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Access to the University Library

Which areas of the University Library are currently accessible?

The following areas of the UB are accessible to university members (= staff and students of the University of Regensburg) in compliance with the regulations of the 15th BayIfSMV (see Covid-19 Update "Access to the library - current regulations")

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

Which areas of the UB are not yet accessible?

The manuscript reading room, the library card office, the group study rooms in the reading rooms (exception: in Law 2, only individuals can use it for active participation in virtual courses, registration necessary) and the multimedia center are currently not accessible.

What hygiene and safety regulations currently apply on the premises of the library?

  • Proof of 2G for students, proof of 3G for university employees
  • Compliance with the distance regulations (1.5 meters)
  • Wearing a FFP2-mask (this also applies to workplaces even if a minimum distance of 1.5 meters can be maintained)
  • Please note: From Monday to Friday, the tables are cleaned daily before the reading rooms open. On weekends, users are asked to clean the desk themselves using the cleaning products provided

Can I work at computer workstations or in the group study rooms?

Computer workstations in the premises of the UB can be used again. Please make sure that you always wear your mask when using the computers and clean the surfaces with the desinfectants provided. Some of the group study rooms can be used for active participation in virtual courses but not for group work.

Can I scan again?

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


Library card

Students of the UR:

Your student ID-Card (UR-Karte) is also your library card. You can find your user number on the back of the card. If you have any problems with your library account, please contact ausweis.ub@ur.de or come to the information desk in the information center (Monday-Friday 10:00-14:00) with a valid 2G proof.

Staff of the UR:

To request a new library card, please fill in this form.
We will then send you your library card by inhouse mail.
If you want to renew your library card, please contact the following address: ausweis.ub@ur.de


Ordering and borrowing

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

The following collections can currently be ordered or borrowed:

  • Stacks: Can be ordered via the Regensburg Catalogue plus, can be picked up at the contact-free lending area in the Central Library (Monday to Friday 10:00 - 18:00)
  • Textbook Collection: Can be borrowed on site via the self-checkout machine (Monday to Friday, 10:00  - 16:00)
  • Reading rooms: Can be borrowed on site in the respective reading room during opening hours
  • Reclam special collection (local identifier 55): Can be ordered via the Regensburg Catalogue plus, can be picked up at the contact-free lending area in the Central Library (Monday through Friday 10:00 - 18:00)
  • State Library and OTH holdings: Can be ordered via the Regensburg Catalogue plus, can be picked up at the contact-free lending area in the Central Library (Monday through Friday 10:00 - 18:00) .

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


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

  • Separate use of the entrance and exit
  • Proof of 2G for students, proof of 3G for university employees
  • Compliance with the distance regulations (1.5 meters)
  • Wearing a FFP2-mask (this also applies to workplaces even if a minimum distance of 1.5 meters can be maintained)
  • Cooperation with the recording of contact data. For this purpose, please have your library card ready each time you enter and leave the reading room. You can find more information on contact data tracking at the University on this page (in German only)
  • Please also check the loan status ("available for loan" or "borrowed") in the Regensburg catalogue in advance to make sure that the desired (text)book is available
  • Students of the University of Regensburg can borrow a maximum of five books from the reading rooms, the loan period is 14 days.
  • Books borrowed from the respective reading rooms can also be returned there during the entire opening hours of the respective reading rooms (or also in the contact-free lending area).
  • Please scan only single chapters or a few pages (no whole books!) and keep your stay as short as possible.The scanner room in the Philosophicum is not open.
  • Please note that we are currently not issuing USB sticks for loan
  • Special note for the reading rooms in the Philosophicum: The entrance for both reading rooms is on the lower level of PT 2 (entrance on the level of the examination office).


We kindly ask you to stay as short as possible for borrowing books in all 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 a 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.


Loan periods and returning media

For how long may I keep borrowed media?

The following loan periods apply:

  • Textbooks and books from the stacks: 4 weeks
  • Books from the reading rooms: 2 weeks for students
    Employees of the university: a departmental loan is possible

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

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)  as well as in the textbook collection area (Monday through Friday, 10:00 - 16:00). Books borrowed from the reading rooms can be returned during opening hours either in the respective reading room or also in the contact-free lending area in the Central Library.

Can I renew overdue books?

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 mail.

Can I make reservations?

You can make reservations for books from the stacks or the textbook collection via the Regensburg Catalogue plus. You will be informed by e-mail as soon as the reserved item is ready for you.
If another user has made a reservation for one of the items you have 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 mail?

You are welcome to return borrowed books to the UB 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

How can I use e-media? (video)

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?

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

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?

Doctoral theses and the corresponding forms can usually be submitted from Monday to Friday from 09:30 - 11:30 or by arrangement at the thesis department. To ensure that the office is currently occupied, please contact us shortly before and call 0941/943-3904 or send an e-mail to dissertationen@uni-regensburg.de . At https://epub.ur.de you will find important information (e.g. for submission by mail) 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?
 

