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Current information

Please note: Access to OTH libraries only with 3G rule

According to the 14th Bavarian Infection Protection Measures Ordinance (14. Bayerischen Infektionsschutzmaßnahmenverordnung), the 3G rule ("geimpft, getestet, genesen" = vaccinated, tested, recovered) applies with immediate effect for access to the OTH libraries if the 7-day incidence in the city of Amberg or Weiden exceeds 35.
Please check on your own if this currently applies to your library location.

Access to the libraries is only granted to persons who can provide one of the following proofs:

  • a complete proof of vaccination (last vaccination at least 14 days ago)
  • an official proof of recovery (the disease occurred no more than six months ago)
  • Proof of a negative PCR test (no more than 48 hours old) or rapid antigen test (no more than 24 hours old).

Thank you for your understanding!

Shortened opening hours of the libraries until 17th of september

Due to the semester break, the OTH libraries will be open until 17th of september
Monday-Friday from 10 am - 2 pm.
Beginning 20th of september, the libraries will then be open Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

During this time, you can continue to study in the library after you register at the circulation desk.

If you can only use the library outside these hours, you can make an appointment with us:

Library Amberg:

phone 09621/482-3215
e-mail: bibam@oth-aw.de

Library Weiden:

phone 0961/382-1203
e-mail: bibwen@oth-aw.de

The library wishes you a relaxing lecture-free period!

New german online journal "Physician Assistant"

From now on, students and employees of the OTH AW have online access to the german journal "Physician Assistant" via the following link in the university network and via VPN: journal "Physician Assistant"

Please use only the VPN Forticlient to access the journal from outside the university.

Some more information about the usage:

The journal is only available in German.

To view archived issues, you need to activate the slider at "archived only" in the top bar.

You can also create a personal account (by clicking on the "Log in" button), with this you can, among other things:

  • create/edit/delete bookmarks
  • mark text passages in different colors
  • add pictures, sound recordings or comments to selected text passages
  • Use the extensive search function, e.g. full text search or web search.

You can also use the platform without a personal account, you only need to be logged into the university network/VPN to access the content.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions about this online journal.

The library opens the study desks!

Just in time for the hot phase of the exam period, we offer you the possibility to study and work in the library from Monday, 05.07.21.

As the Corona restrictions still apply in libraries as well, we can only provide a limited number of workstations. Due to the limited supply, this only applies to students of our university.

The following general conditions apply:

  1. You register by scanning a QR code before entering the library.
  2. You wear an FFP2 mask during your entire stay, including at the study desks.
  3. You come to the counter and receive a card for a numbered reading place. This is the only one you are allowed to use. With this you "borrow" a place, which you also free again by returning a card before leaving the library.
  4. A time slot is available to everyone between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (Friday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.). If you stay for a shorter time, simply return your card as you leave the library.
  5. For students working on their theses, we can allow a longer period of use. Please ask about this at the counter or call us.

What is not possible?

  • Group rooms are excluded from use.
  • PC workstations are not available for use (except in Amberg on the gallery).
  • Access is only allowed during opening hours. 24-hour access is not possible.

Shelf area is open again from 14.06.!

The shelf area of the libraries is open again for university members and external users with special demands (graduate thesis, term paper, presentation etc.).

What am I allowed to do and what is not allowed?

  • Pay attention to the mask obligation and the distance rules!
  • Before entering the library, please scan the QR code on the door and register on the linked website.
  • When passing by the counter area, please take a basket with you.
  • A maximum of five visitors may be in the shelving area at the same time.
  • The desired books can be borrowed at the counter.
  • When you leave the library, please return the basket.
  • A longer stay in the library is not permitted. (We are currently working on a concept to release reading room spaces to students to study for exam time. Please be patient here).
  • Multifunctional devices for copying and printing are accessible, but only by USB stick.

The following areas are not accessible:

  • group study rooms
  • reading room/ study desks
  • PC workstations

Also, please note that longer counseling sessions are currently only available by phone, email, or video counseling.

