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The University Library is there for you even during the Corona Pandemic. Please note the information below in our FAQs regarding the currently applicable regulations. Additionally, please check our Covid-19 Updates regularly for current developments.

By the way, as a member of the University Library, you can also use many of the electronic services of the University Library easily from home.


FAQs for university members


Access to the University Library

Which areas of the University Library are currently accessible?

  • lending desk in the Central Library: Monday - Friday: 10:00h - 18:00h
  • textbook collection: Monday - Friday: 10:00h - 18:00h

No prior booking is required for the use of the reading places in the reading rooms, but the number of places is limited in accordance with current hygiene and safety guidelines.

Please note that it is not possible to borrow items in all reading rooms during the entire opening hours (see information below). 

The return of borrowed media is independent of this and can take place at any time during opening hours in the respective reading rooms. 

  • General Reading Room: Monday - Friday. 08:00h - 20:00h (lending possible throughout); Saturday: 10:00h - 18:00h (no lending possible)
  • Reading Room Medicine (The visiting and hygiene regulations of the University Hospital and the University Library apply): Monday - Friday: 08:00h - 20:00h, Saturday: 10:00h - 18:00h (lending possible from Monday to Saturday during opening hours by means of a self-check-out)
  • Reading Rooms Biology And Chemistry: Monday - Friday, : 08:00h - 20:00h (lending until 16:00h)
  • Reading Rooms Mathematics and Physics: Monday - Friday: 08:00h - 18:00h (lending until 16:00h)
  • Reading Room Sports: Monday - Friday, : 08:00h - 16:00h (lending possible throughout)
    Access to the Sports Library via the emergency exit of the Reading Room (on the level of the Sports Parking Lot)

In contrast to the regular opening hours on campus, the reading rooms PT 1, PT 2, Law 1, Law 2 and Economics are open until 22h. The entrances to the PT and the Law and Economics buildings will therefore also remain open until 22h.

  • Reading Rooms Philosophicum 1 (PT 1) and Philosophicum 2 (PT 2): Monday - Friday, : 08:00h - 22:00h (lending until 20:00h); Saturday: 10:00h - 18:00h (no lending possible); Sunday: 10:00h - 16:00h (no lending possible)

    The Reading Room Philosophicum 1 is accessed via the entrance to the Reading Room Philosophicum 2 (lower level).
     
  • Reading Room Law 1: Monday - Friday: 08:00h - 22:00h; Saturday: 08:00h - 22:00h; Sunday: 08:00h - 20:00h (Please note: Borrowing from the reading room Law 1 is only possible from Monday to Thursday until 20:00h within the framework of same day borrowing. Books must be returned by 22:00h on the same day).
  • Reading Room Law 2: Monday - Friday: 08:00h - 22:00h; Saturday: 08:00h - 20:00h; Sunday: 08:00h - 20:00h (Please note: Borrowing from the reading room Law 2 is only possible from Monday to Thursday until 16:00h within the framework of same day borrowing. Books must be returned on the same day by 22:00h).
  • Reading Room Economics: Monday - Friday: 08:00h - 22:00h (lending until 20:00h); Saturday: 08:00h - 22:00h (no lending possible); Sunday: 08:00h - 20:00h (no lending possible)

Which areas of the University Library are currently still closed?

The manuscript reading room, the information centre, the library card office, the group work rooms and the multimedia centre are closed to the general public.

What are the current hygiene and safety regulations on the premises of the University Library?

  • Limited number of persons in the reading rooms, the textbook collection and in the lending area.
  • Maximum of ten persons in the waiting areas.
  • Observance of the distance regulations (1.5 metres).
  • Wearing a mouth-and-nose protection.
  • Please note: From Monday to Friday the tables are cleaned daily before the reading rooms open. On weekends, every user is asked to clean the reading desk independently with the cleaning agents provided.

Can I work in the reading room, at computer workstations or in the group work rooms?

A number of reading places can once again be used in all reading rooms of the sub-librarie. No booking is necessary for the use of the reading places, but the number of places is limited according to hygiene regulations. Please have your library card ready when entering the reading room. We also ask you to wear a mouth-and-nose protection when entering the reading room and to observe the distance rule of 1.5 metres. Group work rooms and computer workstations are still not available.

