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Opening of reading rooms planned for March 9, 2021.

From March 9, 2021, all reading rooms for the departmental libraries and the textbook collection will reopen, initially only for students and UR staff. This opening is subject to the relevant regulations of the soon to be published 12th Bavarian directive on measures for protection against infection (12. BayIfSMV).

Initially, the reading rooms will only be accessible during the main opening hours. As soon as the opening hours can be extended, access will also be possible for external users in accordance with the corona plan.

UR students can once again loan out a maximum of five books directly from the reading rooms for 14 days, from March 9, 2021. The books loaned from a reading room can also be returned there.


FAQs for university members


Access to the University Library

Which areas of the University Library are currently accessible?

Due to the current COVID-19 regulations, the University Library will remain closed to the public until further notice (presumably until 07.03.21).

However, based on the decisions of the Council of Ministers of 20.01.21, the contact-free lending service for university members can be reopened as of 21.01.21. (Opening hours of contact-free lending: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.)

In this context, please note our Covid-19 updates to always receive the latest information.

What hygiene and safety regulations currently apply in the lending area of the library?

  • Limited number of persons in the lending area
  • Compliance with the distance regulations (1.5 metres)
  • Wearing an FFP2 mask

Where can I find more information?

  • For general questions of any kind you can reach staff members of the University Library via the following phone number: 0941 943-3990 (Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 16:00).
  • You can currently only renew your library card online. To do so, please contact the following address: ausweis.ub@ur.de. To request a new identity card, please fill in this form: https://www.uni-regensburg.de/bibliothek/service/medien-nutzen-und-ausleihen/antrag-auf-einen-bibliotheksausweis/index.html
    We will then send you your library card by in-house mail.
  • You are always welcome to send us your request or question by e-mailinfo.ub@ur.de.
  • You can reach our chat information service Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 16:00 via the user "Auskunft UB".
  • If you have a subject-specific problem or concern, the subject specialists for the individual subjects are available to you at any time by e-mail. Find the respective contact person for your subject here.

Ordering and borrowing

Where can I order and/or borrow what media and where?

The following holdings are currently available for loan:

  •  Stacks: Can be ordered via the Regensburg Catalogue plus, can be collected via contact-free lending in the Central Library (Monday to Friday 10:00 - 18:00).
  • Textbook collection: Can be ordered via the Regensburg Catalogue plus, can be collected via contact-free lending in the Central Library (Monday to Friday 10:00 - 18:00) .
  •  Holdings from the State Library: Can be ordered via the Regensburg Catalogue plus, can be collected via contact-free lending in the Central Library (Monday to Friday 10:00 - 18:00).

For the time being, it will still not be 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.

Please note our COVID-19 Update with reference to our reopening of the reading rooms.

When can I fetch my ordered books?

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.

What do I have to keep in mind when collecting ordered media from the Central Library?

Pick-up times at the Central Library's Circulation Area: Monday to Friday, 10:00 to 18:00.
The books are already booked to your user account.
When collecting your ordered media in the lending area, we kindly ask you to observe the required distance regulations (at least 1.5 metres). Wearing an FFP2 mask in the lending and waiting area is obligatory.

Can I order books via interlibrary loan?

Members of the University of Regensburg can order books via interlibrary loan using the Regensburg Catalogue plus. As soon as the ordered interlibrary loan book has been booked in your library account, you can pick it up at the contact-free lending section in the Central Library.

How can I have my library card renewed?

At the moment you can only renew your library card online. Please contact the following address: ausweis.ub@ur.de 

To request a new identity card, please fill in this form: https://www.uni-regensburg.de/bibliothek/service/medien-nutzen-und-ausleihen/antrag-auf-einen-bibliotheksausweis/index.html
We will then send you your library card by in-house mail.


Loan periods and returning media

For how long may I keep borrowed media?

Returns are 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 reminders and returns remain suspended until further notice (presumably until 07.03.21). This means that no fees will be accrued for late returns during the period the library is closed.

Where do I return media?

You can find blue boxes for book returns in the lending area in the Central Library (open from 10:00 to 18:00).
Please note: returns are at the moment not obligatory. The procedures for reminders and returns remain suspended until further notice (presumably until 07.03.21).

Can I return borrowed books to the library by mail?

The procedures for warnings and returns remain suspended until further notice. This means that no fees will be accrued for late returns during the period the library is closed.

Of course, you can still return borrowed books to the University Library by mail.
Please include a note with your name and user number.

Universitätsbibliothek Regensburg, Ausleihe
Universitätsstr. 31
93053 Regensburg


Using e-books and other electronic media

What do I have to consider if I want to use e-books and other electronic media from the University Library at home?

Please note that you have to be logged into the university network via VPN to use e-media or e-books that are subject to a fee. To use library services please use the profile "VPN UR home" or "VPN UR puplic" via the FortiClient.

VPN Instructions (PDF)

Information of the computing centre on VPN

In addition, the use of e-media is also possible with some providers by logging in via Shibboleth with the RZ/CC account.

Can I also access legal databases from home during the period of closure?

Currently, you can also access the legal databases from home via VPN.

can be accessed. Please refer to this manual for access to the Beck contents.

