Services offered by the library

In the following you will find information about numerous services offered by the library:

Acquisition suggestions

You have the possibility to submit acquisition proposals:

For the forms, please follow the instructions on the linked websites.

If you do not receive a message about the rejection of your acquisition proposal within seven working days, the medium will be ordered and reserved in your name. As soon as it is ready for loan, you will receive a corresponding notification by e-mail. You can pick up the item at the service desk of the library. Please note our service hours.

How long does it take for an acquisition request to be made available?
As a rule, it takes about 2-4 weeks until the desired medium can be borrowed. We process incoming deliveries as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, we have no influence on delivery times, which can vary greatly depending on the origin.

Library Regulations

Every user is obliged to comply with the provisions of the User Regulations, the other usage regulations and the requests of the responsible library staff.

EZproxy | Remote Access | Access Information

The EZproxy is an external access to databases, e-books and electronic journals for employees and students of ZU.

Are you on the road or at home? Then access via the EZproxy offers a convenient way to use electronic media licensed by the ZU University Library. This includes databases, eBooks and electronic journals.

The use of EZproxy is not required on site (in the university network / eduroam).

The EZ-Proxy-platform is web-based and does not require any plug-ins, client software, or specific browser settings.

Access data:

The EZproxy link will take you to the externally hosted EZproxy service.
To log in, you will be redirected to ZU's ADFS login page.

Please note that you must keep the login data confidential under all circumstances and you must not pass them on to third parties under any circumstances.

You will need the following credentials:
Username: [Replace "matriculationnumber" with your matriculation / student number. Example:]
Password: Your regular eduroam / zuhome password

The credentials are the same as your regular logins.
Password: Same as your office computer password

Some database providers, publishers, etc. do not allow remote access to their databases. That is why we offer you the sources for which we have been granted permission. Of course, you can access the sources that are blocked for remote access at our site at any time. We do not always have access to all content in a database, but only to licensed or freely available content.

Alternative access in case of disruptions:
In case of disruptions, you will find a list of links below as an interim solution:

  1. Select the desired database from the list below.
  2. To log in, you will be redirected to ZU's ADFS login page.
  3. Log in with your account.
  4. Once you have logged in, you will be redirected to the desired database.

You will need the login data mentioned above.

FAQ - Extension of "Library from A-Z

The first introduction to the library's topics is quick and easy with the provided overview "Library from A-Z" .

In addition to "Library from A-Z", you will find more detailed explanations on selected library topics on the FAQ pages. The most frequently asked questions about the library's services have been included in the information texts. The following FAQ pages are available: "Library | FAQ" and "Library IT Services | FAQ".

Library | FAQ: The Zeppelin University Library offers you numerous services related to the library collection. We are happy to provide you with detailed information for selected topics.

[The "Library IT Services | FAQ" section is only available in German.]

IT Services of the Library | FAQ: There are numerous information technology offerings in the library area, and we are happy to provide you with comprehensive sources of information on how to use them. Here you will find the "most important" points for using the IT service offerings | Library.

Library IT Service | FAQ [DE]

[The "Library IT Services | FAQ" section is only available in German.]

Interlibrary loan

Media that are verifiably not available in the library can be ordered for a fee via interlibrary loan. Please proceed as follows:

  1. Please check in the EDS Knowledge Portal, in the ZU library catalog or in EDS Journals if the desired publication is actually not in our holdings.
  2. To place an interlibrary loan request, please use the ZU library catalog (OPAC). If you find unsuitable or no hits in the library catalog, you will receive the message "No hits in library catalog. Interlibrary loan has hits". Now you have to actively switch from the "Library holdings" tab to the "Interlibrary loan" tab. There you will see all hits available via interlibrary loan. You can recognize the active tab by the dark background.
  3. Execute the interlibrary loan. You can find instructions here. If you have any questions, please contact the library team
  4. As soon as the publication you ordered has arrived at the library and is ready for you to borrow, you will automatically be notified by e-mail.

Please note:

  • Each time you place an interlibrary loan order, a fee of €1.50 will be charged to your library account.
  • Normally, the media arrive within a period of 7 to 21 days
  • Only one medium or article can be ordered for each interlibrary loan request.
  • Only individual journal articles can be ordered. Journal issues or entire volumes cannot be ordered.
  • If media available in the library are on loan or present copies, the interlibrary loan regulations do not allow ordering via interlibrary loan. In such cases, please contact the library team to find a pragmatic solution.
  • Interlibrary loans are generally not renewable.
  • When you pick up interlibrary loans, your interlibrary loan fees are not automatically paid. To pay your fees, you must actively notify us.

The regulations for interlibrary loan in Germany are valid in the current version of the Interlibrary Loan Regulations (LVO).

The following information is intended to provide guidance in dealing with copyrighted printed and electronic works.

Please note that this information does not constitute legally binding information and merely explains selected excerpts from the Urheberrechtsgesetz (UrhG) [ Copyright Act] and the Urheberrechts-Wissensgesellschafts-Gesetz (UrhWissG) [Copyright Knowledge Society Act] contained therein or refers to further information.

The following links refer to content that is available in German. It is possible that the target resources are also available in other languages.

Copyright and Related Rights Act. (Urheberrechtsgesetz).

  • Urheberrechtsgesetz (UrhG)
  • Urheberrechts-Wissensgesellschafts-Gesetz (UrhWissG)

[UrhWissG - Act to adapt copyright law to the current requirements of the knowledge society]

Where can I find information/legislative texts on the UrhG and UrhWissG?

