Service and usage

How can I borrow books? When must I return them? What happens if I forget?

Registration and user account

To order and borrow media from the Central Library of Kiel University of Applied Sciences, you must register as a user in person or by e-mail.


You will need:

  •     Registration form (german / english)
  •     Printer
  •     scanner / cell phone camera
  •     some patience

Fill out the form and sign it.

Scan or photograph the document (please make sure it is legible) and send it to ausleihe.zb(at)

Once your data has been entered into our library system, you will be able to access your user account. This process may take up to 1 day.

On your first visit, please show your identity card / registration certificate and, as a student, also your student ID for a one-time data comparison.

You can also register as a user on site at the library. Just bring your student ID and your identity card / registration certificate with you and the library staff will be happy to help you with the rest of the process.

If you have any questions, please contact us at ausleihe.zb(at) or call us at 0431 210-4800.

To manage your library account log in with:

  • User number: number above the barcode on your student ID card
  • Password: Date of birth in the format DDMMYY

Only then will you be able to order items from the online catalog for checkout.

Do you still have questions? You can read all information about registration and your user account in our flyer.

Terms of use and data protection

Terms of use:

  •    the use of cell phones, bringing pets, as well as the consumption of food and drinks in the library is not allowed.
  •     Bags are not allowed to be taken into the library. You can lock your bags in the lockers at the entrance for a deposit or leave them on the open shelves by the counter.
  •     Users must immediately report any loss or defects found in library materials.
  •     The transfer of library materials to third parties is not permitted. The user who has borrowed the library material is liable in any case.
  •     the instructions of the library staff must be followed.

By using the Central Library of the University of Applied Sciences, you accept our regulations for use and refer to the data protection regulations of the University of Applied Sciences. These are posted in the library and can be viewed along with the fee schedule below:

User regulations

Fee regulation

Data Protection Information

User account and user card

With your registration at the Central Library of Kiel UAS you have received a user ID.

You can use this to view your user account user account.

Log in with your user ID:

  •     The complete user number (can be found on your student ID above the barcode).
  •     Your personal password. The default is your date of birth in the format DDMMYY.

The library must be notified immediately of any changes to your address.

Your student card is also your library card and entitles you to borrow media outside the library.
Students of universities in Schleswig-Holstein can register free of charge as users of the Central Library with their university ID.

Please note that your user card is not transferable. This means that you may not borrow books or other media for another person, nor may you pick up orders or reservations.

Loan periods and renewals

Media from the open access collection and the magazine (incl. non-books) can be borrowed for 4 weeks. Audio CDs and CD-ROMs are available at the circulation desk.

The reference holdings marked in yellow, periodicals and the pre-1945 holdings are not available for loan.

You can extend the lending period for media up to 5 times. This is possible

  •     Online via your user account
  •     In person at the circulation desk
  •     By telephone on 0431 210 4800

Requests must be made before the loan period expires. After the 6th renewal, the books must be presented to the library for re-lending. The number of volumes ordered or borrowed by a user at the same time may be limited.
Media reserved by other users cannot be renewed.
Three days before the end of the loan period you will receive a reminder e-mail.
If the loan period is exceeded, the library will remind you to return the items for a fee.

Prebook and cancel

You have the possibility to reserve borrowed media for yourself and to cancel these reservations independently via your user account.

Reservations for borrowed media are possible via our online catalog. As soon as they are ready for you, you will be notified by e-mail.

The media will be reserved for you for 2 weeks and will be available for pick-up at the circulation desk.


Three days before the end of the loan period, users will receive a reminder by e-mail. This service is without guarantee. Only the return date specified in the online account is decisive.

If the loan period is exceeded, the first fee-based reminder will be sent one week after the end of the loan period. If this reminder is not followed up within one week, a 2nd reminder will be sent. If this also remains unsuccessful for more than one week, a 3rd reminder will be sent.

If the library material is not returned, the library may demand replacement or compensation.

Reminder fees will be charged for each reminder. These are per borrowed media unit:
1st reminder 2,50 €
2nd reminder 5,00 €
3rd reminder 10,00 €

If you have any questions regarding incurred reminder fees, please contact mahnwesen.zb(at)!

