Locating media

You want to know which media we keep and where you can find them? Start by using the library catalogue for your search. The catalogue informs you about our collections. You can find out which items are available, currently on loan or available online. Furthermore you can find out, which books are located in our open stacks and which are kept in our closed stacks and have to be ordered.

You can find an overview of the different locations of Bayreuth University Library in the location list.

Closed stacks

The closed stacks of Bayreuth University Library are located in the Main Library and in Thurnau. These collections are available for loan, but not freely accessible. They are marked as “available for order” in the library catalogue.

Books from the closed stacks have to be ordered via the catalogue. You can pick up the ordered media at your preferred pick-up location within 7 working days. Please note, sending your ordered items to a departmental library will take another additional working day. Orders from Thurnau are taking more time. You will receive an e-mail once your ordered items can be picked up.

Please bring your library ID-card with you to pick-up books.

Open stacks

When media in located in the open stacks it means that the items are kept in the reading rooms of the Main Library or the departmental libraries. You can recognize them by the status “available“. If you log into the library catalogue, you can see which items are available for loan especially for you.

Pick up the books from the shelves yourself if they are “available”. The exact location of a book can be identified using the shelfmark, which is mentioned under “Holdings”. Please write down the entire shelfmark.


You can find an overview of the different locations of Bayreuth University Library in the location list.

Shelfmark and systematical order

All holdings are shelved in systematical order. This means that media on the same or similar topics is located close to each other.
The classification used for this is the RVK. It encodes the subject and topic of a medium.
The shelfmark consists of the location, the notation (RVK), a code for the author’s name and possibly more details (edition, volumes, number of items)

location 107 The location shows the place (departmental library, Main Library, closed stacks) where the item is located.
Locations are listed in the location list.
notation HD 280 The notation encodes the content of a medium.
more details A825 Code for the author’s name
(2) Edition
-2,1 Volume count (volume 2, sub-band 1)
+3 Number of items

Please note down the shelfmark to find books in the open stacks.

Online media

Besides printed books, journals, CDs and DVDs you can also find electronic resources in the library catalogue. This includes e-books, e-journals, databases and articles. University members can access e-books on the campus (eduroam) and off campus via proxy. For registered external users is it only possible to access digital media using our computers in the library.
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