Reading places in the General Reading Room

The reading places are available Monday to Friday from 08:00h to 20:00h and on Saturday from 10:00h to 18:00h. Please note: On Saturday it is not possible to borrow items from the General Reading Room. 

Reading places in the Reading Rooms PT 1 and PT 2

The reading places are available Monday to Friday from 08:00h to 22:00h, on Saturday from 10:00h to 18:00h and on Sunday from 10:00h to 16:00h. Please note: From Monday to Friday the lending of books is possible until 20:00h. Lending is not possible at the weekend.

The Reading Room Philosophicum 1 is accessed via the entrance to the Reading Room Philosophicum 2 (lower level). 

PhD students and trainee teachers who do not have a library card are requested to apply online for a library card for external users or to contact us in advance by e-mail to pt.ub@ur.de. Please enter Reading Place *your subject* (e.g. reading place German Studies) as the subject of the mail and wait for a reply.

Reading places in the Reading Rooms Law 1 and Economics

The reading places are available Monday to Friday from 08:00h to 22:00h. On Saturday the reading places can be used from 08:00h to 22:00h and on Sunday from 08:00h to 20:00h.

The group rooms cannot yet be used.

Please note: In the reading room Economics, the lending of books is possible from Monday to Friday until 20:00h. On weekends, it is not possible to borrow items from the reading room Economics. Holdings from the Law 1 reading room can currently only be borrowed on a same day basis from Monday to Thursday: On these days you can borrow books until 20:00h and are requested to return the borrowed books by 22:00h of the same day.

PhD students who do not have a library card are requested to apply online for a library card for external users or to contact us in advance by e-mail to recht.ub@ur.de or wirtschaft.ub@ur.de. Please wait for a reply.

Reading places in reading room Law 2

The reading places are available Monday to Friday from 08:00h to 22:00h. On Saturday and Sunday the reading places can be used from 08:00h to 20:00h. 

Holdings from the reading room Law 2 can currently only be borrowed on a same day basis from Monday to Thursday: On these days you can borrow items until 16:00h and are requested to return the borrowed books until 22:00h the same day.

Reading places in the Reading Rooms Biology and Chemistry

The reading places are available Monday to Friday from 08:00h to 20:00h Borrowing is possible daily until 16:00h.

Reading places in the Reading Rooms Mathematics and Physics

The reading places are available Monday to Friday from 08:00h to 18:00h Borrowing is possible daily until 16:00h.

Reading places in the Reading Room Medicine

The reading places are available Monday to Friday from 08:00h to 20:00h and on Saturday from 10:00h to 18:00h. Lending is possible from Monday to Saturday during opening hours by means of a self-check-out desk.

Reading places in the Reading Room Sports

The reading places are available Monday to Friday from 08:00h to 16:00h Lending of books is possible throughout this period.
Access to the Sports Library is via the emergency exit of the Reading Room (on the level of the sports parking lot).

Can I scan again?

Scanners are available in the reading rooms. Please only scan individual chapters or a few pages (not entire books!) and keep your stay as short as possible. The scanner room in the Philosophicum is not yet open.
Please note that currently no USB sticks are available for loan.

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 borrowing:

  • Central holdings (Magazin): Can be ordered via the Regensburg Catalogue plus and can then be picked up in the contact-free lending area in the Central Library (Monday to Friday from 10:00h to 18:00h).
  • Textbook collection: Can be borrowed on site via the self-check-out machine (Monday - Friday: 10:00h - 18:00h)
  • State Library: Holdings from the State Library can be ordered via the Regensburg Catalogue. You can pick up the ordered books at the contact-free lending area of the University Library. Please do not come to the lending area before you have received a notification e-mail.

Please note that borrowing items from the reading rooms is not possible in all reading rooms during the entire opening hours (see FAQs - Access to the library).

The return of borrowed media is independent of this and can take place at any time during opening hours in the respective reading rooms.

