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Getting to Know Augsburg University Library


Augsburg University Library is a centralized library system providing books and other media for the staff and students of all faculties of the University of Augsburg as well as for people outside the academic community in need of scholarly information.

Augsburg University Library is an integrated system consisting of the Central Library and three branch libraries, all of which are answerable to the head librarian. They are all located on the campus site of the University of Augsburg. About 50% of the library's holdings are on open access; the other 50% are stored in stacks which are not open to users.

As the University of Augsburg was founded only in 1970, most of the library's holdings are of fairly recent origin. They include, however, two important collections of older books: the Oettingen-Wallerstein Library, assembled by a Swabian aristocratic family over several centuries, and the Cassianeum Library, once belonging to a Swabian teacher-training college founded in 1847. (The links refer to introductory texts in German.)

The following table will help you to find your way around the library. Please note that the names of the branch libraries do not always reflect all the subjects housed there.

Central Library: central information and circulation desks; media centre; manuscript reading room; newspaper reading room
general bibliographies; reference collection; book and media studies; art
Humanities Library: theology, philosophy, politics, education, music, sports, history, ethnology, general linguistics, general literary studies, Latin, Greek, German, English, Romance languages, Slavic languages, geography, biology
Natural Sciences Library: physics, mathematics, informatics, chemistry
Social Sciences Library: economics, sociology, psychology, law



Using the Library - Introductory Issues

The library is open:
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 midnight

(Social Sciences Library:
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 midnight)

Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 midnight
Sunday 12:00 noon - 6:00 p.m.
Holidays closed

(including all holidays that fall on a Sunday)

If you are likely to need advice from our staff, we recommend that you visit the library during the following hours:
Monday - Wednesday

8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
(lecture period: 6:00 p.m.)

Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
(lecture period: 4:00 p.m.)

Outside these hours you may meet only student assistants or (in the later evening hours) security service staff, who will probably not be able to answer all your questions.

Even if you do not hold a CAMPUS CARD (library card), you are welcome to enter the library and use the books on open access. Please leave your coats, bags, briefcases etc. in the lockers (operated by a 2 €-coin or two 2 €-coins), on the racks outside the library or in the Central Library's cloakroom.

You are also asked not to take food into the library; beverages must be kept in containers with secure lids.

Please switch off your mobile phone.

Usually it is only a few steps from the shelves to one of the many reading areas located throughout the library where you may study at leisure the books that interest you.

If you wish to borrow books, request books from the stacks, or request books on interlibrary loan, you will need a CAMPUS CARD (library card).

If you are a student at Augsburg University, you will automatically receive a CAMPUS CARD. If you are a staff member of Augsburg University, please enquire with ZEBRA, the service department of the Augsburg University data processing centre.

In all other cases, fill in the online form available on our website and collect the CAMPUS CARD (at the earliest on the following day) from the information desk in the Central Library. Please produce either a German identity card / passport or written confirmation by the registration office that you have a permanent address in Germany. Note that you must be over 16 years of age.

CAMPUS CARDS may be collected during these hours: 

Monday - Wednesday 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Many of our basic services are free of charge. You do not have to pay for reading books and accessing other media inside the library, or for borrowing books (provided you return them in time).

If you bring along your own USB stick or flash card, you may also use cost-free scanning facilities, even if you do not hold a CAMPUS CARD.

If you want to make photocopies or printouts in the library, though, you need a CAMPUS CARD, which you must charge before using these facilities.

The internet may be accessed from numerous terminals throughout the library. You need, though, a CAMPUS CARD if you want to use these terminals, and usage is restricted to 3 hours per day for non-university card holders. There is a small number of terminals from which you may access the OPAC (online catalogue) even if you do not hold a CAMPUS CARD.

You may access the WLAN of Augsburg University if you are either affiliated to Augsburg University or to an institution participating in eduroam. If this is not the case, you may use @BayernWLAN.




Selecting from Different Types of Media


Books are shelved by subject according to the Regensburg Classification System, which is now widely used in German-speaking countries.

Journals are shelved with books on the same subject, usually at the very beginning of the section allotted to that subject. In many cases, recent volumes are on open access, whereas older volumes are located in the stacks and must be searched and requested through the online catalogue (OPAC). Note that there are separate display shelves for the most recent issues.

Newspapers of the current month are available in the Central Library's newspaper reading room. Previous issues are stored in the stacks and and must be requested through the online catalogue (OPAC). Some major newspaper archives are available online. There are also some magazines of general interest available in the Central Library.

Augsburg University Library offers a large variety of electronic media (e-books, e-journals, databases). All of them may be retrieved from the OPAC (online catalogue). Databases are also listed in the Datenbank-Infosystem (DBIS), and e-journals in the Electronic Journal Library.

Please note that many of the e-books and e-journals may only be accessed from the campus of Augsburg University, or if you have installed a VPN client on your personal device. The VPN client is available for download if you are affiliated to Augsburg University.



Searching the Online Catalogue (OPAC)


The online catalogue of Augsburg University Library (OPAC) lists virtually all items of our holdings, printed material as well as other media, books dating back to the 16th century as well as up-to-date textbooks. Apart from that, it lists many more media, such as the holdings of other Bavarian libraries.

