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FAQs during the closure of the University Library:


Closure of the University Library

Until when is the University Library closed?

After the Bavarian cabinet announced on April 16, 2020 that libraries at universities and colleges can be opened from April 27, 2020 under conditions of hygiene, control of access and avoidance of queues, the University Library is working together with the Vice President for Studies, Teaching and Further Education to gradually re-establish the supply of literature for students, in compliance with the ministerial requirements for user and employee protection.

As a first measure, the University Library has been offering students of the UR an emergency lending service for urgent cases since Monday, 27 April 2020.

In agreement with the university management, the student emergency lending service will only issue literature in the following cases:

  • for final theses (Bachelor, Master, Magister, Diploma, as well as admission theses for teaching professions and student research projects in law) with specific deadlines that cannot be postponed;
  • for doctoral theses with specific deadlines that can no longer be postponed
  • for state examinations with a specific examination date, e.g. state examination for teaching profession.

From Monday, 18 May 2020, students can also use the contact-free loan service for seminar papers, presentations and examinations if the deadline or examination date is before 30 June.

In addition, the opening hours of the contact-free loan service and the textbook collection will be extended from Monday, 18 May 2020, to 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Please note that the Textbook Collection for Medicine will continue to be only accessible between 10:00 and 14:00.

In the course of the coming weeks, direct borrowing from selected reading rooms will also be made available. Interlibrary loan orders can also be made again in the foreseeable future. We will keep you up to date on these and other developments on this page.

List of subject specialists for the individual disciplines.

In addition, members of the University of Regensburg have been able to borrow books from the textbook collection again since 11.05.2020 using self-check-out.

Since April 21, 2020, the contact-free lending of literature from the holdings by lecturers of the University of Regensburg has been possible. In urgent cases, lecturers have also been able to borrow reading room materials contact-free since April 27, 2020. You can find more details about the procedure and further information here: Contact-free lending for lecturers.

For the time being, there is still no need to return media that were borrowed before 16 March. The loan periods will be adjusted accordingly. As soon as the return of borrowed media is possible, we will inform you in our Corona Updates.

The following return periods apply to media borrowed in the context of contact-free lending for lecturers or contact-free emergency lending for students: 4 weeks for items from the holdings and 2 weeks for items from the reading rooms. You can returm items in the textbook collection and the lending area of the Central Library.

Is the entire UB affected by the closure?

Until further notice, the Central Library with its General Reading Room, Manuscript Reading Room, Information Centre as well as all reading rooms including the study rooms and the Multimedia Centre are no longer open to the public.

Since Tuesday, April 21, 2020, the University Library has been offering the lending of books from its holdings, initially only to university lecturers in emergency mode. In addition, since April 27, 2020, lecturers have also been able to borrow reading room materials on a contact-free basis in urgent cases. You can find more details on the procedure and further information here: Contact-free lending for lecturers.

In addition, since 27 April 2020, students have been able to obtain emergency loans for urgent cases. Please note the criteria that entitle you to use the emergency loan service: Contact-free lending for students. From Monday, 18 May 2020, students can also use the contact-free loan service for seminar papers, presentations and examinations if the deadline or examination date is before 30 June.

In addition, members of the University of Regensburg have been able to borrow books from the textbook collection again since 11.05.2020 using self-check-out.


Lending and Return

When is the contact-free loan service available?

Pick-up times at the lending desk in the Central Library: Monday to Friday, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

When collecting your ordered media in the check-out area, we kindly ask you to pay attention to the required distance regulations (at least 1.5 metres) and to the maximum number of people in the waiting area at the same time (maximum ten people). Furthermore, a maximum of one person may be in the lending area at any one time. We recommend wearing a mouth and nose protector in the lending and waiting area.

Literature supply for students / contact-free emergency lending

Literature supply for lecturers / Lending for lecturers

Before the library was closed I ordered books and now I can't pick them up anymore - what should I do?

Orders placed until 16.03.2020 will be available for you in the lending area after the library reopens.

You can pick up these orders within a week after the library is fully reopened.

Please note: Since April 20, 2020, teachers can pick up ordered media from the holdings as well as media that were already ready for pick-up before the library was closed. This also applies to interlibrary loans. These media have already been booked in your name.

Please note: If you urgently need books that have been available for you in the lending area since March and if you are also eligible for the student emergency loan, please write an e-mail to ausleihe.ub@ur.de.

