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Corona crisis - Information on library services

Due to the corona crisis, the library services of the KIT Library, the Fachbibliothek HKA (FBH), and the Fachbibliothek DHBW Karlsruhe (FBD) are still limited. You will find detailed information on this page.
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+++ PLEASE NOTE +++

  • Since January 12, 2021 limited lending service at the KIT Library, the Fachbibliothek HKA (FBH) and the Fachbibliothek DHBW Karlsruhe (FBD).
  • Since January 25, 2021 libraries may be accessed only with a medical mask.
  • Since March 1, 2021 KIT students will be able to use the "Online Reading Room" as a virtual learning space based on MS Teams.
  • Since March 10, 2021, the booking of study spaces for students of KIT, HKA and DHBW Karlsruhe is possible.

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Access to KIT-Bibliothek Süd

  • KIT-Bibliothek Süd is open Monday till Sunday from 8 am to 10 pm. The service hours are Monday till Friday (on workdays) from 9 am to 3 pm.
  • The opening hours of the other KIT library locations can be found here.
  • Access is possible exclusively for registered users in possession of a valid library card, for the purpose of collecting pre-ordered books (see below) or using a study space (see below).
  • Please note: Book returns are only possible on Monday till Sunday from 8 am to 10 pm.
  • You are only allowed to enter the library as a single person. Instructions given by library staff must be followed at all times.
  • Access is not allowed for persons who have stayed abroad in the last 14 days, as well as for persons who have been in contact with individuals infected by corona virus and for anyone who shows symptoms of an upper respiratory infection or fever.
  • Wearing of a medical mask is mandatory. "Medical masks are surgical masks (DIN EN 14683:2019-10) or FFP2 (DIN EN 149:2001) respectively masks of the standards KN95/N95". (Source: Corona Ordinance)
  • Entrance to and exit from the library are separated. Entering the building is possible via the eastern entrance from Adenauerring, leaving via the western exit.
  • Access is only possible with a valid library card.
  • The number of users who can enter the building at the same time is limited.
  • Access will be regulated by security staff at the main entrance. Please follow the instructions given by security staff. If you can’t access right away, please wait outside and keep a security distance to other persons.
  • When picking up pre-ordered books, please take them directly from the pick-up shelf, proceed to issue them and promptly leave the building.

Access to KIT-Bibliothek Nord, Fachbibliothek HKA and Fachbibliothek DHBW Karlsruhe

  • You can find opening hours for these libraries here.
  • Access is possible only for registered users with a valid library card in order to collect and return books or to use a study space (see below).
  • Wearing of a medical mask is mandatory. "Medical masks are surgical masks (DIN EN 14683:2019-10) or FFP2 (DIN EN 149:2001) respectively masks of the standards KN95/N95". (Source: Corona Ordinance)
  • Access is not allowed for persons who have stayed in a corona high-risk region within the last 14 days, as well as for persons who have been in contact with individuals infected by corona virus and for anyone who shows symptoms of an upper respiratory infection or fever.
  • The number of users allowed inside the library is limited.
  • Supervisory staff can regulate access if necessary. Please follow instructions given by library staff.
  • If you cannot access right away, please wait outside and keep a safe distance from others.

Reservation of study spaces

  • Due to infection prevention they can only be used after prior reservation. A medical face mask must be worn during use.
  • The reading rooms can be used only after prior reservation of a time slot:
    • KIT-Bibliothek Süd: Monday - Sunday, 8 am - 1 pm, 2 pm – 5.45 pm and 6 pm - 10 pm
    • KIT-Bibliothek Nord: Monday - Friday, 9 - 11.45 am and 12 - 3 pm
    • Fachbibliothek HKA (FBH): Monday - Saturday, 9 am - 1.30 pm, 1.30 - 6 pm and 6 - 10 pm
    • Fachbibliothek DHBW Karlsruhe (FBD): Monday - Friday, 8 - 11.45 am and 12 - 4 pm
    • Lernzentrum am Fasanenschlösschen (LAF): Monday - Sunday, 9 am - 1.30 pm, 1.30 pm – 6 pm and 6 pm - 10 pm
  • You can find detailed information here.

Digital Services

Information for new students

Borrowing items from KIT-Bibliothek Süd

  • You can order all lendable books and items from home via our online catalog and self-collect them from the pick-up shelf.
  •   Only pre-ordered or reserved books and items can be borrowed.
  • Books and items that are ready to collect can be found on the pick-up shelf, otherwise they are handed out at the information desk.
  • Interlibrary loan requests can be collected at the information desk.
  • Borrowed books can be returned at the return stations at KIT Library during opening hours.

Borrowing items from KIT-Bibliothek Nord, Fachbibliothek HKA and Fachbibliothek DHBW Karlsruhe

  • You can order all lendable books and items from home via our online catalog and self-collect them from the pick-up shelf.
  • Books and items that are ready to collect can be found on the pick-up shelf, otherwise they are handed out at the information desk.

Courses and consultation

Consultation on using library services

  • For questions and general instructions on using the library services you can reach us from 9 am to 3 pm by phone +49 721 608-43109 or via infodesk∂bibliothek.kit.edu.
  • We continue to give advice by phone or email on all questions concerning the use of our electronic resources.

Exmatriculation

KIT Scientific Publishing

Media Center

  • The Media Center is currently closed to the public. It is not possible to borrow equipment.
  • However, the media center team can be reached by phone on weekdays at +49 721 608-45448/-45297 or by e-mail at medienzentrum∂bibliothek.kit.edu.

Current restrictions

  • Group study rooms remain closed.
  • You cannot reserve rooms for study groups.
  • The cafeteria, vending machines and the PC pools are closed/shut down.
  • Non-lendable books cannot be ordered or borrowed.
  • Access to the reading rooms and the textbook collection to borrow books is not possible.

News

Inquiries and contact

  • For inquiries you can reach us Monday to Friday between 9 am and 3 pm by phone at +49 721 608-43109 or -43111.
  • Inquiries by email should be sent as usual to infodesk∂bibliothek.kit.edu.