It is accessible from terminals located throughout the library and also via Internet. Thus, if you just want to search the OPAC, you need not come to the library.

You do not need a CAMPUS CARD (library card) to search the OPAC inside the library.

In the introductory search screen, the first field is preset to Freie Suche (free search; i.e., you may enter terms occurring anywhere in the catalogue entry), the second to Autor/Hrsg. (author, editor) and the third to Titel(wörter) (title keywords). These categories will in many cases be sufficient to track down a particular book.

The fourth preset category, Thema/Schlagwort (subject headings), is only of limited use if you do not speak German, as many subject headings are German terms. Subject headings, however, include proper names and titles of literary works in their original language.

You may click on Sprachauswahl englisch (top left) to switch to an English version of the search screen.



Understanding Shelf Marks


When you have tracked down an item (book, journal ...) in the online catalogue (OPAC), you will see that each has been assigned a shelf mark; for example:

Zoltán Kövecses:
American English : An Introduction
65/HF 600 K78

The shelf mark tells you where to find this book in the library.

The number at the beginning of the shelf mark, the location number, is particularly important in this respect (65 in the example given above). Looking up the location number of any given item in the list of location numbers provides you with basic information about where to find it and how you may use it. (Without any knowledge of German, this might admittedly be somewhat difficult).

In many cases, location numbers are subject-specific (for example, 65 for English, 30 for law, 53 for geography). Some location numbers tell you that the item is in the stacks and must thus be requested through the OPAC. Most items in this category bear the location numbers  01 or 00, which are  used for all subjects. If a location number refers to a part of the collection on open access, this location number will also be found in large print on the signs attached to the bays.

The letter-number combination following the location number is the classification number within the Regensburg Classification System (HF 600 in the example given above). The first letter tells you the subject to which the item belongs (e.g., H for English); what follows indicates a particular aspect of the subject (for example, HF 600: American English).

The final letter-number combination ( K78 in the example given above) serves a merely formal purpose, indicating in which order items sharing a common classification number are arranged on the shelves. It is often derived from the author's or editor's name ( e.g., K78 for Kövecses).

Additional elements at the end of the shelf mark may refer to editions, years of publication, or number of copies.



Borrowing and Requesting Items


If you are not a university staff member, you may borrow most of the items on open access only overnight (8:00 p.m. - 10:00 a.m.) or over the weekend (Friday 3.00 p.m. - Monday 10:00 a.m.).

There are, however, some so-called textbook collections (location numbers 17, 170, 171, 175) on open access; these books - mainly basic or introductory texts - may be borrowed for four weeks by students or by non-university card holders.

University staff members may borrow most books in the open access collection for use in their campus offices.

Whenever you wish to borrow a book from the open access collection, take it to the circulation desk and have it checked out there.

Some books may not be checked out at all because they are intended for reference only (for example, major reference works and recent journal issues).

Most books from the stacks (shelfmarks beginning 01, 00) may be borrowed for four weeks  by all card holders (journals: two weeks). These items, however, are not immediately accessible and must be requested in advance through the online catalogue (OPAC).

To do so, simply press the button bestellbar (request) on the screen displaying the result of your search. (If there is a list of matches on the screen, you must first select the item you want to borrow). You will then be asked to fill in the Kennung (card number) and your Kennwort (password). Your password is preset to the first four digits of your birthday (for example, 1302 if your birthday is on February 13th).

You may pick up these items at the main circulation desk in the Central Library, usually one day after requesting them (items with shelfmarks beginning 00 may take up to three days, however). Some parts of the stacks collection (old and rare books) may not be checked out and can be used only in the library or in the manuscript reading room in the Central Library.

Please remember to return borrowed items in time or to renew them by using the renewal function of the library record display (accessible via OPAC). If the circulation system issues an overdue notice (an automatic process library staff cannot influence), you will be charged a fine.

All OPAC functions pertaining to requesting and borrowing items (requesting items from the stacks, checking one's library record, renewing borrowings) are fully available from any PC with Internet access.

Card holders can place interlibrary loan requests online via OPAC. For further help, please turn to our staff.



Interlibrary Loan


If you are not a registered member of Augsburg University Library and are interested in items from our holdings, please turn to a library you are registered with for interlibrary loan. Please do not contact Augsburg University Library yourself.

If you are a staff member of a library and would like to place an interlibrary loan request on behalf of one of your patrons, please read our guideline for international library loan.



Oettingen-Wallerstein Library; Manuscripts and Old Prints


Questions should be addressed to:



Obtaining Further Information


You are welcome to approach our staff for help at any time. Most staff members have at least basic proficiency in English; if not, they will be happy to refer you to a colleague who is better suited to deal with your questions.

For subject-related questions, you might like to contact one of our subject librarians.

If  you want to contact us via e-mail, however, the best way to do so is by using Online-Auskunft (Online-Information) (button also available at the top of the right frame of all WWW pages of Augsburg University Library). You may enter your question or request in English. It will be forwarded to staff members best suited to deal with it. In most cases, you will receive an answer within a few days.