General information on lending

The library of the Environmental Campus offers a stock of approximately 55,000 printed and audiovisual media units (books, magazines, DVDs, etc.) and about 40,000 e-books. Much of it can be borrowed or downloaded free of charge.

In addition, you can borrow USB sticks at the information desk.

In the following overview you will find the most important information about lending.


Contact our information team:

Lending: printed books, printed journals etc.

Lending & Return


As a registered user of the library, you can borrow books, AV media (e.g. DVDs) and journals from the library free of charge. The only exceptions are media that belong to the library's reference or special collection.

The printed and audiovisual media can be researched via the online catalogue. If there is a hit, you will find a call number in the display (e.g. "phil Ac 014"). It tells you where to find the medium in the bookshelves. The self-check terminals serve for lending.


  1. Hold your student or service card to the reading device (at the right) or enter the library ID using the "Enter ID" button.
  2. Enter the library PIN and wait for the account to be checked.
  3. Place the medium on teh marked area (green light: lending was successful).
  4. If applicable, place further media one after the other on the marked area.
  5. Finally: Demand printed or electronic receipt if desired.


To return borrowed media (books, DVDs, etc.) please use the return terminal in the 24/7 room in front of the library ("Bib 24/7"). Simply let the media slide through the return slot; it will be automatically returned.

Press the button on the right to get a return receipt.

Lending Periods

Media can only be borrowed from you for a certain period of time. For printed or audiovisual works, the loan periods (or: lending periods) are as follows:

  • books (lending collection): 28 days
  • AV media (e. g. DVDs): 7 days
  • bound journals: 7 days
  • unbound journals: 1 day
Overdue Fee

Overdue fees are charged for all media you have borrowed and returned or extended too late:

  • books: per medium and per started week 2.00 EUR
  • AV media (DVDs etc.): per medium and per commenced week 2.00 EUR
  • bound journals: per medium and per commenced week 2.00 EUR
  • unbound journals: per medium and per commenced day 2.00 EUR
  • media from intramural (internal) lending: per medium and per commenced day 2.00 EUR
  • interlibrary loan: per medium and per commenced day 2.00 EUR

Background: You have the possibility to extend the lending period of a borrowed medium. Requirements are:

  • It is a book or AV medium (DVD etc.). Un-/bound journals cannot be renewed.
  • There is no reservation for the medium by another user.
  • The maximum number of possible renewals has not yet been reached (for books 8, for AV media 1).

Procedure: The renewal can be carried out

  • autonomous via your library account in the online catalogue (see below)
  • personally, at the information desk
  • by phone:  06782 17-1477 (information desk)
  • by e-mail: bibliothek[at]umwelt-campus.de

Library account: Execution of a renewal

  1. Open the online catalog and click on "My Account" in the top menu bar.
  2. Log in with your library ID and PIN.
  3. Select tab "Checkouts" in your user account. You will receive a list of your loans, sorted by date of loan.
  4. Select individual tracks or click on "Select All" in the upper area. Then press "Renew".
  5. Confirm your renewal request.
  6. You will see an overview of the selected items indicating whether the renewal was successful or failed.

Background: If you search the online catalogue for a particular medium, it may happen that all its copies have already been borrowed. You will get a first indication of this if the button "Place hold" appears on the right side of the hit list.

In this case, click on the title of the hit to call up the detail view. All copies of the medium are listed in it. If all items are borrowed that are not part of the non-lending stock or the special collection, you have the option of reserving one of the copies.

Procedure: execution of a reservation

  1. In the hit display, click on "Place hold" and authenticate with your library ID and PIN. Confirm your request.
  2. Once the next available copy has been returned, you will receive a message.
  3. You can pick up the item from the reservation shelf of the library and borrow it via the self-check terminals as normal.

Important: A medium will be deposited for you in the reservation shelf for seven days. Then the reservation expires. If you want to check your reservations or cancel one of them, you can do so through your user account.

Your Library Account

Background: Your online library account allows you i. a. to keep track of your loans and return dates, to extend loan periods and to cancel reservations.

Procedure: Calling up your library account

  1. Open the online catalogue.
  2. Select "My Account" in the top menu bar. To log in, you must enter your library ID and library PIN.
  3. Use one of the tabs: a) personal information, e. g. to change PIN or to set up SMS notifications, b) checkouts, e. g. to renew media, c) holds, e. g. to cancel reservations or d) fines.

Download: e-books

Research & download

The stock of the library offers you over 50,000 e-books. A large part of the full texts is stored for you in the SpringerLink database. There are two ways to find the e-books:

  • Online catalogue:
    • The e-books of the library are fully listed in the online catalogue. You can recognise them in the hit display by the addition "[eBook]" after the main title of the book. Follow the link at "Electronic access" to call up the book in a database and download it if required.
    • Link: Online-Katalog
    • Download via: Campus computer, VPN or Shibboleth (in case of SpringerLink books).
  • SpringerLink:
    • The majority of the library's e-books are deposited in SpringerLink. You can search for the e-books there directly. Important: The e-books available to you do not have a yellow lock in front of the title.
    • Link: SpringerLink (→ Shibboleth)
    • Download via: Campus computer, VPN or Shibboleth (in case of SpringerLink books).
Legal information

Please note:

  • copies of digital products may only be used within the scope of the copyright law (§ 53 UrhG), that means exclusively for private or other own use; for this purpose, a storage on USB stick and print copy is possible.
  • forwarding to external persons is not permitted.
  • the use of bot programs is prohibited.

Device lending: USB flash drives

Flash drives & Lending

You can borrow USB flash drives at the information desk, e.g. for the usage of the book scanner. There are four sticks available.

  • USB stick "Corsair Survivor"
  • user fee: none
  • loan period: 1 day

Please return borrowed sticks to the library's information desk.

Overdue Fee

Please note: USB flash drives that are returned late will incur overdue fees:

  • per commenced day: EUR 2.00 per stick

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