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Current Services of the University Library

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 Access to electronic resources

 Services concerning the supply of literature

 Library card, borrowing items/collection (holdings of the Central Library, interlibrary loan), returning items (holdings of the Central Library, interlibrary loan), scan service

 Study, online search and Zoom places in the Central Library

 Other services

 Online courses, copy and scan, fees and fines, obtaining transaction numbers (interlibrary loan)
 dissertations, university bibliography

 Contact details



Opening times of the Central Library:

Mo to Fr 8 am to 8 pm, Sa 10 am to 6 pm

Currently up to 450 people are allowed to be in the Central Library at any given time. A 3G proof is required. During our opening times you can spend up to 45 minutes in the library to borrow books and/or copy or scan book chapters or journal articles.
Designated study and work spaces are available throughout the building, no booking required.
Wearing a medical mask is compulsory in the entire building, even when sitting at a designated work space.
Please take your bags and jackets with you.

You can contact the information team on the phone 0234 /32 - 26461 (Mon to Fri: 9 am to 4 pm) or via email ub-information (at) rub.de.
Here you find more helpful contact details.




Picture digital library guide

NEW: Don't get lost - use our new digital library guide
Find your way to all of our stock and service areas with the help of our new digital library guide by V:Scout. Navigate around the library using our digital information panels in the library or your mobile phone. No more searching for call numbers, the system will lead you directly to the correct shelf. You can navigate there directly by clicking on the link underneath the call number displayed in the catalogue KatalogRUB. Self-return or self-issuing machines, lockers, work spaces, scanners, toilets etc. can be found via the menu or searched for.



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.

E-Books

We have put together a selection of our e-book packages that have been bought or licensed by the Central Library or individual departmental libraries for use at the Ruhr University.

A comprehensive list of our e-book packages can be found in DBIS.

Please also search for individual e-books the RUB has bought a licence 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.

E-journals

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

Databases

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

Publishers' goodwill offers

Some publishers continue 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.



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Services concerning the supply of literature

Library card

  • Library card / students of the RUB
    Your student ID card also functions as your library card.
    Student ID cards issued from WS 20/21 onwards have the library number (15 digits) on the back. Holders of student ID cards issued before then use the matriculation number as their library number.
    You will also need your library password for the borrowing or library account login procedure! Here (->Account ->Forgot your password?) you can request a new password if necessary.
  • Library card / External users and staff
    External users and staff of the RUB can apply for a library card at the service counter:
    - Mo to Fr: 11 am to 3 pm
    - Via email to ausweise-ub (at) rub.de
    - The following documents are required:
    - valid German ID card (front and back) OR valid passport and recent official registration of residence ("Meldebescheinigung") of the town you live in
    - RUB staff need to also bring their work contract.

Borrowing/collection of items (holdings of the Central Library, interlibrary loan)

  • Borrowing (self-issuing machines) items from the Central Library
    You can borrow items from the open stacks of the Central Library using our self-issuing machines during our opening hours:
    - Mo to Fr 8 am to 8 pm
    - Sa 10 am to 6 pm
    - The self-issuing machines are located near the staircase on the ground and first floor.
    - Please bring your student ID/library card.
    - You will need the library password to use the self-issuing machines! Here (->Account ->Forgot your password?) you can request a new password if necessary.
  • Borrowing of long-term lockers
    You can borrow a long-term locker at the service counter during these times:
    - Mo to Fr: 11 am to 3 pm
    - Combined lockers and workspaces for students writing their doctoral dissertations are not available at the moment.
  • Collection of reserved books
    The shelf with the reserved books is freely accessible. It is located on the ground floor.
    - Mo to Fr: 8 am to 8 pm
    - Sa: 10 am to 6 pm
    - Please take the book that is reserved for you off the shelf and borrow it using the self-issuing machine.
  • Interlibrary loan: Collection of books/articles, reading room use
    You can collect interlibrary loan books and articles which you received a collection notification ("Abholbenachrichtigung") for or which have the status "ready for collection" ("abholbar") in your library account at the service counter during these times:
    - Mo to Fr: 11 am to 3 pm
    - During these times you can also use interlibrary loan books in our reading room that have been excluded from borrowing by the lending library. Please report to the information/service desk.

