Com­mu­nic­a­tions 2020

Decem­ber 2020

Christ­mas clos­ure in the peri­od from 23 Decem­ber 2020 to 3 Janu­ary 2021

As part of the university closure, the University Library will also be closed from 23 December 2020 to 3 January 2021 by decision of the university management.

From 4 January 2021, the University Library will reopen with the current opening hours (Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 18:00).

The loan periods for borrowed media will be adjusted accordingly.

Books for short-term loans can be borrowed from 22 December 2020 to 11 January 2021.

Of course, you will have access to our electronic services such as the catalogue, library account, databases and electronic full texts via WWW during the closure periods.

Open­ing hours and us­age op­tions from 16 Decem­ber 2020

The library is still open on weekdays from 9:00 to 18:00.

On the basis of the Corona Protection Ordinance NRW, §6 (4), valid from 16 December 2020 to 10 January 2021, it is possible to borrow media and this - here we also appeal to your sense of responsibility - for the processing and preparation of scheduled examinations.

The use of workstations and rooms is not permitted.

A valid library card and the wearing of a face mask are required to use the library. Please refer to the further information on our website.

Oc­to­ber 2020

In­ter­lib­rary loan - ex­ten­sion of the ser­vice: send­ing in­ter­lib­rary loan trans­ac­tion num­bers (TANs) by e-mail

University employees who wish to have their interlibrary loan fees charged to a billing object within the university can now not only collect the required TANs (minimum purchase of 10) at the counter in the Local Loans department, but can also request that TANs be sent to their e-mail address. A completed application form is required both for collection and for sending the desired TANs by e-mail.

Courses in the winter semester 2020

The University Library will be offering online courses in the 2020 winter semester. You can take part in these conveniently and securely from home.

You can find the current range of courses on our website.

Septem­ber 2020

The first in­di­vidu­al work­sta­tions and in­di­vidu­al work­spaces will be re­leased from 21 Septem­ber 2020

From 21 September, the University Library will once again open up a limited number of individual workstations and rooms for use.

Initially, a maximum of 100 individual workstations and the individual study rooms can be used at the same time.

Individual workstations can be used by all users with a valid library card and can be reserved up to 3 days in advance. The current occupancy of the workstations is also visible in the occupancy/reservation system.

The following also applies:

With the exception of a few research PCs, PCs and the photocopiers managed by the AStA are still not available in the user area!

The number of users who are allowed to be in the library's user area at the same time is still limited, so please do not stay in the library longer than necessary.

When entering and leaving the library, you must sign in and out with your library card. Your library card number, name, address, telephone number and the time you entered or left the library will be stored for 4 weeks. The library is thus implementing the ordinance of the state of NRW to protect against new infections with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (Corona Protection Ordinance - CoronaSchVO).

In all fields where the minimum distance of 1.5 metres cannot be safely maintained, it is mandatory to wear a face mask.

Ju­ly 2020

Pear­son Evid­ence Based Se­lec­tion

As part of the evidence-based selection business model, Pearson's entire German-language e-book portfolio is available online. This includes more than 150 titles from the copyright years 2003 to 2020, among which the subject areas of biology, chemistry, computer science, mechanical engineering, mathematics, physics, psychology and economics are particularly well represented. This autumn, a decision will be made on which of these titles will be permanently added to the University Library's collection, taking into account the statistics of the titles used.

The individual titles are listed in the University Library catalogue.

Ex­ten­sion of the Uni­ver­sity Lib­rary's on-site ser­vices from 6 Ju­ly 2020, in­clud­ing lend­ing ser­vices for ex­tern­al users.

The University Library will expand its range of on-site services from 6 July 2020:

The library will open for the purpose of returning and borrowing literature for all users Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 18:00 (excluding public holidays).

Interlibrary loan requests for journal articles and for books and sections from books will again be possible for all users with a valid library card.
Please also note: As not all libraries have yet put their books on interlibrary loan and are not yet in full operation, there may be longer waiting times than before and possibly also increased non-deliveries.

Use of the microfilm scanner (after prior registration and appointment by e-mail:

Inspection of media ordered from the stacks or via interlibrary loan that cannot be borrowed (by prior arrangement by e-mail:

Please check our website regularly for further details.

Con­struc­tion and re­arrange­ment work on level 2: second part

In the second part of the construction work on level 2 of the library, which began in March of this year, the journal holdings of the subject areas Philosophy, Psychology, Religious Studies. Theology and the complete media holdings of the subject area Education Studies (HYA-IKY) were relocated to the entrance level (room BI1.111, former Notebook Café). The holdings are freely accessible and will remain there until the renovation work on level 2 has been completed.

May 2020

In­ter­lib­rary loan re­quests for journ­al art­icles can no longer be sent dir­ectly by e-mail after 31 May 2020

Since 8 April 2020, interlibrary loan orders for journal articles could be delivered directly to customers by email due to a temporary exception. Unfortunately, this service-oriented exception will end on 31 May 2020, and from 1 June 2020, journal articles ordered via interlibrary loan will have to be picked up again in the library at home as a paper printout.

