Borrowing Books

 
Coronavirus

From 20.09.2021 until further notice:

UZH libraries accessible with certificate and mask
(Loan and return exempt from certificate requirement)

Available services of the UZH Libraries

 

 

Authorized Users

Persons from the age of 16 can register.

A library card is required to borrow media.

Registration

Anyone wishing to use the services of the Main Library must register with SLSP. The registration is free of charge.

The step-by-step instruction (German only) will guide you through the registration process.

User Account

With the registration you will also receive a personal user account.

You can use your user account to:

  • View your material on loan, orders, and charges
  • Renew media

If you have forgotten your password, you can set a new one via SWITCH edu-ID. You can also change your password via the SWITCH edu-ID website.

Changes of address

You can make changes of address in your personal SWITCH edu-ID account.

Library Card

The following cards can be used as library cards:

  •     SLSP library cards
  •     UZH Card
  •     Student Card of the Careum Educational Center
  •     BibliOpass library cards

An SLSP library card is available from all libraries that are connected to the SLSP system. The library card is free of charge.

If you have lost your library card, delete the card number on the SLSP library card management web page. You can get a replacement library card at all SLSP libraries. The replacement card is free of charge. The card number of the new library card can also be entered on the SLSP website for managing your library card.

Lending Desk & Self-Service Point

Holders of a library card accepted in the SLSP system can take out borrowable material direct at the self checkout or information desk.

Loan Periods

General loan period 28 days
Maximum loan period 6 x 28 days
Renewals: automatic 5 x 28 days

Loan periods can also be renewed via user account. In general, renewals are only possible if no one else has reserved the material and the maximum loan period of 6 x 28 days has not yet been reached. If renewal is not possible, you must return the material.

Once the loan period has elapsed, the Main Library will send you a free reminder with the request to return the material.

Once the loan period has elapsed, the material is automatically deemed to be overdue, and the reminder process will be activated as per the Main Library Regulations (PDF, 126 KB) (German only). After a recall, the first reminder and subsequent reminders will be sent at intervals of least one week. The third reminder will be sent by registered mail. Non-deliverable recalls and reminders will not be accepted as justification for late returns.

Ordering and allocation of media

UZH-Pilot-Courier (free of charge)

Media from the Main Library can be ordered for collection at the Infotheks of selected UZH libraries:

Library Ethnographic Museum

Library in the Botanical Garden

Library of Asian and Oriental Studies

Library of Business Administration

Library of General and Comparative Literature

Library of the Center of Ethics

Library of the Department of Comparative Language Science

Library of the Department of Economy

Library of the Department of German Studies

Library of the Department of History

Library of the Department of Philosophy

Library of the Department of Psychology

Library of the Department of Slavonic Studies

Library of the Department of Sociology

Library of the Englisch Department

Library of the Faculty of Theology

Library of the Institute of Art History

Library of the Institute of Biomedical Ehtics and History of Medicine

Library of the Institute of Education

Library of the Institute of Romance Studies

Library of the Vetsuisse Faculty

Library Popular Culture Studies

Library Social and Cultural Anthropology

Main Library – Medicine Careum

Main Library – Science

Mailing (CHF 12.- per medium)

Media from the Main Library can be ordered by mail to the private or business address. Delivery addresses must be registered in the SWITCH edu-ID account.

Document delivery service (fees according to user regulations)

Media from any external library can be ordered for collection at the Information desk of the Main Library. Further information on this service can be found on the document delivery service website.

Reservations

Material out on loan can be reserved. You will be notified when the reserved material is made available. Material is made available for one week.

It is not possible to make a reservation for a specific date or time. When ordering, it is possible to note the date from which ordered documents are no longer needed.

Loss of media

If you lose any borrowed material you must notify the Main Library immediately. You will be charged the actual costs of acquisition and a processing fee, plus reminder fees. See Main Library Rules & Regulations (PDF, 126 KB) (German only).

Fees

Borrowing material from the Main Library's holdings is basically free of charge.

If material is returned late, fees will be charged:

Reminder level Deadline Fee
Reminder 1 day after expiry of the loan period free of charge
1st recall 7 days after expiry of the loan period CHF 5.-
2nd recall 14 days after expiry of the loan period CHF 5.-
3rd recall 21 days after expiry of the loan period CHF 10.-

Fees are invoiced monthly via SLSP.

Using the Historical Collection

Special terms apply to the library's collection for the history of medicine. See Historical Collection.