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Passau Search Portal
Joint catalogue of Passau University Library and Passau State Library plus simultaneous search in the Union Catalogue of Bavaria & Berlin-Brandenburg and in the interdisciplinary article database Primo Central.
Your library account: you need to log on to Passau Search portal with your library user number and password to access the order and account functions (requests, reservations, renewals and interlibrary loan requests) or to do a literature search using one of the workstations in the reading rooms. You can also check the loan periods, renew your loans or change your password.
You do not need to have a library card to use the library holdings on the library premises. However, only registered users with a library card can request or borrow books, or use the licensed electronic resources such as databases, e-books or e-journals).
For students, the student ID card doubles as a library card.
Guided tours and training seminars. The University Library offers a comprehensive programme of guided tours and training courses to students, school pupils and the general public.
You might receive an e-mail from the library when the loan period for a borrowed item is about to expire, or a reserved item or interlibrary loan is ready for collection. If you're a student we will only send e-mails to your University e-mail account. More about e-mail notifications
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Borrowing from the reading room collection
Items from the reading room collection cannot generally be borrowed. They are, however, available for overnight (Mon – Thurs) or weekend loan.
Exception: Textbook collections - you may borrow the books from the textbook collections in the reading rooms (location mark 17) – a total of some 8,000 items. The borrowing period is four weeks, renewals are possible (see borrowing rules)! Show all print textbooks in Passau Search Portal.
Textbooks in pdf format - can be downloaded or read from the campus or from home (see e-books on the University computer network).
Borrowing from the closed stacks
If you request books and other media with available status (shelf-marks starting with 00/, 02/, 03/ or 04/), they will be placed in the shelves in the collection area at the ground floor in the entrance area of the Central Library. The loan period is four weeks. Renewals are possible, unless someone else has reserved the title in the meantime. Requested items are kept in the Abholbereich of the Central Library for you to pick up for precisely one week, before being moved back to their shelf locations.
Fees and charges
Use of the library is free of charge; however, you will be fined if you fail to return books on time, and you will have to reimburse the library for damaged or lost items. Moreover, there may be fees for interlibrary loans.
Printers, copiers and scanners
To use the copiers in the reading rooms you need to have a printer/copier balance on your Mensacard. The Mensacard can store two types of balances: one for services provided by the student services association (Studentenwerk), and another for the campus printer-copiers. The two balances are topped up using different terminals on campus. A terminal for topping up your printer-copier balance near the printer-copiers in the collection area of the Central Library.
The scanners in the reading rooms can be used free of charge. Don't forget to bring a USB key to store the scanned images – there is no e-mail access from the scanners!
The reading rooms and other freely accessible rooms (group work rooms, library lounge, central library learning room) are equipped with Wi-Fi access points. You must have your eduroam certificate installed on your device to connect to the wireless network. You will need your ZIM username and password to log in. The University's Wi-Fi network is not open to non-university members.
Non-university members can use Bayern Wi-fi. It is free of charge. Licenced library content (e-books, e-journals, databases) is not available.