  • General Reading Room: Can be borrowed on site (Monday - Friday: 08:00h - 20:00h)
  • Reading Rooms Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics: Can be borrowed on site (Monday to Friday from 08:00h to 16:00h)
  • Reading Room Medicine: Can be borrowed on site using the self-check-out service (Monday - Friday: 08:00h - 20:00h; Saturday: 10:00h - 18:00h)
  • Reading Room Sports: Can be borrowed on site (Monday to Friday 08:00h to 16:00h)
    Access to the Sports Library is via the emergency exit of the Reading Room (on the level of the Sports parking lot).

Please note, that in contrast to the regular opening hours on campus, the reading rooms PT 1, PT 2, Law 1, Law 2 and Economics are open until 22h. The entrances to the PT and the law and economics buildings will therefore also remain open until 22h.

  • Reading Rooms Philosophicum 1, Philosophicum 2, Economics: Can be borrowed on site (Monday - Friday: 08:00h - 20:00h)
  • Reading Room Law 1: Can be borrowed on site as part of a same day loan (Monday - Thursday: 08:00h - 20:00h; return on the same day by 22:00h)
  • Reading Room Law 2: Can be borrowed on site as part of a same day loan (Monday - Thursday: 08:00h - 16:00h; return on the same day by 22:00h)

What regulations must be observed when borrowing items from the reading rooms?

Please note these current regulations regarding borrowing from the reading rooms:

  • Please have your library card at hand.
  • Access to the reading rooms is subject to hygiene and security guidelines (please also refer to the current notices on site):
    • separate use of the entrance and exit
    • limited number of people in the reading room
    • a maximum of ten people in the waiting area
    • compliance with the distance regulations (1.5 meters)
    • wearing a mouth-and-nose protector in the reading room area
  • Please look up the shelfmarks of the books you wish to borrow in the Regensburg catalogue in advance. There are no search facility available in the reading room.
  • Students of the university of Regensburg can borrow a maximum of five books from the reading rooms; the loan period is 14 days. Exception: Currently, due to upcoming study, seminar and term papers, in agreement with the Law Faculty, only same-day loans from reading rooms Law 1 and 2 are possible.
  • Books borrowed from the respective reading rooms can also be returned there during the entire opening hours of the respective reading rooms.
  • Scanners are available in the reading rooms. Please scan only individual chapters or a few pages (not entire books!) and keep your stay as short as possible. The scanner room in the Philosophicum is not open. Please note that no USB sticks are currently issued for loan.
  • Separate instructions for the reading rooms in the Philosophicum:
    • The entrance for both reading rooms is located on the lower level of PT 2 (entrance on the level of the examination office/"Prüfungsamt").

We kindly ask you to spend as little time as possible in all reading rooms when borrowing books.

What do I have to pay attention to when collecting ordered media in the lending area of the Central Library?

Pick-up times in the lending area of the Central Library: Monday - Friday, 10:00h to 18:00h.

The books are already booked to your user account.

When you pick up your ordered media in the lending area, we kindly ask you to pay attention to the required distance regulations (at least 1.5 metres). At any one time, a maximum of 3 persons may be present in the lending area. We recommend wearing a mouth and nose protector in the lending and waiting area.

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.

How can I borrow books from the textbook collection?

Opening hours of the textbook collection with self check-out:
Monday to Friday, currently 10:00h to 18:00h

Please look up the shelfmarks of the textbooks you would like to borrow in the Regensburg catalogue in advance. Shelfmarks of books in the textbook collection start with 17/... or 1710/... or 9117/... (hospital). This way, you can go directly to the respective shelf in the textbook collection without any detours and thus keep the duration of your stay in the textbook collection as short as possible. You also help to shorten the waiting time for all users.

Please also check the loan status ("borrowable" or "borrowed") in the Regensburg Catalogue in advance to make sure that the desired textbook is on hand.

Please note that borrowing is only possible via the self-check-out machine.

A blue box for returning textbooks is available at the entrance.

Textbooks located in the reading room Medicine can also be borrowed by means of contactfree self-loan (opening hours: Monday - Friday: 08:00h to 20:00h, Saturday: 10:00h to 18:00h).

