University Library


Administration of the library account

Report changes of address promptly. Update your address by visiting any Department Library or give us notice by e-mail.

Lost or stolen library cards can be replaced by paying a fee of €5.00 (paper version), €8.00 (guest "Chipkarte") or €25 (student, staff and faculty member" Chipkarte"). To avoid card misuse, please report the loss of your library card to any Department Library as soon as possible.

Use of the library is free of charge, but there are special fees and reimbursement of expenses because of legal regulations and charges for special services. For detailed information see schedule of fees.

Your library account may be blocked for borrowing for various reasons, e.g because of outstanding fees. Blocking reasons are displayed in your library account. If you have any questions, please contact the UB staff.

Patrons, wishing to use the library have to accept the regulations of the University Library. The regulations are available in print form at all Department Libraries and can also be found online. Patrons applying for a library card agree to comply with these policies when signing the registration form.

Information about lending

There are different loan periods depending on the kind of collection and user status.

Loan periods for the most materials (e.g. books) which can be borrowed by students:

  • Textbook collection: 1 month
  • Collections of the department libraries: 2 weeks

Renewals oft he same period are possible if there is no reserve request. The maximal loan period for students is limited:

  • Textbook collection: 12 month
  • Collections of the department libraries: 6 weeks

Journals, course reserves and other special collections may not be borrowed.

Visit your Library Account to renew your borrowed books. Renewals can also be done by writing an email or visiting a library desk.

Renewals are possible as long as no other reader has placed a hold and the maximal loan period is not reached. 

Library materials currently on loan may be reserved for personal use through the online catalogue. Use the reserve button to place your request or ask for assistance at the Circulation Desk of any Department Library.
You will be notified by e-mail when prebooked materials are returned and available for pick-up.

More information can be found here.

You can usually order unavailable books and journal articles by interlibrary loan. Alternatively you can also make an acquisition suggestion for literature that is not yet available on site.

Media can be proposed for purchase. The UB checks wether proposals are in compliance with the acquistion profile and takes them into account, when there is sufficient budget available.

More details can be found  here.

If you have any questions, please contact Central Information.

The TU Kaiserslautern Library System includes seven Department Libraries and a Central Library, all with predominately open stacks. The collections are classified according to subject fields with the exception of the Library of Mathematics and Physics where the mathematic collection is shelved alphabetically by author and title. The call number, found on the book spine and listed in our catalogue, designates the location of the book. It begins with an abbreviation of the department or subject field (usually the first three letters of the term, as in MAT=mathematics) or a number, which refers to the subject field (45=Political Science, Law), and is followed by a number referring to the subject area within that field and a current number. The Textbook Collection has a special call number beginning with an “L”. The call number of dissertations begins with a “U”, journals and periodicals with a “Z” and newspapers with a “Ztg”. Older and rarely requested literature is located in the closed stacks of the Central Library.

A general overview of the classifications of any subject can be found in the catalogue.

Special inventory

Closed stacks, located on the lower level of the Central Library, hold back issues of many journals, periodicals and newspapers subscribed by the University department libraries as well as dissertations and older literature.

Requests for items in closed stacks may be made at the Circulation Desk in the Central Library (Bldg. 32) (Monday thru Friday, 8:00 am - 6:00 pm). Items from closed stacks can be reserved through the online catalogue and can be borrowed for a 4-week period. Journals and newspapers are not available for loan.

Reserve items are high demand materials that have been selected as unit reading requirements. They have loan restriction on them to ensure reasonable access to all students. The compiled literature is located in special shelves in a library units and can be searched in the catalog of the UB.

  • Access to the full texts is only possible from computer workstations connected to the campus network of the University of Kaiserslautern.
  • Full texts of the articles may only be printed out and stored for personal use and for teaching and research purposes.
  • Systematic download of articles or search results, especially by robots, is prohibited.
  • Articles may not be disclosed electronically or in printed form to third parties.

More information:
Access to electronic media

The textbook collection is located in the central library (building 32) and contains borrowable study literature for all subject areas except of the A/RU/BI textbooks which are provided in building 2. The loan period is four weeks and can be extended.
The books are arranged according to their subject areas and also contain this subject area affiliation in their shelfmark, which you can see in Katalog+ and is affixed to the spine of the book.

The books are listed in Katalog+.

The Children’s Reading Area is located in the Central Library (Bldg. 32). It offers books and magazines on a variety of subjects as well as educational software, educational games and information from the internet. Items from the Children’s Reading Area are marked with a “K”. The collection is a supplement of “Children’s University”, a series of lectures for children at the age of 8 years and above. The lectures are held in the spring semester at the University. All library patrons may borrow items from the children’s collection. Children who wish to borrow items from the children’s collection must have a library card which can be obtained in the Central Library. The application form must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.

New accessions are displayed in the Reading Room of the Central Library and in the Department Libraries on designated shelves. These items are also listed in our catalog/new acquisitions.

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