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