Can I order media via the Regensburg catalogue?

Media from the central holdings (Magazin) can be ordered via the online catalogue.

In addition, holdings from the State Library can be ordered via the Regensburg Catalogue. You can pick up the ordered books at the contact-free lending area of the University Library. Please do not come to the lending area before you have received a notification e-mail.

Can I order media via interlibrary loan?

Interlibrary loan is available without restrictions for all members of the University of Regensburg (both students and staff).

All media ordered via inter-library loan can be collected in the contact-free lending area in the Central Library. You will be notified by the library via e-mail as soon as it is possible to pick up the ordered interlibrary loan media.


Loan periods and returning media

For how long may I keep borrowed media?

Borrowed media must be returned in due time. You will receive a reminder e-mail informing you of the end of the loan period, as long as you have provided an e-mail adress in your library account. Independently of this, please check the details in your library account regularly.


If you are not on site, you can also return borrowed media by post:

Universitaetsbibliothek Regensburg, Ausleihe
Universitaetsstr. 31
93042 Regensburg

Please enclose a slip of paper with your name and user number.

The following loan periods apply:

  • Textbooks and books from the central holdings (Magazin): 4 weeks
  • Books from the reading rooms: 2 weeks for students. (Exception: Currently, due to upcoming study, seminar and term papers, in agreement with the Law Faculty, only same-day loans between Mondays and Thursdays from reading rooms Law 1 and 2 are possible.) For employees of the university, it is possible to withdraw from the department.

If you belong to a risk group and for this reason it is not possible for you to personally return borrowed media in time, please contact us by phone (0941-943 3990; Monday to Friday from 10:00h to 16:00h) or by e-mail.

Where do I return media?

Blue boxes are available for return in the lending area in the Central Library (Monday to Friday, 10:00h - 18:00h) and in the textbook collection area (Monday to Friday, 10:00h - 18:00h).

Borrowed media from reading rooms can be returned to the respective reading rooms at any time during opening hours.

Can I have books that I have borrowed extended?

If possible, you can renew your borrowed media via the Regensburg Catalogue plus. If renewal is no longer possible, please return them or send them to us by post.

Can I make reservations?

You can use the Regensburg Catalogue plus to reserve books from the central holdings (Magazin) and the textbook collection. You will be informed by e-mail as soon as the reserved medium is available for you.

If there is a reservation of another user for one of the media you borrowed, you will receive an e-mail. In this case, please return the book as soon as possible.

Can I return borrowed books to the library by post?

You can also return borrowed media to the University Library by post (see address below). Please enclose a slip of paper with your name and user number.

Universitaetsbibliothek Regensburg, Ausleihe
Universitaetsstr. 31
93042 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.

Information of the computing centre on VPN

VPN Instructions (PDF)

Further Information on available sources

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?

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

Please note: To use the services of the University Library, external users need a valid library card (even to only enter the reading rooms!) At the moment you can only apply for a library card online. The library card will be sent to your home by post. 

If your library card has expired, please send an e-mail to ausweis.ub@ur.de and apply for renewal online. 

Which areas of the University Library are currently accessible?

  • lending desk in the Central Library: Monday - Friday: 10:00h - 18:00h
  • General Reading Room in the Central Library: Monday - Friday 08:00h - 20:00h, Saturday: 10:00h - 18:00h
  • Reading Room Medicine (The visiting and hygiene regulations of the University Hospital and the University Library apply): Monday - Friday: 08:00h - 20:00h, Saturday: 10:00h - 18:00h
  • Reading Rooms Biology, Chemistry: Monday - Friday: 08:00h - 20:00h
  • Reading Room Mathematics, Physics: Monday - Friday: 08:00h - 18:00h
  • Reading Room Sports: Monday - Friday: 08:00h - 16:00h
    Access to the Sports Library via the emergency exit of the Reading Room (on the level of the Sports Parking Lot)

In contrast to the regular opening hours on campus, the reading rooms PT 1, PT 2, Law 1, Law 2 and Economics are open until 22h. The entrances to the PT and the Law and Economics buildings will therefore also remain open until 22h.

