Library Regulations

Note: Translations of these materials into languages other than German are intended solely as a convenience to the non-German-reading public. Any discrepancies or differences that may arise in translations of the official German versions of these materials are not binding and have no legal effect for compliance or enforcement purposes.

Regulations relating to the use of the facilities of the Juristisches Seminar of the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn were adopted by the Faculty on 14.12.2001. They form the basis for the use of the library.

§ 1. Purpose

The Juristisches Seminar is the main library of the Department of Law at the Faculty of Law and Economics. Its purpose is to serve the needs of study, research and teaching of law at the University of Bonn.

§ 2. Reference library, Free Access

(1) The collections of the Juristisches Seminar are to be used in principle within its reading rooms. Literature may only be borrowed in exceptional cases. The terms and conditions are determined by the library management.

(2) With a few exceptions (special locations), the holdings of the Juristisches Seminar are freely accessible in the reading rooms. Loose-leaf works and unbound journal volumes are located at the book issue desk. In addition, works in high demand can be temporarily assigned to the book issue desk.

§ 3. Admission, Exceptional use

(1) All members and persons associated with the University of Bonn may access the Juristisches Seminar. In case the number of users exceeds capacity, the use of the seminar may be restricted to members and persons associated with the Faculty of Law and Economics.

(2) Other persons may be permitted to use the Juristisches Seminar. Prerequisites and conditions of use shall be determined by the library management.

(3) Any exceptional use of the Juristisches Seminar's collections or facilities requires the consent of the library management, which may be made conditional on a consideration.

§ 4. Library Card

(1) Borrowing and use of the literature located at the book issue desk requires a library card, which is issued as a photo ID.

(2) The library card will be issued upon presentation of the student ID or official identity card. The name, address and telephone number, as well as the matriculation number or identity card number of the holder of a student ID, will be collected and stored by the Juristisches Seminar.

(3) The library card will be valid until the end of the year. Renewal (annual) is possible.

(4) For one-time use, a day pass (without photo) will be issued. The same applies if a user cannot yet be issued with a library card due to the lack of a passport photo or if the library card has been forgotten. No more than three daily passes will be issued per person in any calendar year.

(5) Library cards and day passes are for the exclusive use of the individual to whom they are issued, and are not transferable. The Juristisches Seminar must be notified immediately in case of loss of the library card or the day pass. The library card/ day pass holder is liable for any misuse of the card/ day pass prior to notification of loss.

§ 5. General Rules of conduct

(1) Every user of the Juristisches Seminar must behave in such a way so as not to hamper the ability of other persons to make use of the library.

(2) Literature, furnishings and other library property must be treated with care. Liability for damages arises in case of harm to library property.

(3) Instructions given by the library staff must be followed.

§ 6. Prohibitions, Restrictions

(1) Overcoats and bags (including laptop bags), as well as skateboards/scooters and other sports equipment, may not be brought into the library. It is also prohibited to leave them at the entrance of the library.

(2) Food and drinks may not be taken into the library. Smoking is strictly prohibited within the library.

(3) Having conversations within the library premises is prohibited. This applies also to reading rooms, corridors and staircases and also in the passageway to the east wing (Ostturm). The only exception to this rule is Room 3 on the 2nd-floor basement (dissertation room).

(4) Mobile phones may only be brought into the library if they are deactivated.

(5) Laptops may only be used within the designated areas of the library.

(6) The workspaces with computers provided by the library may only be used for catalogue - database-related research. Manipulation of hardware or software is prohibited.

§ 7. Use of the Literature and Work-spaces

(1) To ensure the fair use of resources, a user should not use more than six literature units at the same time. The book issue desk will not issue more than four literature units simultaneously to a single user.

(2) After use, the literature must be returned to their exact location or the book issue desk immediately.

(3) Before leaving the library (except for short periods of up to one hour), users must completely clear their workspaces.

(4) The library administration will make arrangements for the extended use of literature and workspaces for those working on the graded written assignments (‘Examenshausarbeit’).

§ 8. Copyright

Users must ensure that they respect existing copyrights and related rights of the literature provided and in particular respect legal and contractual restrictions on use, including prohibitions on reproduction and distribution of works.

§ 9. Controls, Library Book Alarm System

(1) The library may only be left via the book security system at the library exit.

(2) If the alarm of the book security system is triggered, the person concerned may only leave the library premises when the reason for setting off the alarm has been clarified.

(3) Regardless of the Book Alarm System, anyone intending to leave the library can be checked to see whether he/she is in possession of seminar property.

§ 10. Violation of library regulations

Anyone who repeatedly or seriously violates the provisions of these Regulations may be excluded from the use of the ‘Juristisches Seminar’ for a limited or unlimited period of time or their use of the library may be restricted without prior warning. The decision is made by the Executive Director of the Juristisches Seminar. Other measures based on the householder’s right remain unaffected.

§ 11. Householder’s right, determination of identity

(1) The Executive Director of the Juristisches Seminar is entitled to exercise the householder’s right on the premises of the Juristisches Seminar. This person may authorise any member of the seminar staff to exercise the householder’s right. The actual supervisor at the library entrance is deemed to be authorized to exercise the householder’s right unless the right is currently exercised by another member of the seminar staff.

(2) Users of the library are upon request, obliged to provide their name, address and their status as students or external users and to provide proof of this by presenting their student or identity card.

§ 12. Limitation of liability

(1) No guarantee is provided or liability accepted concerning the information provided in catalogues, inventory, references to specific information or sources of information as well as announcements and notices.

(2) Users are solely responsible for the protection of property brought by them into the library from theft, unauthorised use and damage.

(3) For things that users forget or lose on the premises of the library and which are taken into custody by the Juristisches Seminar, liability exists only in cases of intentional or gross negligence.

(4) The operation of the photocopying machines is carried out by the installing company independently and is outside the responsibility of the Juristisches Seminar.

§ 13. Further regulations

(1) For the use of the CIP-Pool of the Faculty of Law and Economics, a special user regulation is established.

(2) If new information or services offered by the seminar or other changes require the adoption of supplementary rules or a change in regulations, these can be made by the library management until a possible amendment of these usage regulations is made.