Registration, Using the Library and Loans

This page provides information on various aspects of the registration for and use of the Library.

You will find information about:

Who can use the Herzog August Library?

The Library Card

What can be borrowed from the library?

How can I order books from the storage to borrow them?

Ordering for the reading rooms

Taking photos at the reading room

Picking up ordered books

Returning borrowed items

 

Who can use the Herzog August Library?

  • the Herzog August Libary is open to use by everyone who is a registered user

  • after registration you can use the books from the open shelving in the Zeughaus and the Bibliotheca Augusta and

  • order up books from the stacks to the reading rooms in the Zeughaus and the Bibliotheca Augusta

  • you can also use the PCs, photocopiers, microform readerprinters and all the other library facilities

    You may only borrow books on a take-out basis if you are a resident of Germany or are affililiated with the library’s fellowship programme

 

The Library Card


How do I get a library card?

  • First you must pay a fee of 5 Euro which can be paid at the counter in the entrance area of the Zeughaus

  • Take the receipt and your valid passport to the reference counter in the middle of the hall

  • Either hand over the completed registration form (the PDF is here) or fill it out at the counter

  • If you are under age you will also need a statement of consent from a legal guardian (available at the reference counter or here as a PDF document) and a copy of the legal guardian's passport

Which documents do I have to bring with me?

  • a valid passport

  • If you are under age you also need a statement of consent from a legal guardian (available at the reference counter or here as a PDF document) and a copy of the legal guardian's passport

What may I do as a registered user of the library?

As a registered user you may

  • use the books from the open shelving in the Zeughaus and the Bibliotheca Augusta

  • order books from the stacks to the reading rooms in the Zeughaus and the Bibliotheca Augusta

  • use the PCs, copiers, microform readerprinters and all other facilities of the library

Please carry your library card with you at all times inside the library and show it when requested by the staff.

 

What can be borrowed from the library?


Books kept in storage

  • As a general rule all works published in or after 1920 (exceptions are books in a bad state of preservation or belonging to special collections)

  • Loan period: 28 days

  • The loan period can be renewed twice, then you have to bring the book back to the library. If no other user placed a reservation on the book you can borrow it again immediately.

Books from the open shelving (plans of the open shelving in Zeughaus (PDF) and Bibliotheca Augusta (PDF))

  • As a general rule all works except reference works and Bibliographies

  • Loan period: 28 days

How can I order books from the storage to borrow them?

If you want to borrow a book from the storage you can order it via the online catalogue.

  • You will find a „Request“-Button next to the shelf mark

  • Books are delivered 4 times a day, at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

 

Orders to the reading rooms

  • Books that can not be borrowed can be ordered to the reading room in the Zeughaus (second floor) or the Bibliotheca Augusta (ground floor)

  • Exceptions: the following materials can only be used in the reading room of the Bibliotheca Augusta: Bound newspapers and other large-sized volumes as well as items in a bad state of preservation, Manuscripts, Artist’s books and parts of special collections. As a general rule you should announce yor visit at least three weekdays before your arrival to our manuscripts and special collections department (Postfach 1364, 38299 Wolfenbüttel; E-Mail: auskunft@hab.de; Fax: +49(0)5331/808-165). Please inform us about your research project and mention which works you would like to see. If you want to see Artist’s books please give the names of artist and author, title and shelf-mark for each book. For further questions please contact the reference under +49-(0)5331/808-114

  • Please be aware of the different opening hours of our two reading rooms

How to order books to the reading rooms?

  • Via the online catalogue (materials that are ordered online will be delivered to the reading room in the Zeughaus) or

  • by using a special order form (available at the refernce counters, beside the Internet PCs and on other places all over the library)

Where do I hand in the order forms and when will the books be available at the reading room?

  • Please put the order form into one of the designated boxes (reference counter Zeughaus,  first floor Zeughaus, reading room Bibliotheca Augusta)

  • On weekdays the order forms are picked up at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

  • If you like to see a book on saturday please hand in the order on friday before 12.30 pm, there is no book delivery on saturdays

  • Books are delivered 4 times a day, at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Taking photos at the reading room

For a test phase the Herzog August Bibliothek allows readers to take photos of its holdings in the reading room of the Zeughaus. Pictures of single pages can be taken with your own devices for research purposes. Books may only be photographed in their reading position (which means on book rests).

If you want to take photos during your stay in the reading room you have to convey your wish to the reading room supervisor and declare you consent to the following regulations:

  • I will check if the titles have already been digitized

  • I will handle the books with care

  • I will register each book I want to photograph with the reading room supervisor and will indicate the required pages

  • I will leave the books in their reading position on the book rests and will not modify the situation to get a better photo

  • I will remain seated while I am taking photos

  • I will not use a tripod, flash or other camera light

  • I will turn off all camera sounds

  • I will only take pictures of single pages and will not photograph serial or complete works

  •  I will not disturb the other users in the reading room

It is not allowed to take photos in the reading room of the Bibliotheca Augusta, please use the possibility of a reproduction order via our reprographic department.

Picking up ordered books


Where do I get the books ordered via the online catalogue?

  • The day you have ordered them or the day after the order (depending on the time you placed the order) at the loan counter on the first floor of the Zeughaus

  • afterwards: at the counter in the entrance area of the Zeughaus

When will the books be ready to be picked up?

  • Books are delivered 4 times a day, at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

What else do I need to consider?

  • There is no book delivery on saturdays

  • If you like to see a book on saturday please hand in the order on friday before 12 pm

 

Return of borrowed items


Where and when do I return borrowed items?

  • At the counter in the entrance area of the Zeughaus during the opening hours of the Zeughaus

How can I renew the loan period?

What else do I need to consider?

  • If you do not return your borrowed books in time you will have to pay fines

  • Renewing the loan period via the online catalogue ist only possible if it has not been overlaid already

  • Renewing the loan period is not possible if another reader placed a reservation on the book