Restricted services of the ULB from 11 January

As part of the general Corona lockdown, the ULB has to further reduce its on-site services until at least 31 January.
Details

  • What are the rules for entering the ULB Central Library?

    Please enter the foyer via the revolving door to the right; the exit is through the left door. The area in front of the doors will be marked for queuing; please observe the usual spacing rules (1.5 m minimum distance).

    When entering the foyer you have to register* at a computer with your library card or student ID card (ULB barcode on the back). You will find marked waiting positions in the foyer.

    Route through the foyer [de] (photo gallery)

    During the entire stay in the library it is obligatory to wear a community mask.

    Privacy statement: The purpose of processing your personal registration data is to document your stay at the ULB in order to ensure traceability in accordance with the Coronaschutzverordnung (Corona Protection Regulation) of North Rhine-Westphalia, in the event that you and/or other visitors to the ULB are found to be infected with the corona virus SARS-CoV-2. The legal basis for processing your personal data is the GDPR (Art. 6) in conjunction with the Coronaschutzverordnung NRW (Art. 4a and 6). This data must be kept for four weeks; after this period we will delete the data.

  • Borrowing – orders – returns

    Can I borrow/order books?

    Borrowing media is possible for all students of Münster University with an activated student ID card as well as for all other users of the ULB with a valid ULB library card:

    Borrowable books and other media from the collections of the Central Library can be ordered via the ULB catalogue [de] and collected in the library. You can order a maximum of 10 books at a time. You can order more books only after you have picked up the previously ordered books. This also applies to the collections of

    • the Social Sciences Branch Library,
    • the library of the Institute of Educational Science and
    • the branch library in the Centre for Dutch Studies (Haus der Niederlande).

    The Medical Branch Library [de] has its own rules for borrowing and ordering.

    Consultation of media whose use is restricted to the (manuscript) reading room is currently not possible.

    How does ordering and collecting books work?

    Since you can only order books in the ULB catalogue if they are located in the selected "Aktuelle Ausleih-Zweigstelle" (Current Lending Branch), you may have to change this selection in the box below the search mask ("Suche eingrenzen") using the drop-down list – the Central Library is the default setting.
    To order a specific book, select the function "Bestellung/Vormerkung" (= order/reservation) in the detailed display of the catalogue and click on "bestellen/vormerken". (The status of books in the textbook collection is sometimes incorrectly indicated as "entliehen" (= borrowed) instead of "bestellbar" (= available for order), but ordering is still possible.)

    You can order a maximum of 10 books at a time. You can order more books only after you have picked up the previously ordered books.

    When you order books via the catalogue, you will be given a collection date and pick-up location. Due to system-related reasons, this information is currently not always reliable. You will be notified by email when your order is ready for you (with the exception of orders from the Medical Branch Library, see above). Therefore, please check the email address listed in your account and update it if necessary.

    Media ready for collection are kept available for 10 working days (MonFri). To check whether an ordered book is still available for you to pick up, you can always consult your library account: If the title in question is still listed under "Bestellungen" (= orders), it is still available for you (on this day at least). If the title is no longer listed under "Bestellungen", it has already been re-shelfed.

    You can collect your orders from the Central Library and the branch library in the Centre for Dutch Studies (Haus der Niederlande) in the Central Library (Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.). Orders from the Social Sciences Branch Library and the library of the Institute of Educational Science can be collected in the Social Sciences Branch Library (Mon – Fri 8:45 a.m. – 5 p.m.). Users of the courier service (user number starting with X) will receive their orders via internal post.

    Can I collect books on behalf of a third party?

    You can only collect books in the Central Library if you have ordered them personally for your library account. If you wish to collect books on behalf of a third party, you must present a written authority [de].

    I have borrowed books from the ULB or via interlibrary loan and would like to return them. How can I do that?

