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Services for PhD Students at the University of Leipzig

To provide the best possible conditions for PhD students we offer special conditions to support the advancement of your research.

In brief

More detailed information can be found on this website.

Which print media
  • Items stored in the open access areas
  • Items stored in the open stacks
  • Items stored in the closed stacks published after 1920 (journals excluded)
How to borrow
  • Open access area and open stacks: Collect the items directly from the respective shelf by call number, then borrow from self-checkout machines or the service desk with your library card
  • Closed stacks: search the catalog and use the request button (delivery timeframe: Bibliotheca Albertina, Campus Library)
  • Loan period and renewals

Special borrowing conditions apply to support doctoral students who are supervised at Leipzuig University. We offer you a free library card, an increased lending limit and an extended standard lending period.

In order to use this service, you must provide one-time proof at one of our service desks that you are registered in the "Doktorandenliste" of a faculty at Leipzig University. If you have an employee contract at Leipzig University during your doctoral studies, you can continue to use your (blue/white) card in "employee" status; there is no need for additional proof here.

Loan Periodmax. renewalsmax. number of items
borrowable (= standard loan period: 90 days)650
borrowable (7 days)35

You can see how long an item can be borrowed directly in the catalogue. Please always check the loan periods in your library account.

You can extend the loan periods online in your library account.

Special loan conditions apply for lecturers and doctoral students of Leipzig University.

Exception: If a book you have borrowed is recalled, no extension of the loan period is possible and the book must be returned in due time. We will inform you immediately by e-mail in the event of a recall.
Please ensure, especially in the case of longer absences, that the books can be returned on time in the event of a reservation in order to avoid fines.

Online ressources
  • e-books
  • e-journals and -articles
  • databases
  • digitized materials
How to access
  • use our library computers
  • connect your device with our wi-fi (eduroam)
  • remote access: connect to the university network via VPN or use institutional login (please note that not all platforms can be used with an institutional login yet)
    exeption: Ebook Central:
    • library login mandatory
    • virtuel loans are offered free of charge
Which media
  • Items stored in the open access areas marked with a red dot (non-circulating collection)
  • Items published before 1920
  • Items in course reserves
  • Micro­forms: microfiche and microfilm
  • Journals and newspapers
How to find the items
  • Open access area: Collect the items directly from the respective shelf by call number
  • Closed stacks: Search the catalog and use the request button.
  • Please collect and return requested items at the service­ desks (delivery timeframe: Bibliotheca Albertina, Campus Library)
  • Reading devices for microforms are available in Bibliotheca Albertina and Campus Library; printing and saving to USB Flash Drive is possible

Services for Faculty Members and Teaching Staff of Leipzig University

Interlibary loan and document delivery free of charge

To support teaching and research you can use interlibary loan to request materials which are not available in any libary in Leipzig. You are also eligible to use our document delivery service, to request articles available in our collection or from another library for quick delivery.

Patron-driven acquisition of printed books

While searching the catalog you find titles that are marked as not currently held by the library. In this case you can recommend a purchase directly from the catalog. We are of course always open to your suggestions. Please allow us two days for your order to be processed. We will inform you about the purchase of the book and when it will be available.

Patron-driven acquisition of e-books: Ebook Central

There is a collection of not yet licensed e-books in our catalog (Ebook Central). These titles may be accessed via short-term loans, costs will be covered by the library. You only need your library number in order to instantly access the resource.

PhD students of Leipzig University (verification required) with a valid library card can apply for an individual study space. Individual study spaces are assigned for 12 months, it is not possible to extend this period.

A claim cannot be raised. With receiving the key for a locker you accept the terms of use [dt. Schließfachordnung, PDF – 102kB, In German only].

A new application phase will start on 24 June 2024. Until the 13 September you can apply for one of the places here.

library spaces room/equipment

desk, chair, locker, computer with 2 screens, Wi-Fi, LAN

Library for Education and Sport Science 10 desk, chair, locker, computer with 2 screens, Wi-Fi, LAN.

Mobile book trolleys

In the Bibliotheca Albertina, mobile book trolleys are available which can be rented by doctoral students of Leipzig University for a period of six months.
Please feel free to contact us at the service desk on the 2nd floor of Bibliotheca Albertina during the service hours or send us an email to


We offer courses designed especially for PhD students in German and English.

Receiving Office for Graduate Thesis

Printed papers can be submitted at the receiving office for graduate thesis locatetd at Bibliotheca Albertina.

Open Access Consultation

We provide advice and information about how texts, articles and papers can be published on Leipzig University's publication server and help you with rights clearance for all publications. Please contact us.

Publication Server

Members of Leipzig University can publish their scientific work open access on Leipzig University's publication server. This applies for original and secondary publishing. More Detail

Administration of the publication fund

Leipzig University provides funding for the publication of academic texts in open access journals. You can find out about how your journal fees can be covered here.