ready for collection. Books that are ready for collection will be kept at the specific library's lending counter for 1 week.

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Have you already signed up for our Email Notification Service?
Only then you will get information regarding reservations ready to pick up.

Orders for books from store / Magazinbestellungen

Books which are not freely available are marked in OPAC, for example as: "Standort B-Magazin" (Location B-Stack). They can be ordered online or at the lending counter of the corresponding faculty library. Books ordered before 11 a.m. will be ready for collection at the corresponding faculty library's lending counter after 2 p.m. Books ordered after 11 a.m. will be ready for collection at the corresponding faculty library's lending counter on the following day after 9 a.m.

To order a book from stacks

  • Click on "Bestellen" (order).
  • Enter your user number and password.
  • Click on "Abschicken" (send).

You should see the following notice: "Ihre Bestellung ist angenommen" (Your order has been accepted).

Reminders / Mahnungen

For books returned after the due date a reminder fee will be imposed. The reminder fee per book is:

  • 1st reminder: 2 €
  • 2nd reminder: 5 € plus 1st reminder (7 € total), in addition your account will be blocked
  • 3rd reminder: 10 € plus 1st and 2nd reminder (17 € total)

Please pay reminder fees at the pay machines in the Bibliothek Alte Münze, Bereichsbibliothek Rechts- und Wirtschaftswissenschaften or Bereichsbibliothek Naturwissenschaften / Mathematik. You can pay using the credit balance on your Campuscard / library card or with your EC-card. Further information can be found in the Benutzungsordnung (Library by-laws), available at any lending counter.

Get email alerts

Have you already signed up for our Email Notification Service?
Only then you will get information regarding the upcoming end of the loan period and you will receive the first and second overdue notice by email instead of mail.