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FAQ on the ULB services during the Corona crisis

Which libraries are opened?

ULB central library as well as the branch libraries Heide-Süd (Ha4), Franckeplatz (Ha10), Law (Ha11) and Steintor-Campus (Ha18) are opened monday-friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. During this time, media can be borrowed and returned.

The reading rooms at the central library (August-Bebel-Straße 50 und 13), as well as the reading rooms at the branch libraries law, Steintor-Campus and Heide-Süd are open monday-friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Additionally the main reading room is open saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. We are currently taking preparations to open other branches.

The smaller libraries (Ha1, Ha6, Ha19, Ha26, Ha27, Ha38, Ha150, Ha179) remain closed.

What services does ULB offer to students?

Even before the lockdown, our library had large holdings on eMedia. We have increased these further in the past weeks. you can use all our licensed electronic contents from the uni network (how to Install the VPN client). Use Ha:Lit    for research or try our many database options via DBIS   . In addition, many publishers have opened many offerings as a test access for MLU. You can find more information on our overview page.

Monographs published later than 1920 can be ordered via our catalogues. You will receive a mail notification and can retrieve them at one of the big libraries.

Articles from loose-leaf collections or print journals (no online availability for ULB) can be ordered via our document delivery service HARIEL. We will send you a download link.

Journal articles and books not available at ULB can be ordered via interlibrary loan from other libraries (national and international). You need an interlibrary loan account to do so. An order costs 1.50€. The fees are paused at the moment, so you can order without credit. Still, ULB may have to request these fees later. Please use the union catalogue    for research.

At the main library, the law library as well as the branches Steintor-Campus and Heide-Süd the reading rooms are open to reservations.

What services does ULB offer to MLU staff?

Even before the lockdown, our library had large holdings on eMedia. We have increased these further in the past weeks. you can use all our  licensed electronic contents from the uni network (how to Install the VPN client). Use Ha:Lit    for research or try our many database options via DBIS   . In addition, many publishers have opened many offerings as a test access for MLU. You can find more information on our overview page.

Monographs published later than 1920 can be ordered via our catalogues.  You will receive a mail notification and can retrieve them at one of the  big libraries.

Please understand that media ordered from ULB's stacks cannot be delivered to our branch libraries as usual. Media from the stacks will be delivered to the central library.

Articles from loose-leaf collections or print journals (no online availability for ULB) can be ordered via our document delivery service HARIEL. We will send you a download link.

Books and journal articles not available at ULB can be ordered via interlibrary loan from other libraries (national and international). You need an interlibrary loan account to do so. An order costs 1.50€. The fees are paused at the moment, so you can order without credit.  Still, ULB may have to request these fees later. Please use the union catalogue    for research.

To support online courses, we scan printed materials for our lecturers as digital semester apparatus on learning platforms. To learn more about what is allowed by copyright (and what isn't), refer to our overview page.

At the main library, the law library as well as the libraries Steintor-Campus and Heide-Süd the reading rooms are open to reservations.

What services does ULB offer to regional patrons?

We have set up a document delivery service for our regional patrons that will supply you with articles from electronic journals as well as up to 15% from ebooks. Use Ha:Lit    for research or try our many database options via DBIS   . In addition, many publishers have opened many offerings as a test access for MLU. You can find more information on our overview page.

Monographs published later than 1920 can be ordered via our catalogues.  You will receive a mail notification and can retrieve them at one of the  big libraries.

Books and journal articles not available at ULB can be ordered via interlibrary loan from other libraries (national and international). You need an interlibrary loan account to do so. An order costs 1.50€. The fees are paused at the moment, so you can order without credit. Still, ULB may have to request these fees later. Please use the union catalogue    for research.

At the main library, the law library as well as the libraries Steintor-Campus and Heide-Süd the reading rooms are open to reservations.

You are missing a title we should have?

Send us your acquisition proposal. We'll try to acquire the electronic resource. Of course, we'll inform you if the title can be bought.

Where can I find my patron number?

On the back of your student card/ staff card or library card. It's under the barcode. To order from our catalogues (including interlibrary loan), please also type in the zeros.

What is the password for my patron account?

Until February 2020, the password was formed by the first four letters of your last name (umlauts would be turned to oe, ue, ae). If you registered after or in March 2020, the standard password is your date of birth in the form DDMMYY. If you have changed your password and can't remember, please contact the . We'll reset your password free of charge.

What is the password for interlibrary loan?

The standard password is your date of birth in the form DDMMYY. If you have changed your password and can't remember, please contact our . We'll reset your password free of charge.

How does borrowing work?

Most of our houses remain closed to the public at the time. Please order your media via our catalogue Ha:Lit. The media will be sent to one of the five lending libraries. As soon as they are ready, you will receive a mail notification.

