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Reopening of Reading Rooms for UR members planned for 09.03.2021

As of 09.03.21, all reading rooms of the departmental libraries as well as the textbook collection will be reopened - initially only for UR students and staff.

The opening is subject to the corresponding regulations by the 12th BayIfSMV, which will be published soon.

For the time being, the reading rooms will only be accessible during core opening hours. The exact opening hours of the individual reading rooms can be found here. As soon as the opening hours can be extended, access for external users will also be possible again according to the phased plan.

Members of the UR will again be able to borrow books directly from the reading rooms as of 09.03.21 (UR students: 5 books for 14 days). Books borrowed from the respective reading rooms can also be returned there.

The order form for borrowing holdings from the reading rooms was switched off on Friday, 05.03.21, at 12:00.

Holdings from the State Library Regensburg

As of now (01.03.2021), staff and students of the University of Regensburg can again order holdings of the State Library via the Regensburg Catalog plus and pick them up at the contact-free lending area (pick-up times: Mon. - Fri., 10:00 - 18:00). Please do not come to the contact-free lending area until you have been notified by e-mail that the book you ordered is ready for pickup.

Contact-free lending back in operation as of 21.01.21

Based on the decisions of the Council of Ministers of 20.01.21, contact-free lending will be back in operation as of 21.01.21.
The following regulations apply, which correspond to level 3 of the Corona level plan of the University Library:
University staff and students can borrow items from the reading rooms, the textbook collection, the stacks as well as the State Library and fetch interlibrary loans via the contactless lending system in the Central Library.
Holdings from the stacks, the textbook collection and the State Library as well as interlibrary loan requests can be ordered by university members via the Regensburg Catalogue plus.
For the time being, the contact-free lending service will remain open from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm.
As usual, you will be informed by e-mail as soon as the media you have ordered are available in the contact-free lending area. Please only come to the lending area after you have received the confirmation via e-mail.
In accordance with current regulations, access to the lending area is only possible with an FFP2 mask. In addition, we ask you to respect the minimum distance to other persons in the waiting area.
Returns are also possible again (you can find blue boxes for this purpose in the lending area). However, returns are at the moment not obligatory.
The procedures for warnings and returns remain suspended until further notice (at least until 07.03.21).
For the time being, it is still not possible for university members to order holdings from the OTH  via the Regensburg catalogue. It is also not possible for university members to pick up the holdings on site at the OTH.

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), dated 07.12.2020.

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

  • Compared to the summer semester, the reading places were reduced (971=>822) to ensure a continuous distance of two metres to the next person.
  • Since 20.10.2020, masks have also been compulsory at the reading place.
  • The reintroduction of the delivery service with the OTH is intended to prevent audience movement.
  • From the beginning of the semester, the opening hours have been extended in order to further equalise use.

Level 1

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

  • Admission of external users to the reading rooms only from 20h onwards and on weekends
  • 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.

Update 11.01.21: Due to current regulations, the University Library must remain closed until further notice. As soon as our service for students from at-risk groups can be offered again, we will inform you in our Corona updates. We kindly ask for your understanding.

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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