FAQ - Using the library during Corona pandemic

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about the service and current restrictions:

The following applies to all patrons:

  • From 1 October the German "3G" rule applies: 3G proof (fully vaccinated, recovered, tested) is mandatory to enter the libraries.
  • The Corona-Warn-App recommended by the Free State of Saxony will be used for digital contact registration QR codes for the Corona-Warn-App are provided on site.
  • Mouth-to-nose protection must generally be worn at all times in the library also at the workplaces.
  • Desks are available to all patrons of Leipzig University Library. The number of available desks has been significantly increased and free seating applies.
  • Additionaly to the hygiene and infectious disease concept of the Leipzig University the Hygienekonzept für alle Standorte der Universitätsbilbiothek Leipzig applies.

What test certificates can be accepted to enter the libraries?

We accept the following tests:

  • Rapid test (until 12 December valid 24h) from an official testing point (Testing centers for university students).
  • PCR test (until 12 December valid 48h) from an official testing point.
  • Test certificate from an employer. (e.g. schools in the case of teaching degree students)
  • School student card. (does not apply during school holidays)

Can I remove the mask at the workplace?

No, masks must be worn at all times in the library buildings, including the workplaces.

Do I need to announce my library visit?

No, the libraries are open for all patrons without prior appointment. Plaese note: the German "3G" rules apply.
The available desks are free to use. A seat booking is not necessary anymore.

I have the shelf mark of a book I need, but I can't find it on the shelf. Where is it?

Please check the catalogue to make sure you’re in the right library and the right department – this information is indicated in the catalogue just above the shelf mark. The Campus Library and Medicine and Sciences Library each have a collection of textbooks with some shelf marks that may also be found elsewhere.
If you’re in the right place and the book still seems to be missing, well, perhaps the book has been misplaced and we haven’t noticed yet. Write to info@ub.uni-leipzig.de telling us what book you’re looking for and which library you were in, and we’ll start searching.

May I scan, print or copy items?

Yes, this can be done in all branches. But please comply with social distancing and hand hygiene guidelines.

Can I use the computers in the library?

Desks with computers are available, free seating applies to these as well.

I urgently need literature from the reading room collection.

Ordering of media for reading room use is possible. Please use the library catalogue for your requests.

I'm using a desk and want to take a short break. Am I allowed to do that? What do I have to bear in mind?

Of course you may take a break and move away from your seat at any time. Please leave something of no value behind that indicates use of the space. Please do not leave your valuables unattended.

We would like to work as a study group in a group study room. Are we allowed to do this? What do we have to consider?

The use of the group study rooms is possible again. This must be booked in advance via room reservation. When booking, the maximum number of hours of 2 hours per day must be observed. The Corona-Warn-App recommended by the Free State of Saxony will be used for digital contact registration from 1 October 2021. The QR codes are provided on site.

Are there parent-child workrooms?

You can use the parent-child rooms in the Medicine and Sciences Library and the Library of Education and Sports Science

I only want to borrow or return books, how is that possible?

Yes that is possible. Please note: The German "3G" rules apply.

What’s my PIN for the self-service terminals?

By default, your PIN is your date of birth (DDMM). If you haven’t set your PIN yet, you can do so in your library account.

I’m a student at Leipzig University and am susceptible to COVID-19 because of a medical condition. How can I obtain the literature I need?

Please write to info@ub.uni-leipzig.de. We’ll work with you to find a solution.

Which lending conditions do apply?

Circulating items:
Loan period: 30 days
Renewals: up to 6 renewals, provided the item has not been reserved. In case of renewing too late and exceeding the loan period fines will be charged.

Reference collection:
Loan period: 7 days
Renewals: up to 3 renewals, provided the item has not been reserved. In case of renewing too late and exceeding the loan period fines will be charged.

How many books can I borrow from the reference collection?

You can borrow up to five books for one week from the reference collection.

Is it possible to borrow from the reference collection in the Law Library?

From 29 April 2021 you may borrow a maximum of 5 books for a week from the reference collection in the Law I and Law II libraries. Commentaries, journals and loose-leaf collections cannot be borrowed. 

Do I have to return items from the reference collection to the same library where I borrowed them?

No, they can be returned at any (open) branch of Leipzig University Library, except books from the law library.

Although I’ve returned a book at a self-service terminal, it’s still showing in my account. What should I do?

Please contact info@ub.uni-leipzig.de and tell us the title of the book, the library it’s from, where you returned it, and your library number.

I'm not in Leipzig at the moment. Can I return items by post?

Yes, you can. We recommend using registered post as you’re liable for items until they arrive at the library. Please post them to:

Universitätsbibliothek Leipzig


Beethovenstraße 6

04107 Leipzig

Are requests for interlibrary loans being accepted again?

Yes, interlibrary loans are available again please note that the delivering timeframe depends on the conditions in our partner libraries.

May I renew my interlibrary loans?

Unfortunately, interlibrary loans cannot be renewed. They must be returned by the end of the loan period, otherwise fines will be charged.

Can I pay my fees online?

Online payment is currently not possible. Pay accrued fees by EC card at the automatic pay stations in the Bibliotheca Albertina, the Campus Library, the Library of Education and Sports Science, and the Medicine and Sciences Library. You can pay in cash in the Bibliotheca Albertina, the Campus Library, the Law Library I, the Library of Education and Sports Science and the Library of Veterinary Medicine. Outstanding debts whose total amount is more than 10 € can be transferred. To do so, please contact us by mail at info@ub.uni-leipzig.de.

I don't have a library card yet and would like to register. What do I have to do?

Please sign up online using the forms below. We’ll let you know when and where your library card can be picked up.

Patrons with library cards from HMT University of Music and Theatre Leipzig and HTWK Leipzig University of Applied Sciences are kindly asked to enquire in person at the service desk.

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