What the lockdown means for the University of Jena

With the nationwide lockdown, public life in Germany will be shut down starting today, Wednesday, 16 December 2020, to bring the spread of the coronavirus under control. Of course, this will have an impact on the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. As a result, all courses will be held digitally until 10 January 2021. The only exceptions to this are exams that must necessarily be taken in person. Employees are to work at home if possible.

Here we have compiled facilities at the university where there are restrictions as a result of the lockdown. Information on the current situation at the Friedrich Schiller University can be found here.


All facilities of the Thuringian University and State Library Jena (ThULB) will be closed from 24 December to 10 January. From 17 to 23 December, the library will remain open for borrowing as well as picking up ordered media from the collection and inter-library loan, but the study spaces cannot be used. Users are asked to check online for the availability of desired media before visiting the library and also to use the options for contactless borrowing, renewal and return of media (self-checkout and return boxes). Renewals are also possible online via the user account, provided there is no reservation.

The branch libraries of Natural Sciences and Medicine will close as early as 21 December. The loan periods of all media borrowed before Christmas will initially be extended until 12 January 2021, the dunning routine will be suspended from 17 December until the resumption of opening operations. Shortened opening hours will apply through Christmas, which can be found here.

Dining Halls & Cafeterias

The Carl-Zeiss-Promenade dining hall will remain open and the Ernst-Abbe-Platz dining hall will also remain open for the time being, but will no longer offer dinner as of 16 December. The cafeteria on the campus of the Ernst Abbe University of Applied Sciences Jena as well as the cafeterias in the main university building and in the ThULB will be closed as of today, 16 December. The Philosophenweg dining hall will be closed as of 19 December.

An overview of the facilities as well as their opening hours and services can be found on the website of the Studierendenwerk Thüringen.

University Computer Centre

The Customer and Printing Centre of the University Computer Centre will cease customer contact from 16 December. Students can order by invoice and the orders will be sent by post. Employees also still have the option of requesting and placing orders via the digital contact methods. If detailed advice is required for a project, the IT Service Centre and the Printing Centre are still available. In urgent exceptional cases, with pre-arranged appointments, personal consultation or collection is also possible.

The PC pools of the Multimedia Centre at Ernst-Abbe-Platz 8 will be closed from Monday, 21 December to Sunday, 3 January.


The Uni-Shop on campus has also been closed since 16 December, but the online shop is still open. All orders that have been paid for by 8 am on 23 December will still be packed and shipped on 23 December. Shipping in the new year will then start again on 4 January 2021 – in between, the Uni Shop will take a break. Until the end of January, there is a 10 per cent discount on everything and no shipping costs. Click here to go to the online shop.

Status of information: 16 December 2020, 9 am