Com­mu­nic­a­tions 2012

Decem­ber 2012

Open­ing and clos­ing times from 24.12.2012 to 06.01.2013

Monday, 24.12.2012 - Wednesday, 26.12.2012: closed
Thursday, 27.12.2012 - Sunday, 30.12.2012: 9.00 - 18.00 open
Monday, 31.12.2012 - Sunday, 06.01.2013: Closed

Books from the reference collection can be borrowed from 21.12.2012 to 07.01.2013.

Our electronic services such as catalogue, loan account, interlibrary loan, databases, reference works or electronic full texts via WWW will be available to you until 01.01.2013.

Due to urgently needed work on the library software and hardware, the University Library will be closed from Wednesday, 2 January 2013 to Sunday, 6 January 2013.

The Aleph local system will not be available during the same period.

Restricted services:

The University Library catalogue will not be available during this period. However, the new catalogue, which is currently in beta testing, can be used for research purposes only:

Furthermore, it will not be possible to

  • use the functions of your own library/loan account,
  • extend the loan period of borrowed information media,
  • place reservations on borrowed information media,
  • place interlibrary loan requests (for books, journal articles),
  • use the registration function for lecturers for 'electronic seminar apparatus'.

However, you can still access our electronic services such as databases, reference works, electronic journals or electronic full texts via the WWW.

From 7 January 2013, we will be available for you again during the usual opening hours!

Thank you for your understanding.

Ex­hib­i­tion "Wis­sens­Räume der Uni­versität Pader­born. Bauen für Lehre, Stu­di­um und Forschung"

The exhibition "WissensRäume der Universität Paderborn. Bauen für Lehre, Studium und Forschung" can be seen from 6 December 2012 to 15 January 2013 at the Paderborn Residents' Registration Office at Marienplatz 2a.

Opening hours of the residents' registration office:

Monday 07.30 - 16.00 hrs,
Tuesday 07.30 - 12.30 hrs,
Wednesday 07.30 - 12.30 hrs,
Thursday 07.30 - 12.30 and 14.00 - 18.00,
Friday 07.30 - 12.00 hrs.

The usual rules apply for public holidays: the days from 24.12. to 26.12. and the days from 31.12. to 01.01. are closed. Normal opening hours apply on 27 and 28 December (Thursday and Friday).

On Thursday, 6 Decem­ber 2012, the Uni­ver­sity Lib­rary will close at 9 p.m. due to the St Nich­olas party!

The new lib­rary cata­logue - faster, easi­er and more in­tu­it­ive re­search

Conventional online library catalogues no longer meet today's requirements for a modern research system. Internet portals such as Google, Amazon and others are leading the way in this field. Users expect fast, simple and intuitive research across as many relevant sources and information media as possible. Paderborn University Library is taking up this challenge with the new library catalogue, which was launched as a beta version in September.

One answer to the above-mentioned problem is the product Primo from the company Ex Libris, which is used at hundreds of institutions worldwide, including some German university libraries. Primo is a software system based on search engine technology with which all types of information media can be searched and found in a modern way, regardless of format and location.

After lengthy preparations, in which the experiences of other Primo customers and Ex Libris were taken into account, the University Library made a conscious decision not to use the standard search interface supplied with Primo and to adapt it to Paderborn's specific local requirements. Instead, a new catalogue frontend was implemented in just 11 months. This meets the University Library's requirement to implement the new catalogue individually and optimally designed as the future heart of its information offering.

The new catalogue offers a modern, intuitive user interface. The search results are sorted by relevance as standard, but can also be re-sorted by year of publication or author as required. Subsequent improvement or restriction of the search results using facets is possible in a variety of ways.

The new catalogue is linked to the user administration of the library system, so that not only can the new library catalogue be searched, but all account information is also directly available. Users can extend the loan period of borrowed books, reserve books borrowed by other users or order media from the stacks. A real-time synchronisation with the library system shows the availability of items at any time.

In addition, the new catalogue offers the option of creating individual literature lists after logging in and saving researched titles there permanently. An export function to standard reference management programmes is also available, as is the option to send lists by e-mail.

When developing the user interface, care was taken to ensure that the new catalogue can be used optimally with mobile devices. Thanks to its responsive design, the new catalogue automatically adapts to the common resolutions of smartphones and tablet PCs and can therefore also be used on the move.

The version of the new catalogue launched in September is currently in the beta test phase and is therefore undergoing continuous development. The existing catalogue will continue to be offered until further notice. Feedback and suggestions for improvement submitted via the feedback button will be gradually incorporated into the further development of the new catalogue. This gives users the opportunity to actively participate in the further development of the catalogue.

Curious? - You can find the beta version of our new catalogue at:

Author and contact:
René Sprotte
Paderborn University Library
05251 60-4251,

Oc­to­ber 2012

Changed open­ing hours on 25.10.2012 and 01.11.2012

On 25 October 2012, the University Library will close at 20:00 due to the anniversary party for students.

