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Profile of the University Library

About us
Holdings
Service

Using the book and media collections
Loans, Inter-Library Loans, Document delivery
Information, Guided Tours, Reader Instruction
Reader capacity
Library catalogue (Regensburger Katalog)
Electronic Journals Library = Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek (EZB)
Database Information System (DBIS)
Electronic Books (eBooks)
Multi-Media Centre
Link Server SFX
Library Web Services

History
National Commitment
Projects
Overview of the most important data

About us

Photo Central library main entrance

The University Library of Regensburg (Regensburg UL) is a central facility of the University of Regensburg and at the same time the largest academic library in the region. It is financially supported by the Free State of Bavaria.

With about 3.5 million books and periodicals and a constantly expanding offer of academically relevant electronic full-texts, the major task of the library is the literature and information supply to academic staff as well as students at the University of Regensburg. Moreover, it is also available as a competent information partner to the wider general public of the region. Usage of the library is free.

Since its foundation in 1964 the library has been involved actively in innovative developments. Characteristic of this is also its service-orientated application of modern information technology.

The library sees one of its tasks in actively shaping the changes in an ever stronger digitized information landscape according to the needs of both university and external users. It is developing new user-friendly services which ease access to electronic media. With the construction of a Digital Library, Regensburg UL - in particular through the development of the Electronic Journals Library and the Database Information System - has established a leading role in Germany and abroad.

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Holdings

Photo textbook collection

The holdings of Regensburg UL include about 3.5 million books, microforms, audio-visual media and CD-ROMs as well as about 8.350 current periodicals and newspapers in print form in all fields except technology and agriculture.
In the course of its forward-looking expansion of the Digital Library, the Library constantly expands its offer of electronic media. About 20.000 electronic journals and 336 databases are licensed.


In addition, special holdings are available:

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Services

The library offers a wide spectrum of services. Its main task is the academically oriented procurement, supply and cataloguing of all kinds of media. Besides this, it is building up new services in the area of the Digital Library and multimedia.

Using the book and media collections

Photo reading room Philosophicum

The whole book and media collection is catalogued together with the collections of other Regensburg libraries in the Regensburg Union Catalogue (online catalogue).

The collection is divided and shelved according to subject areas. For this purpose the library compiled the Regensburg Classification Scheme which to date has been applied in more than 100 libraries in Germany and abroad, and is developed on a cooperative basis.

About 45 % of all books and periodicals are available on the open shelves in reading rooms of the departmental libraries and in the central library. Approximately 2 million units are in the stacks and can be ordered via the online catalogue for loan.

To allow the most effective use of all book collections, the reading rooms are opened up to 14 hours a day.

The departmental libraries are situated close to the faculties and hold topical as well as high-demand literature as reference collections. They are supervised by subject librarians.

Departmental Libraries:

Photo general reading room

In the Central library there is a general reading room, in which - apart from periodicals of general interest - especially reference books, basic literature and literature of a multi-disciplinary nature is offered. Next to this is a reading room where valuable materials and material requiring special handling may be consulted. The textbook collection contains about 36.000 volumes (9.600 titles).

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Loans, Inter-Library Loans, Document delivery

The books and periodicals in the reading rooms can be used directly. Moreover, special forms of reader services such as reserved collections, semester or term collections and individual desk collections, loans by teaching staff, short-term loans and weekend lending meet the needs of teachers and students alike.

The collections shelved in the closed stacks can be searched via the online catalogue. Every registered user can order or reserve titles from the closed stack via the catalogue, extend the loan of borrowed media or get an overview of titles currently on loan by the borrower.

If media are not stocked on site, these can be procured via online interlibrary loans. In addition, document delivery services are available. For the nationwide document delivery service - subito - Regensburg UL is a delivery library.

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Information, Guided Tours, Reader Instruction

Ms. Drechsler standing in front of a group in the Information Center

Guided tours are offered on a regular basis by the university library staff during term time (when there are lectures), and by prior ar-rangement, to make the spectrum of services known and to give as-sistance with the use of the services.
In addition, various courses are offered for specialized library services, as for example in the use of databases or online interlibrary loans.

Appropriate subject specific information is given by the subject librarians. In addition, there is an information desk in the central library as well as in the Philosophicum. For questions relating to databases, online searches or search for information on the Internet, an advice service for electronic media has been set up.

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Reader capacity

Photo workplaces in reading room

In the 13 reading rooms there is capacity for approx. 3.500 readers.

In the central library where the open stacks of the textbook collection are housed, there are workrooms (Carrels) on offer for research purposes for immediate use of items shelved there.

In addition, computer workplaces exist in the Information centre as well as in several publicly available rooms equipped with PCs, etc. (CIP-Pools). In the Information centre there are also working areas for small groups up to 8 persons.

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Library Catalogue (Regensburger Katalog)

The Regensburger Katalog lists the holdings of the University Library as well as those of other libraries in Regensburg. It is online accessible via the homepage of the University Library.
You can search the catalogue online and order titles from the home library or other German libraries (via an online inter-library loan system).

