FAQ

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Who can use the libray?

The library is open to students and staff members of the university but also users from outside who have reached the age of 18.  Persons under the age of 18 require the written consent of a parent or guardian.

How do I get a library card?

For HTW students the HSC (HTW student card) is regarded as a library card.

HTW employees and external users please present your identity card or passport (including official proof of residence). External library users must provide proof of an officially confirmed Berlin address.

The library card is valid in all locations of the university library (Central Library Campus Treskowallee, and the Library Campus Wilhelminenhof).

Things you need to know before visiting the library

Please do not bring food or drinks except of water to the library and avoid loud conversations in the reading rooms.

Lockers are available for library users. You need a 1€ coin or a shopping cart chip. We ask you to put bags and jackets in the lockers. Please note that the lockers are unattended. 

How can I change my user data?

HTW students can change their data independently through the LSF. External users are asked to contact the staff of the university library.

How do I receive a password?

HTW students sign up with matrikel number and password (as in LSF).

HTW employees and exernal users can determine the password on their own. It must consist of between 8-12 digits. Follow these instructions:

  1. please go to the pages of the online catalog (webOPAC)
  2. switch to the tab "Account"
  3. enter the number of your library card in the field "User Number"
  4. in the field "Password" please enter your new password (8-12 digits)
  5. now click on the button "Log on"
  6. please repeat the password on the next page
  7. save

I forgot my password

HTW students please use this Link.

HTW employees and external users, please follow these instructions:

  1. go to the online catalogue (webOPAC)
  2. switch to the tab "Account"
  3. click on the button "Forgot your password?"

You will receive a password by mail which allows you to open your account.
Please create a new password after activating the account.

How can I setup my account in the online catalogue (webOPAC)?

See How do I get a password

How can I borrow items?

All items designated as "available for loan" in the online catalogue (webOPAC) can be borrowed.
The holdings in the closed stockroom at the library on Campus Treskowallee are available for immediate loan.
The library on Campus Wilhelminenhof is an open stack library. 

How many items can I borrow at a time?

You can borrow a maximum of 50 items at a time. 

How long is the loan period and how many renewals are possible?

The loan period is usually four weeks.

Up to three renewals are possible, if no other user has placed a reservation on the items. 

The renewals can be done independently via the online catalogue (webOPAC) in the following steps:

  1. open the the online catalogue (webOPAC)
  2. switch to the tab "Account"
  3. enter your user ID and your password and click on the button "Log on"
  4. select "my account”
  5. click on "extension"
  6. the new dates and not renewed items are displayed

The loan period can also be extended via email, telephone and at the lending desk. 

How can I reserve borrowed items?

A reservation requires a registration in the library. The reservation can be done independently via the online catalogue (webOPAC) in the following steps:

  1. open the online catalogue (webOPAC)
  2. switch to the tab "Account" 
  3. enter your User ID and your password
  4. click on the button "Log on"
  5. locate the desired book in online catalogue - the book must be borrowed
  6. click on the book title (display of single result)
  7. navigate to the tab "getdocument"
  8. click on the link "reserve / order"

The book ist reserved for you.

Where can I return my books?

You can return books on both campuses.

Outside the opening times you can use the drop box located in building B for book returns on Campus Treskowallee.

Please note, that books from the library Campus Treskowallee can not be returned via the self-return machine of the Campus Wilhelminenhof.

Items borrowed via interlibrary loan must be returned to the campus where they were checked out.

How can I pay my library fines?

Payment is only cashless possible at both locations! Alternatively, you can pay by bank transfer to the following account:

Account holder: HTW Berlin
Bank:
Postbank Berlin
IBAN:
DE 09100100100043333103
BIC:
PBNKDEFF
Note to payee 1:
506310/2740200000/Mahngebühren
Note to payee 2: User number

How do I find a particular medium?

All available items can be found in the online catalogue (webOPAC). In the webOPAC you can search by title, author, keyword and other specific criterias. You can also find information on the location and availability of printed items in the library. 

Can I make purchase suggestions?

Yes, members of the HTW Berlin can make acquisition requests for items that are not in the HTW library holdings.

Please contact our acquisition librarians and we will consider your suggestion.

  1. write an e-mail to bibliothek-erwerbung@htw-berlin.de or
  2. fill in the form "Acquisition request" via our homepagehttps://sisis.rz.htw-berlin.de/InfoGuideClient/acqrequest.do?methodToCall=show

Is interlibrary loan possible?

