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 support of research and teaching we offer you privileges for borrowing books and items. We offer you the possibilty of longer loan periods, extended check-out limits and the option to borrow books from the non-circulating collection.

To benefit of this extended service, please verify that you are attending a PhD program at Leipzig Univeristy at one of our service desks.

Maximum items a single time: 50 items

Terms of loan periods for PhD students:

Standard loan
(circulating collection)
90 daysRenewal: 6 times online, unless the item is requested by other users
Short-term loan (non-circulating collection)7 daysLoan period according to personal needs

Please note the regulations for renewals and fines.

PhD students of Leipzig University (verification required) with a valid library card can apply for an individual study space. No spaces are available at the moment.

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].



priority given to PhD students in the field of humanities and social sciences
desk, chair, locker, computer with 2 screens, Wi-Fi, LAN

No spaces available at the moment because of the ongoing fire safety works.

Library for Education and Sport Science10

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.


You can obtain internet connectivity using (eduroam). Please use your university login to access. If you are off-campus you can connect to the university network if you install a Virtual Private Network Cllient (VPN) to access licensed resources.

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.


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 Science Consultations

We advise you on all questions related to open science - for example, on open access publishing and possible funding opportunities, on dealing with research data, on licenses and authors' rights. 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. In particular, you can publish your thesis there in open access. More Detail

Open Access fund

Leipzig University has given strong financial backing to open access (OA) publications by its members since 2014. The following funding schemes geared to the needs of different types of publications are currently available: OA journal articles, OA monographs and edited volumes as well as publisher-independent OA publication projects. More Detail