New to the Library? 2. Loans


Self-check-out-stationfor loan and return

You can borrow books from the self-checkout 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:

  • place the book on the glass plate (also in a stack)
  • Tap on „lending“
  • Read or type in the barcode of the library card
  • Enter the password using the screen or keyboard
  • After posting, close your account by tapping on “Done”.


You can also return books at our self-checkout stations in front of the lift. Please place them on the shelf next to it afterwards. You do not need a library card to return books. Returning books by post is possible, but at your own risk.

Books borrowed from us can also be returned to the Hamburg State and University Library. Conversely, books from the Hamburg State and University Library can be returned to us – during the day at the ServicePoint, 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 in your library account. Please be aware 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

Das Abholregal

In the pick-up shelf next to the ServicePoint you will find media ordered from the magazine via our catalogue. If they are ready for collection, we will inform you by e-mail – they will be ready for collection for a total of 7 working days. This also applies to the collection of reserved media.

We deposit all your ordered media on the collection shelf under the first letter of your surname and the last 4 digits of your library card. If you would like to take the book with you, please borrow it from the self-checkout stations.

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