Interlibrary Loan

If you do not find enough references available in the inventory of the library we recommend you to perform a database search (look DBIS). You will often find it possible to download the electronic document directly. However, more often you will find only the bibliographic information of the relevant literature fitting the subject. In this case, you should remember and research them in the local catalogue. In addition, you can use the inter-library-loan.

Researching and ordering process:

You can receive literature from different library’s all over Germany via the union catalogue (GVK).

You can use the KVK for international research. International inter-library loan is available, please ask an employee at the information desk.

How to request inter-library-loan?

Loan Order

Search for the desired book in the union catalogue.

Open the heading notification and read the information carefully. We can only order printed books, currently there is no possibility to request eBooks via inter-library loan.

Info: Newspapers are not available via loan request. You have, however, the chance to request a copy of the article or the essay. For more information, look further down.

Title view in the GVK

You can see the list view of the providing libraries underneath the title. You do not need to select a library from this list.


Loan Request

Click on to Loan Request and fill in the order. Your personnel data has already been entered.


Display in the ordering process

The inter-library loan will always be sent to the University of Applied Science’s library. Under “remark”, you can request a reservation, increasing the chance of success of the delivery.

Right at the bottom, once again enter your password and trigger the order.

Loan order is not possible?

If there is no button with “Loan Request”, first, check to see if a different edition of the book is available. Our Tip: Type in (over all words [ALL]) 1-2 keywords (title) and the surname (author, publisher).

As an alternative, you can check if a copy order is possible. Screen the index of contents of the medium and order the chosen pages as a copy. Same counts for E-Books (choose the printed edition) or newspapers.

You can find different editions and the E-Book!

Please check: Are there other editions available in the union catalogue or is there an E-Book available in the inventory of the University of Applied Science’s library?

See: next step

The order is NOT sent

...if the document is available in the University of Applied Sciences’ library.

The medium is available in the inventory of the University of Applied Sciences’ library. An inter-library-loan is neither necessary nor possible.

Copy Order

You search for the medium or newspaper via GVK IN which the article was published.

Every article and every essay does always have a source (the respective book or newspaper). Search for them in the union catalogue. For newspapers, use the ISSN. You can now request a copy order. The copy will be prepared for you and left to pick up at the library. You will be informed via email.


Copy order

Click on to copy order and fill in your request. Your personnel data has already been entered.


Order view for an essay that doesn’t have a title of its own but which can be ordered from the source. The data has to be entered manually (year, magazine, etc.).

Open the title of the source (book/journal) which contains the desired document. You are frequently afforded the chance to view a table of contents (as a pdf) which is linked to the title.

Then click on Copy order and, on the following screen, enter the data pertaining to the article (year, page from-to, title, author, etc.).

Inventory information of the University of Applied Sciences’ library: An order is not necessary!

Click on this symbol in order to access the catalogue of the University of Applied Sciences’ library. It will show you which edition(s) or volume is available at the local library. This can obviate the need of an inter-library loan. Also check the electronic edition.


Evidence of ownership does make the copy order unnecessary and unavailable.


Registration & costs
  • In order to use the inter-library loan service, you must join the library.
  • Send us an application for a password via the relevant web form on our homepage.
  • You need your e-mail address and the library number (see your library card or student card).
  • Send the web form off, and you will receive all the information you need to join by e-mail.
  • Please note: Inter-library loan orders cost €1.50 for non-university members. Orders from abroad cost €2.50 each, for everyone.


Delivery and notification

You can check out the processing status of your orders at any time in your inter-library loan account in the GVK-PLUS / GBV.

The delivery times can vary – most intra-library loans can be collected after 1-4 weeks.

The delivery is sent to the library and not directly to you. You can collect your inter-library loans from the service counter by presenting your student card or your library card.


  • Journal essays and excerpts from books are delivered as copies.
  • Communicate the delivery status via the intra-library loan account in the GVK-PLUS / GVK and then follow it up at the service counter.
  • You can then keep the copies.


  • Books are loaned in their original form.
  • You will be notified by e-mail by us.
  • You can find information about the delivery in your user account.
  • It is always the lending library which determines the loan period (generally four weeks) and loan conditions (e.g. may only be used on the library premises).
Extending the loan period and returning the loan

It is not possible to extend the loan period.

A chargeable reminder will be sent for any reference works not returned on time.

Please note that the coupon and the data carrier enclosed in the book stay in the book until it has been returned. We need them for processing the return of the book. A charge of €2.50 is payable in the case of loss of or damage to the data carrier.


The general catalogue (GBV) offers you some information about interlibrary loan.