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New fees as of 1. April 2016

As already announced the Senate of Hamburg issued a new schedule of fees for academic libraries in Hamburg effective April, 1, 2016. The new fees apply to the Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek as well as to the libraries of Universität Hamburg, Technische Universität Hamburg, Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg, HafenCity-Universität Hamburg, Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, and Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg.

A short overview oft the most important changes:

1. As usual you will get a reminding mail before the loan period is ending. In our library you will receive it now 4 days before this date.

The prospective maximum fee per item is now €18 (formerly €25). The recall fees will apply per item in following differentiation:

First request for return (1. week): 1 Euro
Second request for return (2. week): (2. week): 2 Euro (total 3 Euro/Medium)
Third request for return (3. week): (3. week): 5 Euro (total 8 Euro/Medium)
Final request for return (5. week): 10 Euro (total 18 Euro/Medium)

2. Students of all public institutions of higher education in Germany are exempt from the annual charge. Please be aware that this remission does not apply to students of (state approved) private institutions. Members of those are charged for the full annual fee of €20.

3. The administration fee for lost media items is increased to €30 plus recovery costs. This fee is even due if the lost items turn up again after the notice of loss.

Please note that the new schedule of fees is also applicable for items borrowed before April, 1, 2016. We advice you to return all overdue items immediately. Please check your library account for items that need to be returned or renewed soon. We also kindly ask you to check the contact E-Mail address in your account that we send reminders to.

If you read your e-mails only irregularly or you’d prefer another reminder time than four days in advance, then perhaps the free (“Web Opac App”) for Android devices is something for you. In addition to custom reminders, you can also renew your loans. Including the TUB the app offers access to more than a thousand libraries. The TUB is not involved with the app development and therefore this recommendation comes without any warranty regarding its functionality.

A note on our own behalf:

The information on our website will be updated during the next days.

From April, 1. 2016 the white returning box in the entrance area of our library will be reserved for media from other libraries (interlibrary loan, media of Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg). For returning media of our library please use the service desks and our self-check machines.

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