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Library Campus Krefeld South

Library Campus Krefeld Süd
Reinarzstrasse 49, Building G, 47805 Krefeld
Email: Ausleihe-KR-Sued(at)hs-niederrhein.de
Phone: 02161/186-3400

Opening hours
Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Service hours
Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Library Campus Krefeld West

Library Campus Krefeld West
Frankenring 20, Building N, 47798 Krefeld
Email: Ausleihe-KR-West(at)hs-niederrhein.de
Phone: 02161/186-3400

Opening hours
Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Service hours
Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Library Campus Mönchengladbach

Library Campus Mönchengladbach
Richard-Wagner-Strasse 140, Building N, 41065 Mönchengladbach
Email: Ausleihe-MG(at)hs-niederrhein.de
Phone: 02161/186-3400

Opening hours
Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sat 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Service hours
Mon-Fri 8 a.m.- 7 p.m.
Sat 9.30 a.m. - 1.30 p.m.

Public Holidays in 2020

Holiday                                 Closed
February 24th                       Campus Krefeld closed
February 25th                       Campus Mönchengladbach closed
April 10th - 13th                    Easter holidays
May 1st                                 Labour Day
May 21st                                Ascension Day
June 1st                                 Whit Monday
June 11th                              Corpus Christi
October 3rd                          Day of German Unity
November 1st                       All Saints’ Day

Vending machine

You can pay your library fees or the fee for the prepaid printing cards at the vending machines at the Hochschule Niederrhein. The vending machines are located as follows:

  • Krefeld South campus: At the information counter (“info point”)
  • Krefeld West campus: In the anteroom of the library
  • Mönchengladbach campus: In the foyer of Building W

What are service hours?

The following services are only available during service hours:

  • Registration and activation of the library card
  • Lending of items with an extended loan period
  • Checkout and return of inter-library loans
  • Issue of the discharge note 
  • Checking out of items belonging to laboratory collection

Acquisition requests for students

All students at Hochschule Niederrhein can send acquisition requests to the library. Use this option if you would like to have a certain title to be on stock in the library. The library will normally grant your acquisition request.

You will receive a notification as soon as the book is ready to check out; the book will be reserved in the library for you.

If case your acquisition request cannot be granted, you will be notified immediately. Possible reasons for refusals are:

  • The title already is available in the library (as a print version or as an e-book); an exception to this are borrowed books which are not expected to be returned within fourteen days (please cancel your reservations as soon as your requested book is available for you)
  • The title was published by a "print-on-demand" publishing house
  • The title can be purchased for less than 15 euros
  • It was published for the first time more than 10 years ago
  • You are currently borrowing the title yourself
Student acquisition request

Acquisition of E-Books

Acquisition Faculty 01, 02, 03, 04, 09, 10
Acquisition Faculty 05, 06, 07, 08

Information

Any questions? We are available to answer your questions ...

... in person

  • Campus Krefeld South, Building G, Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Campus Krefeld West, Building N, Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Campus Mönchengladbach, Building N, Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sa 9.30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

… by email

  • As soon as possible, usually within our service hours Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Note

Please note that we do not provide medical, legal, tax or patent information and that all information is provided without guarantee. We do not prepare literature lists. Renewals are made on DigiBib via Account - Library Account: Borrowed items, Charges, ... or at the self-issue machines.

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Library A-Z

Useful information about our libraries is given below.

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Account management

The account management ("My Account / Renewals") of DigiBib (see DigiBib) enables you to view loans and inter-library loans and their loan periods, your orders and reservations and, if applicable, the amount of your fees. It is also possible to renew items here yourself or add an email address.

 

Account suspension See Library ID suspension

 

Addresses

Bibliothek Campus Mönchengladbach, Building N, Richard-Wagner-Strasse 140, 41065 Mönchengladbach
Phone.: 02161/186-3400
email: ausleihe-mg(at)hs-niederrhein.de

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sa 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Service hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 7 p.m., Sa 9.30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

 

Bibliothek Campus Krefeld West, Building N, Frankenring 20, 47798 Krefeld
Phone: 02161/186-3400
email: ausleihe-kr-west(at)hs-niederrhein.de

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Service hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

 

Bibliothek Campus Krefeld Süd, Building G, Reinarzstrasse 49, 47805 Krefeld
Phone: 02161/186-3400
email: ausleihe-kr-sued(at)hs-niederrhein.de

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Service hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.

