On-site access to the library's holdings is available to everyone.
Due to the physical links with the Branch Library of Bonn University and State Library, the general rules of conduct – as well as the obligations and rights that exist between users and the library – are regulated by the Library Regulations of ULB Bonn (German only) which apply in the ZB MED’s Bonn site in a correspondingly modified form.
If you are intending to make a trip to our Bonn site from some distance away, please feel free to get in touch by phone first on +49 (0)228 73–3400. We may be able to clarify some issues in advance to help you make the most of your visit.
If you wish to use the library's services and take books out on loan, you will need a library card. You can apply for a card at the lending desk between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday to Friday. Please note that you will be required to present the following documents. As a general rule, library cards are valid for a period of one year.
Library borrowing privileges are generally subject to an annual fee of 20 euros, though some groups of people are entitled to use the library for free.
Please inform the lending desk immediately if you lose your library card or change your address. If you lose your library card and fail to report the loss immediately, you will be personally liable for the consequences of any fraudulent use.
Please consult your user account in the catalogue to view the personal data we have on file for you (address, date of birth, any e-mail address you may have provided, etc.) and to check your library card's expiry date.
To find the item you are looking for, please consult the catalogue to check its location and shelf mark.
Journals cannot be taken out on loan. All journal issues from 1980 onwards are available from open access shelving. If you wish to browse older journals on the library premises, you can submit a request for the items you need by handing in an order slip.
ZB MED has an ongoing policy of acquiring electronic specialist literature in the life sciences and making this available to registered ZB MED users via ZB MED remote access
Loan period, renewals, maximum number of items
The loan period for books is 28 days (only counting days on which the library is open). Books can be renewed on two occasions as long as they have not been reserved by another user. The loan period for textbooks is also 28 days, but these cannot be renewed. There is a limit to the number of media that a user can have out on loan at the same time.
Returns, lost items
Books must be returned during the opening hours of the library's lending desk. If you lose or damage an item you have out on loan, you will be liable for the cost of replacing the item.