    You can return books and other media during the entire opening hours in the Central Library: Mondays – Fridays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the circulation desk in the foyer.
    Route to the circulation desk [de] (photo gallery)

    You can also return books and other media in the Social Sciences Branch Library (MonFri 8:45 a.m. – 5 p.m.) or via post to the ULB (Krummer Timpen 3, 48143 Münster) at your own expense. The postmark date is deemed the date of return. Please note that you bear all risks associated with postal dispatch; we therefore recommend that you use an insured parcel service.

    I have borrowed books from the ULB. How long can I keep them? Do I have to renew the loan period?

    You have to renew all borrowed books and other media on your own. Please check your library account regularly!

  • Fees

    Will there be any fees?

    In case of late returns, the usual fees [de] will apply.

    I have fees in my account. How can I pay that?

    You can pay fees of 1 EUR or more at the pay machine in the foyer of the Central Library; the mode of payment is restricted to cashless payment.
    In case you are not in Münster at the moment you can also pay fees via bank transfer: On the first of each month we send a reminder of open fees by email and give you the bank details for a transfer.

  • Library card

    I do not have a ULB library card yet. How can I register?

    The online offers for registration or activation of the student ID card presented on the library card page apply. In-person registration/activation on site is currently not possible.

    I lost my ULB library card. What should I do?

    Please contact us via email (leihstelle.ulb@uni-muenster.de), giving your full name, your date of birth and your user number or – if you are a student of the University of Münster – your matriculation number. If you can’t remember your user number, please give your postal address.

    I found my lost ULB library card. What should I do now?

    Unlocking your library card is possible by individual arrangement. Please contact us via email to leihstelle.ulb@uni-muenster.de.

  • Interlibrary loan

    I have borrowed books via interlibrary loan. How long can I keep them?

    For these books and other media the same regulations as for ULB books and media apply (see section "Borrowing – orders – returns" above).

    Can I place new interlibrary loan orders?

    Interlibrary loan is possible for all students of Münster University with an activated student ID card as well as for all other users of the ULB with a valid ULB library card.

    Articles from journals and book sections, as well as entire volumes that are not available in the libraries of the University of Münster can be ordered via interlibrary loan.
    Interlibrary loan copies must be collected from the ULB. An exception by the collecting society VG Wort, which made electronic transmission possible, expired at the end of May 2020.
    Books ordered via interlibrary loan can usually be borrowed (see section "Borrowing – orders – returns" above). Consultation of ordered books whose use is restricted to the (manuscript) reading room is currently not possible.

    As other libraries are also affected by closures and reduced services, the delivery might take longer than usual, and it could be that some orders cannot be fulfilled.

  • Use of rooms, devices and holdings on site

    Can I use on-site services of the ULB besides borrowing and returning items?

    The use of workspaces, copiers, scanners, media whose use is restricted to the (manuscript) reading room, etc. is currently not possible.

  • Services for scientists of the University of Münster

    I am a member of the academic staff of the University of Münster. How can I access literature I need for research and teaching?

    see Services for scientists of the University of Münster

    I am using the courier service of the ULB. Can I still order books?

    Yes. You can order books and other media from the collections of the Central Library, the Social Sciences Branch Library, the library of the Institute of Educational Science and the branch library in the Centre for Dutch Studies (Haus der Niederlande) via the ULB catalogue [de].
    Your orders will be sent to you via internal post.

  • Departmental and institute libraries

    I have borrowed books from an institute library. How long can I keep them?

    Please check in with the respective library [de].

    How can I use holdings of institute libraries?

    Information on opening hours, access, ordering options and loan conditions can be found on the websites of the respective institute libraries [de].

  • What services does the ULB offer in the corona crisis?

    Please understand that the information cannot be kept up to date in all places; the information on the ULB web pages created or revised in the course of the corona crisis or the information provided by ULB employees are to be considered reliable in this respect.

    current services of the ULB in the corona crisis [de]

If you have any further questions, please contact corona.ulb@uni-muenster.de or call the information desk on +49 (0)251 83-24040 (Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.).