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Appointment Booking

Please note the information regarding the reopening!
Click on one of the following links to go directly to the appointment booking for the respective day. Additional days for booking appointments are set every working day.

  CW 24 CW 25
Monday 14.06. 21.06.
Tuesday 15.06. 22.06. 
Wednesday 16.06. 23.06.
Thursday 17.06.  24.06.
Friday 18.06.  25.06.

Please book only one appointment per day!

Technical Notes

When you follow one of the links, you'll see the available appointments of the selected day in a table:


In the column "Loan status" you can see, if an appointment is still available ("available for loan") or if it is already booked ("ordered").

In order to book an appointment, log into your library account on the right hand of the screen (membership expired?).
After logging in, there are two additional columns in the table. Activate one of the checkboxes in the column "Request" to select one appointment slot. Then click "Request/Reserve" on the right hand of the screen.


A confirmation is displayed on the screen. You can also see the booked appointment in your account under "Loans".


If you have booked an appointment by mistake or want to cancel it for other reasons, please contact the circulation desk at ausleihe@ovgu.de or by phone at +49 391 67-52925.

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New service from June 14: 48 lockers for longer-term storage of work materials.

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The 48 lockers available on the 1st floor as of June 14, 2021, are an additional service offered by the University Library to improve study conditions. They are used for longer-term storage of students' work materials.

The keys for the lockers are only issued to students of Otto von Guericke University during the service hours at the circulation desk. A valid UniCard (student ID) is required. Only one long-term locker per person will be issued for a period of up to one month.

Valuables, perishable food products as well as titles from the reference collection, books from the semester collections, journal volumes and issues additionally to media that have not been properly borrowed and booked may not be locked in the lockers.

Further information here

Link to online booking here

One-Day and Weekly Carrels can be booked again

From Monday, June 7th 2021, weekly carrels can be booked again. Directly to the request form 
One-day carrels can be used by availability, please refer to the information desks.

Further information regarding usage conditions is available here.

Reopening of the Library

Beginning Wednesday, May 5th 2021, the University Library will reopen to the public Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. After being closed for four months, we are very happy to welcome back up to 250 people daily under strict conditions. Currently, the following conditions apply:

  • For every visit, a personal appointment has to be booked in advance. Further information as well as the links for booking are available here.
    Appointments are valid for one day. On this day, you may enter and exit the library as many times as you wish, subject to opening hours. As in the previous year, you scan in and out with your library/student card. 

  • UPDATE: from June 1st, 2021, no test is necessary to gain entry to the UB! To gain entry, you must present a COVID-19 test result that is current for the day, written, and negative. We recommend using the Corona testing center on campus (more information and appointment booking here), but proof from other rapid testing centers will also be accepted.

  • There is a requirement to wear a FFP2 or medical mouth and nose mask throughout your visit to the library. Attention: the mask must not be taken off at the workplace either! 

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Free Open Access Publishing at ACM (Association for Computing Machinery)

Scientists of the OVGU can now publish their articles Open Access as corresponding authors at the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) without article processing charges. The corresponding publication costs are covered by the University Library. Likewise, the UB will take care of all administrative issues.

When submitting your articles, please make sure to correctly indicate the affiliation and use your university email address. In case of doubt, the affiliation to the OVGU will be checked by the University Library using an appropriate workflow.

Further information can be found here.

In case of questions please contact:

Ralf Regener
Telephone: +49 391 67-58638
E-Mail: ralf.regener@ovgu.de

Zoom Consultations

Do you have questions regarding library use, specific problems or concrete concerns? These points and more can be discussed virtually in one-on-one Zoom sessions. 

How does it work? Book an appointment via the OVGU eLearning portal and receive a Zoom link.

Follow this link for access to the eLearning portal (using your URZ account). Please consider that this service can only be offered to OVGU members.

Funding for Open Access Books


In addition to open access articles, the University Library also supports open access monographs. Under certain conditions, the publication costs (Book Processing Charges, BPCs) for previously unpublished open access monographs and anthologies are covered.

Contact person: Anja Matthes anja.matthes@ovgu.de, +49 391 67-58561

More details under: Monograph Fund

E-Book Subscription Psychology Collection

In 2021, the Ebsco media portal additionally offers the Department of Psychology a selection of over 580 eBooks with in-demand titles in neuropsychology, cognitive psychology, psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, social psychology, evolutionary psychology, developmental psychology, and more.

Access is provided via this link for university members using the ID of your user card (31...). Then select:

Zugang zu Datenbanken unter EBSCOhost-Oberfläche -> eBook Subscription Psychology Collection

If you have forgotten your password, please feel free to contact us (ausleihe@ovgu.de). Please note that unrestricted downloading or printing of the e-books is not possible.

Virtual Exhibition "Hotspots for Freshmen"


The COVID pandemic has interrupted normal (campus) life. Especially for freshmen, this means they can't get to know the new city and people the way they did in previous years.

The apprentices at UB Magdeburg worked on exactly this problem during their project week this year and created a virtual exhibition about the city of Magdeburg called "Hotspots for Freshmen - Sights for Magdeburg Students". Take a look...

Reading paper or e-books: library registration online now

Registered students of OVGU can also register online at the university library if they are unable to attend: Please send the scan of your identity card (Passport and document of your residence) and student card (passport an student card both sides) to ausleihe@ovgu.de The library registration is necessary to use digital media like e-books or papers.

Access to O'Reilly for Higher Education

The University Library now offers all university members access to the platform O'Reilly for Higher Education (formerly Safari Books Online). Over 45,000 eBooks from O'Reilly and more than 200 other publishers (e.g. Wiley, Pearson) from the fields of computer science and business are available there. In addition, practical knowledge can be acquired and deepened in video tutorials and case studies of large companies.

Access to the platform is provided via the URZ account (Shibboleth). Please note that it is not possible to download or print the eBooks. However, the O'Reilly app allows offline access to previously saved titles.

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Google Scholar @ UB Magdeburg

Google Scholar

The direct way from Google Scholar to full text.

For full texts licensed by UB Magdeburg the link full text @UB Magdeburg appears on the right side of the page. By clicking on this link you can directly access the full text of the electronic resource. Details about the configuration can be found here.



Last Modification: 07.04.2021 - Contact Person: UB IT Applications