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Inter-library loans

What are inter-library loans?

Inter-library loans allow you to request literature that is not available in the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences Library or other libraries in Freising or Triesdorf.

Who is able to request an inter-library loan?

Anyone with a valid library card for the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences Library. At Triesdorf, inter-library loans are only available if you are a student at Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences.

What items are available for inter-library loan?

You can borrow books or request copies of book or journal articles for your scientific work, job, education or training.

What items are not available for inter-library loan?

  • Books that are already available locally, even if they are currently on loan (this also applies to the Technical University of Munich library in Freising-Weihenstephan)
  • Books that we are unable to order online in another library
  • Masters dissertations, Bachelors dissertations and theses
  • Books that are available in general bookshops for € 15 or less
  • DIN standards and VDI standards
  • Loose-leaf publications
  • Fiction (novels)

Inter-library loan guidelines: The Regulation on Inter-library Loans (Leihverkehrsordnung für Deutschland, LVO)

How much does an inter-library loan cost?

Requesting a book via the inter-library loan service is usually free. If the original is not available for borrowing, a copy of the text is sometimes delivered that does incur a charge.

For the delivery of inter-library loans, a standard charge of € 1.50 is incurred.

When ordering, payment of the charge can be refused under Point 2 "Information on Delivery". The standard charge of € 1.50 must always be paid for copies of up to 40 pages, however.

The fee is calculated on the basis of the number of pages in the original item. Different fees apply for copies received from libraries outside Bavaria.

N.B. if you request an article, you must always pay the fee. The fee still applies even if you do not pick up the article.

How can I request an inter-library loan?

First use the online library catalogue for the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences Library to check whether the book is already available in Freising or Triesdorf. If it is not available, you can either submit an inter-library loan request in the OPAC (select the Bavarian Library Network catalogue via the "Datenbankauswahl" (Database selection) tab) or Gateway Bayern The process may vary slightly depending on whether you want to borrow a book, a copy taken from a book or a journal. Please read the instructions provided in the pdf at the top right of this page or refer to the Help pages on the Bavarian Library Network website.

When can I expect the book or article to arrive?

An inter-library loan takes approx. two weeks to arrive. Article requests are usually handled within ten days.

If your request is particularly urgent, you can use Subito, a paid-for document delivery service used by a number of large libraries. Please be aware that orders made via Subito are charged for according to the Subito price list.

How can I find out if my inter-library loan has arrived?

You can check the status of your inter-library loan in your user account at any time as the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences Library enters the loan request on your account immediately after receiving your request. Your inter-library loan requests can be viewed under the "Bestellungen" (Requests) menu item.

    • If the book has not yet arrived, the status on the request will read "bestellt" (requested).
    • If the book has arrived, the status will read "abholbar" (ready for collection).

    You will also receive an email notification when your book has arrived. 

    How can I find out if my article has arrived?

    You will receive an email from the Weihenstephan-Triesdorf University of Applied Sciences Library telling you when the item can be collected.

    How long can I borrow a book for?

    Loan periods are set by the issuing library and are usually 28 days from the day the book is ready for collection, not the day it is collected.

    At Triesdorf a loan renewal must be requested from the relevant library as automatic renewals are not available.

    What should I bear in mind when borrowing an item?

    The issuing library can impose certain conditions on how our library uses its books within the scope of the Regulation on Inter-library Loans, e.g. shorter loan periods, no renewal option, restrictions on removing the item from the reading room, a restriction on copying. We have to adhere to these restrictions under all circumstances.

    Do you have any other queries?

    Then contact us by email at fernleihe [at]hswt.de.

    Of course you can always speak to one of our library staff in person.

    A tutorial on inter-library loans made via our OPAC or Gateway Bayern is available at the top right of this page.

    Note on copyright:

    The person requesting the documents is responsible for adhering to copyright regulations (Section 60a German Copyright Act, UrhG).

    Guidelines for inter-library loans (in German)