Before the library was closed I ordered a book or an article via interlibrary loan. When and where can I pick it up?

Books and articles that arrived before the library was closed will be available for you in the lending area after the reopening of the library.

You can pick up these orders within two weeks after the library has reopened.
Please note: Since April 20, 2020, teachers can pick up ordered media from the holdings as well as media from the lending area that were already available before the library was closed. This also applies to interlibrary loans. These media are already booked in your name.

Please note: If you urgently need books that have been available for you in the lending area since March and if you are also eligible for the student emergency loan, please write an e-mail to ausleihe.ub@ur.de.

I urgently need a certain book / journal article. How can I access it?

Please check in the online catalogue if the book / journal article is provided in electronic form by the University Library.

If the book/journal article is not available and you need it, you are welcome to send us your acquisition suggestion. We will then immediately check whether we can procure the desired medium in electronic form.

Online form acquisition suggestion.

Students

Since April 27, 2020, a student emergency loan is possible in urgent cases. Please note the strict criteria that apply to the use of the emergency loan service: Contact-free emergency loan for students

In addition, members of the University of Regensburg have been able to borrow books from the textbook collection again since 11.05.2020 using self-check-out.

Please note that a simplified online admission procedure is currently available at the Bavarian State Library (BSB). This gives you access to the digital services and electronic media (e-books, e-journals, databases) licenced by the BSB for the duration of the closure of the BSB. In addition, you can use the BSB book delivery service at a fee

Teaching staff

Since April 21, 2020, the contact-free lending of literature from holdings by lecturers of the University of Regensburg has been possible. In addition, lecturers have also been able to borrow reading room materials contact-free in urgent cases since April 27, 2020. You can find more details about the procedure and further information here: Contact-free lending for lecturers

In addition, members of the University of Regensburg have been able to borrow books from the textbook collection again since 11.05.2020 using self-check-out.

Please note that a simplified online admission procedure is currently available at the Bavarian State Library (BSB). This gives you access to the digital services and electronic media (e-books, e-journals, databases) licenced by the BSB for the duration of the closure of the BSB. In addition, you can use the BSB book delivery service at a fee

Can I still place orders via the online catalogue?

Students:

At present, students cannot place orders or make reservations in the online catalogue. The release of the ordering option will be announced here and in our Corona-Updates in due time. Orders placed until 16.03.2020 will be available for you in the lending area after the complete reopening of the University Library. Exactly when this is going to be the case can be gathered from our Corona-Updates.

Since April 27, 2020, student emergency loans are possible in urgent cases. Please note the narrow criteria that apply to the use of emergency lending: Contact-free emergency lending for students.

In addition, members of the University of Regensburg have been able to borrow books from the textbook collection again since 11.05.2020 using self-check-out.

Lecturers:

Since April 21, 2020, contact-free loan of literature from the holdings has been possible for university lecturers (order as usual via the online catalogue). In addition, since 27 April 2020 it has also been possible for lecturers to borrow reading room materials on a contact-free basis in urgent cases. Please note: These orders are accepted via a special form. More details and further information can be found here: Contact-free lending for teachers.

In addition, members of the University of Regensburg have been able to borrow books from the textbook collection again since 11.05.2020 using self-check-out.

Can I order media via interlibrary loan?

It is currently not possible to order books and other media via interlibrary loan.

However, from now on you can order articles from scientific journals and copies of books (max. 10% of the volume) via interlibrary loan. Due to a special agreement with VG Wort, the delivery will be made as a free electronic document to your e-mail address up to and including May 31, 2020.

Please note that copies from media available at the University Library of Regensburg cannot normally be ordered via interlibrary loan. If possible, please use the existing possibilities of literature provision for teachers and students.

Interlibrary loan books that arrived before the library was closed are available for teachers in the lending area since April 21, 2020. Books for students that arrived before closing will be available after the complete reopening of the lending area.
Please note: If you urgently need books that have been available for you in the lending area since March and if you are also eligible for the student emergency loan, please write an e-mail to ausleihe.ub@ur.de.

Please note that a simplified online admission procedure is currently available at the Bavarian State Library (BSB). This gives you access to the digital services and electronic media (e-books, e-journals, databases) licenced by the BSB for the duration of the closure of the BSB. In addition, you can use the BSB book delivery service at a fee

I have borrowed books and the loan period is about to expire. Due to the closure, I cannot return the books in time. What can I do?

