Locating media

You want to know, which media we keep, and where you can find them? At first use the Library Catalogue for your search. The catalogue informs you about our collections. You see which media are available, borrowed or available online. Furthermore you 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 our different locations of the University library in the location list.

Closed stacks

The closed stacks of the UB Bayreuth, are located in the main library and in Thurnau. These collections are borrowable, but not freely available. They are identified with “available for order”.

Books from the stacks have to be ordered via Catalogue. You can pick up the ordered media in your preferred pick-up location within 7 working days. Please note, by transfer in a branch library, your orders will be ready for collection after one working day. Orders from Thurnau are taking more time. You receive an e-mail, if the media can be picked up.

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

Open stacks

That means, the books are kept in the reading rooms of the main library or the branch libraries. You can recognize them by the status “available“. If you log on the Catalogue, you see which media are especially for you borrowable.

Pick up the books, if they are “available”. The exact location of a book can be identified by the shelfmark, which is mentioned in the tab “holdings”. Please write down the shelfmark.


You can find an overview of our different locations of the University library in the location list.

Shelfmark and systematical order

All holdings are stocked in systematical order. This means that media with the same or similar topic are located near to each other.
The underlying classification is the RVK. It encrypts subject and topic of a medium.
The shelfmark consists of location, notation, encryption of the author’s name and possible more details (edition, volumes, number of items)

location 107 The location shows the place (branch library, main library, closed stacks) where the item is located.
Locations are listed in the location list.
notation HD 280 The notation encrypts the content of a medium.
more details A825 Encryption of the author’s name
(2) edition
-2,1 volume count (volume 2, sub-band 1)
+3 Number of items

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

Online media

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