 

Acquisition requests

Students and teachers can submit acquisition requests using the online form. Please use your library ID and password.

 

Articles from journals See Journals

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Bags

It is permitted to carry bags. Lockers are available free of charge. Please deposit an ID at the service counter to obtain a key. The library is not liable for theft (see Wardrobe).

 

Bank account

if you want to pay your fees by bank transfer, please use the following account details:

  • Recipient: Hochschule Niederrhein
  • Bank name: Stadtsparkasse Mönchengladbach
  • Subject.: Säumnisgeb. MG/KR / library ID number
  • IBAN: DE55 31050000 000 3425451
  • BIC/Swift-Code: MGLSDE33

 

Beverages / drinking

Beverages are not permitted in any of the library rooms. This rule assures that library items and rooms are protected and prevents the disturbance of other library users. Only resealable plastic water bottles are allowed. You are liable for any damage caused if you take water with you (see Drinking).

 

Books

You can search library items in the catalogue and also order them from another branch as well as reserve and renew items. Books for loan are open shelf books.

 

Branch orders See Orders

 

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Catalogue

You can access the catalogue through DigiBib (see DigiBib). It enables you to search for books and journals that are on stock in the university library. The hit lists show all information about the title, where the literature is available or whether the documents are available for download. You can manage your library account, reserve or order items and extend loan periods. The button "More" will provide results for literature and articles of other libraries.

 

Catalogue of classification See Classification

 

Change of user data

Your personal data must be up to date in case the library has to contact you. Due to our privacy policy, changes to the mailing address can only be made in person at the library. Notifying the library by email is not possible. Please present an ID or proof of residency. Students of the Hochschule Niederrhein must inform the Student Affairs Office.

 

Citavi

Citavi is a programme for reference management and knowledge organisation. Citavi helps to deal with all tasks for scientific literature research, organising knowledge, planning tasks and creating lists of references. The University offers a campus licence.

 

Classification

Books and journals are presented in systematic as well as in alphabetical order according to subjects and sub-categories.

There are three different classification systems:

  • In the Campus Mönchengladbach library: One capital letter, two small letters, sometimes numbers, for example Gem 2
  • For the categories textile and clothing in Mönchengladbach: Two capital letters for example RA
  • In the Campus Krefeld West and Campus Krefeld South libraries: Three or four capital letters, for example TBM

The first four letters of the author or of the title are added to the shelfmark.

Please use the shelf tags and the shelfmarks for orientation and use the catalogue.

 

Coats

Carrying coats is permitted. Lockers are available free of charge. Please deposit an ID at the service counter to obtain a key. The library is not liable for theft (see Wardrobe).

 

Counselling

If you have questions about library use or research that are too extensive to deal with at the service counter, you can schedule an appointment. Please contact the service desk (see Service).

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Damage to / loss of books

If books are damaged or lost, their cost must be reimbursed and an administration fee of EUR 25 is also charged.

 

Databases

DigiBib can be used to search for literature. Go to “Databases / Full Texts” where you will find the licensed databases offered by the University Library.

 

DigiBib

The Digital Library (DigiBib) enables an extensive literature research using the catalogue (see Catalogue), as well as (inter)national library catalogues and databases. In DigiBib you will find books, journals and articles which can either be read online, are on stock in the library or can be ordered as an inter-library loan (see Inter-library loan).

 

Drinking / beverages

Beverages are not permitted in any of the library rooms. This rule assures that library items and rooms are protected and prevents the disturbance of other library users. Only resealable plastic water bottles are allowed. You are liable for any damage caused if you take water with you (see Beverages).

