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The University Library is currently only open to a limited extent.
Your most urgent questions on special arrangements in the library as well as on the support the library provides for distant learning and working remotely will be answered here.
What are the opening hours of the University Library?
From Monday, 15.03.2021, the University Library and the Medical Library will be open for borrowing media for RWTH members and for media returns for all users.
Access will initially be limited to 2 simultaneous users, therefore longer waiting times may occur.
Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
All study spaces remain closed.
Who do I contact if I have any questions?
Circulation Desk, Interlibrary Loans Service, Document Delivery Service
Can I borrow media?
Media from the UB can be ordered by RWTH members in KatalogPlus and picked up at the University Library and the Medical Library. Access is initially limited to 2 simultaneous users, therefore longer waiting times may occur.
Borrowing of items will not be available to external users during the lockdown.
Opening hours: Monday through Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
How can I order media?
You can research media from all locations of the University Library in the KatalogPlus.
Media from the Central Library are expected to be ready for you in about one hour after ordering in CatalogPlus during opening hours. Media from Library 2 and the textbook collection will be ready for you on the next opening day.
Are there late fees if I am unable to extend the loan period?
During the lockdown in the next few weeks, there will be no late fees initially until April 18, 2021. Also not for media whose loan periods could not be extended.
How does the payment of fees currently work?
Currently, payment on site in the library is not possible.
The payment of fees must be made by bank transfer to the account of the university treasury under the following details:
IBAN DE 07 3905 0000 0000 0253 87
BIC AACSDE 33
Please indicate the following purpose of use:
131940210000000 Name of the debtor
Info: It can take up to 14 days to credit your account.
Can I get a library card?
Members of the RWTH can still activate their library account in the self-service. ID cards for RWTH staff will be sent by RWTH in-house mail.
For students the library card is the RWTH BlueCard.
University non-residents will not be able to obtain a library card during the lockdown.
Can I order copies of essays and parts of books from the holdings of the University Library?
Members of the RWTH can order essays and parts from books via the Journal Article Delivery Service of the University Library.
Can I order books and articles via interlibrary loan?
Interlibrary loan orders for books and journal articles via the DigiBib will again be possible for members of the RWTH. This apply also to stocks that are worthy of protection for use on site.
Due to the Corona pandemic, there is a special agreement with the collecting societies that allows delivery of essays in electronic form - initially until July 31, 2021.
All essay orders will be transmitted electronically to the orderer until this date.
Interlibrary loans of books that need to be used on site are not currently available.
Purchase suggestion: Is something missing in our offer?
Then make a purchase request. We try to license the media in electronic version, so that you do not have to come to the UB.
Who do I contact if I have any questions?
Please clarify your request by e-mail (email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) or by telephone (Information Center: +49 241 80 94459, Circulation Desk +49 241 80 94456).
All function addresses and function telephone numbers of the University Library remain available.
How can I use the digital offer of the UB?
Members of the RWTH, i.e. employees and students, can use full-text access via the VPN client directly in the campus network.
Which digital offers does the UB have?
- You will find our electronic offers at this overview page.
- The E-Learning page provides an overview.
- You will find e-books and electronic articles in the KatalogPlus.
- The e-book portal Dawson Era and Ciando and the access possibilities are explained here.
- The electronic journals are listed in the Electronic Journals Library.
- The databases licensed by us can be found via DBIS.
- Our electronic standards offerings can be found here.
I have a question about reference management.
Intellectual property rights and initial inventor consultation
I need to do a patent search or trademark search.
What about the initial inventor consultation?
This takes place by telephone in consultation with the participating patent attorneys. You are welcome to make an appointment by calling +49 241 80 93601.
How can I use the receiving office?
Currently, you can only use the designated afterhours mailbox in front of the University Library. It is currently not possible to hand in registrations in person.
All registrations received in the mailbox by midnight are assigned that day as the date of receipt.
Please fill out the declaration of consent for the submission of the property right application and enclose it with your application!
Standards and Guidelines
How do I get standards?
Can I have access to standards?
RWTH members can contact RWTH by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at +49 241 80 94481.