Current information on library use

The service counters at Campus Library, Murhard Library, and at the libraries at Wilhelmshöher Allee, in Oberzwehren and Witzenhausen are open to a limited extent. We have compiled questions and answers about the currently changed terms of use for you. Whatever else you would like to know, we will be happy to answer by e-mail info@bibliothek.uni-kassel.de or by telephone +49 561 804-7711 Monday to Friday, 10-16 h

Who has currently access to the university library?

All users have access to the four currently opened library locations:

Campus Library – Monday to Friday, 10-20 h, Saturday + Sunday, 10-18 h, Servicedesk, 10-16 h
Murhard Library – Monday to Friday, 10-15 h
Library Wilhelmshöher Allee - Monday to Friday 10-15 h
Library at Oberzwehren – Monday to Friday 10-15 h
Library at Witzenhausen
– Monday to Friday, 10-17 h

Can I borrow media?

Yes, at the five open libraries you can pick up media from the open stocks and borrow them as usual. Media from closed stocks and currently closed library locations can be ordered via the internal loan system. You can also order any medium that is not in stock at your library location.

Can I return media?

Yes, during the respective opening hours media can be returned at Campus Library, at Murhard Library and at the libraries at Wilhelmshöher Allee, in Oberzwehren and Witzenhausen.

Can I borrow media anew directly after returning them?

Yes, you may borrow them again directly, provided they have not been reserved by someone else, or your library account is blocked due to outstanding reminder fees.

Are the library premises open for reading and learning?

Yes, however with limitations. Some of the learning places at the open locations can be reserved for individual work via a booking system. The lounges, the newspaper reading areas, and the roof terrace at Campus Library remain closed.

Can I pick up media from the book sections myself?

Yes, you have access to the open stocks at Campus Library, Murhard Library, and at the libraries at Wilhelmshöher Allee and in Oberzwehren and Witzenhausen.

Are there direct contact persons on site for my questions?

Yes, you will find us at the service counters at Campus Library, Murhard Library, and at the libraries at Wilhelmshöher Allee, in Oberzwehren and Witzenhausen. The service counters are open in line with the university's hygiene regulations:

Campus Library - Monday to Friday, 10-16 h
Murhard Library - Monday to Friday, 10-15 h
Library Wilhelmshöher Allee - Monday to Frieday 10-15 h
Library at Oberzwehren – Monday to Friday, 10-15 h
Library at Witzenhausen - Monday to Friday 10-17 h

Also, you are welcome to contact us further by email and telephone: info@bibliothek.uni-kassel.de | +49 561 804-7711 | Monday to Friday 10-16 h

Can I settle open fees?

Settling of reminder and book replacement fees is possible at the five open library  locations by CampusCard cashless payment.  All fees incurred prior to the closure of the library remain unchanged. If you have further questions about reminder fees, please contact the user service: nutzerservice@bibliothek.uni-kassel.de

Can I extend the loan period of borrowed media?

Yes, extending loan periods is possible via your user account and is recommended. Instead of the usual 11, there are currently 15 extension levels. Please note: each renewal extends the loan period for the following 28 days. Renewing twice at the same time does not result in a doubled loan period!

Can I order or reserve media?

Media from currently closed library locations can be ordered via the internal loan system. Likewise, media from other locations than your own can be ordered as before.

As soon as the ordered media are ready for you, you will receive a pickup notification.

Due to construction works, part of the holdings of the Kunsthochschulbibliothek are currently not available and cannot be ordered. For specific information on a particular medium please check the respective catalogue entry in KARLA.

Can I use reference media and other non-borrowable media?

Yes, all reference media and other holdings not for loan are freely accessible for use and copying.

Can I order media from closed stocks?

Yes, however the provision of those media may take a little longer at present. Please wait for the respective pick-up-notification.

Do I have access to the course reserves (Semesterapparate)?

Yes, all course reserves at the opened library locations are freely accessible.

How do I access media of the Library at Kunsthochschule?

For the duration of construction works at Kunsthochschule the following collections have moved to CampusLibrary at Holländischer Platz (building part B, level 2)

  • The course reserves (Semesterapparate)
  • Current and back issues of all periodicals from volumes 2016 to the present.

Monographs from the closed stocks and periodicals before 2016 can be orderd via Internal Loan Service (ILV).

Excluded from use due to construction works are:

All monographs and other media in the formerly open stocks.  These holdings are too large by number and could not be moved to any temporary quarter. Due to pending demolition work, they have been packed in foil to protect them from dirt and will remain wrapped until the contruction work is completed (presumably until November 2020). Meanwhile, it is not possible for the library staff to enter the construction site.

These media can be ordered free of charge via interlibrary loan until November 2020.  Order form

 

What do I do if I cannot renew media because of reminders or reservations?

Outstanding reminder fees can be settled by CampusCard cashless payment at the four open library locations. If you have any questions, please contact the user service: nutzerservice@bibliothek.uni-kassel.de

  • Campus Library - Monday to Friday 10-18 h
  • Murhard Library - Monday to Friday 10-15 h
  • Library Wilhelmshöher Allee - Monday to Friday 10-15 h
  • Library at Oberzwehren - Monday to Friday 10-15 h
  • Library at Witzenhausen - Monday to Friday 10-17 h

How long does it take for an ordered book to be ready on the pick-up shelf?

Due to transport and processing, the delivery may take a few days. Please do not come to the library until you have received the pick-up-notification.

Can I use journal volumes on site or order articles from journals?

The use of printed journal volumes is possible. The printer/copiers are available. Copies from journals at other library locations can be ordered via the internal loan system.

Can I order media via interlibrary loan?

Yes, the service is re-installed.

Can I request a carrel or book trolley?

All carrels have been converted into bookable single-work rooms, that can be reserved daily via the general booking system. Reservations are possible for two-hour time slots (up to 5 per day).  Students writing a final paper can also request a book trolley.

Do I have access to my own library trolley?

During the opening hours mentioned above, the book trolleys can be used at previously reserved study places. Booking system

Can I get infected by Corona virus using library books?

Current evidence suggests that transmission of COVID-19 through smear infections is highly unlikely provided that frequent hand hygiene is practiced.