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Current Services of the University Library

The RUB libraries (UB and departmental libraries) will remain closed until further notice as ordered by the University Management.
On this page we have listed the services offered by the University Library during the Covid-19 crisis.

You can contact the information team via email:
ub-information (at)
Here you find more helpful contact details.

On this page

 Access to electronic resources

 Services concerning the supply of literature (scan service, borrowing/returning of items, interlibrary loan)

 Other services (online courses, fees and fines, dissertations, University Bibliography)

 Contact details

Access to electronic resources

External access from your home

Use the external access to e-books, electronic journals and databases via VPN tunnel.
Please be aware that due to high demand in the current situation the connection via VPN tunnel might be unstable.

Part of the resources can also be accessed via Shibboleth, further information about access conditions and participating publishers you can find here.

Publishers' goodwill offers

Numerous publishers are temporarily granting free access to electronic resources (journals, e-books, databases) during the Corona crisis. Click here for a list of the publishers' goodwill offers. The titles are not listed in Katalog/KatalogPLUS.


Search for e-books the RUB has bought a licnce for in the Katalog/KatalogPlus
Tip: The title you are looking for is not available? Suggest the purchase of an e-book, and we will check access rights and price and get back to you. Please use our online request form Buchvorschlag online.


Search for accessible e-journals in the Electronic Journals Library (EZB)


Here you find the list of databases licensed by the RUB:
Databases in alphabetical order  |   Databases by discipline:  

Services concerning the supply of literature

Holdings on-site

Scan service of the RUB libraries during the summer semester 2020

To enable you to use our stock during this online-semester, we offer the following services:

Borrowing items from the Central Library

Please use our Borrowing and Collection Service for Items of the Central Library .
Students and staff of the RUB can order items from the holdings of the Central Library by booking a collection appointment. You can order any book that is not currently on loan and not part of the reference collection. Every user can book one appointment per day, up to 8 books can be ordered. Appointments are available Monday to Friday between 9 am and 4 pm. The books will be issued at three issuing locations (windows on the ground floor of the Central Library). Click here for further information.
You will also find information about borrowing items from the holdings of the Joint Library IB (associated library) on that page.

If you want to borrow books from the holdings of the Joint Library IC (associated library) please write an email to verbundbibliothek-ic (at) The books will be issued at the issuing locations (windows on the ground floor) of the Central Library.

Returning items from the Central Library

Borrowed items can be returned by using our external self-return machine. The machine is in service Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Click here for further information.

Please note: The loan period has been extended to the 30.6.2020. There will be no further automatic renewals. If it is not possible for you or someone you trust to come and return the borrowed items at the specified times, you can send them via mail. You can also renew items by logging on to your library account.

Interlibrary loan

Borrowing ILL books

Books from the interlibrary loan service which you already received a collection notification (“Abholbenachrichtigung”) for or which have the status “ready for collection” (“abholbar”) in your library account can be ordered by booking a collection appointment (Monday to Friday between 9 am and 4 pm, excluding public holidays). Please refer to our Weblog for the relevant modalities. You will need the ILL order number when booking the appointment.

Issuing of ILL articles

You can collect interlibrary loan articles which have been delivered as printouts (permission for electronic delivery expired on the 1st of June) at the issuing location 2 (window ->on the rear of the Central Library, centre, direction Audimax) without booking an appointment Monday to Friday between 9 am and 4 pm (excluding public holidays).

Returning ILL books

You can return interlibrary loan books Monday to Friday between 9 am and 5 pm. Please put the books into the book drop box labelled "Rückgabe Fernleihbücher" at the glass door of the wheelchair entrance next to the revolving door on the left of the building. You won’t get a receipt when you return the books. You can check your library account later (48 hours after returning the books since they have to stay in quarantine first) to make sure that they have been taken off your account.
Please note: Our gesture of goodwill of not charging overdue fines for ILL books expired on the 12th of June. Please return the ILL books. If it is not possible for you or someone you trust to come and return the borrowed items at the specified times, you can send them via mail.

Fees for interlibrary loan

You can pay the fee for your ILL order via bank transfer.

Other services

Online courses

This semester we offer online courses which are conducted as Zoom meetings. Various courses are held on request - even for a small number of participants. We recommend our videos, Moodle courses and tutorials for a flexible scheduling of your online learning.

Fees and fines

At the moment you can pay your fees and fines (Fines, fees for interlibrary loan, all other fees) via bank transfer stating the follwing data:

Ruhr-Universität Bochum
IBAN   DE 1943 0500 0100 0122 0011
Reference "Säumnisgebühr" for overdue fines or rather "Verwaltungsgebühr" for all other fees
Student identity card number or rather Library card number

Collecting the contents of a long-term locker

If you need an appointment for collecting the contents of your long-term locker please send us an email.


You can submit your dissertation by mail. NEW: Submission of the electronic version of the deposit copy of a dissertation or habilitation is now possible via email or upload.

University Bibliography

It is possible to register publications for the University Bibliography.

Contact details

Contact details: Central Library

Contact details: Associated Libraries

Services and contact data of the departmental libraries

This information and these conditions of use are subject to further developments and can be changed if the situation caused by the Corona pandemic changes!