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E-Books

E-Books by ProQuest Ebook Central is a web-based platform where e-books of different publishing houses are offered for use to persons affiliated with the University. All e-books there can be viewed immediately and you can decide if you want to use them for a longer period. On DigiBib you will find ProQuest Ebook Central and e-book packages of other providers (see Databases).

 

E-journals See Electronic journals

 

Electronic reserve material See Reserve material

 

E-journals

The library offers many e-journals through the catalogue and via DigiBib. Please note the terms of use.

 

Extended loan period

Students of the Hochschule Niederrhein are granted an extended loan period during an internship or semester abroad, as well as when writing a thesis. To extend a loan period, all borrowed items must be presented at the library. To apply for a longer loan period for the purpose of writing a thesis, you need the admission confirmation (with the specified submission date), for an internship or a semester abroad, the certificate from the examination office. Marked items and inter-library loans are excluded from an extended loan period.

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Fees

Fees may apply when using the library:

  •     Loan period exceeded (see Loan period)
  •     Printing / making photocopies (see Printing/photocopies)
  •     Inter-library loan (see Inter-library loan)
  •     Library ID for users not affiliated with the university (see Loan)
  •     Replacement of library ID (see Loss of library ID)
  •     Loss or damage of library items (see Damage to/loss of books)

Fees for late return:

    1-10 calendar days: 2 euros per item

    11-20 calendar days: 5 euros per item

    21-30 calendar days: 10 euros per item

    31-40 calendar days: 20 euros per item

    from 41 calendar days: 45 euros per item

For short-term loans (see Short-term loan), late fees of 2 euros per item and day apply.

Schedule of fees for the library (see Library regulations)

Avoid fees by returning your items on time or by extending the loan period in time. Your account will be suspended if the fee exceeds 30 euros (see ID card suspension). The fees are due by 31 March and 30 September. If you fail to comply, you cannot neither borrow nor renew items (see ID card suspension). You can pay your fees at the vending machine (see Vending machine) or by bank transfer (see Bank account).

 

Flash drive See PC workstations

 

Food

Food is not permitted in any of the library rooms. This rule assures that library items and rooms are protected and prevents the disturbance of other library users.

 

Full texts

Full texts are electronic books (see E-books) and electronic journals. You can find full texts in the "Databases / Full Texts" on DigiBib. The identifier for home use is your library ID number and your password (see Library ID). All users not affiliated with the Hochschule Niederrhein are excluded.

 

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Group study rooms

Group study rooms are available in the libraries. Please log in via the "Group rooms" website to reserve the rooms. An extension is possible if no other study group is registered.

 

Group workplace See Workplace

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House rules See Library regulations

 

Help See Service

 

Hotline See Service

 

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ID See Registration

 

Information

The service staff (see Service) will be happy to assist you with any questions. In the library, free handouts (e.g. with information about the loan, use of the catalogue and inter-library loans) are available to take with you. Weblinks to these flyers, also in English, are available. Go to “Information” (see Service).

 

Inter-library loan

If the desired literature is not available in the University Library, it can be ordered as an inter-library loan using DigiBib. A processing fee of EUR 1.50 is charged for each inter-library loan order. The fee also applies if the requested items are not available. The fee will be charged to your library account. In some cases can your inter-library loan can be extended once by a maximum of four weeks, at the earliest seven days before the loan period expires (see Extension). Printed articles remain with you. Inter-library loans can only be checked out and returned at the service counter. Please note the service hours.

 

Internet

The PC workstations with internet connection can be used free of charge. To log in use your library number and password. You can use the PC workstations with internet connection to print and save data on your flash drive.

 

Introductory courses See Training

 

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Journals

Current and older (bound) journals are available and can be photocopied, but can only be borrowed as a short-term loan (see Short-term loan).

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Laboratory collections

Laboratory collections are items that are set up in the laboratories and other facilities of the Hochschule Niederrhein. Laboratory collections can be viewed by all users. You can recognise laboratory collections by the catalogue entry. If "/ Labor" is specified as branch, it is an item that is present in a laboratory (special location outside the library). Please contact the supervisor of this laboratory to use the item there.

