Borrow, Renew, Return

You wish to borrow a book from the Göttingen State and University Library? Please check in our catalogue (Göttingen University Catalogue) to find information about its location, shelf mark and borrowing status.

Location

Depending on the shelving, you may either take the book yourself (browsing section) or order it from our closed stacks (stack requests). If you click on the marked location in our catalogue, a link will lead you to more detailed information.
Items you requested from the Central Library’s closed stacks („Location: SUB closed stacks. Please request“) can be checked out in the self-pick up area.

Shelf-mark

You will find books in browsing sections according to their specific shelf-mark. Please make sure to note down the complete shelf mark, including possible additional locations, and take into account that each library might have its own shelving system.

Borrowing status

The borrowing status tells you whether you may borrow the book and take it outside the library (lending collection) or if the book may only be used within the library premises (reference holdings).

Lending collections

Lending collections you find in the Central Library, but also in the Historical Building and in the Divisional Libraries. Please use your library card to check out these items at the self-checkout terminals.

Borrowing from the reference collection overnight or over the week-end

At most locations, items from the reference collection may be taken out over night or at the week-ends – unless they are generally exempt from lending according to our user regulations.

Library Circulation Loan periodsMax. number
Central LibraryWeekend

Fri - Monno restrictions
Historical Buildingno circulation
Forestry Divisional Library
Weekendvia individual arrangement
Cultural Studies Divisional LibraryWeekend
(for students)
Fri - Monno restrictions
Medical Libraryno circulation
Physics Divisional LibraryWeekendFri, 12:00 - Mon, 10:00no restrictions
Waldweg Library
Weekend

Overnight
Fri, 12:00 - Mon, 11:00
16:00 - 11:00
20 items
Economics & Social Sciences Divisional Library
WeekendFri - Monno restrictions

Ordering from closed stacks

Please request online in the Göttingen University Catalogue those items with the location mark: SUB closed stacks.

  • If available ‚for loan‘ (see ‘request info’) please select the copy, a new window will open after you clicked the ‘request’ button
  • Enter number of your library card (e. g. 00071234567) and password.
  • Please press ‘Send’ to validate your request. A text, confirming the respective lending desk will appear (e. g. the Self-Pickup Area on the ground floor of the Central Library).

Materials from the lending sections of the Central Library’s reading rooms you may also order directly into the Historical Building and into other Divisional Libraries (all but the Economics & Social Sciences Divisional Library). Please select the location accordingly.

Your requested item will be ready for pick up at the selected location (usually within one working day). As soon as a circulation desk is noted in the ‚status‘ column in your user account your item is ready to be picked up.

Please have ready your library card and identification when you check out your items.

Reservations

If a title is already on loan you will see for how long and you may also place a reservation on the item.

Please select ‚Reserve‘ at the catalogue entry, enter your user name and password then submit.

Should a reserved item be available for you it listed in your user account, also we notify you per email.

This video shows you how:

Video-Tutorial: Wie merke ich ein Buch in der SUB Göttingen vor?

Inter-library loan and document supply service

Should the item not be available in our libraries you may order it via inter-library loan or may have it send home to you via the document supply service ‘subito’.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for further questions about literature search or document supply.

Book return

You may return borrowed materials at all service desks of the Göttingen State and University Library (Central Library, Historical Building, Divisional Libraries).

Upon return of the books, please make sure that the receipt is handed out to you, double check it in your account or keep the receipt.

Loan periods and renewals

As a rule the lending period is:

  • for monographs (books) 28 days
  • for journals (bound volumes): 7 days

You may extend the loan period of the item up to four times, as long as it is not reserved by other users.
The renewal period date starts with the day you carry out the renewal and not after the initial due date.
We recommend you renew the items a few days before the expiry date.

This video shows you how:

Video-Tutorial: Wie verlängere ich die Leihfrist eines Buches in der SUB Göttingen?

Fees and Fines:

Overdue fees:

Fees are charged in accordance with the Fee Regulations at the state of Lower Saxony:

  • For the first reminder 2,00 Euro per item,
  • for the 2nd reminder 5,00 Euro per item,
  • for the 3rd reminder 10,00 Euro per item.

Reminder fees become due with the drawing up of the written reminder, not with the delivery of the written reminder.
The 1st and 2nd reminder will be sent by email to you. The 3rd reminder will be sent by email and additionally per post.
Please balance the sum at one of our service desks or transfer the amount due to the Göttingen State and University Library account.

Verlust oder Beschädigung des ausgeliehenen Werkes

Bei Verlust oder Beschädigung eines von Ihnen ausgeliehenen Werkes müssen Sie vollwertigen Schadensersatz leisten, auch wenn Sie kein Verschulden trifft.

Bitte geben Sie in einem solchen Fall umgehend eine Verlust-/Schadensmeldung (PDF 763 KB) an einer unserer Servicetheken ab.