For the time being, you still do not have to return media that were borrowed before 16 March. The loan periods will be adjusted accordingly and there will be no penalty fees. This also applies to interlibrary loans. As soon as the return of borrowed media is possible, we will inform you in our Corona Updates.

The following return periods apply to media borrowed in the context of contact-free lending for teachers or contact-free emergency lending for students: 4 weeks for items from the holdings and 2 weeks for items from the reading rooms.

Can I return borrowed books to the UB by mail?

From now on you can return borrowed media by mail to the UB.
Please note, however:

Until further notice, you still do not have to return media that was borrowed before March 16th. The loan periods will be adjusted accordingly. This also applies to interlibrary loans. As soon as the return of borrowed media is possible, we will inform you in our Corona Updates.

The following return periods apply to media borrowed in the context of contact-free lending for teachers or contact-free emergency lending for students: 4 weeks for items from the holdings and 2 weeks for items from the reading rooms.


Using Electronic Media

What do I have to consider if I want to use the e-media of the UB from home?

Please note that you have to be logged into the university network via VPN to use e-media 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)

How can I access e-books?

At the University Library of Regensburg there is a wide range of e-books available, which you can access as a member of the University of Regensburg, independent of location and time.
If you want to limit your search to e-books, you can use the online catalogue of the University Library of Regensburg as usual. After entering your search terms you can limit your hit list to "e-books" on the left side of the screen. If you click on the button "Full text", you, as a member of the University of Regensburg, also gain access to e-books that are subject to a fee. Please note that you must be logged into the University network via VPN (see above): What do I have to consider if I want to use the University Library's e-media from home).

Regensburg catalogue plus

You couldn't find the e-book? You are welcome to send us your acquisition suggestions.

See also Extended Access to E-Media.

If you cannot access a particular e-book, please contact your subject advisor.

Please note that a simplified online admission procedure is currently available at the Bavarian State Library (BSB). This gives you access to the digital services and electronic media (e-books, e-journals, databases) licenced by the BSB for the duration of the closure of the BSB. In addition, you can use the BSB book delivery service at a fee

How can I access electronic journals?

The University Library of Regensburg offers a wide range of interdisciplinary electronic journals, which you can access as a member of the University of Regensburg, independent of time and place.

You can find all electronic journals licenced by the University Library via the Electronic Journals Library EZB. These are marked with a yellow dot. Please note the respective licenced volumes, which are displayed in brackets after the traffic light. To access these journals, you have to be logged in via VPN in the university network (see: What do I have to consider if I want to use E-Media of the UB from home).

Journals marked in green are freely accessible on the net.
Journals marked in red are not accessible.
Important: Individual articles can only be searched directly in the EZB if either the DOI or a combination of metadata, such as the title and authors, are known. Individual articles on a specific topic can be found in the Regensburg Catalogue via the Articles tab (in some cases a direct link to the full text is provided here via the EZB linking service) or in scientific subject databases and via scientific search engines (see also: How can I access databases?).

EZB

Please note that a simplified online admission procedure is currently available at the Bavarian State Library (BSB). This gives you access to the digital services and electronic media (e-books, e-journals, databases) licenced by the BSB for the duration of the closure of the BSB. In addition, you can use the BSB book delivery service at a fee

How can I access databases?

The University Library of Regensburg offers a wide range of interdisciplinary databases which you can access as a member of the University of Regensburg, independent of time and place.

If you are looking for literature on a specific topic, you can use the database information system DBIS to find all general and subject-specific databases available at the University Library of Regensburg. If you click on a database listed in DBIS, you will receive further information about the content and special features for using the respective database.

Please Note: At the moment, the user interface of DBIS is unfortunately only available in German.

Databases marked in green are freely available on the net.
To access yellow marked databases you have to be logged in via VPN in the net of the university (see: What do I have to consider if I want to use E-Media of the UB from home).

Tutorial "Databases - a short explanation"


Currently, many publishers offer temporary access even to unlicenced content. In the following you will find a compilation of these offers, which are currently freely accessible, arranged by subject:

Extended offer of electronic media or go.ur.de/corbib

Please note: As these are only activated by the publishers as a gesture of goodwill in view of the current special situation, you will not find most of the respective content in the Regensburg Catalogue plus, but must enter your search directly via the publishers' pages.