We are still available to you by phone and email:

Library Amberg:

phone: 09621/482-3215
e-mail: bibam@oth-aw.de

Library Weiden:

phone: 0961/382-1203
e-mail: bibwen@oth-aw.de

New e-book: "Forschungsmethoden und Evaluation in den Sozial- und Humanwissenschaften"

The library now offers access to a highly sought-after title as an e-book:

Döring, Nicola; Boltz, Jürgen: Forschungsmethoden und Evaluation in den Sozial- und Humanwissenschaften
(Click on the title to go directly to the e-book)

Please note that a VPN-connection must first be activated in order to download the e-book.

You can also find all important information about e-books in our new information sheet.

NWB Tax and Studies

From now on you have access to the module "Tax and Studies" " of the NWB-Verlag. The online database for prospective tax professionals offers specialist articles from the renowned journal NWB Steuer und Studium and the exam training course Steuer-Repetitor online .
Tax and Studies

The database is activated campus-wide and accessible from outside via the VPN-Client (unfortunately the VPN web portal does not work here).

New Informatin Sheet on e-books

How do I find e-books in OPAC? How can I access e-books from home? How do I download e-books?

All these questions – and many more – are summarized in our new information handout. In individual steps, the functions in the OPAC regarding e-books and also the VPN access are explained here.

Curious? Watch here directly: information handout e-books

Individual research support via video conference

Are you writing your bachelor, master or project thesis and need support with literature research and citation? We are also there for you in the Corona crisis!

Arrange your individual consultation appointment and you will find it easier to find your way through the jungle of databases, e-books and Google Scholar.

Please contact Ms Monika Pastuska by mail (m.pastuska@oth-aw.de) to make an appointment.

(Please note: individual consultation appointments will be offered again from 1st of october onwards.)

UTB teaching and study literature

In the current situation, e-books are becoming increasingly important.

The library has therefore re-licensed the e-books from UTB. UTB provides books from various shareholder publishers in a wide range of topics. From agricultural science to technology and economy, everything is included.

External access has to be done here via the VPN Forticlient. Instructions for installation and configuration can be found on the website of the computer centre. Unfortunately it is not possible to use the VPN web portal.

The library has therefore re-licensed the e-books from UTB. UTB provides books from various shareholder publishers in a wide range of topics. From agricultural science to technology and economy, everything is included.

External access has to be done here via the VPN-Forticlient. Instructions for installation and configuration can be found on the website of the computer centre. Unfortunately it is not possible to use the VPN web portal. Please switch off IPv6, otherwise there may be problems with the full text display.

Please also note that the download of e-books works chapter by chapter.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the library team at any time!

The locker rental service in Amberg starts!

From Monday, 20.01.2020 you can rent a locker in the Amberg Library.

How? Just get a key at the counter and have it booked there. With the key you open your locker and insert the yellow chip before closing. The key can also be returned at the counter.

For how long? 4 weeks with two extensions (like books)
A reminder fee is due if the loan period is exceeded.

What happens if keys are lost?
Unfortunately, it gets really expensive, because you have to pay at least 50 €. We will only know the current prices in February. So it is better to watch out for them.

Please do not keep any perishable food in it! We cannot accept any liability.

Hanser eLibrary via VPN

Due to increased enquiries here an information about Hanser eLibrary:

This can only be accessed externally via the Windows FortiClient VPN and not via the VPN web portal, as the Hanser platform and the web portal do not match in terms of data technology.

The VPN client that you should install on your PC/laptop is always the better choice, which provides reliable results. The web portal is an additional tool that does not work with every database.

New! Wiley'sinterdisciplinary publishing platform offers about 20,000 e-books and over 1,500 e-journals in English.

Journal articles from all subject areas
approx. 250 e-books up to publication year 2005
accessible full texts are marked with the words "Full access", "Free access" or "open access" above the title
We may be able to order titles that are not accessible via interlibrary loan.

The database is activated campus-wide and can be accessed externally with the VPN-Client . Access is provisionally limited until the end of 2021.

New E-Book: Unternehmens- und Marketingkommunikation (Bruhn)

Due to the high demand we now offer access to the following e-book: (german book)

Unternehmens- und Marketingkommunikation : Handbuch für ein integriertes Kommunikationsmanagement (Bruhn, Manfred)

On the linked page you will find the table of contents on the left, which will take you to the full text. The e-book can be downloaded chapter by chapter.
Of course you can also find it in the OPAC with a full text button.

