Borrowing and Returning

Borrowing media

Self-checkout machines in the Campus Nord Branch Library

 Anja Müller

You can borrow most of the books and other media of the Campus Nord Branch Library. Journals are excluded from circulation. Scanners are available to scan individual articles and extracts from books free of charge.

Borrowing books is usually done at one of the self loan machines. In order to use a self-loan machine, you need your CampusCard or a valid library card and a PIN. The PIN can be assigned in your user account prior to borrowing media of the library. Some media has to be lend by our staff at the information desk. These media are marked with a yellow round label.

Loan periods and renewals

The general loan period is 28 days and can be extended to a maximum loan period of up to 84 days. Renewal is only possible if the book is not pre-ordered by another user. The loan periods may vary for individual user groups, which is why it is recommended to check the overview of loan periods to learn about the different loan statuses of the University Library.

Please note: media marked with the label "Tagesausleihe" (daily loan) can only be borrowed until the next day.


Returns and renewals

Self-return machine in the Campus Nord Branch Library

 Anja Müller

You can return and renew the loan of your borrowed books via the self-return machine in the foyer of the Campus Nord Branch Library. Books from the Jacob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-Zentrum, the Science Branch Library (Erwin-Schrödinger-Zentrum) and Foreign Languages/Literatures Library including the Centre for British Studies, can also be returned or renewed using the self-return machine. It is also possible to return or renew books from the Campus Nord Branch Library in the libraries stated above. Other branch libraries are currently not able to offer this service.

Fees and payment

MensaCard logo

Fees may be incurred due to late loan deadlines, interlibrary loan orders, or loss of library cards, media, and keys. Fees are paid by MensaCard (which is also integrated in the HU CampusCard) at the self loan machine or you can pay with a debit card. It is also possible to pay via bank transfer after the University Library has issued an invoice.

Please note: No cash is accepted!


Ordering books from the closed stacks

You can order closed stack items via the Primus search portal. The following modalities apply:

  • In-house media will be made available within one working day, media from the external closed stack within four working days 
  • You will receive an e-mail notification when the requested item is ready for you
  • The requested media can be borrowed or used on-site for the duration of seven days

Loanable holdings

Once made availabe, you will find the requested item shelves on the ground floor of the library.

Non-loanable holdings

Some items from the stacks can only be used on-site. In this case, please refer to our staff at the information desk after you have received an e-mail notification.

Using the rare books collections

Holdings of the Campus Nord Branch Library

 Victoria Marquardt

Rare and old books (e.g., all books published before 1850) must be used under supervision of a librarian. Rare books will be made available for you at the information desk.

The following modalities apply for using rare books:

  • The supervised use is possible monday to thursday from 9.00 - 15.00h, and friday from 9.00 - 13.00h
  • Only pencils are allowed at the workplace
  • All sort of drinks are prohibited
  • Scans can be made upon request. Please see a staff member before beginning to scan.