New to the library? 2. Loans

You can borrow books from the white self-check-out machines. Only a few books, so-called reference copies, as well as journals are not available for loan. Check out and returns of media on the machine are possible throughout the opening hours from 8am to 2pm and 3pm to to 9pm.

You will find the machines in the entrance area. This is how borrowing works:

1. Simply place books on the machine (also in stacks)
2. Tap on “Lending
3. Read or type in the barcode of the library card
4. Enter the password using the screen or keyboard
5. After the booking you close your account by clicking on “Done”.

Both lending and returning media are possible at the vending machines. By the way, returning media works without a library card or authentication.

Due to current hygiene regulations, only a certain number of users* can be admitted to the library at the same time. For users who do not have a table reservation, the maximum length of stay is 20 minutes. More information can be found in our blog post ‘Opening the library in times of #COVID-19‘.

Returns

Books from our library can be returned to our self check-out counters. No library card is required. In the evening, there is also a return box for interlibrary loans and books from the State and University Library of Hamburg. Returning books by mail is at your own risk.

Books borrowed here can also be returned to the Hamburg State and University Library. Conversely, books borrowed from the State and University Library Hamburg can be returned to us – in the evening please use our white return box at the entrance.

Extending loan periods

If the book is not reserved, you can extend the loan period up to eight times online in your library account. But please note: Please note the end of the loan period! As soon as the loan period has expired, the borrowed book cannot be renewed and fees will be charged. We therefore recommend that you renew one or two days before the loan period ends if you wish to keep your book a little longer.

Ordered books

You have probably already noticed it – our pick-up shelf next to the Servicepoint.

You will find titles requested from the magazine via our catalogue in the pick-up shelf. If you request the titles by 2pm, you can pick them up from 3pm on the same day. These media are available there for you for 7 working days. Reserved titles can also be picked up there within 7 days. On the collection shelf you will find all the media you have ordered under the first letter of your surname and the last 4 digits of your library card. If you want to take the book with you, please borrow it from the self-service check-out machine.


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