Access is possible as usual via the university network and from home via VPN.

Do you have any further questions or requests concerning our stock? Please write to us: bib@oth-aw.de

E-Books for Geoinformatics

With immediate effect, students of the new study programme Geoinformatics
50 top-class e-books from the Wichmannpublishing house.

subject areas: Geodesy, geoinformatics, photogrammetry and surveying

The download is possible chapter by chapter. Access is as always campus-wide and for university members from outside via the VPN-Client.

E-Book offer from de Gruyter

On the de Gruyter platform you can access the e-book offerings of the publishers de Gruyter, Birkhäuser, Oldenbourg, Transcript and Harvard University Press.

Over 30,000 titles in German and English from all relevant subject areas may be read, printed and stored. Download is only possible chapter by chapter.

Access is possible via the campus network, for members of the OTH via the VPN client also from outside the university network. You do not need a login, but can start a search directly!

Initially, the programme will run until the end of March 2020, after which the best-used e-books will be permanently acquired for our stock. In case of good use, we will consider an extension.

NEW: Information sheets with instructions for OPAC and interlibrary loan

How do I order a book? Where can I renew my account? And how does an article order via interlibrary loan actually work?

All these questions - and many more - are summarised in compact form in our information sheets, which you can download here on the website under "Search and Find". In individual steps the functions of the local catalogue as well as the interlibrary loan of books or articles in copy are explained here.

Have you become curious? Have a look here directly:

Information handout OPAC Weiden
Information handout OPAC Amberg

Information handout Interlibrary loan

Information handout Odering articles via ILL

Of course, the library team will also be happy to explain the procedures personally and help with any further problems. Please feel free to contact us!

NEW: Powerbanks for rent

Recently we have Powerbanks with USB cable for rent!

The external batteries with a capacity of
20,000 mAh have 2 USB ports
and an LED display.

Loan period: 14 days, extension if necessary

Please return the goods only at the counter and do not throw them into the return container!

Mass download of e-books at Springer

According to the publisher Springer, there was an unusually high download rate of e-books, particularly on 10 and 11 March, which far exceeded the usual level.

The culprit has been identified and will face consequences.

We expressly draw attention to this fact:

  • The generous use of Springer e-books (download of the entire book) does not include the right to a mass download, neither manually nor with technical aids such as crawlers (spider, robot).
  • The transfer of electronic full texts to third parties is strictly prohibited. The texts may only be used for own scientific purposes.
  • Should unusually high download numbers suggesting misuse be repeated, the publisher will block access at least temporarily, which will affect all users. The publisher shall keep an eye on the usage figures at all times.

FAQs on copyright in university teaching

An up-to-date guide to copyright issues in everyday university life is available at urheberrecht.fhws.de.

On 01.03.18, the new copyright law with new regulations in the field of science and teaching comes into force.

Prof. Dr. jur. Achim Förster, LL.M. (Indiana) from the University of Würzburg-Schweinfuhrt has published a collection of questions and answers on his website.

The text is available under CC-BY-ND and may be redistributed under attribution.

Tip: On the last four pages of the PDF you will find a summary of short answers to questions!

Opening Hours

The library team is happy to take care of your concerns regarding books, e-books and databases. The counter is always manned during opening hours. During the semester break (usually 15 February - 14 March and 01 August - 30 September) the opening hours are reduced. Please also see the section Current Information.

Department Amberg

Current opening hours:

Monday to Thursday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Department Weiden

Current opening hours:

Monday to Thursday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

24h Library

A special service is available for university members. With an activated chip card, you have 24-hour access to your library in Amberg and Weiden. No matter whether you use the library as a place of learning or urgently need to borrow a particular book from our stock, both are available 24 hours a day.

Please ask the library team what you need to know when using the library outside opening hours. To activate your chip card, you must attend an introductory event at both locations. External users (including former students) cannot access the library outside opening hours. This service is only available to fully enrolled students at OTH Amberg-Weiden, members of the teaching staff and employees. For security and legal reasons, the library rooms are video monitored at this time.

The following services are not available outside opening hours:

  • Collection of reserved or ordered books
  • Advice from the library staff
  • Payment of reminder fees
  • Activation or issue of a library card

Team / Contact

Staff in Amberg

Staff in Weiden

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