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Information on circulation

Borrowing and returning media

The collection of books in the library is sorted systematically and is open to access. In order to find the book you are looking for please make use of our catalogue. Books and audio-visual media can be found via our library catalogue, newspapers and journals via our periodicals catalogue.
By clicking onto the call number of any entry in our catalogue you can find out where that particular medium is kept in the library. You can also learn whether this medium is available for loan or not and if necessary place a loan reservation. In our open access library you can pick up the books you need yourself and take them to one of the circulation desks for borrowing. Media from our closed stacks have to be ordered via the library catalogue, audio-visual media can be found in the media collection.

Media with a white or green call number tag can be borrowed from the library. Media with a red call number tag are part of the non-circulation collection and cannot be borrowed from the library.

The lending period is usually 60 days. If the item in question has been reserved by another library user this period is shortened and you will be informed about the new lending period in writing or via e-mail. Please adhere to the lending periods since you will be charged a fine for overdue items from the first day after the deadline.

Borrowed media are to be tended with due care and to be kept safe from harm of all kind. Please inform us about any damages or markings inside the book before borrowing the item. If damages are noted on return of the item, the lender will be held responsible.

Please return the media to the same library building you borrowed them from. To avoid complaints please always check your loaning receipt.

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Extending lending period

You can extend lending periods yourself online by login into your user account.
The extension has to be done before the lending period runs out otherwise you will be charged a fine for overdue items.
If a medium has been reserved by another user, extending the lending period is no longer possible. Please return the item in question on time.

Media with expired lending period cannot be extended online. Please present them at one of our circulation desks to return them or have the lending period renewed.
Extending the lending period of items from interlibrary loan can only be done by presenting the item in question together with the pink interlibrary loan form at our interlibrary loan desk in the main library Adolf-Reichwein-Straße (AR).
Extending the lending periods via phone is not possible.

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Log in to your user account with a password

When you pick up your library card in the main library Adolf-Reichwein-Straße (AR) you also receive a password that enables you to do the following things yourself:

You can change your password in your user account. The new password is valid immediately.

In case you have forgotten your password you can get a new password given to you at any circulation desk within the library by presenting your library card. Passwords will not be handed out via phone, in writing or via e-mail.

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Placing loan reservations

If a medium is lent out to another user, you can place a reservation on that item via the button “Vormerken / Bestellen” (“Reserve / Order”) in the library catalogue. Beforehand you should check whether the library has more items of the same kind available for loan (maybe in other parts of the library or in one of the branch libraries).
When the item in question is returned you will be informed that the item has been reserved for you and can be picked up at the respective (branch) library.
If you have registered your e-mail address you will be informed free of charge. Postage for information on reserved media sent via mail will be charged to your user account.

In your user account you have an overview over placed reservations and reserved media now available to you. There you can also delete reservations on media you no longer require.

By reserving media the lending period of the item(s) in question will be shortened. You can find the new due date and thus the new availability date in the overview over your reservations in your user account after 1-2 days.

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Lost or damaged media

According to the Benutzungsordnung der Universitätsbibliothek Siegen (Library regulations) you are required to pay compensation for damages to or the loss of library property.

In the case of losing an item please refer to one of our circulation desks in the library or complete the form on loss statement.

In the case of damage to an item please present the item in question at one of our circulation desks in the main library Adolf-Reichwein-Straße (AR), Zentrale Benutzungsdienste (Central services for users).

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Fine for overdue items

Please adhere to lending periods for borrowed media since you will be charged a fine for overdue items from the first day after the deadline. Please note that these fines are due regardless of the time of dispatch and reception of reminders.

The fines for overdue items are calculated according to the Gebühren- und Entgeltordnung der Universitätsbibliothek Siegen (Charges and compensation regulations of the University Library of Siegen).
The fines for exceeding lending periods are:

  • Up to 10 days EUR 2.- per medium
  • Up to 20 days EUR 5.- per medium
  • Up to 30 days EUR 10.- per medium
  • Up to 40 days EUR 20.- per medium

These fines can be paid in cash at any circulation desk within the library. You can also pay via ec-card at our ec-terminal at the circulation desk in the main library Adolf-Reichwein-Straße (AR). Payment of pending charges will lead to immediate exoneration of your user account.

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Note on e-mail notifications

By registering your e-mail address the following notifications will only be sent via e-mail:

  • Notification on available books you reserved
  • Notification on available interlibrary loan items you ordered
  • Notification on upcoming lending period expiration
  • Return request on reserved items
  • First, second and third overdue notice

Further reminders for pending return of overdue items will be sent as a letter via mail or interoffice mail.

Please note especially:
The University Library is not liable for using incorrect user e-mail addresses.
The library user carries the risk of any e-mail messages / notifications that are not received.
Library users are themselves responsible for adhering to the expiration of lending periods, irrespective of notifications received or not.
In your own interest keep an eye on your e-mail account’s In Box as well as your letter box.
Correspondence via e-mail can only be guaranteed during the opening hours of the Zentrale Benutzungsdienste (Central services for users).

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