Information desk Information center, Central Library
Monday to Friday 10:00 to 14:00
Phone +49 (0)941 943-3990
Monday to Friday 10:00 to 16:00
E-Mail info.ub@ur.de
Chat information desk

chat.uni-regensburg.de → user "Auskunft UB
Monday to Friday 10:00 to 16:00. For UR members

Subject-specific information

 

Contact persons for your subject

 



FAQ for external users with a valid library card


Access to the University Library

Please note: in order to use the University Library, external users (= all users, except staff and students of the University of Regensburg) need a valid library card (also in order to get access to our reading rooms). Of course, this can also be a valid libary card of the OTH Library or the State Library.

Which areas of the University Library are accessible?

  • Contact-free lending in the Central Library: Monday to Friday, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Reading rooms: please see our opening hours for external users
  • Information desk in the information center of the Central Library: Monday to Friday, 10:00 - 14:00

Which areas of the UB are not accessible?

Currently not accessible are the manuscript reading room, the textbook collection, the library card office, the group study rooms and the multimedia center.
 

What hygiene and safety regulations currently apply in the University Library premises?

  • Proof of 2G
  • Compliance with the distance regulations (1.5 meters)
  • wearing a FFP2-mask (this also applies to workplaces even if a minimum distance of 1.5 meters can be maintained)
  • Please note: From Monday to Friday, the tables are cleaned daily before the opening of the reading rooms. On weekends, each user is asked to clean the reading area on his/her own using the cleaning products provided.

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


A number of reading places can be used in all reading rooms of the sub-libraries during certain hours (see opening hours) by external users with a valid library card.

Compliance with the hygiene and safety regulations mentioned above is mandatory.

Computer workstations in the premises of the UB can be used again. Please make sure that you always wear your FFP2-mask when using the computers and clean the surfaces with the desinfectants provided. Group study rooms are still not available for use.

Please have your library card ready when entering the reading room.
Furthermore, we ask you to wear a FFP2-mask in the reading room area and to observe the distance rule of 1.5 meters as well as the current regulations concerning the 2G proof requirement.

Note for trainee teachers and doctoral students:
PT: Doctoral 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 pt.ub@ur.de in advance by mail. Please indicate reading place *your subject* (e.g. reading place German Studies) as subject of the mail and wait for a response.

Law/Economics: Doctoral students* who do not have a library card are asked to apply online for a library card for external users or to mail wirtschaft.ub@ur.de or recht.ub@ur.de in advance. Please wait for a response.


Can I scan again?

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


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 mail.

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.

How can I have my library card unblocked?

If your library card is blocked, please contact the information team (info.ub@ur.de). Users with a blocked library card currently have no access to our reading rooms.


Ordering and borrowing

Which collections can external users order and borrow?

The following collections can currently be ordered and borrowed by external users:

  • Stacks
  • Interlibrary Loan
  • State Library
  • OTH Library

The holdings can be ordered via the Regensburg Catalog plus and can be picked up at the contact-free lending area in the Central Library (Monday to Friday 10:00 - 18:00). 

When will my ordered books be available at the contact-free lending desk?

As usual, you will be informed via e-mail as soon as the media you ordered are ready for pick-up in the contact-free lending area. Please come to the lending area only after you have received a respective e-mail.


What do I have to keep in mind when picking up ordered items at the Central Library Circulation Desk?

  • Pick-up hours at the Central Library lending area: Monday to Friday, 10:00 - 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 meters). Wearing a FFP2-mask in the lending and waiting area is mandatory. Please carry your 2G proof always with you.


Can I borrow books from the textbook collection?

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


Can I borrow books from the reading rooms?

Borrowing of holdings from the reading rooms is currently restricted to members of the University of Regensburg, i.e. students and employees of the UR.

However, scanners are available in all reading rooms. Please scan only single chapters or a few pages (no whole books!) and keep your length of stay as short as possible.
Please note that currently no USB sticks are issued for loan and bring your own USB stick.

Can I order media via interlibrary loan?

Interlibrary loan is available to external users without restrictions. Orders can be picked up at the contact-free lending area at the Central Library between 10:00 and 18:00. As soon as the books and copies are ready for pick-up, we will inform you by e-mail. Therefore, we kindly ask you only to come to the contact-free lending area as soon as you have received a notification via e-mail.


Loan periods and returning media

For how long can I keep borrowed media?

There is a four-week loan period for books borrowed from the stacks.
If you have stored an email address in your library account, you will receive a reminder email from us advising you of the loan period end date. Regardless, please check your library account information regularly.
You can also return borrowed items by mail:

Universitätsbibliothek Regensburg, Ausleihe
Universitätsstr. 31
93053 Regensburg

Please include a note with your name and user number.

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

Where do I return media?

In the lending area in the Central Library (Monday to Friday: 10:00 - 18:00) blue boxes are available for returns.

Can I renew overdue books?

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 mail.

Can I make reservations?

You can make reservations for books from the stacks via the Regensburg Catalogue plus. You will be informed by e-mail as soon as the reserved item is ready for you.
If another user has made a reservation for one of the items you have 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 mail?

You are welcome to return borrowed books to the UB 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?

Information desk Information center, Central Library
Monday to Friday 10:00 to 14:00
Phone +49 (0)941 943-3990
Monday to Friday 10:00 to 16:00
E-Mail info.ub@ur.de
Subject-specific information Contact persons for your subject


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