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Borrowing conditions

You can borrow all items from the library except those marked with a red label; these are non-circulating materials. To borrow items you need a library card. You can check out the items yourself using our self-issuing machines or go to the circulation desk in the entrance hall of the library. Borrowing times are basically identical to the library's opening hours.

Overdue fines will be charged for items returned after the due date (without any waiting period). 

Normal loan

  • loan period: 30 days
  • renewal: as often as required via the internet (max. loan period of one year unless recalled)

Special conditions for university staff

  • renewal: automatically (max. loan period of two years unless recalled)

Short-term loan (items with yellow label)


  • loan period: 1 day (until midnight of the following day)
  • if the following day is a Saturday, Sunday, or bank holiday, the loan period will be extended to the next working day
  • no immediate renewal

Periodical volumes

  • non-circulating (cannot be checked out)

Special conditions for university staff


  • loan period: 30 days
  • automatic renewals: 3

Periodical volumes

  • delivery time: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • loan period: 15 days
  • renewals: none

Items in course reserves

  • non-circulating (cannot be checked out)

Borrowing restrictions

  • If there are charges exceeding 25 Euros on your account, your library card will be automatically blocked. If there are charges of less than 25 Euros, your card will be blocked after a period of four weeks.

More information can be found at FAQs zum Ausleihen (FAQs about borrowing).

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