You can do so by placing items on reserve at your respective library or by creating a copyright compliant, digital course reserve on the learning platform ILIAS.
Course reserve items are excluded from circulation and remain on reserve for the entire semester. The Primo catalog indicates whether an item is on course reserve. Course reserves may include items from the entire library collection. Items from other libraries or privately owned items may be included, as well. However, this will be at your own risk. The University Library is not liable for any loss or damage.
Please submit your course reserve requests early. Ideally, you submit your request to the respective library four weeks before the semester begins. Send us the completed form along with a list of your requested items, including their call numbers.
Course reserves remain available until the end of the semester, 31 January and 31 July, respectively. Please submit any renewal requests to your respective library.
Course reserve request
If you would like to make copyright protected material available to the participants of your course via the learning platform ILIAS, section 60a of the Act on Copyright and Related Rights (Urheberrechtsgesetz (UrhG)) provides the legal framework. Here is a short overview:
For illustration in teaching and research, you may make available for non-commercial purposes and in electronic form:
Articles from newspapers or popular magazines may not be made available in full text. “Small-scale works” means printed works up to 25 pages and videos and music up to 5 minutes.
The materials may only be made available
Section 60a UrhG Teaching in educational establishments
Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)) (August 2019): Urheberrecht in der Wissenschaft – Ein Überblick für Forschung, Lehre und Bibliotheken (in German) (PDF, 1.61 MB)
Federal Ministry of Education and Research ((Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)) (3 September 2019): Urheberrecht in der Wissenschaft – Was Forschende und Lehrende wissen sollten (in German)
If the e-books or articles in e-journals are already in the University Library’s collection, you can easily link to these resources in your digital course reserve.
At present, you have access to around 31.000 e-journals. E-journals can be accessed via the Primo catalog, via the Electronic Journal Library (Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek (EZB)), or directly through specialist databases. Many journals and databases support permalinks so that you can link to licensed resources.
University members can access electronic resources licensed by the library on campus and via the wireless network eduroam. Generally, university members can access these resources also remotely, Remote access is possible by using
Copyright-protected articles from newspapers or popular magazines must not be made available in full text. However, you and your students may access press articles via our licensed newspaper portals, press archives and online editions of newspapers. Many newspapers and databases support permalinks so that you can link to licensed resources.
Includes: The Economist, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal
Includes: The New York Times, Financial Times, The Guardian
You may include individual articles from the Factiva database in digital course reserves. The original source of the article must be referenced. In addition, you must indicate Factiva as source. The article must be deleted when no longer needed for the intended purpose.
Includes: The New York Times, The Guardian
Includes: Handelsblatt, WirtschaftsWoche, DIE ZEIT
The F.A.Z. allows you to use articles from the F.A.Z.-Bibliotheksportal for the purpose of illustrating for teaching, especially in digital course reserves. The F.A.Z.-Bibliotheksportal can be accessed via our campus license. In all other respects, the use is governed by the conditions of section 60a, para. 1 UrhG.
Members of the university can access the F.A.Z.-Bibliotheksportal on campus. Remote access via VPN is not possible
Works under open licenses, for example Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY), can be used in accordance with the license terms and regardless of section 60a UrhG.
Are you missing an important item in the library’s collection or do you need more items of a specific item? Please submit your acquisition request to the University Library by filling in the relevant form. Please state how many items are needed and if an electronic access is preferred.
The University Library will do its best to acquire the item you need in print or to purchase electronic access, provided we receive suitable offers at reasonable prices.