The background:

Article deliveries via interlibrary loan must be remunerated in accordance with Section 60h of the German Copyright Act.

This remuneration and a number of framework conditions are set out in a remuneration agreement (General Agreement 'Copy Delivery in Intra-Library Interlibrary Loan') concluded between the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder in the Federal Republic of Germany (KMK) and the collecting societies (including VG WORT). Section 1 (1) stipulates that "intra-library lending [...] includes the transfer from library to library and the subsequent delivery of the physical copy of the work (after printing, if applicable) to non-commercial end users".

In a supplementary agreement, the collecting societies (including VG WORT) temporarily waived the need to hand over physical copies of works (printouts) in the course of the Corona pandemic - which allowed libraries or the library network centres to send article deliveries in electronic form to 'end users' in intra-library lending from 8 April 2020 to 31 May 2020.

We very much regret that negotiations between the KMK and the collecting societies have not succeeded in extending the supplementary agreement.

Cau­tious ex­pan­sion of the ser­vices offered by the Uni­ver­sity Lib­rary from 18 May 2020

The University Library will expand its services from 18 May 2020:

  • The library will open Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 15:00 for the purpose of returning literature and only for members and affiliates - this includes students - of the Paderborn University (i.e. users with library cards whose identifiers begin with PA, PG, PP or PS) to borrow literature (excluding public holidays).
  • The book supervision scanners in the user area will be available again.
  • Interlibrary loan requests for books and sections of books will be possible again (only for members of the Paderborn University). Please note: Since not all libraries have yet put their books on interlibrary loan and are not yet in full operation, there may be longer waiting times than before and possibly also increased non-deliveries.
    Interlibrary loan requests for journal articles will be delivered to you in electronic form - due to an exception currently limited until 31 May 2020.
  • Fees can be paid by bank transfer and now also at the checkout machines again.

As it has been possible to return all media again since 27 April 2020, no automated renewals will be carried out by the library. Therefore, please check your library account regularly and extend the loan periods for borrowed media yourself, if possible. Items that need to be returned must be returned on time in order to avoid fees.

Media can be returned Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or alternatively by post (address: Paderborn University Library, Local Loan Department, Warburger Str. 100, 33098 Paderborn).

April 2020

Uni­ver­sity Lib­rary open from 27 April 2020 for the pur­pose of re­turn­ing lit­er­at­ure and for mem­bers of the Uni­ver­sity to bor­row lit­er­at­ure

From 27 April 2020, the University Library will be open Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 14:00 for the purpose of returning literature and only for members of the University to borrow literature (excluding public holidays).

Reading and workstations, PCs, scanners and photocopiers etc. are not available!

The number of users allowed in the library at any one time is limited to 40, so please do not stay in the library longer than necessary. Your library card number will be recorded when you enter and leave the building. The library is thus implementing the ordinance of the state of NRW on protection against new infections with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 (Corona Protection Ordinance - CoronaSchVO) of 16 April 2020.

The Uni­ver­sity Lib­rary is still closed

Unfortunately, the university library remains closed for the time being. We are currently planning to open the library, initially only for borrowing and returning literature. We will inform you as soon as a date has been set.

The loan periods of media currently on loan - this also applies to interlibrary loans you have borrowed - will be automatically extended until 11 May 2020, so that no fees will be charged.

Items that have already been made available (reservations, stack orders) will remain available for you to collect until 5 May 2020 (regardless of the availability period currently displayed in your library account).

In­ter­lib­rary loan for journ­al art­icles is pos­sible again from 17 April

It will be possible to order articles from journals via interlibrary loan again from 17 April. Orders can be placed at any time using the hbz interlibrary loan order form.

Pos­sible for the first time: in­ter­lib­rary loan of art­icles from elec­tron­ic journ­als

Previously, interlibrary loan was limited to articles from printed journals. From now on, articles from electronic journals licensed by libraries other than Paderborn University Library can also be delivered via interlibrary loan. In return, Paderborn University Library, as a supplier library, will deliver articles from electronic journals licensed by it to other libraries on request via interlibrary loan. This significantly increases the range of articles available via the German interlibrary loan system. In addition, the delivery time is further accelerated, as there is no need to scan the articles in the supply libraries when processing the corresponding orders.

Tem­por­ar­ily pos­sible: Elec­tron­ic de­liv­ery of in­ter­lib­rary loan cop­ies to users

Previously, for contractual reasons, it was not possible to send journal articles ordered via interlibrary loan to ordering users in electronic form (the delivered interlibrary loan articles were made available for collection from the library as paper printouts).

In view of the current situation, VG Wort - at the request of the libraries - is opening up the temporary possibility of transmitting and delivering corresponding documents to end users in electronic form, in deviation from the existing contract. This regulation is limited until 31 May 2020.

In the context of interlibrary loans, the modified delivery procedure for copy deliveries has been changed and activated with immediate effect due to the temporary arrangement with VG Wort.