In most cases, it is necessary to be logged into the University Network via VPN (PDF) to access the content of the publishing houses.

If you have problems accessing a specific offer, please contact your respective subject specialist.


Please note that a simplified online admission procedure is currently available at the Bavarian State Library (BSB). This gives you access to the digital services and electronic media (e-books, e-journals, databases) licenced by the BSB for the duration of the closure of the BSB. In addition, you can use the BSB book delivery service at a fee

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

From now on, 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 until the UB is reopened.

Simplified admission to the e-media offer of the BSB Munich

Please note that a simplified online admission procedure is currently available at the Bavarian State Library (BSB). This gives you access to the digital services and electronic media (e-books, e-journals, databases) licenced by the BSB for the duration of the closure of the BSB. In addition, you can use the BSB book delivery service at a fee


Electronic Textbooks

Which textbooks are available electronically for my subject?

Many of the textbooks that you normally find in the textbook collection are also available as e-books. Simply search the Regensburg Catalogue plus for the desired textbook and use the filter on the left titled "e-book". You can download the e-book by clicking on the full text button. Please note that you have to be logged into the university network via VPN (PDF).

In the following you will find a list of all textbooks (PDF, 158 pages) which are available as print editions in the textbook collection and which we also provide as e-books. Please note that the list is only intended to provide a first overview and is not up to date. It's still worth taking a look at the Regensburg Catalogue plus: Here you may find other interesting e-books on your topic, as well as, all newly acquired e-books, updated daily.

If you miss a particular e-book, you are welcome to send us a purchase suggestion. We will then immediately check whether we can provide the textbook for you in electronic form.

If you have problems accessing a specific offer, please contact your respective subject specialist.


Extended Access to E-Media

Currently, many publishers offer temporary access even to unlicenced content. In the following you will find a compilation of these offers, which are currently freely accessible, arranged by subject:

Extended offer of electronic media or go.ur.de/corbib

Please note: As these are only activated by the publishers as a gesture of goodwill in view of the current special situation, you will not find most of the respective content in the Regensburg Catalogue plus, but must enter your search directly via the publishers' pages.

In most cases, it is necessary to be logged into the University Network via VPN (PDF) to access the content of the publishing houses.

If you have problems accessing a specific offer, please contact your respective subject specialist.

Further contents, which you cannot find in the online catalogue at present

This content is directly accessible via VPN through the publishing platforms:

Beltz (Pedagogy, Psychology, Sociology)

Hogrefe eLibrary (Psychology, Psychiatry, Psychotherapy)


Simplified admission to the e-media offer of the BSB Munich

Please note that a simplified online admission procedure is currently available at the Bavarian State Library (BSB). This gives you access to the digital services and electronic media (e-books, e-journals, databases) licenced by the BSB for the duration of the closure of the BSB. In addition, you can use the BSB book delivery service at a fee

Scientific information on COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2

List of selected resources for healthcare professionals.


User-cards and personal items

There are still personal items of mine in a locker / on a table apparatus / in a work cabin. How do I get these items back after the closing of the UB?

If there are still personal belongings in lockers, on table-top devices or in work booths after the closure of the reading rooms, you are welcome to leave them there for the duration of the closure of the library. If you do not wish to do so, please contact us at 0941-943 3990 (Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 14:00) or by e-mail.

Can I have my library card extended during the period of the library closure?

You are welcome to contact us in this regard by telephone (0941 943-3990) or by e-mail. We will then discuss with you the various options for renewal.


Services

Will library tours or courses, e.g. on Citavi, continue to take place during the library closure?

Until further notice there are no guided tours or courses requiering your presence at the UB Regensburg. However, we do offer a comprehensive range of digital training courses: Dates and registration.

For example, we are offering training courses on the Citavi literature management program for the first time in May as a two-part webinar (May 6th/12th and May 26th/28th, 2020). You can register at www.uni-regensburg.de/bibliothek/schulungen.

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

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

Doctoral theses cannot be handed in during the library closure period.
The telephone of the university publication office is not manned during the closure period. Please send us your enquiries by e-mail to dissertationen@uni-regensburg.de, we will be happy to answer any questions you may have. At https://epub.ur.de you will find important information and can 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 14:00).
  • 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 14:00 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.


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