New access system in the university library from 19 October, 2020

E-mail to all university members

Dear students,
Dear colleagues,

The university library is to simplify its access management. Starting Monday, 19 October, 2020, we will introduce a traffic light system to regulate access to the library. It will then no longer be necessary to book usage slots. Thus, seats can be allocated more flexibly and used more effectively.

In the future, the new traffic light system will regulate access by determining how many users are in the library at any given time. Please place your student or employee ID or your library card on our traffic light terminal at the main entrance and wait for the system to respond. If the light turns green, you may enter the library; if it turns red, please wait until a seat becomes available. To find out in advance about the availability of seats in the library, you can check the traffic light display on our website (https://uni-tuebingen.de/en/324) from 19 October, 2020. The university library is obliged to record the users' contact details. We will register the number of your student/employee ID card or library card when you check in at the traffic light terminal and keep the data for contact tracing for four weeks. After that period your data will be deleted from our contact tracing files.

With the new system, the temporary clearing of the library, as practiced in the last months, will come to an end. The library can now be used without interruption during opening hours. The university library is open Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 10:00pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am to 6:00pm until further notice.

With the introduction of the traffic light system we hope to significantly improve access to the library and give more people the opportunity to use it.

From 19 October, 2020, the online booking system will no longer be available. You will no longer be able to reserve seats from then on.

These changes to university library access do not affect access rules for departmental libraries. However, departmental libraries will also have to record their users’ contact details in future. Please refer to the respective websites for information on access conditions and how the data is collected.

With best regards,

Dr. Marianne Dörr
(Library director)