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Using the Library
Library Card
Holdings Locations
Borrowing Conditions
You will need your
Library Card ...
to borrow and reserve items
to request items from closed stacks
to manage your account via the "Konto" button within the Online
Catalogue: to check your borrower‘s details, to renew items, to save
lists of items, to change your password, to amend your email address
to check your pick-up number
Students of Münster
University (WWU):
External users
user number
pick-up number
If you are a student at Münster University (WWU), your student card
is also your library card.
Mustermann, Hans
online in advance...
... or in person
pick-up number
= the last 3 digits of your student number
When you receive your student card, you will just need to activate your
library account. You can do this in person at the Registration Desk
("Empfang") in the foyer or online at
You will obtain a library card at the Registration Desk in the Central
Library or at any branch library. Your card will be issued immediately.
...your current photo ID or passport and residence certificate.
Persons aged under 18 additionally need a declaration of consent
signed by a parent or legal guardian as well as the parent‘s or legal
guardian‘s valid ID card or passport (original or copy).
More details
For further details (e.g. registration forms, validity of library card,
borrowing conditions, loss of library card), please see
opening hours
user number
For registration information and online forms, please see
Your library card will be ready for pick-up a few days later.
Please bring along
If you are an external user, you may receive a library card free of charge.
> Central Library ("Empfang und Anmeldung" = Registration Desk / Foyer):
Mon-Fri 10:00am - 1:00pm
Mon-Fri 3:00pm - 5:00pm, Thu additionally - 7:00pm
> Medical Branch Library:
Mon-Fri 8:00am - 4:30pm
> Social Sciences Branch Library:
Mon-Fri 9:00am - 1:00pm
> Haus der Niederlande (Centre for Dutch Studies / Branch Library):
Mon-Fri 9:00am - 6:00pm (only if a librarian is present)
Holdings Locations
The Central Library, its three branches, and about 130 departmental
and institute libraries house a total of approximately 6 million items.
"Geschlossenes Magazin"
= Closed Stacks
Search the holdings of all these libraries using the ULB-Katalog (Online Catalogue of ULB Münster) or, alternatively, the search engine
disco. The records will tell you the call number, the location (library),
address link included, and the availability status for each item.
Additional institute holdings (books acquired before 1990) can be
found in the ZKI (Zentralkatalog der Institute).
Parts of our holdings, primarily older books and serials, are shelved in
closed stacks, not open to the public. The item status given in the catalogue entry is bestellbar (= available on request). Generally, these items
will be available four hours after ordering. Items from off-site stacks
may take up to two days (Mon-Fri). The pick-up time will be shown
on the screen.
Requesting items: Please click the link Bestellung / Vormerkung and
then click bestellen / vormerken (line below on the right).
Next, log in to your library account:
1. Benutzernummer (user number) --> Please use capital letters here,
e.g. A21234561/X
2. Kennwort (password) --> The first time you log in your password is
set by default to the first 4 digits of your birthday (DDMM). You
will then be prompted to set up a new password (4 to 12 characters).
3. Select the pick-up place, and then click bestellen to confirm.
If you have problems with requesting an item online, please ask for
help at the Information Desk on the Ground Floor.
Self-Collection Area: In the "Buch-Abholung"(G) items will be kept
for you for seven days as of day of delivery. Items requested for Reading
Room use will be available for consultation for the entire loan period.
When collecting items at the Reading Room Desk you will be asked to
leave your library card or ID card/passport as a deposit.
Central Library
= Open Stacks
Stairs in the foyer will take you down to the open stacks in the basement (æ and œ). Site plans will help you find the location of the call
number for the item you need. Please note that there is no classified
shelving. In order to save space, items are simply arranged according
to size and acquisition number. When you have chosen your book or
journal volume, bring it to the Issue Desk ("Ausleihe") on the Ground
Floor and have it checked out to your library card. You will be given a
receipt showing the due date for return.
= Textbook Collection
The Textbook Collection is located at the rear of the ground floor, facing the main entrance. Here you will find basic literature and multiple
copies of textbooks arranged according to systematic order.
You can borrow items immediately using the self-issue machines located in the Textbook Collection.
= Reading Rooms
= Manuscript Reading Room
Books, journals, and microform editions in the Reading Rooms (Level
±) or Manuscript Reading Room (Level –) are for refererence only.
Exceptionally, books may be borrowed overnight or over the weekend.
For information, please ask at the Reading Room Desk (±).
If journal volumes are not available for loan (labelled as "nicht ausleihbar"), you may photocopy articles. Photocopiers are available in the
open stacks as well. Alternatively, a short term loan of one week would
be possible - for reading room use only.
