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Current regulations for the operation of reading rooms

Reading desks and opening hours

The current offer of reading desks is based on the specifications of the currently valid 13th BayIfSMV of 05.06.2021.

You can check online, how many reading desks are still available. The numbers are updated in real time after the page is reloaded.

Display of free places

You can always find the current opening hours of our reading rooms here.

According to the phased plan of the University Library (stage 1), external users will be allowed in the reading rooms from Monday to Friday from 16:00 and all day on weekends.

FFP2 mask requirement

According to the current regulations of the Bavarian Infection Protection Measures Ordinance, FFP2 masks are mandatory in all areas of the University Library, including reading rooms. 
To protect everyone involved, the university leadership decided that this generally applies for all visitors during their stay in the reading room.
Users with a medical certificate exempting them from wearing such a mask, are kindly asked to contact us via benutzung.ub@ur.de in good time in advance when they need literature from the library.

Contact data collection

According to the framework hygiene concept for universities of 08.03.2021, the University of Regensburg is required to document a comprehensive contact data collection of all participants of face-to-face courses and all other stays at the UR - also in the premises of the University Library.

For this purpose, the library card is scanned when entering and leaving a reading room. User number, entry or exit times, and the reading room are stored on internal university servers.

This also applies to break times: please inform the reading room supervisor whether you are leaving permanently or only for a break. If you only leave the reading room for a break, you will retain your right to your reading desk for 60 minutes. After an absence of 60 minutes, you will automatically be logged out of the system. Please note that the recording is done separately for each reading room.

Participation in the contact data collection is mandatory. Please have your library card ready every time you enter and leave the reading room.

More information on contact data collection at the UB can be found here (in German only)

Borrowing media from the reading rooms

University members (UR staff and students) can borrow books from the reading rooms during the entire opening hours (students: max. 5 books for 14 days).

Books borrowed from the reading rooms can be returned either at the respective reading room or at the contact-free lending area in the Central Library.

Books of the special collection with the local identifier 55 (Reclam Collection PT) can be ordered via the online catalog and can be picked up and also returned at the contact-free lending area in the Central library.

Scanning in the reading rooms

Scanners are available in all reading rooms. Please scan only single chapters or a few pages (not whole books!) and keep your length of stay as short as possible. Please note that no USB sticks are currently available for loan.

Hygiene measures

Access to the reading rooms is based on hygiene and security guidelines (please also note the current notices on site):

  • Mandatory wearing of a FFP2 mask (also at the workplace)
    (stipulated in the 13. BayIfSMV of 05.06.2021)
  • separate use of the entrance and exit
  • limited number of persons in the reading room
  • compliance with distance regulations (1.5 meters)

Resumption of the chargeable reminders

In order to ensure the availability of literature, the University Library will resume chargeable reminders as of April 12, 2021. Affected users will receive reminder emails shortly. Please return the books mentioned as soon as possible to avoid account suspensions and fees.

We also ask you to regularly check your library account to see the return deadlines for the books you have borrowed.

Books borrowed from the reading rooms can be returned either to the respective reading room or to the non-contact circulation area in the Central Library.

In addition, it is also possible to return borrowed books by mail. Please enclose a note with your name and user number and  send the books to the following address:

Universitätsbibliothek Regensburg, Ausleihe
Universitätsstr. 31
93053 Regensburg

Hygiene concept and phased plan of the University Library

Despite the current restrictions on public life caused by the Corona Pandemic, Regensburg University Library is committed to keeping its reading rooms open and its services running. The maintenance of services is accompanied by requirements for hygiene, access control and contact tracing. The nature of these requirements can be found in the Hygiene Concept for the University Library (Hygienekonzept für die Universitätsbibliothek PDF, 5 pages), dated 15.06.2021.

In addition, the University Library has developed a phased plan which - depending on the regulations of the Infection Control Measures Ordinance - provides for increasingly severe restrictions on regular operations. This plan is intended to provide library users with information and orientation. 

Level 0

  • reduced number of work places, always respecting a distance of 1,5 metres
  • wearing a mask at the reading place is compulsory
  • extension of opening hours in order to equalise the number of users

Level 1

This stage comes into force as soon as the Infection Prevention Measures Ordinance provides information on square metres per person.

  • Admission restrictions in the reading rooms for external users depending on incidence and reading room occupancy
  • Significant reduction in the number of reading places or simultaneously authorised users
  • Lending remains unaffected

Level 2

Comes into force as soon as reading and work places are no longer permitted in the Ordinance on Measures to Prevent Infection:

  • Exclusion of external users
  • Closing of the reading places
  • Lending only for university members (from reading room, textbook collection and central holdings)

Level 3

Comes into force as soon as the Infection Prevention Measures Ordinance prohibits the operation of reading rooms:

  • Closing of the reading rooms
  • Lending of items from the central holdings, textbook collection and reading rooms is now only possible via the contact-free lending desk in the central library.

Service for students from risk groups

Please note: This service is aimed exclusively at students who, for health reasons, are currently unable to visit the reading rooms to use the reading stations or borrow books due to the risk of infection with the corona virus.

For students from at-risk groups, books ( a maximum of five books from the reading rooms) will be checked out of the reading rooms by library staff and made available centrally on a specially set up shelf at the entrance to the contact-free lending area in the Central Library.
Students from at-risk groups are asked to send an e-mail to ausleihe.ub@ur.de and indicate which books (please include the shelf mark) are needed from the reading rooms.

For students from risk groups, a limited number of individual work booths are also available in the Central Library. Students from at-risk groups are asked to contact ausleihe.ub@ur.de by e-mail and specify the period of time during which they would like to work.

You will find answers to frequently asked questions in our FAQs.

If you have any further questions, please contact the staff of the University Library by phone on 0941 943-3990 (Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 16:00). You are also welcome to send us your request or question in writing by e-mail at any time.

The University Library has set up a chat information service. All members of the University of Regensburg can reach the UB via the UR Chat (Rocket.Chat) from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 16:00. Enter the user "Auskunft UB" in the search field and send your questions directly to the staff.

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