 

Lendability See Status

 

Library ID See Registration

 

Loan

There is no loan charge. Students receive their library ID together with their student ID. Library users who are not affiliated with any university have to pay an annual fee of 20 euros. Students from other universities are exempt from paying the annual fee if they present a valid student ID issued by their university. In all branches you can use self-issue machines (see Self-issue machine). Inter-library loans, short-term loans and items with a special loan period can be checked out at the service counter. Please use your library ID and your password. Up to 55 items can be borrowed. Except for inter-library loans, items can be returned at any branch of the self-issue machines and on the Mönchengladbach campus also at the outside self-return machine. A receipt will be issued to you.

 

Loan period

The loan period is usually four weeks. In the event of a late return, fees (see Fees) of two euros per book will be charged. Renewal (see Renewal) is possible up to four times if the book has not been reserved by another user and if the library fees have not exceeded 30 euros. Longer loan periods (see Extended loan period) can be requested for semesters abroad, internships and final theses.

 

Log in

Access to the catalogue, DigiBib and the PC workstations is obtained with the combination of your library ID and your pre-set password which is your 6-digit date of birth (DDMMJJ, e.g. 230992). You can change your password using account management (see Account management) on DigiBib. 

Lockers

Please deposit an ID at the service counter to obtain a key. Please note the terms of use.

 

Loss of library ID

If you lose your library ID, please inform us immediately and change your password to avoid misuse by others. A replacement card will be issued as soon as you pay the fee.

 

Loss of / damage to books

In the event of loss of or damage to books, their cost must be reimbursed and an administration fee of 25 euros is charged.

 

Lost and found

Lost property is kept for one week at the service counter of the respective branch. It is then passed to the “Info Point” (Building W) in Mönchengladbach or to the janitor in Krefeld.

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Mobile phone

The use of mobile phones is prohibited inside the library. Please put your mobile phone on silent mode and switch off the vibration and light alarm.

 

Moodle

Moodle is an open source eLearning platform. The library, as well as some departments, offer accompanying material for training or lectures on Moodle.

 

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Non-lending collection

Literature from the non-lending collection is marked with a yellow tag or yellow shelfmark tag and can only be borrowed as a short-term loan (see Short-term loan). These books and journals can only be used in the library and may be copied.

 

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Opening hours

Information on opening hours, both regular and irregular, is given in the section "Addresses and opening hours" and by means of notices.

 

Orders

The Hochschule Niederrhein University Library consists of three library branches  (see Addresses). Available books can be ordered in another branch from the catalogue free of charge if it is not on loan or not part of the non-lending collections (see Non-lending collections). After 2-3 days it can be picked up in your home branch and also returned  there. Please be careful to select the right branch when ordering from the catalogue.

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Password See Log in

 

PC workstations

There are PC workstations in all libraries for the use of the internet, the catalogue, DigiBib and the Microsoft Office suite. All PC workstations are equipped with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Citavi and USB connections can be used for longer internet searches. The PC workstations are connected to a printer.

 

Photocopies and printing See Printing / photocopies

 

Prepaid printing card See Printing / photocopies

 

Printing / photocopies

In all library branches you can use prepaid cards to make photocopies as well as for printing. Costs for printing/photocopies: 50 pages - 3 euros, 100 pages – 5.50 euros and 200 pages - 10 euros. The prepaid cards are topped up at the vending machine (see Vending machine). The vending machine issues a receipt which you present at the service counter or information counter in Building W in Mönchengladbach and your prepaid card will be handed out to you.

 

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Reference management See Citavi

 

Registration

Teachers and staff of Hochschule Niederrhein can use the library services without any registration process. The library ID will be issued to them without charge. Your personal library ID number can be found using the HN-Identity-Manager. When registering, please present your library ID number at the service counter.

Library users who are not affiliated with any university may register by presenting their ID or their passport in combination with a proof of residency. They pay an annual fee of 20 euros.

Minors require the written consent of a legal guardian.

Students from other universities are exempt from paying the annual fee until May 1st or November 1st of the current year. As proof as their student status they must present a valid student ID.