Yes. The HTW library itakes part in the interlibrary loan system. More information can be found on the interlibrary loan pages.

What is a memo list?

The memo list allows users to list books. It is not connected with reservation or ordering. It can only be saved after user registration in the  webOPAC with user number and password. The memo list can be named and administered by its user. Library staff do not have access to the list. It is not possible to reserve books working with the list.

Can I see what I have borrowed in the past?

In the user account of the library catalogue, a list of the loans of the last 36 months can be displayed.

By default, the reading history function is disabled in the user account, i. e. no borrowing history is created. The history is not visible externally and serves as a personal overview.

To access your reading history, please specify in the user account under "User data" whether a history is created for the account. When this function is activated in the user account, another sub-account named "History" is displayed in addition to the overview of the loans, orders, reservations and charges.

Where can I find HTW final theses (Bachelor’s, Master’s and Diplom dissertations)?

Our holdings are accessible via the list "Final Theses". Final Theses can be located via a search by name, topic and the media type for example "Diplomarbeit" in our webOPAC.

Theonline catalogue webOPAC provides a search function for final theses. Proceeed as follows:

  1. open the online catalogue (webOPAC)
  2. working with the option "Restrict search", set the media type to the desired qualification (e.g. Bachelor’s)
  3. you can also set the year of graduation
  4. for that select the desired year in the search entry "year"
  5. start search

Can I borrow theses?

Yes, as long as they are held by the library.

Can I borrow periodicals?

No. Periodicals cannot be loaned. Users can consult periodicals in the reading room 1, where they can also be photocopied.

Can I access the licensed databases from outside of the university?

Yes. HTW staff and students can access almost all licensed databases and electronic periodicals from off-campus computers at any time. The library opening hours do not apply to such services. The computer centre provides a VPN-Service. This enables users to connect to the campus network from an off-campus computer. After login, you will be allocated a university IP address. The databases accessible via this service are listed in the respective database abstract.

Are there computer workstations in the reading rooms?

Yes, there are workstations with and without computers in the reading rooms:

 

  • Reading room 1 TA: 42 reading desks, 6 PC workstations and 2 research workstations
  • Reading room 2 TA: 56 reading desks, 3 PC workstations, 3 research workstations
  • Reading room Campus WH: 350 reading desks, including 54 PC workstations, 21 research workstations

Are there book scanners and copying facilities?

Yes, both locations have book scanners and copying facilities on site. The copiers must be operated with the canteen card. Instructions on how to charge and use the copiers are available on site.

Does the library provide rooms for group work?

Yes. For cooperation in smaller groups in the library Wilhelminenhof are three group study rooms for free. Two of them are equipped with smart boards.
One of the rooms can be booked by HTW students at least a day before they are required. This can be performed at the information desk or the loan desk. The other two rooms do not require reservation.

In the interests of all users, students are required to maintain silence in the group work rooms.

As in all library facilities, eating and drinking (with the exception of water) and any form of telephone communication is strictly forbidden. Bags and coats / jackets are to be deposited in the lockers in the library entrance.

Are there any carrels?

Carrels (reading booths) are available at the library on the campus Wilhelminenhof. They can be reserved for four weeks by HTW students who are writing their final thesis. Extensions of time are possible, if there are no reservations by other students.

In oder to get the key, the library staff will ask you to show your library card and accept the terms of use.

Library holdings not subject to loan (e.g. reference copies or periodicals) may not be locked in the carrels overnight. They may only be used for a short time and should be returned to the red book cart upon leaving the library. The library staff can check the carrels for holdings not subject to loan and will remove them from the carrels if necessary. The library can exclude users from the use of the carrels when repeatedly violating the terms of use. 

Where can I work with Scientific WorkPlace®?

"Scientific WorkPlace ®" enables the editing and calculation of mathematical and scientific text (with CAS MuPAD) with formula.

Where can I work with ScientificWorkPlace®?

  • PC work stations in the library on the Wilhelminenhof campus

Which format editions are available?

  • HTM, XHTML RAP, PDF

Extras

  • Producing high-quality mathematic formulas (“book quality”)
  • Enables internet publications
  • Realization of high-performance graphic, numerical and symbolic calculations