Returning items

  • Returning items (holdings of the Central Library)
    You can return books at the machines in the room signposted "Medienrückgabe" (ground floor, behind the lockers) as well as at the external self-return machine during these times: - Mo to Fr: 8 am to 8 pm - Sa: 10 am to 6 pm
  • Returning items (holdings of the Central Library without RFID tag)
    Items from the holdings of the Central Library without RFID tag will not be accepted by the self-return machines. Please put these in the appropriate book drop box located in the room signposted "Medienrückgabe" (ground floor, behind the lockers). - Mo to Fr: 8 am to 8 pm - Sa: 10 am to 6 pm - You won’t get a receipt when you return the books. When you log on to your library account later you will notice that they have been taken off your account.
  • Returning interlibrary loan books
    You can return interlibrary loan books at the service counter:
    - Mo to Fr: 11 am to 3 pm
    - This way they will be be taken off your account immediately and you can get a receipt. Alternatively you can put them in the appropriate book drop box located in the room signposted "Medienrückgabe" (ground floor, behind the lockers): - Mo to Fr: 8 am to 8 pm - Sa: 10 am to 6 pm - You won’t get a receipt when you return the books. When you log on to your library account later you will notice that they have been taken off your account.

    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 to this address:
    Ruhr-Universität Bochum
    Universitätsbibliothek
    Abt. Benutzungsdienste
    z. H. Herrn Althaus/Herrn Krampe
    Universitätsstr. 150
    44801 Bochum

Scan service of the University Library

Under certain conditions we offer a scan service for print media



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Study, online search and Zoom places in the Central Library

Please note that working in a group is not allowed anywhere in the library until further notice.

Study places

You can take a seat at one of the designated study places (green sign). Prior booking ist not required. - Mo to Fr 8 am to 8 pm
- Sa 10 am to 6 pm
- Please note: The consumption of food and beverages (apart from water) within the building is not allowed.

Places for internet searches

You can take a seat at one of the designated online search places (green sign). These are equipped with an internet computer. - Mo to Fr 8 am to 8 pm
- Sa 10 am to 6 pm
- Please note: The consumption of food and beverages (apart from water) within the building is not allowed.

Places for attending Zoom meetings: passive

You can take a seat at one of the designated Zoom places (green sign with a blue dot). These places are intended for passive (listening) participation in an online event.
- Mo to Fr 8 am to 8 pm
- Sa 10 am to 6 pm
- The places are equipped with a LAN socket. You can get a LAN cable at the information/service desk for a deposit.
- Please note: The consumption of food and beverages (apart from water) within the building is not allowed.

Places for attending Zoom meetings: active

As a RUB student you can book one of seven places intended for actively taking part in an online event. The places are located in the group study rooms on the ground and first floor. In our booking system you can choose one of these time slots for an online meeting:
- Mo to Fr: 8 am to 10 am | 10 am to 12 pm | 12 pm to 2 pm | 2 pm to 4 pm | 4 pm to 6 pm
- Sa: 10 am to 12 pm | 12 pm to 2 pm | 2 pm to 4 pm
- Please bring your own hardware.
- Please note: The consumption of food and beverages (apart from water) within the building is not allowed.



Other services

Online courses

We offer online courses which are conducted as Zoom meetings until further notice. 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.

Copy and scan

Scanners and photocopiers can be used during our entire opening times:
- Mo to Fr: 8 am to 8 pm
- Sa: 10 am to 6 pm
- You will need a copy card to use the photocopiers which can be bought at the machine opposite the information/service desk on the ground floor of the Central library.
- Further copying facilities are available in the copy centre of the SSC building (SSC 01/219) and the central printing centre. Further Information ..

Fees and fines: Paying at the payment machine

Overdue fines and interlibrary loan fees can be paid at the payment machine (opposite the lockers on the ground floor):
- Mo to Fr: 8 am to 8 pm
- Sa: 10 am to 6 pm
- Only possible with a debit card.

Fees and fines: Paying by bank transfer

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

Ruhr-Universität Bochum
IBAN   DE19 4305 0001 0001 2200 11
BIC   WELADED1BOC
Reference Student identity card number or rather Library card number
AND 1302110001*
*reason for transfer

Obtaining transaction numbers (interlibrary loan)

Staff of the RUB can get transaction numbers at the service counter:
- Mo to Fr: 11 am to 3 pm
- Please fill out and bring a transfer form [German]. - Alternatively you can send the transfer form to ub-information (at) rub.de. In this case the transaction numbers will be sent electronically.

Dissertations

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.



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