Borrowing & circulation

How do I get an IRC Library Card?
For Jacobs University members (i.e. students, faculty, and staff) your Campus Card is also your IRC Library Card. All other persons can request an IRC Library Guest Card at the circulation desk against a deposit. To activate your library account, visit the circulation desk and fill out a registration form.
How do I check out and return items?
You can borrow and return books at the circulation desk during opening hours.
How long can I keep library material?
Undergraduate students have a loan period of four weeks. Graduate students have a loan period of six weeks. Faculty and staff of Jacobs University have a loan period of fifteen weeks. Course reserves can be borrowed exclusively by students for 4 hours; they can be checked out over night.
How can I renew books that are checked out by me?
Books can be renewed up to two times via My Library Account. For renewing ILL items, please see page Interlibrary loan.
How can I see which books I have checked out?
To see which items you have currently checked out and when they are due, log into My Library Account.
How do I request a book that is checked out by someone else?
Find the book in the library catalog and then click on the “Request” button at the top of the page. You will have to log in using the bar code number of your library card.
What if I lose a book?
First of all, let us know immediately so you won’t get any (additional) overdue fines for the book. With regard to replacing the book, you have two options:

  • You purchase a replacement copy. Please get in touch with our acquisitions department (irc-acquisitions@jacobs-university.de) first to make sure that you are buying the correct edition.
  • The library orders a replacement copy. You will be billed for the cost of the book, plus an additional processing fee of 5 €.
Which overdue fines does the library assess?
Overdue fines are assessed automatically at 0.50 € per day for items loaned by the day or week (1 day grace period) and 1 € per hour for items loaned by the hour (15 minute grace period). Patrons who owe the IRC more than 10 € in fines (100 € for Jacobs University faculty and staff members) will be blocked from checking out.
Fines should be paid in cash at the circulation desk. Paying fines by wire or bank transfer is possible if necessary. For further information please contact us irc-circulation@jacobs-university.de.
Notices about overdue items are sent out daily. However, you are still responsible for all fines incurred even if you did not receive an overdue notice.