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Current information

Lending via Click & Collect allowed from 21 January 21 onwards!

According to the report of the Bavarian State Chancellery from the cabinet meeting of 20.01.21, libraries are allowed to offer lending via Click & Collect.

How does the lending function work?

1. Literature search in the OPAC. Instructions for Amberg and Weiden can be found here!
2. Order the desired books by mail. Enter your name and user number as well as the desired books (title and shelfmark). Specify your desired collection date between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
3. You will receive a notification by e-mail when the books are ready for collection.
4. You will pick up the books that are ready for you. Corona registration via smartphone is still required. You will also be required to wear an FFP2 mask and comply with clearance and hygiene rules.
5. Special regulations in Amberg: Students with clearance can enter the library in Amberg with your smart card, students without clearance and external users ring the bell at the side entrance. (In Weiden, all students can enter the library through the normal entrance door.)

What is not allowed?

1. The shelf area cannot be entered.
2. It is not possible to issue new user cards.
3. Longer stays at the library are not allowed.

Are branch and interlibrary loan orders possible?

Orders between Amberg and Weiden are possible again. However, it takes a few days for the books to arrive at the pick-up location, as there is only a weekly service between Amberg and Weiden.
Interlibrary loan orders are still possible. To pick up your books, please make an appointment by mail.

Can I return books?

You can return the books via the return container.
Alternatively, books can be placed in a box for returns in the counter area.
A return will not be posted until one day later.

Will I be reminded if I go over the loan deadlines?

You will not receive any reminders until the end of the lockdown. You can extend loan periods on your own in the OPAC. Students can extend up to five times, and external users can extend up to four times. Pre-booked books must be returned on time.

In addition, we have once again expanded our extensive online offerings. Here you will find an overview of our e-books and databases, which students can use regardless of location.

More detailed information about e-books and connection via VPN can be found in our e-book info sheet.

We are still here for you by e-mail and phone!
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions:

Library Amberg: bibam@oth-aw.de, Tel. 09621/482-3215 or 482-3201

Library Weiden: bibwen@oth-aw.de, Tel. 0961/382-1203 or 382-1201

"Bib für Erstis": digital library introduction for 24h-access, access to e-books and much more

For the summer semester, both the Amberg and Weiden libraries will again offer digital library introduction courses beginning 24th of march:

Amberg Library:
Mondays 10 am (German): 29th of march, 12th of april, 19th of april.
Wednesdays 10 am (German): 24th of march, 31st of march, 7th of april.

To register, please send an email with full name, student ID number (500...) and desired date to m.pastuska@oth-aw.de.

Weiden Library:
Thursdays 2pm (English): 25th of march, 1st of april, 8th of april, 15th of april.
Fridays 15:30 (German): 26th of march, 9th of april, 16th of april, 23th of april.

To register, please send an email with your full name, student ID number (500...) and desired date to le.fischer@oth-aw.de.

After registration you will receive an appointment confirmation and an access link to the virtual room in BigBlueButton by mail.
On the public holidays Good Friday (2nd of april) and Easter Monday (5th of april) there are no online courses.
You can only participate in one date of the respective other location? No problem! Please just indicate when registering that you are actually studying in Amberg or Weiden.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the respective e-mail addresses.

We wish you a good start to your studies!

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

Information on current library use

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 self-service machine or at the counter.
  • When you leave the library, please return the basket.
  • A longer stay in the library is not permitted.
  • 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

Opening hours:
From 01. 10. Extended opening hours apply, which you can see here.
For a loan outside of these times you have to make an appointment with the library in Amberg or Weiden!

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.


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 Wichmann publishing 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

Opening hours during the winter semester 2020/21:

Monday to Thursday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Reduced opening hours during the semester break:

Monday to Thursday: 8.30 a.m. to 0.30 p.m. und 1-30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday: 8.30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Department Weiden

Opening hours during the winter semester 2020/21:

Monday to Thursday: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Reduced opening hours during the semester break:

Monday to Thursday: 8 a.m. to 0 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. to 1 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

Stellvertretende Leiterin

Staff in Amberg

Monika Pastuska

Telefon +49 (9621) 482-3202

Dorothee De Wille

Telefon +49 (9621) 482-3205

Ursula Job-Busche

Telefon +49 (9621) 482-3205

Personal in Weiden

Dipl.-Bibl. (FH)
Monika Eichinger

Telefon +49 (961) 382-1204

Reinhard Jawurek

Telefon +49 (961) 382-1202

Lisa-Marie Neidhardt

Telefon +49 (961) 382-1205

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