What media can I borrow?

As a rule, we lend media published after 1920 (less then 100 years old). This is also true for library holdings that where previously reference holdings (Ha11, Ha26, Ha38).

You can't borrow journal volumes or loose-leaf collections (but you can order parts of them via our document delivery service HARIEL or our delivery service for regional patrons). Old holdings are not available as well.

How do I return literature?

Media can be returned in the five big libraries (Central, Heide-Süd, Franckeplatz, Law, Steintor-Campus). You will find return boxes/ a returning machine. The media will be quarantined for 48hrs. Books may still show up in your patron account during this time. The fee period was increased to five days, so if you return your books in time, you will not be fined after 02 June 2020.

How often are media retrieved from the magazine?

Media will be retrieved twice on workdays in the five big libraries, once in the smaller libraries and the external stack. You will receive a mail notification when your order is ready.

Can I study in the libraries?

The reading rooms at the central library (August-Bebel-Straße 50 und 13), as well as the branch libraries law, Steintor-Campus and Heide-Süd are open monday-friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Additionally the main reading room is open saturday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Please reserve a seat before visiting as seats are limited.

Since places are limited we will introduce a booking system shortly.

I have reserved a seat but am not able to come. How can I make a cancelation?

At the moment you cannot cancel the reservation by yourself. Please contact the information desk via phone (0345 - 55 22 166) or .

Can I reserve multiple timeslots back to back?

Yes, that is possible.

My timeslot is up. I was so engrossed in my work that I did not leave the library on time. What do I do?

If your seat has not been reserved by someone else, you may continue using it. Please reserve the additional timeslot. We habe to be able to track who is at the library due to infection protection.

Do I have to wear a mask at the reading room?

Yes, that is necessary. If you are not able to wear a mask due to medical reasons, we ask you to use the contactfree services of the library. If you have any questions we are happy to help you via phone (0345 – 55 22 166) or .

Is it possible to use carrels?

Yes, there are 10 carrels available at the branch library Steintor-Campus. Please send your reservation inquiry via with the corresponding form.

We are currently taking preparations to reopen other reading rooms and carrels.

How do I pay my overdue fees?

Please use one of the payment terminals at the central library (August-Bebel-Straße 50) or at the branch libraries Heide-Süd (Ha 4), Franckeplatz (Ha 10), Law (Ha 11) or Steintor-Campus (Ha 18).

How often can I renew the loan on my books?

The loan on borrowed media can be renewed up to ten times. If a title has been reserved, though, it has to be returned when the lending time ends. It cannot be renewed in this case.

Can I return media and borrow them right back?

No, this is not possible at the moment. See returning media.

What is HARIEL?

HARIEL is the document delivery service for MLU staff and associates. You can order articles from loose-leaf collections and journals available only in print at ULB. Please check beforehand, if there's an online version available.

Does interlibrary loan work at the moment?

Only partially. Not all libraries in Germany can deliver at this time. A higher percentage of orders may be denied because of this.

Ordered books and articles can be picked up at the lending desk of the central library. You will receive a notification via eMail as soon as your item is available.

To order via interlibrary loan, you need an account. Please research and order via the union catalogue   .

Please note: One interlibrary loan order costs 1.50€. You can order without credit at the moment. ULB needs to adhere to the fees regulation of the state, though. Because of this, we may have to incur the fees later.

Can I register a patron account online?

Yes. We'd prefer if you do, to limit personal visits to a minimum. All patron groups can: pupils, students, MLU staff or regional patrons. You can find the forms here.

Please note: We'll require some documents - depending on patron group. Please send these via mail to our . We will delete the scans as soon as we have completed your registration.

Do you offer trainings for reference management software as webinars?

Yes. The next dates for Citavi and Endnote are already set. Others are currently planned. You can also find these on Stud.IP. Please have a look at our overview page.

For English webinars, please inquire at our .

I require assistance on the publication of articles or research data. Who can I turn to?

Please send a mail to our . They will find the right person for your problem, who will answer you as quickly as possible.

I want to send my dissertation to ULB. What do I need to do?

Please inquire about a date with our . Please refrain from a spontaneous visit.

I need to write a protocol or paper with other students. Is there a solution for us to work together on a document?

Yes, because MLU has licensed SciFlow   , a software for collaborative scientific writing. The editor is easily accessible and offers templates for different purposes as well as differen export formats (HTML, Word, PDF, LaTeX, XML).

The next SciFlow webinar    will take place on 07 May for all further questions. Other webinars are planned.

You want to use our older holdings?

Items prior to 1850 can be studied monday-friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at the reading room for historical collections. To view other special collection items please contact the . The hours to work with these items may vary.

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