In order to renew the library ID, the same documents (ID, confirmation of student status) that are necessary for registration must be presented at the service counter.

 

Regulations of the library

Please comply with the library regulations, the house rules as well as the regulations for the use of lockers.

Library regulations

Regulations for the use of the lockers

House rules of Hochschule Niederrhein

Library fee schedule

 

Renewal

The loan period can be extended up to four times. The loan period for inter-library loans can only be extended once.

You can renew your loans in the following ways:

  • Via account management (see Account management) of the catalogue
  • Using the self-issue machines in the library branches
  • In person at the service counter in the library, by presenting your library ID

Please check your library account after the renewal and check if renewals were denied.

An extension is not possible:

  • If the item has been reserved by another person
  • If there are more than seven days until the end of the loan period
  • If the loan period has already been extended four times - in this case you can borrow the item again by presenting the item and library ID
  • If the library account is debited with more than 30 euros (see Library ID suspension)
  • By phone or email
  • During the extended loan period (see Extended loan period) - the extension request must be submitted to the service counter or by email
  • If for technical reasons a renewal is not possible, please inform us about the problem: ausleihe-mg (at) hs-niederrhein.de

 

Replacement library ID See Loss of library ID

 

Reservation

If the book you want has been borrowed by another user, you can reserve it free of charge through the catalogue ("reserve"). You will be notified as soon as you can pick up the book. It will be ready for collection for ten business days. Items with the status "On loan until" (October 31st of the year or subsequent year) cannot be reserved through the catalogue. Please contact the service counter to find out whether these items can be purchased for you.

 

Reserve material

Special literature and copy templates are compiled by lecturers for certain courses as reserve material and deposited at the library. They can only be used at the library. A book list with the scanned title pages and table of contents can be viewed on the website "Course reserve material".

 

Return See Self-issue machine

 

Return of library items

To avoid waiting times, you can use the book return box at the entrance area of Building N at the library Mönchengladbach campus. Items can be returned around the clock. Inter-library loans and short-term loans must be returned at the service counter during service hours.

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Scanner

A high-quality book scanner is available at the Mönchengladbach campus library. It can be used to scan books, journals, documents etc. and save them on a flash drive or transfer them to a mobile device using an app. The scanner’s manual is attached to the scanner. For any questions, please contact the service counter. Scanning is free of charge. Please observe the copyright laws. The library is not liable for the use of the generated scan files.

 

Scientific work

The special "Scientific Work" collection in the Mönchengladbach campus library summarises special literature on the topic of scientific work. It provides help and assistance on topics such as homework, time management, efficient learning, motivation, memory training etc. The books are presented as one collection and have a special mark. Borrowing is only possible as a short-term loan (see Short-term loan). Copies of some titles are also part of the regular stock. A list of these books with scans of the title page and table of contents can be viewed on "Course reserve material".

 

Self-collection

You can pick up and check out your reserved and ordered books during the opening hours (see Addresses). The ordered or reserved items are sorted by the last two digits of your library card number, within this group by the last four digits of the library number. After removal, please check out the items at the self-issue machines. (see Self-issue machines). Please make sure that you only remove items that are for you. The reserved items are available for up to ten working days. Items delivered via inter-library loan can only be collected at the service counter during service hours (see Service hours).

 

Self-issue of items

Self-issue machines are available in the libraries during opening hours. Here you can check out, return or renew your books or view your account. This prevents waiting times at the service counter. Your library ID and password are required. Use is menu-driven. You will be issued a receipt. Inter-library loans can only be checked out and returned at the service counter. Please note the service hours.

You can also return borrowed books by mail (see Addresses). You are responsible for sending the items. To avoid late fees, please calculate enough time for shipping. The items must arrive at the library by the end of the loan period. The chargeback date is decisive.

 

Service

You can receive information in person at the service counter or by email at bibliotheksauskunft (at) hs-niederrhein.de.

You can receive information by telephone regarding all branches by calling this telephone number: 02161 / 186-3400 (Mon - Fri 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.).

The library offers counselling for more detailed research questions (see Counselling).

