While the public areas of the University Library are closed (since Monday, March 16th 2020, 9 am), the following regulations are in place regarding materials and information provided by the library. The FAQ are being updated continuously (last update: June 17th 2020, late fees).
To ensure a steady supply with library materials for teaching and research during summer semester 2020, the University Library offers a checkout service with reduced opening hours since April 21st 2020. You may check out and return items in the main building (Steubenstr. 6) from Monday through Friday between 10 am to 2 pm and in the branch library building materials/natural sciences (Coudraystr. 7) on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10 and 12 am. The director and library office will continue to be available on site Mondays through Fridays from 9 am to 2 pm.
Specified safety and protective measures must be observed. Visitors will be expected to follow hygiene recommendations such as keeping physical distance (at least 1.5 m), avoiding to gather in groups and not eating or drinking. Please remain in the building only as long as necessary. While within the library building, covering your nose and mouth is mandatory. Please stick to the marked pathways. Wardrobe lockers and public bathrooms are inaccessible.
Returned items will be kept in isolation for three days before they can be checked out again.
Books and DVDs can be requested from the online catalogue or the discovery service BibSearch. Requests made until midnight will be made available the following day. You can pick up the books during the next five days at the circulation desk. Items may also be reserved.
Periodicals cannot be requested. Please refer to the next question for information on requesting special materials such as artist's books, technical standards and historic materials.
During opening times from 10am to 2pm, you may view items from our special collections in the reading room by appointment. Items you request will be made available the following day, provided that a time slot is free. Please note this important information for viewing special collection items.
We can make the following items available: special collection books and periodicals, items from the closed stacks for the reading room (including Baukataloge), inter-library loans for the reading room, artist’s books, printed standards and TGLs, dissertations for viewing in the course of an ongoing graduation process.
Please request special collection books and periodicals as well as items from the closed stacks in the online catalogue or in BibSearch, and all other items by e-mail to sonderbestand[at]ub.uni-weimar.de.
You can continue to renew an item more than three times. The maximum number of extensions has been sufficiently increased.
New students, university employees and professors and guests may register a library account using our online form. We will activate your account at the circulation desk from Mondays through Fridays between 10 am and 2 pm. Please bring an official ID including a picture.
If your account has expired, please write an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
University members and guests may pay fees at the machine opposite the circulation desk. We no longer accept cash.
Starting on June 22nd 2020, late fees will be raised for items not returned in time (according to library regulations).
Books and articles may now be requested by inter-library loan again. Please note that still not all libraries are reconnected to the service and account for potential delays and unfulfilled requests.
Due to the almost complete closures of libraries in mid-March, GBV Online inter-library loans had to be suspended across the whole network, and copies could be requested through "COVID-19 emergency operations". In cooperation with VG Wort, copies could be sent directly to patrons until May 31st 2020. GBV network central suspended the use of interlibrary loan accounts during this period. Both these policies were discontinued on June 1st 2020.
Members and associates of the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar may partially continue to access electronic materials (e-books, e-journals, databases etc.) licensed or purchased by the University Library from outside the university network.
Guest users unfortunately cannot access licensed online services at the moment, except for Open Access materials.
Using the BibSearch discovery service (selection: this library) and the online catalogue (OPAC) you can check for publications licensed for the University Library. Both systems list the full range of licensed materials, and you will find links directly to providers' websites. Some database providers offer free or expanded access to their databases during the corona pandemic via the database information system (DBIS). This page will provide you with a good summary of the University Library's e-book collection.
Many of the online services licensed by the University Library can be accessed and used from outside the university network using the authentication service Shibboleth. Generally each service's start page will provide a way to log in via Shibboleth. You will have to select our institution in a pulldown menu, listed under »B – Bauhaus-Universität Weimar«. To authenticate yourself, you will need to enter the same login ID and password you use to log in to university services (not your library account!). Sometimes you may need to reload the document to be provided with a full text download option.
To access the university's internal web pages or online resources unable to be accessed via Shibboleth, you will need a VPN client. You can find the setup files and instructions for Mac and Windows on the SCC's pages (Service Center for Computer Systems and Communication). Please note that if your desired connection fails, you may need to set your group in the login window from »tunnel Uni Weimar« to »tunnel all«.
Information for students and doctoral candidates
Please write an e-mail to email@example.com including your name and your student ID (Matrikelnummer).
To hand in copies of your dissertation for deposit, please contact the Doctoral Thesis Office.
Information for instructors and researchers
Teaching in the summer semester 2020 will largely take place electronically. The library offers instructors ways to set up electronic semester collections on Moodle. As the library is closed to the public, no physical semester collections will be set up for now. Instructors at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar may take out items from the library collection required for teaching and research until July 24th (the end of the lecture period). Please contact your subject librarian.
University staff members may continue to acquire books for research and teaching privately from bookstores. Below a limit of 250 EUR per person, there is no need to consult the University Library in advance. Above that limit, please make sure you first contact the University Library's appropriate subject librarian. Within these bounds the University Library can, at a later point, reimburse you for the cost of the book as long as you present the book and a receipt, after which the book will become the property of the university and part of the library collection. This regulation covers university staff who require materials for research and teaching and does not extend to students, student workers, aides or assistants, doctoral candidates and guest lecturers. Please contact the appropriate subject librarian with any questions or for clarifications.