This means that you as a user will receive the delivered articles electronically until 31 May 2020. If you enter or have entered an e-mail address when placing your interlibrary loan order, you will now receive an e-mail upon delivery with either a download link to the ordered article or the article as a PDF in an e-mail attachment.

The pro­cessing of or­ders for art­icles from El­sevi­er journ­als and de­liv­ery via the Uni­ver­sity Lib­rary will be pos­sible again from 17 April

From now on, orders for articles from Elsevier journals placed via the University Library's order form will be processed again and the requested journal articles will be delivered. You can place orders at any time using the Elsevier order form at the University Library.

For members of the Paderborn University, the "Elsevier Service Group" of the University Library procures articles from Elsevier journals that are no longer available in full text via interlibrary loan. The University Library will cover the costs for the procurement of the desired article via interlibrary loan, provided that the procurement serves personal, scientific and non-commercial purposes.

The scan­ning ser­vice for the pro­vi­sion of on­line ma­ter­i­als via the e-sem­in­ar ap­par­at­uses will be back in op­er­a­tion from 8 April

The scanning service for the provision of online materials via the University Library's e-seminar collections, which had to be cancelled at short notice due to the Corona-related reduction in services, is back in operation.

Lecturers can set up seminar apparatuses for their courses at any time and submit orders to the University Library for the digitisation and provision of articles and excerpts from books and journals available in the University Library - in compliance with copyright regulations. From now on, the scanning orders will be processed again by the University Library and successively made available for the respective seminar collections.

E-seminar collections and scanning services are some of the services provided by the University Library to support the current task of converting teaching to digital formats in the summer semester wherever possible.

Further information can be found on the pages 'electronicseminar apparatuses'.

Di­git­isa­tion of out-of-copy­right works: user wishes

The University Library digitises and indexes out-of-copyright books in its collection or in the collections of cooperating libraries and makes them available for free and worldwide use via its 'Digital Collections'.

Users can now submit proposals for the digitisation of books from the University Library's collection, stating their library card number.

Digitisation is possible under the following conditions: the author has been deceased for at least 70 years, the books are held by the University Library, the year of publication is before 1910 and the state of preservation allows digitisation.

Further information can be found on the 'Digitisation service' page.

March 2020

Ac­cess to more than 800,000 elec­tron­ic in­form­a­tion me­dia

Bor­rowed books can be re­turned by post

Books borrowed at the self-checkout terminals of the University Library can be returned at the return machine during the entire opening hours of the library. Books that have been handed out at the counter of the Local Loans Department (e.g. interlibrary loans) must be returned there.

In addition, books or borrowed media can also be returned by post (address: Paderborn University Library, Local Loans Department, Warburger Str. 100, 33098 Paderborn).

Please pack the books carefully: as the borrower, you are liable for any damage or loss.

Clos­ure of the lib­rary from 19 March 2020

The University Library will be closed from Thursday, 19 March 2020 until probably Sunday, 19 April 2020.

The library will be open until Wednesday, 18 March 2020, 18:00.

The loan periods for borrowed media, including interlibrary loans, will be automatically extended until 27 April 2020. Fees already incurred will not increase.

Interlibrary loan requests can no longer be placed throughout North Rhine-Westphalia.

Of course, you can continue to use our extensive range of databases, electronic books and journals from any location. You can find these via the catalogue, which is also still accessible.

With a few exceptions, it is possible to use the electronic services from off campus after installing a VPN client or via Shibboleth; information on access via VPN or Shibboleth can be found on the page 'Remote access to electronic information media: VPN, Shibboleth (DFN-AAI)'.

Con­struc­tion work on level 2 from 9 March 2020

From Monday, 9 March 2020, construction and rearrangement work will be carried out on level 2 in several stages, which will take several months in total.

The work will involve replacing the carpeting and rearranging the bookshelves and magazine racks.

The first preparatory measures were already carried out last November with the temporary relocation of the monograph and journal holdings of the Religious Studies/Theology subject area to the entrance level.

In order to minimise dust generation, fields on this level will be enclosed with dust protection walls. In this context, some workstations will be temporarily unavailable.

Unfortunately, the possibility of noise pollution cannot be ruled out.

We ask for your understanding.

Feb­ru­ary 2020

05/06 March 2020 - "Long Night of Writ­ing" in the Uni­ver­sity Lib­rary

Janu­ary 2020

Break discs for fair co­oper­a­tion

With the start of the examination period around the end of the winter semester, the demand for workstations in the library increases significantly. In order to avoid seat reservations and to support a fair allocation of workstations, we offer you break discs in our workstation areas, which function like car parking discs: When you leave your workstation, you set the start of your break. After 30 minutes, or 60 minutes at lunchtime, the space may be occupied by other library users.

07.01.-03.03.2020: "Nach dem Krieg": ex­hib­i­tion about life in Pader­born and Le Mans from 1919 to 1930 in Pader­born Uni­ver­sity Lib­rary

Lib­rary bags: New in the Pader­born Uni­ver­sity shop

Library bags are now available for purchase in the Paderborn University shop. The bags are characterised by the fact that they have large transparent windows and can therefore be taken into the library.

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