University Library

Borrowing and returning media

Under the current Corona Ordinance, books may be checked out and returned without prior notification. The University Library uses a traffic light system for entrance control.

University Library Wilhelmstraße

The following applies to the University Library (Wilhelmstraße):

  • Access is controlled by the traffic light system (FAQ see below) and is currently limited to 30 people present at any one time.
  • Books from the open access holdings (Ammerbau) must be ordered via the catalog and picked up at the Lending Center (1st floor of main building).
  • You will receive a notification email when the items you ordered are ready for pickup and loan. (Please keep the default setting "Yes" for "Notification when available?" in the ordering process).
  • Return of borrowed books is possible in the Lending Center.
  • Fees can be paid by bank transfer (see Payment of Fees).

    Please continue to use our digital document delivery services.

 

Morgenstelle Campus

The following applies to the Morgenstelle Campus:

  • Access is controlled by the traffic light system (FAQ below) and is currently limited to 10 people present at any one time.
  • Books from the MST textbook collection and the MST loan collection can be borrowed directly.
  • Books from the MST loan collection can also be ordered and picked up at the Branch Library.
  • You will receive a notification email when the items you ordered are ready for pickup and loan. (Please keep the default setting "Yes" for "Notification when available?" in the ordering process).

I still have questions ...

You can reach us via WhatsApp +49 (0)1575-9087230 or on the phone from Monday till Friday from 9 am - 4.30 pm: +49 7071 29-72846. (Except on public holidays)

You can also send us your questions via email: informationspam prevention@ub.uni-tuebingen.de

 

Traffic light system FAQs

How does the traffic light system work?

Using the traffic light system, we determine the number of people entering the library. Card terminals are set up at the entrances for this purpose. When entering and leaving the building, place your university ID or library card on these terminals.

The traffic light shows the current access status:

  •    If the light is green, you are allowed to enter the library (sufficient places available, upper limit not reached)
  •    If the light is yellow you may enter the library (library is already very full, but the upper limit is not yet reached)
  •    If the light is red, you are not allowed to enter the library (library is full, upper limit reached): Please wait until a seat becomes available again and the traffic light is yellow or green. Please make sure that you keep the required minimum distances while waiting.

The current access status is available on the website of the University Library. You can find out whether the traffic light is green, amber or red and how many of the maximum permitted seats are already occupied.

 

Which library cards are valid for entry?

The traffic light system accepts the following chip cards: student card, employee ID, university card, university card/UKT, personalised guest card, University Library user card.


University chip cards without a photo (like anonymous guest card, personalised institute card) may not be used to access the University Library, as contact data tracking is not guaranteed.
If available, please use your personal chip card or get a library card. 

Unfortunately, the employee card of the University Hospital does not work with our traffic light system. Please use the so-called university card/UKT or a University Library user card.

How can I get a library card?

External users can apply for a library card by email. Please send scans of the application form and your identity card (front and back) or your passport with your confirmation of registration (Meldebescheinigung - not older than 6 weeks) to ortsleihespam prevention@ub.uni-tuebingen.de

You can find the registration form here.


The library card costs 10 Euro once, for students of the university region Tübingen it is free of charge.  All further information as well as the payment modalities will be sent to you by e-mail after receipt of the documents. You accept our library regulations with your application for a library card.

What personal data is collected through the traffic light system?

When you place your card on the terminal, only the card number of your card is recorded and it is noted when you entered or left the library.
The data is collected on the basis of §§ 14 and 6 of the "Ordinance of the State Government on infection-protective measures against the spread of the SARS-Cov-2 virus" (Corona-VO). The University of Tübingen is obliged to collect and store your contact data for the purpose of providing information to the public health department or the local police authority according to §§ 16, 25 IfSG. Your data will be stored for four weeks after submission.

 

I only want to return books. Do I also have to go through the traffic light system?

Books can only be returned in the Lending Center (1st floor). To do this, when entering and leaving the building, place your university ID or library card on the card terminals.