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The Hof University Library is a lending library open to the public. The use of services is regulated by the "Allgemeine Benützungsordnung der Bayerischen Staatlichen Bibliotheken".
The CampusCard of Hof University of Applied Sciences also serves as a library card with which you can borrow media. The CampusCard allows you to use the 24h opening.
We issue a guest card to all interested persons over 16 years of age upon presentation of a valid personal document and the completed user application, which enables the borrowing of media. The 24-hour opening does not apply to guest users.
If you lose your CampusCard or guest card, please report the loss to us immediately to prevent misuse by third parties. We also ask you to notify us of any changes of address.
Lending and Return
• To borrow books you can take them directly from the shelf
• 4 weeks lending period
• You will receive 6 automatic renewals (4 weeks each) - if the medium is not reserved
As a user of the University Library, you can order media via interlibrary loan that are not available in the University Library's collection.
Research and Ordering
Research and order from the library catalog
• Book loans via interlibrary loan – there is a charge of 3,00 € per medium
Note: If you place an essay order, you will have to pay fees in any case - the fees do not expire even if you do not pick up the essay. Cancellations of interlibrary loan orders are not possible.
These media contain selected media for specific lectures. As reference collections, these may only be used in the library's reading room.
At the Hof location, you will find the course reserve collection on the shelves near the carrels (recognizable in the library catalog by the signatures beginning with the lending classification 300).
At the Münchberg location, you will find the course reserve collection in the copy room (recognizable in the library catalog by the signatures beginning with the lending classification 300).
(with full text links to the ebooks)
Online catalog of the Hof University Library with Münchberg Department Library, the Library of the University of Public Service and the Hof Municipal Archives.
The catalog contains the entire media holdings of the university library, including all licensed ebooks and ejournals.
University members can also use the library's online services outside the campus network – New: Access via EZ-Proxy – What is EZ-Proxy? (VPN connection not necessary)
Please select the correct link to the library catalog! From which library do you want to pick up ordered literature?
You can research all print magazines and licensed online magazines in the library catalog
The magazine issues of the current as well as the last two years (usually in bound form) can be found sorted by topic on the magazine shelves in the PC room and in the adjacent training room.
All older volumes are in the stacks and are available on order.
All current magazines are located in the reading room.
A fast, structured and uniform access to scientific full-text journals is offered by the
The journals are offered according to subjects.
The access options for full-text articles are indicated by different colored traffic light symbols depending on the institution:
• green = free access
• yellow = access in the university network or via external access à you can also find them all in the library catalog
• yellow and red = access to some, but not all, issues of the journal
• red = no access
• Süddeutsche Zeitung and Frankenpost (for using the Frankenpost please select the tab Ganzseiten)
Online edition of the Süddeutsche Zeitung (with archive) and Frankenpost
• New York Times online edition of the New York Times. For access from outside the university, please follow these instructions.
• Die Zeit
Many publishers offer ebooks in addition to printed books.
We provide licensed individual ebooks or even entire licensed packages from various publishers.
The ebooks are displayed in the library catalog just like our print media - recognizable by the icon in front of the title display.
Here you will find an overview of the publishers with whom we have licensed ebooks.
Open Access published e-books in full text from different subject areas and languages can be found in the DOAB (Directory of Open Access Books).
University members can also use the library’s online services outside the campus network.
New: Access via EZ-Proxy – What is EZ-Proxy?
Guest users may contact library staff as needed.
Information sheet research for ebooks
University members can find video courses and tutorials on the following topics in moodle (courses of the library):
- introduction to library use (english)
- library catalog / ordering interlibrary loan
Publication server of Hof University of Applied Sciences
Document server on which scientific publications of Hof University of Applied Sciences can be digitally archived and made publicly accessible, provided that this does not violate any copyright and/or licensing regulations.
In addition to theses, also essays, research reports, and university publications can be posted.
In OPUS you can transfer your document to the publication server via the menu "Upload" in a few steps. The final release of the document is done by the library.
Please return the completed declaration of consent to the library
Hof University has acquired a campus license of the Citavi literature management system. Within the scope of this license, all university members can use this reference management program for studying, teaching and research.
Citavi supports you in all phases of working with scientific literature. With Citavi you can:
• research online and import bibliographic information from databases or library catalogs
• record books, essays and other documents
• compile standardized bibliographies according to the citation style
• capture quotes, thoughts and comments, plan and schedule tasks
How to get Citavi
In order to use the campus license of Hof University, you must first create your own Citavi account. Please note that it is mandatory that you register with your Hof University email address. Set up Citavi-account
Afterwards install the current version of Citavi
After the installation, you can log in with your Citavi-account. Citavi automatically obtains the license data and you can work with the campus license.
Log in with your Citavi-Account (see above). You will then automatically use the campus license of Hof University.
Citavi offers its own service and support web pages
Here you will find a wide range of support services (quick start guide, manual, videos, forum, etc.).
There are two reading rooms in the library at your disposal. In addition, we provide two group study rooms and four individual work cubicles (carrels), a room with ten PC workstations and a workroom for group work (without reservation). These workstations can be used freely.
- 2 group study rooms for teamwork (2-8 persons). A PC and a whiteboard are available in both rooms.
- 4 Carrels (work cubicles)
You can book a room max. 2 times per week for a maximum of 5 hours. Reservation is possible up to 3 weeks in advance. Keys can be borrowed at the information desk.Please arrive on time. If the key for a reserved room is not picked up by 15 minutes after the booked time, the reservation will be deleted by the system.
For the storage of personal belongings, you can use lockers during staff-supervised opening hours.
There are several reading places for you in the library. In addition, you can use PC workstations. All seats are available without reservation.
You can use multifunction devices for printing, scanning and copying at both locations.
Scanners are available for scanning magazines and books. You will need a USB stick to save your scans.
In addition to our media, you can also borrow following tools:
• caddies (mobile workstation with locker)
• headphones, headsets
• writing sets