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FAQ: Library Card and Password

How and where can I get a library card?

You can apply for a library card or the activation of your USiCard at any circulation desk of the library.
 

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How do I change my password?

Up from August 1, 2022:
Logging in to the Katalog plus and to the account functions (account viewing, loan period extension, reservation, interlibrary loan order) will then be possible via the Shibboleth interface of the University of Siegen. Please change the assigned password to an individual password via the service page of the ZIMT.

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What do I do if I have forgotten the password to my library card?

From August 1st, 2022 University members and students of the University of Siegen will log in to the Katalog plus via the Shibboleth interface with their already known ZIMT ID and the corresponding password (e.g. as with moodle or the University mail account) in order to be able to use the account functions (account viewing, renewing loan periods, reservation, interlibrary loan orders).
Please note: Giving your password to other people to access your user account on your behalf also gives them a.o. access to your personal mail account.

Non-university library users will receive their new access ID (ZIMT ID) and an initial password by e-mail after August 1st, 2022.
Please save this access ID with the initial password!

Logging in to the Katalog plus and to the account functions (account viewing, loan period extension, reservation, interlibrary loan order) will then be possible via the Shibboleth interface of the University of Siegen. Please change the assigned password to an individual password via the service page of the ZIMT.

A new library card with the new identifier can be issued upon request.

If you have problems using Shibboleth, if you do not receive an eMail or if you have forgotten your initial password, please contact the Central Services for users of the University Library or one of the circulation desks.
The staff of the Central Services for users of the University Library can reset your password to the initial password if you forget the newly assigned password.

The previous access data will no longer be valid from August 1st, 2022 and can no longer be used to log in to the Katalog plus.

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I lost my library card, what should I do?

Report the loss of your library card immediately to one of the circulation desks of the University Library to prevent misuse. The card will be immediately blocked for borrowing. You are liable for misuse of your library card until you report the loss. A replacement library card will be issued upon request against payment of a fee.

Students of the University of Siegen should contact directly the Student Service Center (SSC) if the USiCard is lost. A replacement USiCard can be issued there.
Please note that the replacement USiCard must be activated again for library use.

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How can I notify the library about the change of my address/e-mail address?

Changes of address/e-mail-address can be communicated via "Change of address". Non-compliance resulting in financial expenses and / or drawbacks will have to be borne by you.

Students of the University of Siegen whose USiCard is activated for library use should contact the Student Service Center (SSC) directly.

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How can I extend the validity of my library card?

You can find information on this in the notes on the library card.

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My library card is blocked. What does that mean? What am I required to do?

The library card will be barred because of following reasons:

  • The loss / theft of the library card was reported:
    The blocking of the user account can be reversed by presenting the library card at any circulation desk. A replacement library card can be issued on demand against payment of a fee.
  • Notifications / e-mails send from the library couldn't be delivered:
    Changes of address/e-mail-address can be communicated via "Change of address".
  • The lending period of one of the borrowed media has been exceeded for more than 30 days:
    Please return that item immediately and pay the incurred late fee, in case of loss of the item complete the form on loss statement.
  • Pending charges have not been paid:
    After paying the charges the blocking of the user account will be reversed.
  • Handling fees for interlibrary loan orders have not been paid within 4 weeks after ordering:
    Please pay the amount due at one of the circulation desks. The handling fee is due irrespective of fulfillment of the interlibrary loan order.
  • The validity of your library card ended (University staff of University of Siegen):
    Please inform us about renewal or extension of your contract of employment by using the application form for an extension of the validity of the library card or apply for a library card for non-university library users.
  • You missed the enrolment deadline for the following semester:
    Please present a certificate of enrolment for the current semester at one of the circulation desks so that the block can be lifted or apply for a library card for non-university library users.

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Why can I no longer access my user account with my access data?

The login in the Katalog plus will be done via the Shibboleth-interface with the already known ZIMT identifier and the corresponding password. If you have any questions about your users account or loan periods, please contact: benutzung@ub.uni-siegen.de

  •  Have you activated your USiCard for library use?
    Only when the USiCard has been activated for library use your Zimt ID can be linked with your user account, and only then it is possible to log in via the Shibboleth interface.
     
  • Your library card or your for library use activated USiCard may not be linked to a Zimt ID. Please let us know your library card number (UBSI...) or your USiCard number (back side of the card) and your Zimt ID (benutzung@ub.uni-siegen.de).

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Can I access my user account with my smartphone?

Our Katalog plus is also available in a version for mobile devices - for example smartphone, tablet-PC. The catalogue for mobile devices offers the same functionalities as the catalogue for PC workstations, here you can also access your user account.

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