  • Reading Rooms Philosophicum 1 (PT 1) and Philosophicum 2 (PT2): Monday - Friday: 16:00h - 22:00h, Saturday: 10:00h - 18:00h, Sunday: 10:00h - 16:00h

    The Reading Room Philosophicum 1 is accessed via the entrance to the Reading Room Philosophicum 2 (lower level). 
     
  • Reading Rooms Law 1, Economics: Monday - Friday: 16:00h - 20:00h, Saturday: 08:00 - 22:00 h, Sunday: 08:00h - 20:00h
  • Reading Room Law 2: Monday - Friday: 16:00h - 22:00h, Saturday: 08:00h - 20:00h, Sunday: 08:00h - 20:00h

Please note that only a limited number of reading places are available in all reading rooms in accordance with current hygiene and safety guidelines. Please also note: From Monday to Friday, the tables are cleaned daily before the reading rooms open. On weekends, each user is asked to clean the reading desk independently with the cleaning agents provided.

Which areas of the University Library are currently still closed?

The manuscript reading room, the information centre, the library card office, the group work rooms and the multimedia centre remain closed to the general public.

What are the current hygiene and safety regulations on the premises of the University Library?

  • Limited number of persons in the reading rooms and in the lending area.
  • Maximum of ten persons in the waiting areas.
  • Observance of the distance regulations (1.5 metres).
  • Wearing a mouth-and-nose protection.
  • Please note: From Monday to Friday the tables are cleaned daily before the reading rooms open. On weekends, each user is asked to clean the reading desk independently with the cleaning agents provided.

Can I work in the reading room, at computer workstations or in the group work rooms?

During specific times a number of reading places in all reading rooms of the sub-libraries can once again be used by external users with a valid library card. Group work rooms and computer workstations are still not available.

Please have your library card ready when entering the reading room. We also ask you to wear a mouth-and-nose protection when entering and leaving the reading room and to observe the distance rule of 1.5 metres. The number of seats is limited in accordance with the hygiene regulations.

Reading places in the General Reading Room

The reading places are available for external users with a valid library card Monday to Friday from 08:00h to 20:00h and Saturday from 10:00h to 18:00h.

Reading places in the Reading Rooms PT 1, PT 2

The reading places are available from Monday to Friday from 16:00h to 20:00 22:00h, Saturday from 10:00h to 18:00h and Sunday from 10:00h to 16:00h for external users with a valid library card.

The Reading Room Philosophicum 1 is accessed via the entrance to the Reading Room Philosophicum 2 (lower level). 

PhD students and trainee teachers who do not have a library card are requested to apply online for a library card for external users or to contact us in advance by e-mail to pt.ub@ur.de. Please enter Reading Place *your subject* (e.g. reading place German Studies) as the subject of the mail and wait for a reply.

Reading places in the Reading Rooms Law 1 and Economics

The reading places are available from Monday to Friday from 16:00h to 22:00h, Saturday from 08:00h to 22:00h and Sunday from 08:00h to 20:00h for external users with a valid library card.

PhD students who do not have a library card are requested to apply online for a library card for external users or to contact us in advance by e-mail to recht.ub@ur.de and wait for a reply.

Reading places in the Reading Room Law 2

The reading places are available from Monday to Friday from 16:00h to 22:00h, Saturday from 08:00h to 20:00h and Sunday from 08:00h to 20:00h for external users with a valid library card.

PhD students who do not have a library card are requested to apply online for a library card for external users or to contact us in advance by e-mail to recht.ub@ur.de and wait for a reply.

The group rooms cannot be used at present.

Reading places in the Reading Rooms Biology and Chemistry

The reading places are available for external users with a valid library card Monday to Friday from 08:00h to 20:00h.

Reading places in the Reading Rooms Mathematics and Physics

The reading places are available for external users with a valid library card Monday to Friday from 08:00h to 18:00h.

Reading places in the Reading Room Medicine

The reading areas are available Monday to Friday from 08:00h to 20:00h and on Saturday from 10:00h to 18:00h for external users with a valid library card.

