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Borrowing

You can borrow and return items using the self-service machines at the Schloss Westflügel Library. Your ecUM serves as your library card.

The Schloss Westflügel Library also hosts the university’s textbook collection. You can request items from the closed stacks using the Primo catalog and collect them at the Schloss Westflügel Library.

Requesting and Borrowing Items

The Primo catalog provides information on the location and the availability of an item.

Borrowing and Returning Items

The Schloss Westflügel Library is an open-stack library, thus you can collect all items yourself and check them out using the self-service machines.

You can return items using the self-return machines located in the foyer. You can return items via mail at your own risk to Universitätsbibliothek, Bibliotheksbereich Schloss Westflügel, Schloss Westflügel, 68131 Mannheim. If you exceed the loan period of an item, the library imposes a late fee.

Only students of the University of Mannheim or of cooperating institutions are entitled to borrow items from the textbook collection.

Requesting Items from the Closed-stacks

If you want to request an item, you have to be logged in to your library account. You will be notified via e-mail as soon as you can collect the requested items at the Schloss Westflügel Library. The items will be kept on the pick-up shelves for 5 days.

Placing Holds

You can place holds on items checked out to other borrowers. You will be notified via e-mail as soon as the items are returned. The items will be kept on the pick-up shelves for 5 days.

Interlibrary Loan

You will be notified via e-mail as soon as your interlibrary loan items have arrived at the Schloss Westflügel Library. Interlibrary loan items will be kept for collection at the circulation desk for the entire loan period. You can pick up your requested books and articles at the circulation desk. Interlibrary loan books must also be returned at the circulation desk.

Special Collections Reading Room

Items from the closed stacks or interlibrary loan items which cannot be checked out can be ordered to the special collections reading room in the  InfoCenter Schloss Schneckenhof. Among these items are old prints printed and published before 1850, books older than 100 years, newspapers, and collections of loose papers.

You will be notified via e-mail as soon as you can access the items. The items will be kept in the special collections reading room for a period of 14 days. Please notify one of the staff members at the InfoCenter if you wish to renew any of your items.

Borrowing Mobile Devices

Students and staff members of the University of Mannheim can use their ecUM to borrow laptops, tablets, and e-book readers.

Borrowing Mobile Devices  

Borrowing Items from the Reference Libraries

The A3 Library, A5 Library, Schloss Ehrenhof Hasso Plattner Library and the Schloss Schneckenhof Süd Library are reference libraries. Only teaching staff members, full-time employees of the University of Mannheim and doctoral students may borrow items from one of the aforementioned libraries. You can recall borrowed items.

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Loan Periods

The standard loan period at the Schloss Westflügel Library is 28 days. When returning your items at the self-return machines, you will receive a receipt via e-mail. To avoid late fees, make sure to return items on the due date by 9 p.m. Please check your library account after returning your items to ensure that all items have been registered.

The loan period for short loan items is 14 days. Short loan items include items on hold and the latest legal commentaries.

Renewals

You can renew your items for a period of 28 days at any time via your library account. Students and non-university-members can renew items up to a total loan period of 84 days. University staff members can renew items up to a total loan period of 168 days.

You cannot renew items which are on hold, items from the textbook collection or interlibrary loan items.

Late Fees

If you do not return or renew your items on or before their due date, they are overdue and you will be charged a late fee. Students and staff members of the University of Mannheim and of cooperating universities will be notified via e-mail. The third reminder will be sent by mail to your current address. You can access your contact details via your library account.

Late fees are governed by the Fees Regulations (PDF, 49 KB, only available in German) of the Mannheim University Library and the  Joint Circulation Guidelines and Fees Regulations for Mobile Devices (PDF, 346 KB, only available in German).  Your account will be blocked if there are fees exceeding EUR 10 on your library account (EUR 50 in case of full-time academic staff members).

Losses or Damages

If you loose or damage an item, e.g. by underlining sections, you are liable to pay the costs for replacing the respective item. If you have lost or damaged an item, please contact the library and fill in the respective form (PDF, 115.8 K, only available in German).

Please notify the library immediately of any pre-existing damages in order to avoid being held accountable for them.

My library account Available Seats Opening Hours Information & Advice Chat (Mon-Fri 10am-6pm)
InfoCenter
+49 621 181 2948
Schloss Schneckenhof West
D 68131 Mannheim
Germany