Central library offer

Here you will find information on how to find books in the library, how to scan and print documents on site, how to order books from the stacks, and much more.

Print and Scan

In the library you have the possibility to print and scan various resources on the first floor.

From the reading room computers you can print from the Internet, USB stick and CDs. Prints are ejected at the counter and can be picked up and paid for there.
Black and white prints are generally possible from all available devices. The costs are:

  •     A4 printed on one side, per sheet 0,05 EUR
  •     A4 printed on both sides, per sheet 0,10 EUR

Please follow the instructions for use on the devices!

Book scanner

With the book scanner you can optimally digitize texts and pictures. The spines of the books are protected by the existing book cradle. The created scans can be saved in different formats. Additionally you have the following possibilities:

  •     Resolution up to 600 dpi
  •     Formats up to DIN A2
  •     OCR
  •     Storage on a USB stick
  •     Direct sending by e-mail

The use of the device is free of charge. Please note the instructions for use on the device!


The Central Library makes this inventory available to you:

  • Total print holdings: 109,031
  • open access holdings: 34,162
  • Current print subscriptions: 177
  • e-books: 190,616
  • eJournals: 213,951

Status: March 2023

Lineup and signatures

Where is what located ?

The book holdings of the Central Library are divided intofreely accessible media, the so-called open access holdings, and media that are located in the magazine stacks based on various criteria. The designations can also be found in the online catalog and discovery system of the Central Library as locations.

On the following pages, you will find more detailed information about the location of the media and the spatial conditions in the Central Library.

The open access collection

On the first floor you will find the shelving system with the shelfmarks Ast to Mas as well as the university publications (from 2000). This system is a so-called universal system, i.e. it includes (almost) all subject disciplines. The literature of the departments (civil engineering, social work and health, business administration, computer science and electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, media, economics) are united here under one roof. In the catalog you can recognize a book from this collection by the following shelfmark:

  • Example: Bwl 20-1/1

Overview panels are located at the front of the shelves.
The reference stock is marked as such with a yellow sticker and cannot be borrowed! The latest periodical issues are also located on the first floor.

The signatures Math to Wis are located in the basement.




Media with a magazine location must be ordered via our online catalog. To do so, click on the "order" button at the desired copy and then log in with your account data.

Ordered media are available as follows:

    Orders placed by 10:00 a.m. will be ready for pickup at 11:00 a.m.
    Orders placed before 13:00 are ready for collection from 14:00.

The ordered media will be available at the circulation desk for two weeks.

You can check the status of your order at any time in your user account.



Interlibrary Loan

Through interlibrary loan, we obtain media and journal articles for you that are not available on site at the University of Applied Sciences and also in Kiel.


Media that are not available in Kiel can be ordered from us via interlibrary loan. Please use one order form per medium.  The procurement takes about 2 weeks. A prerequisite is that you are registered in the Central Library.

The fee for ordered media is 1,50 EUR each.

As a rule, the ordered media can be borrowed for 4 weeks. However, the issuing library is entitled to shorten the loan period if necessary.

E-books cannot be ordered via interlibrary loan for copyright reasons.

When ordering books, please remember to note which edition is desired!


Through interlibrary loan, we can provide you with copies of journal articles that are not available in Kiel.

The procurement takes about 2 weeks. You must be registered at the Central Library.

Interlibrary loan orders are subject to a fee.

You cannot order:

  • articles from journals which are available either at the Central Library or at another library in Kiel
  • single issues
  • articles from newspapers and "kiosk magazines" (e.g. Brigitte)

Ordering process
You need an order form for each article title. The form is also available at the circulation desk or you can send an e-mail to: fernleihe.zb(at)

Fees and costs

  • Copies of essays up to 20 pages cost 1,50 EUR. The copy remains with the recipient.
  • Copies over 20 pages are usually charged at the current page rate plus letter postage.
  • The fee is to be paid after successful delivery.

Exmatriculation and De-registration

At the end of your studies you have to de-register. To do this, you will need a stamp from the central library, among other things. You can find the form for de-registration on the homepage of your department. You can send it to us pre-filled in two ways:

If you send the form electronically, we will usually process your de-registration within one day.