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Can I apply for a library card at the moment?

The issuing of library cards on site is currently possible to a limited extent.
The University Library offers a free temporary solution as part of its state library duties.
If you live in Middle Franconia and are at least 16 years old, you can apply for a free temporary user ID (UB-ID) via a request to the online information desk, through which you can access some of the e-books, e-journals and online databases licensed by the University Library. In addition, up to 10 orders for printed books (no interlibrary loan) are possible.
To be able to pick up ordered books, the temporary user ID (UB-ID) must first be converted into a regular library card at the Main Library, the Science and Technology Branch Library, the Economic and Social Sciences Branch Library or the Educational Science Branch Library before the books can be picked up. This costs a one-time fee of 5 euros. With a library card you can then use all the services of the university library permanently.
Library cards are issued in the Main Library from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., in the Educational Science Branch Library from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., in the Science and Technology Branch Library and in the Economic and Social Science Branch Library from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The validity of the temporary user ID (UB-ID) is expected to end on 31.3.2021.

Can I select books from the shelves in the reading rooms of the Main Library?

Books from the textbook collection (H80) and from the open access stacks (H29) can only be ordered via the catalogue. You cannot currently use the reference collection (H20), but university members can order extracts from books free of charge via our copy delivery service FAUdok.

Can I pick up and return books?

From Monday, January 25, Main Library, the Science and Technology Branch Library, the Economic and Social Sciences Branch Library and the Educational Science Branch Library will be open for the pick up of already requested books.
From Wednesday, January 27, central collection points for the departmental libraries with lending stock in Erlangen city area and the southern campus will be open for the pick up of already requested books.

It is possible to return books, but you do not need to hurry, even if the loan period has already expired. No reminder fees will be issued until March 15 2021.

Please wear a FFP2-facemask when picking up your requested items or returning books.

How to order a book from the libraries 01TH, 06AR, 07JA?

Media from the Departmental Libraries Theology (01TH) and Archaeology (06AR) can be ordered in the catalogue, if you choose the Departmental Library Political Science Library (05PO) as pick-up location, Kochstr. 4.
Please choose the Departmental Library Educational Science, Philosophy and Psychology Library (04PA), Bismarckstr. 1 as pick-up location, if you want to order media from the Departmental Library Japanese Studies (07JA).

Since these locations have not been lending libraries so far, the order can only be made via a “stack request” in the online catalogue.

  • Search for the title in the catalog and follow the instruction to open an additional catalog session in the individual display of the hit.
  • Then log in with your UB-ID and password.
  • Please fill in the signature field, enter the title and send the data.
  • Automatically you will be assigned to one of the two pick-up locations. Please then confirm the pick-up location.

Please note that “stack requests” are only visible in your account after borrowing the item.

The Departmental Library is still closed, how do I order a book?

If you want to borrow a medium from the Departmental Libraries American Studies (07AM), German Studies (07DS), English Studies (07EN), Romance Studies (07RO), Oriental Studies (07OR) and Drama and Media Studies (07TH), you must select “04PA: Pick Up also for 07DS, 07EN/AM, 07RO, 07OR, 07TH” as the pick-up location. The pick-up date will be displayed after your order.
screenshot catalogue pick up selection

If you want to borrow a medium from the Departmental Libraries Sociology and Economic Sciences (05SO), Ancient History (06AG), Greek and Latin Philology (06KP), History of the Middle Ages and Modern Times (06MI) and Bayerische und Fränkische Landesgeschichte (06LG), you must select „05PO: Pick up also for 05SO, 06AG/KP, 06MI/LG, 01TH“ as the pick up location. The pick up date will be displayed after your order.
screenshot catalogue pick up selection

If you want to borrow a medium from the Departmental Library Art History (06KU) or the Library Geography (12GG), you must assign yourself to the pick up location “Main Library”.
screenshot catalogue pick up selection Main Library

If you want to borrow a medium from the from the Departmental Libraries Physics (09GP), Biology (10GB), Process Engineering (14GV), Mathematics (18MI) and the library of the Institute of Sports Science (98SP) , you must select „TNZB: Pick up also for 09GP, 10GB, 14GV, 18MI, 98SP“ as the pick up location.
screenshot catalogue pick up selection TNZB

Is it possible to use the public photocopiers and book scanners?

Public photocopiers and book scanners cannot be used until further notice.

Can I attend trainings?

For the time being, classroom training is not possible, the university library is currently compiling e-tutorials for the library’s youtube channel.

The Digital Humanities Lab offers an online series. You can also gain first experiences with the referenc management software Endnote and Citavi in an online training course.

Can I pay fees again?

At the four central locations, fees can be paid again at the payment stations. Please pay attention to the general distance rules. The keyboard is cleaned regularly.

Where can I return books?

It is possible to return books, but you do not need to hurry, even if the loan period has already expired. No reminder fees will be issued until March 15 2021.
Please wear a FFP2-facemask when picking up your requested items or returning books.

Main Library, the Science and Technology Branch Library, the Economics and Social Sciences Branch Library and the Educational Sciences Branch Library are open. Please return your books where you borrowed them.
Please return media from the departmental libraries in Bismarckstraße and Departmental Library Sinology (07SI) to the Departmental Library Educational Science, Philosophy and Psychology (04PA), media from the departmental libraries in Kochstraße and the Departmental Library of Mission Studies (01MW) to the Departmental Library Political Science (05PO).

Borrowed media from the Departmental Libraries Art History (06KU) and Geography (12GG) must be returned to the Main Library until further notice.

Books from the Departmental Libraries Physics (09GP), Biology (10GB), Process Engineering (14GV), Mathematics (18MI) and Sports Sciences (98SP) can only be returned to the Science and Technology Branch Library (TNZB).

Do I get a reminder during the lockdown?

The University Library has suspended the chargeable return claims till March 15.
Please use the extended renewal option.

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