Returning media

Returning media during our opening hours

Returns currently only possible at the counters: return machines out of operation after cyber attack

Borrowed media can be returned to all branch libraries, regardless of whether they were ordered via the campus delivery service or borrowed personally. You do not need to present a library card when returning items and it does not matter who borrowed them.

The library recommends to examine your receipt to make sure it is correct and complete. Complaints will be accepted only if the particular receipt is presented.

Opening hours of our branch libraries

Return boxes outside the Humanities and Social Sciences Library and the LK Library

  • Returning happens on your own responsibility.
  • Return receipts will be sent by e-mail.
  • Media borrowed via interlibrary loan as well as oversized media are excluded.
  • Returning of short-term loans is not possible.
  • Please assure that loose inserts etc. can not get lost.

If the return boxes are full, they can not be opened any more. It is your risk if the return on the due date is not possible.

Please keep in mind that the return can overlap with a demand note. When media have been returned in time, fees will be waived or reduced on the next working day.


Essen campus Humanities and Social Sciences Library

  • next to the library entrance (between R09 and R11)
  • accessible beyond the opening hours

Duisburg campus LK Library

  • next to the main entrance of the LK building
  • accessible beyond the opening hours

Duisburg campus BA Library

  • building BA, 1st floor, entrance area of ​​the BA Library
  • during the opening hours of the BA building:
  • mo - fr:  06:45am - 08:45pm
    sa:          08:00am - 12:30pm

Duisburg campus MC Library

  • building MC, 2nd floor, in the rotunda in front of the MC Library
  • during the opening hours of the MC building: 
    mo - fr:  06:45am - 08:00pm
    sat:         08:00am - 12:00pm

Return by post

Return at your own risk

Borrowed media can also be returned by post to the library. Please pack the media safely and attach an informal letter with your name, address and ID number.

Please note:

The University Library assumes no liability for mail lost or damaged by post. The responsibility for borrowed media lies with the sender until delivery. Provide proof of shipment and, if possible, a legible postmark. The date of the postmark is considered the return date.

Please use one of the following addresses:

Universitätsbibliothek Duisburg-Essen
Fachbibliothek LK
Lotharstr. 65
D - 47057 Duisburg

Universitätsbibliothek Duisburg-Essen
Fachbibliothek GW/GSW
Universitätsstr. 9-11
D - 45141 Essen