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Borrowing and Returning


Please regularly check your user account. There you will find the current status of your due dates. The reminder that is sent three days before the expiration of the due date is a courtesy service.

Borrowing

You can borrow the vast majority of the University Library's holdings.

The media in each departmental library are arranged in such a way that you can access the stacks. You can use the online catalog (OPAC) to find a medium's location in the shelves (call number). The directory shows you the precise location and the shelf number.  Please make a note of the call number and shelf number.

Simply take the media from the shelf. You can use our self-checkout terminal to borrow materials, or you can check out media at the circulation desk.

Please note the colored markings on the labeling of media. Items with yellow and red stripes are subject to borrowing restrictions. You can order media from the stacks to be used in a departmental library of your choice.
   

Returning

You can return borrowed materials at any time during Opening Hours at the circulation desk of any departmental library.

There is also an automated return machine available at the IKMZ at the Golm Campus. This makes it possible to return materials at the Golm departmental library outside of opening hours as well.

Late fees begin to accrue if you do not return materials in a timely fashion, or if you do not extend the due date in a timely manner.

The amount of the fees is oriented to the current Fee Schedule. Students at the University of Potsdam pay their fees with their PUCK card at an automated pay station; no cash is required.

Borrowing Deadlines and Conditions

Media Due dates Due date extension Notes
lendable literature 4 weeks 2 x 4 weeks online in your user account

If you require further due date extensions, please present the item in person at the library.
The due date cannot be extended for materials that have been reserved by other library users.

Special due dates are possible for researchers and instructors at the University of Potsdam.
lendable DVD 1 week 2 x 1 week online in your user account

If you require further due date extensions, please present the item in person at the library.
The due date cannot be extended for materials that have been reserved by other library users.

Special due dates are possible for researchers and instructors at the University of Potsdam.
textbook collection
(yellow stripe on the shelf mark)
4 weeks not possible Only students at the University of Potsdam can borrow these items.
reference materials, including journals (red stripes on the shelf mark) not lendable not possible Please ask the information desk at the library about options for briefly borrowing these materials.

Special due dates are possible for researchers and instructors.
valuable or historical holdings; rare materials not lendable not possible Use is typically only permitted upon appointment in a special reading room in the IKMZ Golm.

Please contact the information desk at your departmental library for more information.
reference materials by individual agreement by individual agreement The terms of use for reference material are set by the owner of the course reference materials.

Please contact the information desk at your departmental library for more information.
course reserve materials not lendable not possible These media typically cannot be borrowed for the duration of the semester.

Special due dates are possible in consultation with the course reserve owner.

Please contact the information desk at your departmental library for more information.