The use of the Duisburg-Essen University Library is free of charge for students and members of the Duisburg-Essen University as well as for members of other universities under the responsible body of the federal land of North Rhine-Westphalia and for school students.

There can be charges in the following cases, according to the scale of charges and fees in the University Library of the Duisburg-Essen University from April 9th 2010:

Annual fee for external users

For users who are not students or members of the Duisburg-Essen University or members of another university under the responsible body of the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, an annual fee of 20.00 € is due.

School students can use the Duisburg-Essen University Library for free and don't have to pay any usage fee.

Please note our detailed information about the annual fee for external users.

Belated return of media

If borrowed items are not returned in time, the following rates are due for each item:

  • 1. - 10. calendar day: 2.00 €
  • 11. - 20. calendar day: 5.00 €
  • 21. - 30. calendar day: 10.00 €
  • from 31st calendar day: 20.00 €

In case of belated return of a short-term loan, charges are 2.00 € per item and calendar day.

Should borrowed items not be returned despite several reminders, an enforced collection procedure will be initiated. For the collection of charges and the reimbursement of expenses, the Law on Administrative Enforcement Procedures of the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia in its current version is applicable.

Loss of media

In case of loss or damage of borrowed items (e.g. a book), you are liable for damages according to our terms of use. The library will determine the amount due.

In any case, the administrative charges of 25.00 € is due according to the scale of charges and fees in the University Library of the Duisburg-Essen University from April 9th 2010.

Loss of locker keys

In case of loss of a locker key, a fee of 35.00 € is due for a replacement lock and key. In addition, you have to pay the service charge of 25.00 € according to the scale of charges and fees in the University Library of the Duisburg-Essen University from April 9th 2010.

Postage rate

There is a postal charge for notifications of reserved media or interlibrary loan orders sent by letter.

If you receive notifications by e-mail, no postage has to be refunded.

Flat-rate charge for interlibrary loan orders

For each book or article order, usually a flat-rate charge of 1.50 € is levied. This is to defray expenses and must be paid even if delivery is not possible or an order is cancelled.

Click here to learn more about charges for interlibrary card orders.

Replacement card

Please inform the library immediately should you lose your library card and have it invalidated to prevent misuse. A replacement card costs 10.00 € according to the scale of charges and fees in the University Library of the Duisburg-Essen University from April 9th 2010.

Reprographies by user order

The University Library as well as the University Archive offer certain services of reprography.

Please note the scale of charges and fees in the University Library of the Duisburg-Essen University from April 9th 2010 for details: 

Please note:

Charges can be paid in all libraries. Please note our current opening times and service information.

Pay machines are available in the Humanities and Social Sciences Library, the LK and MNT Library. At the machines, you can pay all fees cash or with your bank card.