 

Service hours

In the libraries there is a difference between opening and service hours. During the opening hours you can check out and return items at the self-issue machines and pick up orders or make reservations with you in person. You can only register and activate your library ID, borrow items with an extended loan period and short-term loans, check out and return inter-library loans, have a certificate of retirement from the University signed and pick up items for laboratory collections during service hours.

 

Shelfmark See Classification

 

Short-term loan

Journals (issues and bound journals), books from the reserve material (see Reserve material), books from "Scientific Work" (see Scientific Work) and books from the non-lending collection (see Non-lending collection) can be borrowed as a short-term loan. Loose-leaf editions cannot be borrowed. Borrowing is possible from 4 p.m. (Saturdays in Mönchengladbach from 12 p.m.) until the following opening day at 9 a.m. The short-term loan and its return is only possible at the service counter during service hours (see Service hours). Borrowing on the same day is not possible. In the event of a late return, late fees (see Fees) of two euros per day and per item will be charged.

 

Single workplaces See Workplaces

 

Smoking

Smoking is forbidden in all rooms of the libraries and on the patio in Mönchengladbach.

 

Status

Information about the availability of an item can be found under "Status" in the "Bibliographical Details" in the full display of the catalogue:

Loanable: The item is freely accessible in your own branch.

Available on site: The item is in another branch. You can order it free of charge from the branch of your choice (see Order). As soon as it is ready for you to collect, you will be notified by email.

Not for loan: The item is freely accessible in the library. You can only use it within the specified branch (see Non-lending collection).

On loan (Due date ...): The item is already on loan by another person. You can reserve it. To reserve it, please click on "Reserve" (see Reserve). As soon as it is ready for you to pick up, you will be notified by email.

On loan (Due date October 31st of the year or following year): The item was borrowed by users with special conditions and can neither be reserved nor ordered through the catalogue. Please ask at the service counter whether it can be purchased for you.

If "/ In process" is specified as branch, the item is still being prepared for loan by the library.

 

Suspension of the library ID

If your library fees exceed 30 euros, your library ID will be suspended.

Fees must be paid before April 1st and November 1st every year.  Failure to do so will result in account suspension. Loans, inter-library loans or renewal of items will not be possible in this case.

Please pay all your fees using the vending machine (see Vending machine).

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Thesis

Some University departments offer theses for reference in the library and some of these can be borrowed. Please look for further information in the catalogue and ask for assistance at the service counter. Final theses will only be handed out by the library staff. If you are working on your own final thesis, you can apply for an extended loan period (see Extended loan period).

 

Training

The library offers the following training:

  • Basic course
  • Extended basic course
  • Advanced course
  • Citavi course

If you are interested in training (possibly for your seminar) please contact the training team by email: schulungbib(at)hs-niederrhein.de.

For more information, see Training.

 

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Users not affiliated with a university See Registration

 

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Vending machine

You can pay your library fees or the fee for prepaid cards at the vending machines at the Hochschule Niederrhein. Your account will be suspended if the fee exceeds 30 euros (see Library ID suspension)

The vending machines are located:

  • Krefeld Süd campus: at the information counter (“Info Point”)
  • Krefeld West campus: in the anteroom of the library
  • Mönchengladbach campus: in the foyer of Building W

 

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Wardrobe

Carrying coats and bags is generally permitted. Lockers are available free of charge. Please deposit an ID at the service counter to obtain a key. The library is not liable for theft (see Coats; see Bags).

 

Website

The library website can be accessed at www.hs-niederrhein.de/bibliothek

 

Wireless Local Area Network

A comprehensive WLAN is available at the Hochschule Niederrhein. Access to the WLAN is possible with the university account’s personal data. Please check the KIS website for detailed instructions.

 

Workplaces

There are different kinds of workplaces available at the library. The workplaces are accessible during the library's opening hours. We provide single workplaces, PC workstations (see PC workstations) and group workplaces (see also Group workplace).