Reading places in the Reading Room Sports

The reading places are available for external users with a valid library card Monday to Friday from 08:00h to 16:00h.
Access to the Sports Library is via the emergency exit of the Reading Room (on the level of the sports parking lot)

Can I scan again?

Scanners are available in the reading rooms. Please only scan individual chapters or a few pages (not entire books!) and keep your stay as short as possible. The scanner room in the Philosophicum is not yet open.
Please note that currently no USB sticks are available for loan.

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

Which holdings can external users order and borrow where?

Currently, external users of the University Library as well as users of the OTH, the State Library and the IOS can borrow items available via the online catalogue. The media can be picked up in the lending area in the Central Library (Monday to Friday 10:00 to 18:00) as soon as you have received a notification e-mail.

Please note: Items from the central holdings of the University Library can only picked up by external users in the contactless lending area of the Central Library and not in other libraries. For this purpose please register in the Regensburger Catalogue plus at the following address:
https://www.regensburger-katalog.de/TouchPoint/start.do?Language=en&View=ubr&Branch=0

The lending of books from the reading rooms (Exception: reading room medicine, see below) is currently restricted to members of the University of Regensburg, i.e. to students and employees of the University of Regensburg. However, the reading rooms are accessible to external users with a valid library card at certain times (see FAQs for external users "Access to the University Library") and scanners are freely available in every reading room.

External users can borrow books from the reading room Medicine overnight and over the weekend. Please note: External users cannot borrow textbooks from the Medical Reading Room. OTH students can borrow books from the Medical Reading Room for 14 days (this does not apply to textbooks, however). 

What do I have to bear in mind when collecting ordered media from the lending area of the Central Library?

Collection times of the lending area in the Central Library: 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 pay attention to the required distance regulations (at least 1.5 metres). A maximum of 3 persons is allowed in the lending area. We recommend wearing a mouth and nose protector in the lending and waiting area.

Can I borrow books from the textbook collection?

The lending of textbooks is currently restricted to members of the University of Regensburg, i.e. to students and employees.

Can I order media via the Regensburg catalogue?

External users of the University Library as well as users of the OTH, the State Library and the IOS can order media from the central holdings (start of shelf mark 00/...) via the online catalogue.

In addition, holdings from the State Library can be ordered via the Regensburg Catalogue. You can pick up the ordered books at the contact-free lending area of the University Library. Please do not come to the lending area before you have received a notification e-mail.

Can I order media via interlibrary loan?

Interlibrary loan is possible for external users without restrictions. Orders can be collected from the contact-free lending area of the Central Library between 10:00h and 18:00h. You will be informed by e-mail as soon as the books and copies are available. Therefore, please do not come to the contact-free lending desk until you have received a notification e-mail


Loan periods and returning media

For how long can I keep borrowed media?

Borrowed media must be returned in due time. If you have provided us with an e-mail address in your user account, you will receive a reminder e-mail informing you of the end of the loan period. Independently of this, please check the details in your library account regularly.

A loan period of four weeks applies to books from the central holdings.

If you belong to a risk group and for this reason it is not possible for you to return borrowed media in time personally, please contact us on 0941-943 3990 (Monday to Friday from 10:00h to 16:00h) or by e-mail.

Where do I return media?

Blue boxes are available for return in the lending area in the Central Library (Monday to Friday, 10:00h to 18:00h).

Books from the Reading Room Medicine can be returned there during its opening hours.

Can I make reservations?

You can use the Regensburg Catalogue plus to reserve books from the central holdings (Magazin). You will be informed by e-mail as soon as the reserved medium is available for you.

If there is a reservation of another user for one of the media you borrowed, you will receive an e-mail. In this case, please return the book as soon as possible.

Can I have borrowed books extended?

If possible, you can renew your borrowed media via the Regensburger Catalogue plus. If renewal is no longer possible, please return them or send them to us by post.

Can I return borrowed books to the library by post?

You can also return borrowed media to the University Library by post. Please enclose a note with your name and user number.

Universitaetsbibliothek Regensburg, Ausleihe
Universitaetsstr. 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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