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Electronic Journals Library = Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek (EZB)

Screenshot EZB

Since 1997 the University Library of Regensburg has been operating the Electronic Journals Library which it developed itself, and which as of 2007 has been adopted by 434 libraries and research institutions (current list) both at home and abroad.

As a user system for electronic journals in libraries the EZB is a market leader in Germany. With almost 35.000 journal titles and 50.000 titles from so-called aggregators (end of 2007) it is one of the biggest collections worldwide of academic full text periodicals.

This is reflected in its intensive use. In total, the number of title accesses rose up to 16,9 millions.

Also in the University of Regensburg the use of the electronic periodicals has risen in the EZB from 351.275 to 374.039 accesses.
The library is constantly expanding its selection of electronic journals in the EZB. In 2007 in addition to the 20.000 licensed titles, more than 16.000 free titles were made available.

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Database Information System (DBIS)

Screenshot DBIS

In 2002 the University Library of Regensburg built up a Database Information System with financial support from the Bavarian State Ministry of Science, Research and Arts and has been developing it ever since. The system is a cooperative web-based service, which as of 2007 had already been implemented in 158 libraries (current list) as a user service for databases. In 2007, there were 4,9 billion accesses to databases via the database information system.
This service offers integrated user oriented access to the complete offer of database services in the library. Specified content descriptions help to answer questions about relevant information resources.

In addition to the licensed databases, an extensive, up-to-date collection of freely available databases can be offered in DBIS by means of library collaboration. The subject librarians of the library can make a specific choice from the whole title collection contained in the system. By the end of 2007, 336 licensed as well as 2.142 free databases were available in the University of Regensburg.

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Electronic Books (eBooks)

Screenshot EBooks

Since 2007, the University Library of Regensburg also offers electronic books (eBooks). As well as other media hold by the Library, you can find the eBooks listed in the online catalogue (Regensburger Katalog). Additionally, they are listed on a special eBook platform. The platform works like a book shelf, you can browse through all the books by subject or search for teaching books or encyclopaedias. Access to eBooks is possible 24 hours a day, you donĀ“t have waiting times between the order and pick-up of a title. You can search the eBook in full text or cite relevant phrases easily using the paste and copy function.

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Multi-Media Centre

The Multi-Media Centre established in 2001 in the Central Library offers students and academics of the University of Regensburg the possibility of digitizing material in analogue form for academic purposes.
In the different workrooms of the Multi-Media Centre, scanners for the digitization of print media (books, periodicals, oversize originals up to the DIN [German Institute for Standardization] size A0), microfiches and microfilms as well as audiocassettes, records and tape recorders are available.

Photo large format scanner

Users of the library can use the digitization facilities either on their own free of charge, or use the Scan Order Service of the library for a fee. Besides this, for reasons of stock preservation in the library, or archiving and/or supplementing stock, certain selected copyright-free materials are digitized.

In a video library films and television programmes are offered for use in the rooms of the library: stock is constantly being expanded.

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Publication Server of the University of Regensburg

The target of the publication server of the University of Regensburg is to list all publications of members of the University. The available texts are offered as far as possible by open access. As of 2006, all publications are listed completely, older publications will be added.
On June 1st 2006, the server went online. It is being updated constantly.


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Link Server SFX

In 2003 the Regensburg UL introduced the Link Server SFX produced by the firm Ex Libris and sponsored by the Bavarian State and the Bavarian Library Cooperative. With SFX different services and resources of information can be connected by a context sensitive linking system. Thus, for example, from the hit list of a database search a link can be made directly to articles in full text.

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Library Web Services

The University Library of Regensburg offers extensive web services with diverse information about the use of library services. At the same time, digital services can be called up directly from the homepage.

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History

Photo with a View of to the Cathedral

The foundation of the University Library of Regensburg took place in 1964 three years before the beginning of the first term/semester of study at the university.

For the first Bavarian University newly established after the war, a completely new library concept was drafted: instead of being distributed among many institute libraries, the whole book stock of the university is available to all teaching staff and students as a complete unit and to a great extent with direct access in a uniform and integrated library system. This new library system in Regensburg UL was a pilot project in Germany and served as a model for further newly established universities.

The Central Library was contructed 1971-74 under the supervision of the architect Alexander Freiherr von Branca from Munich.

Cataloguing has been carried out since the foundation of the library with the aid of computers - EDP (electronic data processing). Since 1994 a local online catalogue with PC workstations has been functioning in all departmental libraries and reading rooms. Loans have been controlled since 1995 electronically using the Siemens system known as SIAS. Since the year 2000 book acquisitions have been carried out using the Siemens system known as SIERA. With these systems all work with library media has been automated.

In 1998 the new compact closed-stack shelving which can hold up to approximtely 1.3 million volumes was finished. The rebuilding in the area of the tower stacks, the lending area with the textbook collection and the new building of multimedia rooms could be concluded to a great extent in 2001.

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National Commitment

Library employees are represented in diverse national professional advisory groups, committees and study groups such as the Bavarian Library Union and help actively in topical developments in the library and information sector.

Current bibliographical work:

UB Regensburg is member of IFLA and dbv.

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Projects

The main focus of the project work:

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Overview of the most important data (2007)

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