Unfortunately, the conventional access to Beck-Online from the campus (e.g. staff office) had to be deactivated for technical reasons. Therefore, it is mandatory to create an account at Beck-Online.


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.

I belong to a risk group - where can I get assistance in borrowing items from the reading rooms?

For students from risk groups, books (maximum of five books from the reading rooms) can be taken out of the reading rooms by University Library staff and made available centrally on a specially set up shelf at the entrance of the contact-free lending area in the Central Library.
Eligible students from 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.

I belong to a risk group - are there protected individual workplaces?

Due to current regulations, learning and reading spaces cannot be used at present. We kindly ask for your understanding.

A limited number of individual work booths are available in the central library for students from risk groups.

Affected students from risk groups are requested to contact ausleihe.ub@ur.de by e-mail and indicate the period of time during which a workspace is desired.


Contact information and answers to further questions

Can I currently renew my library card?

Please note: You can currently only renew your library card online. To do so, please contact the following address: ausweis.ub@ur.de

To request a new identity card, please fill in this form: https://www.uni-regensburg.de/bibliothek/service/medien-nutzen-und-ausleihen/antrag-auf-einen-bibliotheksausweis/index.html
We will then send you your library card by in-house mail.

Are library tours or courses currently taking place, e.g. on Citavi?

Under Dates and registration you can find information about our current digital training courses.

Until further notice, the weekly Citavi and Zotero consultation hour will take place via e-mail and a web meeting in Zoom. You will also find all information on our homepage: www.uni-regensburg.de/bibliothek/schulungen/studierende/citavi

Unfortunately, until further notice no guided tours or courses can take place in on-site form.

Can I hand in my dissertation while the library is closed?

Doctoral theses can only be submitted after prior consultation with the university writing office. You are welcome to call us for further information and to make an appointment at 0941/943-3904. If you are unable to reach us by telephone, you can also send an e-mail to dissertationen@uni-regensburg.de at any time. Please include your telephone number in case we have any follow-up questions. At https://epub.ur.de you will find important information and can - even in advance - create an entry for an online dissertation.

I have questions about copyright - who can I contact?

If you have any questions on the subject of copyright, please visit the page Copyright at the University of Regensburg or contact the appropriate contact person directly at urheberrecht@ur.de.

I have further questions - how can I get in contact with the staff at the University Library?

  • For general questions of any kind you can reach staff members of the University Library at the following phone number: 0941 943-3990 (Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 16:00).
  • You are welcome to send us your request or question by e-mail at any time: info.ub@ur.de.
  • You can reach us through the chat information desk Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 16:00 via the User "Auskunft UB" (more information).
  • If you have a subject-specific problem or concern, the subject specialists for the individual subjects are available to you at any time by e-mail. You can find the respective contact person for your subject here.


FAQ for external users with a valid library card


Access to the University Library

Due to the current regulations, the University Library must remain closed to external users until further notice.

We will inform you here and in our Covid-19 updates as soon as access for external users is possible again.

Where can I find more information?

  • For general questions of any kind you can reach staff members of the University Library via the following phone number: 0941 943-3990 (Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 16:00).
  • You can currently only renew your library card online. To do so, please contact the following address: ausweis.ub@ur.de
  • You are always welcome to send us your request or question by e-mailinfo.ub@ur.de.
  • You can reach our chat information service Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 16:00 via the user "Auskunft UB".
  • If you have a subject-specific problem or concern, the subject specialists for the individual subjects are available to you at any time by e-mail. Find the respective contact person for your subject here.

Library Card

How can I apply for a library card?

Currently you can only apply for a library card online. The library card will be sent to your home by post.

How can I renew my library card?

At present, you can only renew your library card online. Please contact us by e-mail at ausweis.ub@ur.de.


Ordering and borrowing

Due to the current regulations, the University Library must remain closed to external users until further notice.

We will inform you here and in our Covid-19 updates as soon as access for external users is possible again.


Loan periods and returning media

For how long can I keep borrowed media?

The procedures for reminders and returns remain suspended until further notice (presumably until 07.03.21). This means that no fees will be accrued for late returns during the period the library is closed.

Where do I return media?

Until further notice, no returns of borrowed media have to be made on site due to the closure of the University Library.
Please note: The procedures for reminders and returns remain suspended until further notice (presumably until 07.03.21).

Can I return borrowed books to the library by mail?

The procedures for reminders and returns remain suspended until further notice. This means that no fees will be accrued for late returns during the period the library is closed.

Of course, you can still return borrowed books to the University Library by mail.
Please include a note with your name and user number.

Universitätsbibliothek Regensburg, Ausleihe
Universitätsstr. 31
93053 Regensburg


Contact information

I have further questions - how can I contact staff at the University Library?

  • For general questions of any kind, you can reach staff of the University Library at the following telephone number: 0941 943-3990 (Monday to Friday from 10:00h to 16:00h)
  • You are always welcome to send us your request or question by e-mail: info.ub@ur.de.
  • If you have a subject-specific problem or concern, the subject librarians for the individual subjects are always available by e-mail. The respective contact person for your subject.


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