  • UrhG – BfJ Laws A-Z
  • UrhWissG - Legislative resolution of the German Bundestag

Weitere übersichtliche Informationen zum Urheberrecht:

  • BMBF / dbv - Handout on the topic of "Copyright in Science"
  • TU Darmstadt - Information on "Legal issues in the field of e-learning
  • Institut für Urheber- und Medienrecht e.V.
  • iRights info

What is regulated in the UrhG incl. UrhWissG?

  • The UrhG forms the legal basis for copyright legislation. It specifies, among other things, which works are considered worthy of protection, which rights an author has and, for example, the right to quote is also regulated there.
  • The Act on the Adaptation of Copyright Law to the Current Requirements of the Knowledge Society (UrhWissG) regulates which acts of use under copyright law are legally permitted in the field of education and science without requiring the consent of authors and other rights holders (so-called "Schranken des Urheberrecht" barriers to copyright).

Tipp: Legal databases licensed at ZU:

Reproductions for private and other own use:

  • May I make copies of complete print and digital books and journals?
  • May others make copies or scans for me to the extent permitted by law?
  • May I download and save documents from databases?

The facts of copying are regulated in the Copyright Act, in Section 6 (Schranken des Urheberrechts durch gesetzlich erlaubte Nutzungen), im Unterabschnitt 1 „Gesetzlich erlaubte Nutzungen“. [(Limitations of Copyright by Legally Permitted Uses), in Subsection 1 "Legally Permitted Uses".]


  • § 44a Vorübergehende Vervielfältigungshandlungen [Temporary acts of reproduction]
  • § 53 Vervielfältigungen zum privaten und sonstigen eigenen Gebrauch [Duplications for private and other own use ]

Legally permitted uses for education, science, and institutions:

  • What is the maximum amount I can copy or scan from a book or magazine?
  • May I share the copies or scans I have made with other people?

The making of copies or scans of small parts of a work or of individual articles in magazines or newspapers is regulated by the laws, including Section 6 - Abschnitt 6 (Schranken des Urheberrechts durch gesetzlich erlaubte Nutzungen), im Unterabschnitt 4 „Gesetzlich erlaubte Nutzungen für Unterricht, Wissenschaft und Institutionen“. [(Limits on Copyright by Uses Permitted by Law), in Subsection 4, "Uses Permitted by Law for Educational, Scientific, and Institutional Purposes." ]

Use permalinks to share content.


  • § 60 a Unterricht und Lehre [Teaching]
  • § 60 b Unterrichts- und Lehrmedien [Teaching and teaching media]
  • § 60 c Wissenschaftliche Forschung [Scientific research]
  • Subsection 5 „Besondere gesetzlich erlaubte Nutzungen verwaister Werke“ ["Special legally permitted uses of orphan works]
  • Section 8 „Besondere Bestimmungen für Computerprogramme“ ["Special Provisions for Computer Programs"]

Other information portals for laws:

  • BfJ - Aktualitätendienst / Gesetze A-Z [Actuality service / law A-Z]
  • DIP Bundestag - Gesetze im Gesetzgebungsverfahren [Laws in the legislative process]
  • Entscheidungen des Bundesverfassungsgerichts [Decisions of the Federal Constitutional Court]
  • Bundesgesetzblatt [Federal Law Gazette]
  • Rechtsvorschriften der Europäischen Union - EUR-Lex [Legislation of the European Union]

Use of electronic media

The library of Zeppelin University offers a variety of electronic media (databases, e-books, e-journals). Please observe the following regulations with regard to use:

Terms of use

  • The use of the electronic media is only permitted in the context of study, research and teaching.
  • The electronic contents are only intended for the user's own private or scientific use and may only be used in compliance with the German Copyright Act (UrhG). They may not be passed on to third parties or made publicly accessible, either digitally or in printed form.
  • Any kind of use for commercial purposes is prohibited.
  • In addition to researching and viewing on screen, depending on the database or platform provider, downloading, saving and printing individual parts of the electronic content (e.g. individual essays and book chapters) is permitted.
  • Systematic download of electronic content, especially by robots, as well as download of the complete database content is prohibited.
  • The provisions of copyright law and the respective terms of use of the database providers apply.

Access information

Access from the university network:

ZU members automatically have access to all content licensed by the library when they access the databases, e-books and e-journals via the university network.

External users contact the library team as so-called "walk-in users" if required.

Access from outside the university network:

ZU members can also access much of the content licensed by the library from home using what is known as EZproxy. The EZproxy platform is web-based and requires no plug-ins, client software, or special browser settings. Not all providers allow remote access and are accordingly not listed in the "EZproxy".

Access data must not be passed on to third parties under any circumstances.

Online renewal

The library catalog allows you to view the loan periods of the borrowed media and to extend them if necessary.

The regular loan period for media is 21 calendar days for all users of the library. During this time, the return or extension of the loan period of the media must take place. Loans can be extended seven times for 21 days each, provided there are no reservations.

If a medium is reserved by another user, renewal is not possible and the medium concerned must be handed in at the specified time.

Extension Online

Tip: You can switch the catalog to English at any time from the start page.

Bibliothek von A-Z - Renewal [DE]

ZU|niverse | Library page

You can find the following pages of the library in ZU|niverse.

The portal access is password protected.

The posts in the Zuniverse can be switched to English via the language selection. A link to the English pages is unfortunately not possible.

More information

Do you have any questions?

Was your question not answered? Write us your question, or feel free to contact our service desk directly. Of course, you can also pass on questions to us by e-mail or telephone.


In order to be able to offer you the most suitable and comprehensive service possible, we, the library team at ZU, depend on your feedback. Therefore, please write us your impressions, suggestions and wishes regarding the information offered and feel free to give us constructive hints for improvement.


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