The University Library will be closed on 1 November 2012 (All Saints' Day).

Of course, you will have access to our electronic services such as catalogue, loan account, databases, reference works or electronic full texts via WWW during the closing times.

Pro­gramme of the Uni­ver­sity Lib­rary on the 'Open Day' of the Pader­born Uni­ver­sity on 28.10.2012

On Sunday, 28 October 2012, the university will open its doors on the university campus on Warburger Straße and invites all interested parties to get a taste of science.

The University Library will also be taking part with an interesting programme:

  • More than books - information stand
    The University Library is the university's central service facility that provides research, teaching and study with academic literature and information in all forms and offers comprehensive services for information dissemination, information production and support for academic teaching and learning.
    Get an overview at our information stand in the entrance area of the library!
  • Short guided tours of the library
    11.00-11.30, 13.00-13.30, 15.00-15.30
    Take part in one of our short guided tours and get to know the university library and its wide range of offers and services!
    Meeting point: in the entrance area of the library
  • We bring a book to the web - digitisation in the library
    11.30-12.00, 14.30-15.00, 15.30-16.00
    The University Library pursues an offensive strategy of providing digital information media. It digitises historical books that appear relevant for the history of Paderborn University and for research into the history of the city and region.
    We will show you how a book gets online. What needs to be considered when scanning old books in particular?
    What happens technically during scanning?
    Meeting point: in the entrance area of the library

  • Library book bazaar
    Browse through our book bazaar on level 5 of the library! For reasons of space, the University Library is parting with older literature on a wide range of topics that is no longer needed.
    A total of around 5,300 volumes from almost all departments are on offer.
    The proceeds will be used to purchase new information media.

  • The place of knowledge - library exhibition

  • Guided tours through the exhibition "WissensRäume der Paderborn University. Building for teaching, study and research"
    in the foyer of the Audimax, 11.00-11.30, 13.00-13.30 and 15.00-15.30
    As part of the University's 40th anniversary celebrations, the University Archive is showing the exhibition "WissensRäume der Paderborn University. Building for teaching, study and research".
    On the open day, the curator of the exhibition, Dr Anikó Szabó, will be giving guided tours of the exhibition at 11.00 am, 1.00 pm and 3.00 pm.

  • How well do you know the University Library?
    Answer our five questions correctly and with a bit of luck you will receive one of 280 USB bracelets, each with 2GB of memory.
    Every hour on the hour (11.00-17.00) we will exchange 40 correctly completed prize cards (which will be distributed on the open day) for 40 USB bracelets.

The library will be open on the 'Open Day' during the usual Sunday opening hours from 9.00-21.00.

Ex­hib­i­tion "Wis­sens­Räume der Uni­versität Pader­born. Bauen für Lehre, Stu­di­um und Forschung" from 22 Oc­to­ber to 4 Novem­ber 2012 in the foy­er of the Audimax

The exhibition has been extended until 15 November 2012 (the Audimax is closed on 11 November).

[Further information]

Ex­hib­i­tion "Der Ort des Wis­sens" from 22 Oc­to­ber to 4 Novem­ber 2012 in the Uni­ver­sity Lib­rary

Stu­dents' com­pet­i­tion "Study Fic­tion - Video­clips zur Zukun­ft von Stu­di­um und Lehre"

DINI - the German Initiative for Network Information - is looking for your video clips in a nationwide competition ...

... on the future of learning and teaching at universities. There are (almost) no limits to your imagination and creativity in terms of content and artistry. You can

  • your wishes and hopes or
  • expectations and fears or
  • possible scenarios and forecasts

about studying, learning and everyday student life for the next generation of students. You decide the genre, whether feature film or documentary, comedy or thriller, feature or interview - clips of all kinds and with any technology are possible.

Everyone can take part! As students at universities of applied sciences and universities, you have had a variety of experiences in studying and learning - both positive and negative - and have developed an idea of what studying and teaching, services for students, infrastructures and the technological and organisational framework conditions could look like in the future. The rapid changes in media and networks make it difficult to make predictions, but DINI would like to encourage you to think about the future of studying and teaching from this perspective in particular and to express it on film.

Applications from groups or seminars of students from different disciplines are expressly encouraged.

The content of the future scenarios, the creativity and originality of the realisation in a short film will be judged. The quality and professionalism in the mastery of the cinematic craft play a subordinate role, as students from all disciplines should be given equal opportunities.

Federal Minister Prof Dr Annette Schavan is the patron of the competition. Entries for the competition can be submitted online to DINI until 2 May 2013. The prize will be awarded to the winner(s) selected by the jury at the DINI annual conference in autumn 2013. The winner selected by a jury will receive prize money of 5,000 euros.