 

Workstations See PC workstations

Course reserve material

Special literature and copy templates are compiled by lecturers for certain courses. These collections are called "reserve material" or “reserve collections”. It is presented as one coherent collection and marked as confined material. Items from this collection can only be used in the library. Making photocopies and scans is possible.

For lecturers: If you are a lecturer at the Hochschule Niederrhein and want to create a new collection of reserve material, please contact the library staff at the service counter in your library.

For more information about reserve material, please read the FAQ.

For students: Next to the link to the FAQ you will find lists of the literature compiled by your lecturer in the library's reserve collections, sorted by department, last name of the lecturer and name of the reserve collection.

Course reserve material - FAQ

1. What is reserve material?

Lecturers compile a list the literature that is most relevant for their courses in a reserve collection and present it in the library. The electronic list of reserve material gives you an overview of the existing reserve collections and the literature they contain. The lists can be accessed through the library’s website.

2. Can the items from the reserve material be borrowed?

It is not possible to borrow any of the items (exception: short-term loan until 9 a.m. on the next opening day). This ensures that as many as possible students can use them during the library's opening hours. You can use them anywhere in the library and make photocopies and scans. The literature that belongs to the reserve material is marked as "not loanable" in the library catalogue.

3. Where can I find information about the contents of the reserve material?

The list of electronic reserve material for all existing reserve collections is primarily sorted by department, secondly by the lecturers' last names and thirdly by the name of the individual reserve collection. It gives you a quick overview. The number in brackets indicates of how many items a reserve collection consists of. Example: 02 Volkmann: Future Research (12).

If you click the link connected to an item, you find general information on it above. Below you find brief information (author or editor plus title) about the item. If you click the title, you find more detailed information on the respective item in the catalogue. Above the title information you can select your branch. By clicking the links you can also access more detailed information, e.g. tables of contents. The catalogue viewer is also helpful if you want to find out if there are more items available for loan.

4. Where and how is the reserve material presented in the library?

Reserve collections are presented as locally coherent collections in the library, sorted by department. The library staff will gladly assist you finding them in the library. The items belonging to the reserve collections are marked with a white stripe and a number on the spine. The shelves are marked with information on the respective reserve collection.

Please contact the library staff for further information.

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Inter-library loan

If the desired literature is not listed in the University Library’s catalogue DigiBib, it can be ordered as an inter-library loan from other libraries to be sent to the libraries of the Hochschule Niederrhein.

Which types of media can be ordered?

Media such as books, passages from books, articles from journals, CDs, CD-ROMs, Blu-ray, DVD and much more can normally be ordered.

Which types of media are excluded?

  • Library items that belong to the local collections, even if they are on loan or have been reserved
  • E-books, e-journals, full text databases
  • Theses (Diploma theses, Bachelor’s theses)
  • Literature that can be purchased in retail outlets for less than EUR 15.00
  • For environmental reasons the shipping of printed newspapers and printed journals is an exception
  • Loose-leaf editions and unbound journals (you may order copies)
  • Literature of exceptional value, especially literature from the 16th until the 18th centuries
  • Engineering standards and patents
  • For literature that has been published in the current year (new publications), we recommend submitting an acquisition proposal, as the current literature is in high demand and rarely available

Fees

A processing fee of EUR 1.50 is charged for each inter-library loan order. The fee also applies if the requested items are not available. The fee will be charged to your library account. Each self-contained article is considered an individual order. Articles must be ordered individually and will be charged accordingly.

Delivery times

Book orders: Ten working days

Articles: Five working days

Longer delivery times are possible if the desired item is on loan or missing. You can see the current status of your inter-library loan orders using your library account in DigiBib.

Please note that orders to the Krefeld branches can be checked out at the service counter one to two days after you have been notified that the book has arrived in the library.

Ordering process

You can place your order through the digital library (DigiBib). Go to “Inter-library loan”. For detailed information about the ordering process, please refer to the help texts that you find in the area “downloads” or “information”.

Loan period

The loan period usually is four weeks. In some cases your inter-library loan can be extended once by up to four weeks, at the earliest seven days before the loan period expires. Please contact the service counter for information about the renewal of inter-library loans. If possible please renew your item through DigiBib. Go to: Account - Library Account: Borrowed items, Charges, ...) or use the self-issue machine in the library branches.

