Loans

In order to borrow books or gain access to our licensed electronic resources, you need a library card.

For students of the University of Stuttgart the student ID card ECUS is also the library card. To log in, you use the student user ID st…

Employees of the University of Stuttgart log into the SIAM self service using their university ID ac… After acknowledging the terms of use for the University Library you can get a library card issued at one of the circulation desks.

External users receive a library card at one of the circulation desks. For the services offered by the University Library you log in with the user ID ub… The initial password is your date of birth with the prefix ub, ubDD.MM.YYYY.

This service is free of charge.


 



Borrowing

Use the catalog to determine if a desired item is in the library's holdings.

At the bottom of the entry you find information about "location" and "availability". Depending on the item's location it can be

  • requested from the closed stacks and the other library branch
  • put on hold if presently on loan
  • taken directly from the open shelves

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Borrowable items

Most of the printed items at the University Library are available for borrowing.

  • Items from the Open Shelves

Among other things you find textbooks and recent, well used literature here.

These items can be taken directly from the shelves and checked out at the self-service terminals or they can be requested for collection at the other library branch via the online catalog.

Items on the Open Shelves are set up sorted by subjects. At City and Vaihingen branch you find literature on different subjects according to the locations of the University faculties

City Branch: Here you find literature on Humanities, Social Sciences, Economy, and Architecture.
Vaihingen Branch: Here you find literature on Science, Technology, and Sports.

 

  • Items from the Open stacks (City Branch only)

Here you find literature published since 1990 for the subjects Geography, History, Education, Philosophy, Psychology, Law, Economics, Social Sciences and Literary Studies. As they are not sorted by subjects, however, a preceding search in the online catalog is necessary.

These items can be taken directly from the shelves and checked out at the self-service terminals or they can be requested for collection at Vaihingen branch via the online catalog.

 

  • Items from the Closed Stacks

You can request items from the closed stacks in both City and Vaihingen branch via the online catalog. If they are located at the same branch, they are available for collection at the self-pickup area after approx. 20 minutes (if requested before 3:30 p.m.) or the next day after 10 a.m. (if requested after 3:30 p.m.).

Items which have to be transported from the other branch to your chosen place of issuance will be generally available on the next workday after 1 p.m. Exception: Items requested on a Friday will arrive on the Monday after.

 

 

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Non-borrowable items

  • Items from the reference collection in the reading room

Among these are beside handbooks and textbooks for example: current issues and bound volumes of journals, loose-leaf collections, microforms, items in course reserves, books with a special size or weight.

Items from the reference collection in the reading room are sorted by subjects. Journals are sorted alphabetically by title within the subject.

Some items from the reference collection are available for short-term loan: You can check these items out at the circulation desk.

  • Monday to Thursday between 4 and 6 p.m. until noon on the next workday
  • over the weekend: on Friday between 4 and 6 p.m. or on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. until noon on Monday

 

  • Items from the rare books collection in the closed stacks

Among these are for example: valuable books and books older than 100 years, plans, drawings and photographs from the collection of maps and plans. These can only be requested for use in the reading room.

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Loan periods

The loan period for items that you borrow from the University Library is 1 month.

You can find a list of the items you have borrowed and their due dates online in your library account. Provided an item is not put on hold by another user, the loan period can be extended online, 10 days before expiry and 3 times at most by 1 month each.

If you don’t return items or extend the loan period in time, overdue fines will be charged.

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Self-pickup area in City and Vaihingen branch

Items requested from the closed stacks or the other branch and reserved items are kept on the pick-up shelves for 7 days, sorted by pickup code. You can find your pick-up code in your library account info.

You collect the items from the shelf and check them out at the self-service terminals.

Exception:

Items requested via inter-library loan, non-book materials, items that can only be used in the reading room and photocopy orders. All of these are still to be collected at the respective circulation desk.

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Returning items

Items borrowed from the University Library’s holdings can be returned at the self-service return station in City or Vaihingen branch. If requested, you can print out a receipt at the station.

Please return items requested via inter-library loan directly at the circulation desks.

Fees can be paid in cash at the circulation desks.

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