Detailed information on the ideas competition:

Mar­ket of op­por­tun­it­ies on 10 Oc­to­ber 2012

The University Library will be present with a stand at the "Market of Opportunities" in the main entrance area of the University on Wednesday, 10 October 2012, from 10:00 to 14:00.

All first-year students are cordially invited to come and find out more. No-one should miss out on this: getting to know what some older students haven't even realised yet in their first week ...

The Uni­ver­sity Lib­rary will be closed on Wed­nes­day, 3 Oc­to­ber 2012 (Ger­man Unity Day).

Of course, you will have access to our electronic services such as catalogue, loan account, databases, reference works or electronic full texts via WWW on this public holiday.

Septem­ber 2012

FORSCH: Trav­el­ling ex­hib­i­tion to mark the 50th an­niversary of the Hein­rich Hertz Found­a­tion from 6 to 28 Septem­ber 2012 at Pader­born Uni­ver­sity Lib­rary

Au­gust 2012

Pader­born Uni­ver­sity Lib­rary with a new web­site

We have adapted our website to the news corporate design of Paderborn University. At the same time, some of the content has been restructured.

Under "Research" you will now not only find the library catalogue, but also other research tools, such as the Electronic Journals Library (EZB) or the Database Information System (DBIS).

All information on borrowing, user cards, user accounts, interlibrary loans, etc. is summarised under "Borrowing and ordering".

Under the menu item "Learning and working" you will find information on the media stock and its arrangement, on the workstations, but also on topics such as printing, scanning and copying.

Ju­ly 2012

Ex­hib­i­tion "Ab ins Schul­mu­seum! Geschichte trifft Päd­ago­gik" from 3 to 13 Ju­ly 2012 in the Pader­born Uni­ver­sity Lib­rary

In­nov­a­tions in in­ter­lib­rary loan: use of the ac­quis­i­tion pro­pos­al as­sist­ant (EVA) for de­mand-ori­ent­ated me­dia ac­quis­i­tion

On 26 June 2012, following an extensive test phase, Paderborn University Library put the "Acquisition Proposal Assistant" (EVA) developed by the NRW University Library Centre (hbz, Cologne) as part of a MALIS project into operation.

After an interlibrary loan request has been placed by the library, EVA can be used to check whether the desired medium is of interest to other users and should therefore be acquired for the Paderborn University Library's collection.

In line with the thesis that "interlibrary loans are gaps in the local collection that are perceived by users", EVA thus supports the University Library in its endeavours to acquire literature in line with demand.

May 2012

Ex­hib­i­tion "Le­severgnü­gen" by the Com­pet­ence Centre for Writ­ing from 29.05. to 12.06.2012 in Pader­born Uni­ver­sity Lib­rary

Changed open­ing hours in May and June

Tuesday, 01.05.2012, closed (public holiday)
Thursday, 17.05.2012, closed (public holiday)
Sunday, 27.05.2012, closed (public holiday)
Monday, 28.05.2012, closed (public holiday)
Thursday, 31.05.2012, closed from 13.00 (AStA Summer Festival)
Thursday, 07.06.2012, closed (public holiday)

Of course, access to electronic services such as the catalogue, loan account, databases, reference works or electronic full texts via WWW is also possible outside the library's opening hours.

April 2012

Changed open­ing hours at East­er

Good Friday, 06.04.2012, closed
Saturday, 07.04.2012, open from 9.00 to 18.00 hrs
Easter Sunday, 08.04.2012, closed
Easter Monday, 09.04.2012, closed

Of course you will have access to our electronic services such as catalogue, loan account, databases, reference works or electronic full texts via WWW during Easter.

March 2012

Photo ex­hib­i­tion on the re­con­struc­tion of Ja­pan and the Miy­agi re­gion after the 2011 To­hoku earth­quake from 9 to 26 March 2012 at Pader­born Uni­ver­sity Lib­rary

Feb­ru­ary 2012

Sat­urday, 11.02.2012: Lib­rar­i­an job pro­file. In­form­a­tion event as part of the Pader­born Ca­reer In­form­a­tion Day at Pader­born Uni­ver­sity

Janu­ary 2012

Monday, 30.01.2012: "Stu­dent Info Day 2012" at Pader­born Uni­ver­sity: Lib­rary tours - par­ti­cip­a­tion of the Uni­ver­sity Lib­rary

Thursday, 19 Janu­ary 2012: "Teach­ing Day" at Pader­born Uni­ver­sity: Uni­ver­sity Lib­rary presents its ser­vices for teach­ing with an in­form­a­tion stand

On­line sur­vey 2011

We wanted to know - we would like to thank everyone who took part in our online survey.
You can find out whether you can look forward to winning one of the book vouchers at
The winners can collect their prizes from the library office from 3 January 2012 (Monday to Friday from 8.30 a.m. to 3 p.m.).