Using the library during Corona pandemic

The following applies to all patrons:

  • Mouth-to-nose protection must be worn at all times while in the library.
  • Only a short stay in the library (borrowing, returning, scanning, copying) is permitted, a check-in on site is necessary.
  • Borrowing of media is possible. Reference holdings (normally not borrowable media from the open access holdings) can be borrowed. Separate lending conditions apply to the libraries Law I and II.
  • We will renew media and lockers that have already been borrowed until the end of January, except for reserved media and lockers, which cannot be renewed and late returns may incur fees.
  • Reservations will be possible again from 11 January 2021.
  • Interlibrary loan requests can be placed starting 11 January 2021.
  • It is not possible to book desks at this time. It is not possible to order media for reading room use.

Detailed information can be found on this page.

FAQ service

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:

 I only want to borrow or return books, how is that possible?

For short stays for borrowing or returning, scanning and copying from the open-access collection, digital check-in on site is required, further information here.

Special regulation about the closing time from 17 December 2020.

Until the end of January 2021, we will take over the renewal of media that have already been borrowed. However, this only applies to media and lockers that have not been reserved. These must be returned by the end of the period, otherwise fines may be incurred. Please note the separate conditions of the Law I and Law II libraries.

I have the shelf mark of a book I need, but I can't find it on the shelf. Where is it?

Please check the catalogue to make sure you’re in the right library and the right department – this information is indicated in the catalogue just above the shelf mark. The Campus Library and Medicine and Sciences Library each have a collection of textbooks with some shelf marks that may also be found elsewhere.
If you’re in the right place and the book still seems to be missing, well, perhaps the book has been misplaced and we haven’t noticed yet. Write to info@ub.uni-leipzig.de telling us what book you’re looking for and which library you were in, and we’ll start searching.

What’s my PIN for the self-service terminals?

By default, your PIN is your date of birth in the format DDMM. If you haven’t reset your PIN yet, you can do so in your library account.

I’m a student at Leipzig University and am susceptible to COVID-19 because of a medical condition. How can I obtain the literature I need?

Please write to info@ub.uni-leipzig.de. We’ll work with you to find a solution.

Can I also borrow books from the reference collection?

You can borrow up to five books from the reference collection. This does not apply to the reference collection of the Law Library.

Is it possible to borrow from the reference collection in the Law Library?

You can borrow a maximum of 3 books for three days from the reference collection in the Law I and Law II libraries. The return deadline is 11 am the third day. Loans cannot be renewed. Commentaries, journals and loose-leaf collections cannot be borrowed. Please notice the borrowing conditions from 14 till 16 December.

Do I have to return items from the reference collection to the same library where I borrowed them?

No, they can be returned at any (open) branch of Leipzig University Library.

Are requests for interlibrary loans being accepted again?

Yes, interlibrary loans are available again please note that the delivering timeframe depends on the conditions in our partner libraries.

May I scan, print or copy items?

Yes, this can be done in all branches. But please comply with social distancing and hand hygiene guidelines. Please note that you have to check-in digitally on site, further information here.

I don't have a library card yet and would like one. What do I have to do?

Please sign up online using the forms below. We’ll let you know when and where your library card can be collected.

Borrowers with library cards from HMT University of Music and Theatre Leipzig and HTWK Leipzig University of Applied Sciences are kindly asked to enquire in person at the service desk.

How many times can I renew borrowed items?

Items can now be renewed up to ten times (unless they’ve been reserved). Items borrowed from the reference collection can be renewed twice.

Special regulation about the closing time from 17 December 2020.

Until the end of January 2021, we will take over the renewal of media that have already been borrowed. However, this only applies to media and lockers that have not been reserved. These must be returned by the end of the period, otherwise fines may be incurred. Please note the separate conditions of the Law I and Law II libraries.

Although I’ve returned a book at a self-service terminal, it’s still showing in my account. What should I do?

Please contact info@ub.uni-leipzig.de and tell us the title of the book, the library it’s from, where you returned it, and your library membership number.

I'm not in Leipzig at the moment. Can I return items by post?

Yes, you can. We recommend using registered post as you’re liable for items until they arrive at the library. Please post them to:

Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig

Ausleihe

Beethovenstraße 6

04107 Leipzig

Currently desks cannot be booked in the branches.

Since the ordering of media for use in the reading room is tied to a prior booking of a desk, unfortunately these cannot be ordered and used at the moment. In case of urgent need, please contact info@ub.uni-leipzig.de and we will try to find a solution.

From an incidence value of <50, the crisis team of Leipzig University will discuss on the topics of working on site and desk booking.

We haven't answered your question here?

Please contact us via info@ub.uni-leipzig.de or use the chat on this website.

Library Rules

Library Rules [PDF – 36kB, in German only]