New to the library? 2. Loans

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 Covid-19 FAQs.


You can borrow books from the white self-check-out stations. Only a few books, so-called reference copies, as well as journals are not available for loan. Check out and returns of media are possible throughout the opening hours weekdays and weekends.

You will find the stations 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”.
Selfcheck station


Books from our library can be returned to our self-check-out stations. No library card is required.

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

Returning books by mail is at your own risk.

Extending loan periods

If the book is not reserved, you can extend the loan period up to eight times in your library account. Please note the end of the loan period! Once 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

Pick-up Shelf

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

Titles that you request from the closed stacks via our catalog can be found on the pick-up shelf. When you order a book, you will receive an e-mail when it is ready for you on the shelf. The item will then be available for you there for seven working days. Reserved titles can also be picked up there within seven days. On the pick-up shelf, you will find all the media you have ordered under the first letter of your last name and the last 4 digits of your library card. If you want to take the book with you, please borrow it from the self-checkout station.

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