Terms of use for group study rooms

Booking is possible for the minimum of two people; both require a valid library ID. Bookings can be made up to one week in advance, but not on the same day as the day of use and no more than four bookings per week. Multiple bookings of three hours on the same day are possible, if you leave the room for two hours. If you do not occupy a reserved room within the first fifteen minutes, this room may be used by another study group and your reservation is cancelled. Please do not disturb the other library users, especially by making noise. Please only use the rooms for group study. Please note: Using the phone, eating and drinking is not permitted. You may drink from resealable containers.

Reservation

Use the "Reservation schedule" form, click the room and start time. Enter your library ID and password to log in. The date, room number and start time are displayed. Enter the library ID and password of the second person and the end time to complete the reservation. If you make the booking alone, the user number of the second person is sufficient; however, the room is only reserved. The second person must confirm the reservation by entering the password not later than two days before the selected date, otherwise the reservation will expire.

Cancelation

Click the log-in button and enter your library ID and password. Click your reservation, it will be displayed. Click Cancel. Your reservation is cancelled.

Print from your own PC

Documents that you saved on your notebook / tablet PC can be printed in the library and in the departments. Currently only PDF format is supported.

First you upload the document using a web form. Here please click on the "Browse" button and select the desired file. The name of the file appears in the selection window. Then you click the "Next" button to start the uploading process. Depending on the size of the file, it may take several seconds for a selection window to appear showing a list of available printers. In the list you will find printing stations that are located in the individual libraries.

The "release code" displayed during the printing process can be ignored.

 

To the web form

DigiBib from home

To use the digital library from home, you need your library ID and your password for the catalogue. Please note that you do not need a VPN client for the library services.

For licensing reasons, the services of the digital library are only available in the library locations themselves for users not affiliated with the Hochschule Niederrhein.

For licensing reasons, the databases Beck and Juris can only be used by university staff outside the campus.

For access to the databases mentioned above please contact:

Database tutorial

Play areas

play area

At the Mönchengladbach branch there is a play area and a toy box for our young visitors. There are toy boxes in the Krefeld South and Krefeld West branches.

Training

The library of the Hochschule Niederrhein supports you in using an extensive range of printed and digital information. Training sessions and seminars are offered to complement your teaching content. If you would like to find out more about library use or research opportunities, you can schedule an appointment for a library consultation.

If you would like to include library training in your class or would like to attend a consultation, please schedule an appointment with the training team.

Research proposals are available at the service counter as usual.

Citavi workshop

Citavi is a Windows-based software for literature management, knowledge organisation and work planning. Citavi supports you in all stages of your work, from research through the procurement and management of sources and their content processing to the creation of a scientific publication. Use Citavi for individual work or for working in study groups.

Citavi runs on Windows. If you are currently using Windows 10 S, switch off the S mode in order to be able to use all features of Citavi. You can only use Citavi on Mac if you use a virtualisation solution.

 

Meetings

Once a month.

Please refer to the exact date on the list when registering.

Location

The presentation runs via the online conference tool Zoom. You will receive the meeting URL by email one hour before training starts.

Target groups

People with an advanced knowledge of library use who want to manage literature and information and who want to organise knowledge and tasks on a specific topic. It is best if they have already attended the basic and advanced course (usually students from the third semester and examinees).

Content

The participants learn to insert a bibliography or a quotation into the text in the citation style of their choice. You can search for literature, manage bibliographical information, collect and organise quotes, create footnotes and bibliographies and organise tasks.

Procedure

Presentation of the software. After that the participants can ask questions.

Objective

Students will be introduced to the use of Citavi.

Duration

Sixty minutes

Participants

A maximum of twenty participants

Registration

Consulting

Individuals who would like to learn more about library use or research methods can schedule an appointment for library consultation. During consultation we answer your questions carefully and guide you through your research. Please register at the service counter or via Bibliotheksauskunft(at)hs-niederrhein.de.