1. SLUB Dresden
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What are the opening hours of the SLUB?

Please check the following link for the current opening hours of the Central Library and other locations: Opening Hours and SLUB Libraries

What do I have to pay for using the SLUB?

Using the SLUB is free of charge.
However, there are fees for specific services, such as digitization orders, interlibrary loan, or exceedance of lending periods.

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Who is allowed to use the SLUB?

All persons of 14 years and above may use the SLUB Dresden.

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I would like to use the SLUB for a short time period only. Do I still have to register?

If you intend to use our online ressources or would like to lend books from the SLUB, you will need a SLUBCARD. For simply staying at the SLUB you do not have to register.

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How do I become a registered SLUB user?

At first, please use our online form.  You will get your SLUBCARD after submitting the identification number you gained from filling out the form. Registration is possible at all SLUB locations. Please bring your identity card or passport with you. Non-EU citizens still need a registration certificate. If you are a student at the TU Dresden, please also bring your certificate of matriculation.

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How long is my SLUBCARD valid?

The SLUBCARD is valid for 400 days.

Can I renew my SLUBCARD online?

No, but you can request a renewal of your SLUBCARD via the contact form on the SLUB website or via phone ( +49 351 4677-390). You will have to indicate your user card number, your current physical address and your birthdate. Alternatively, you are welcome to renew your card at one of our service desks.

Why should I sign in to my user account?

There are extended features available if you sign in to your user account on the SLUB website. By doing this, you can easily order media from the closed stacks, request or reserve borrowed media or view licensed documents from outside the SLUB.

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How do I find a specific medium in the library building?

Identify the signature of the desired medium on the basis of the catalog entry, for example, ZH 3470 W214. This signature will be linked. When clicking the link, you will be directed to the 3D model. There you will find the exact location of the shelf as well as further information.



Which events and trainings are taking place at the SLUB?

In our trainings you can learn how to use the library, how to do literature research, how to use citation programs, how to work with Word 2010, how to use the technical equipment in our buildings and much more. We offer tours through the book museum as well as workshops in our Makerspace. We also offer individual consultations concerning manifold research topics within our Wissensbar service.

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Are there guided tours through the treasure chamber in the book museum?

Yes, there are. Public tours through the treasure room take place on Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. Fees will not be charged. Interested parties meet in the foyer in the Central Library.

How can I view manuscripts or music manuscripts?

Please order the desired document personally via library ticket, by phone: +49 351 4677-552 (Music Manuscripts) - 511 (Using Manuscripts), or via contact form. Please make an advance reservation not less than one day before the date you wish to use the document. Furthermore, you will need a valid SLUBCARD.

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I would like to donate books to the SLUB. Is this possible?

Yes, it is. Please send us a list with information on title, author and year of publication by email or mail. You are also welcome to contact us by phone: + 49 351 4677 245.

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  • Postal address for donations: SLUB Dresden, SG Monografien / Geschenke, 01054 Dresden

What are book boxes and how can I get a book box?

Book boxes are lockers where borrowed items can be kept temporarily. Please get in touch with our staff at the circulation desk of the respective SLUB location. In case all book boxes are occupied, you can make a reservation via the SLUB catalog.

What are "Semesterapparate" and where are they located?

A Semesterapparat is a compilation of selected media (key texts) for a course at university. There are Semesterapparate consisting of books (Buchsemesterapparat), there are electronic Semesterapparate as well as audiovusual ones.

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