Frequently Asked Questions About the Current Use of the ThULB

The Thuringian University and State Library (ThULB) can still only be used to a limited extent due to the corona pandemic. Openings and rules of use are in accordance with the regulations of the city of Jena and the state. A constantly updated overview of the services is available here (German only).

In addition, we have compiled the most important questions and answers regarding the use of the ThULB here.

Which locations are open and which services are offered?

All branch libraries and locations are open again, some with restrictions. Media can be borrowed, extended and returned again on a self-service basis, the collections and the copy rooms are accessible. There may be waiting times, but prior registration is not necessary.

Limited opening hours apply until further notice. It is currently not foreseeable when these can be extended again.

  • Branch Library of Arts and Humanities: Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm
  • Branch Library of Law, Economics and Social Sciences: Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm
  • Branch Library of Natural Sciences: Monday to Friday from 10 am to 4 pm
    • Herbarium Haussknecht: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 am to 1 pm as well as Tuesday and Thursday from 12 pm to 4 pm
    • Chemistry: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am to 2 pm as well as Tuesday and Thursday from 12 pm to 4 pm
    • Physics: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am to 2 pm as well as Tuesday and Thursday from 12 pm to 4 pm
  • Branch Library of Medicine: Monday to Friday from 12 pm to 4 pm
    • Preclinical Medicine and Dentistry: Monday to Friday from 12 pm to 4 pm
    • Sports Science: Monday to Friday from 12 pm to 4 pm

A limited number of workplaces are available at all locations, which must be reserved in advance free of charge via the carrel booking system (excluding Herbarium Haussknecht). This is to ensure compliance with the applicable hygiene regulations. By booking in advance, the available places are to be distributed fairly – these are both carrels and open workplaces. Meanwhile, students and researchers are still encouraged to work at home whenever possible. The ThULB has compiled offers for working from home here (German only).

How do I book a workplace and what do I need to consider?

In order to book a workplace via the carrel booking system, a current URZ identification is required. For external users there is the possibility to get a guest account. For further information, please contact the URZ (German only). If you are already exmatriculated but are still writing your thesis, you can register as a guest user at the ThULB. Then the old identification becomes active again and can be used for booking.

Reservations can be made up to two days in advance and a new booking can only be made after the current booking has expired. The use of the workplace is limited to a maximum of four hours a day – this also applies to the carrels. A person can therefore only have one valid booking at any one time, and no immediate extension is possible after the four hours have expired.

While in the buildings of the ThULB the obligation to wear a mouth-nose-cover applies in general, this is optional for everyone at the booked workplace. Before getting up, however, the cover must be put on again. Surface disinfectant is available for cleaning the area. Further information is available here (German only). If you take a short break, you can leave your materials at your workplace – but you should have your mobile phone with you so that you can show your booking confirmation when you return, if necessary.

Can I still use my already booked carrel?

Individual carrels booked before the ThULB closure can be used as normal, bookings for group rooms are cancelled until further notice. In order to use a previously booked carrel, the booking confirmation must be presented to the security service or the central information desk. The opening of the carrels is possible as usual with the thoska.

Will the dunning routine continue to be suspended?

Borrowed media can be returned and renewed in all branch libraries. In the Branch Library of Arts and Humanities (Monday to Friday between 8 am and 6.30 pm) and in the Branch Library of Law, Economics and Social Sciences (Monday to Friday between 8 am and 5 pm) it is also possible to return books contactless via the media boxes.

The suspension of reminder fees only applied during the closure of the ThULB, i.e. until 25 May. Since then, the regular dunning procedure has taken effect if the loan period(s) is/are exceeded. If necessary, an extension via the user account should be considered and the loan desk should be contacted.

Status of information: 29 June 2020