The following call numbers are located on Level æ:
3C, 3D, 3E, 3F, 3H, 3K, 3L, 3W
The following call numbers are located on Level œ:
Z (Okt), ZB, ZD and 3G
Å Card- and coin operated photocopiers are available in the copy room
near the Reading Room foyer. Self-service scanners are ready for use
in the Research Room and in the DigiLab on the Ground Floor as
well as in the stacks (Level œ).
Current issues of various German-language newspapers are displayed in
the cafeteria near the Reading Room foyer (Level ±).
Off-Site Holdings
Zeitungs- und Pressarchiv
= Newspaper Archive
Branch Libraries
Borrowing Conditions
In the ULB Münster Newspaper Archive (Zeitungs- und Pressearchiv,
shortly called as "ZUP") you will find the entire collection of printed
newspapers and microform editions for reference use.
Photocopying facilities are available.
Location: Bispinghof 24 - 25
Opening hours: Mon-Fr 1:30pm - 5:30pm
Zweigbibliothek Medizin (Medical Branch Library)
Location: Albert-Schweitzer-Campus 1 (Building A 11)
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8:00am - 0:00am
Sat-Sun 10:00am - 0:00am
General information
= Self-Collection Area
Returning items
Haus der Niederlande (Centre for Dutch Studies / Branch Library)
Location: Alter Steinweg 6/7
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9:00am - 6:00pm
Departmental and
Institute Libraries
Renewing items
The loan period for books is 20 working days (Mon-Fri) and 10 working days for periodicals. Please note: The loan period for journals cannot be extended.
You may renew items up to three times, provided that no one else has
placed a reservation on them. For further renewal, you must present the
books at the Library Issue Desk.
How to renew items:
• Log in to your account via the Library Catalogue.
• Select the "Konto" button above the search screen.
• Enter your user number and password.
• Click "Weitere Optionen / Konto verlängern" for renewal.
• If possible, print out the page displaying the renewal due dates as your
Departmental and institute libraries are reference libraries only.
To view the addresses and opening hours, please click on the location
link given in the catalogue entry. For further information about the libraries‘ services, please see:
For reasons of data-protection it is not possible to renew items by phone
or email. However, you may send a written request for renewal. Please
quote your user number and enclose an SAE for return (date of postmark as proof ).
Mon-Fri 9:00am - 9:00pm
Sat-Sun 10:00am - 8:00pm
Central Library: Borrowed items must be returned to the Return Desk
("Rückgabe") in the foyer and - in case it is closed - to the Issue Desk
("Ausleihe") up to half an hour prior to ULB closing time.
Book Return (Central Library): Mon-Fri 8:00am - 9:30pm
Sat-Sun 10:00am - 7:30pm
Zweigbibliothek Sozialwissenschaften (Social Sciences Branch Library)
Location: Scharnhorststraße 103 - 109
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8:00am - 8:00pm
Sat 10:00am - 6:00pm
Borrowing is free of charge, as long as items are returned by the due
date. Your individual borrowing conditions will depend on your user
status. For more detailed information, please feel free to ask at the
Information Desk on the Ground Floor.
Please note: Renewals are always conditional.
During a renewal period, a book is subject to recall. You will receive
notification to return the item within 7 days.
Items which are on loan to other users (item status: "entliehen") can be
reserved via the Online Catalogue:
• Click on Bestellung/Vormerkung displayed in the full title record
• Click on bestellen/vormerken below on the right
• Log in to your account entering your user number and password
• Select the pick-up location (e.g. "Buch-Abholung", i.e. Self-Collection Area; "Lesesaal", i.e. Reading Room)
You will be notified via email or post (liable to postage) when the item
becomes available for collection. The email/letter will also show the
pick-up location.
Overdue charges
You can cancel a reservation online via the Library Catalogue:
Please use the red-coloured link Storno Vormerkung within the
"Konto“ section.
Items returned after the due date will incur overdue charges.
Please renew your loans on time to avoid these fines.
Overdue charge rates:
› up to 10 calendar days:
› up to 20 calendar days:
› up to 30 calendar days:
› up to 40 calendar days:
€2.00 per item
€5.00 per item
€10.00 per item
€20.00 per item
If the loan period has been exceeded by more than 40 days, or the short
loan period by more than 10 days, users will be charged an administrative fee of €25.00. Additionally, they will be responsible for overdue
fines and replacement costs. Library accounts will be blocked, when
unpaid fines and fees reach €50.00 or more.
Pay Station
Fines can be paid cash or with an EC-/Maestro-/VPay-Card at the pay
station in the foyer (for fines over €5.00).
More details
For more detailed information about borrowing materials, please visit
the Borrowing section of our Library website:
Audio Tour
Feel free to explore the Central Library and take an English language
self-guided tour. Just download the MP3 files onto your own player or
borrow a player from the Information Desk on the ground floor.
Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Münster
Krummer Timpen 3
48143 Münster
Phone: +049 (0) 251 83 24040
[email protected]
© ULB Münster, Last updated: 12.03.2014
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