General information on lending

The library of the Main Campus offers a stock of approximately 80,000 printed and audiovisual media units (books, magazines, standards etc.) and about 40,000 e-books.

In addition, you have the option of borrowing the energy-saving package for free.

In the following overview you will find the most important information about lending.


Contact our service team:

Information: lending and e-book download

Download: E-Books

Background: The stock of the library offers you about 36,000 e-books. These will not be borrowed ("Onleihe"), but can be downloaded permanently by you as PDF documents free of charge.

Procedure: The e-books can be researched via the online catalogue. You will recognize them in the hit display at the @-icon as well as at the "[E-Book]" link at the bottom left. Follow the link to access the book in a database and download it as needed.

Requirement for the download: use of a campus computer, setup of a VPN connection or authentication via Shibboleth.

Legal information: please note!

  • copies of digital products may only be used within the scope of the copyright law (§ 53 UrhG), that means exclusively for private or other own use; for this purpose, a storage on USB stick and print copy is possible.
  • forwarding to external persons is not permitted.
  • the use of bot programs is prohibited.
Lending: Printed & Audiovisual Media

Background: Books, AV media (e.g. DVDs) and journals can be borrowed by you free of charge. Requirement: They are not part of the library's non-lending,  special or reserve collection.

Special loans a) of the non-lending or special collection, b) of individual journals / volumes or c) of the reserve collection are only possible overnight or over a weekend. Please come to the service desk half an hour before the end of the opening hours.

Procedure: The printed and audiovisual media can be researched via the online catalogue. If there is a hit, you will find a call number in the display (e.g. "DV 48/0246"). It tells you where to find the medium in the bookshelves.

Please come to the service desk to borrow the appropriate media.

Lending Periods

Media can only be borrowed from you for a certain period of time. For printed or audiovisual works, the loan periods (or: lending periods) are usually three weeks.


Background: You have the possibility to extend the lending period of a borrowed medium. Requirements are:

  • It is a book or AV medium (DVD etc.). Un-/bound journals cannot be renewed.
  • There is no reservation for the medium by another user.
  • The maximum number of possible renewals has not yet been reached.

Procedure: The renewal can be carried out

  • autonomous via your library account in the online catalogue (see below)
  • personally, at the information desk
  • by phone:  06782 17-1477 (information desk)
  • by e-mail: bibliothek[at]

Library account: Execution of a renewal

  1. Open the online catalog and click on "My Account" in the top menu bar.
  2. Log in with your library ID and PIN.
  3. Select tab "Checkouts" in your user account. You will receive a list of your loans, sorted by date of loan.

Please return borrowed media at the service desk of the library.

Overdue Fee

Overdue fees are charged for all media you have borrowed and returned or extended too late. The amount is specified in the fee schedule of the library:

The following applies: The overdue fees for the late return or renewal of borrowed media amount to 2.00 EUR per borrowed medium for each commenced week. In the case of special loans measured in days, the late fees amount to EUR 2.00 for each commenced working day (as of 10/2018).


If you search for a particular medium in the online catalogue, it may happen that all its copies have already been borrowed. In such a case, you have the option to reserve the already borrowed medium. Please come to the service desk or send us an e-mail.

Once the reserved medium has been returned, you will be notified by e-mail. The medium is then ready for you to pick up at the service desk for seven days.

Library Account

Background: Your online library account allows you i. a. to keep track of your loans and return dates and to extend loan periods.

Procedure: Calling up your library account

  1. Open the online catalogue.
  2. Select the tab "Account" and log in with your ID and password.

Information: key lending for lockers

Key Lending

Right in front of the library entrance and in the entrance area of ​​building B you will find lockers.

  • Some of the lockers can be used against a deposit (one or two €2.00 pieces). The coins have to be brought along, a change in the library is not possible.
  • For lockers that are not equipped with a deposit system, the keys can be borrowed at the library service counter. Borrowing is free of charge.

The seperate regulations for the use of the lockers of the Trier University Library apply (German).

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