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Maintenance and repair work in August 2020

Dear users,

On this page, we would like to inform you about the maintenance and repair work that will take place shortly and massively limit all of the SLUB’s services.

What is being done?

From 15/08/2020 to 26/08/2020, comprehensive maintenance and repair services will be taking place in the SLUB at the request of and in coordination with the state government enterprise Sächsisches Immobilien- und Baumanagement (SIB). These repairs will especially affect the technical systems and will have a major impact on our digital infrastructure. A substantial part of this is required by law. The Central Library must remain closed for the duration of the work on the technical systems. Many services will also be mostly discontinued as a result. All of the SLUB’s websites and portals, including the online catalogue, will not be accessible.

Is it really necessary?

The maintenance and repair work is mandatory. Our technology and digital infrastructure must be updated – it simply needs to be done  As a user, you will not notice any visible differences afterwards, but the work is of pivotal importance in making the basic technical areas of the SLUB futureproof. We want to position ourselves better for the future - and for you.
We looked into and received extensive technical advice in advance. After weighing up all the possible implementation scenarios, a decision was made in favour of a temporary closure for security reasons. All of the experts agreed that this was inevitable.

The SLUB has a highly complex IT landscape and infrastructure that contains the data of over 70,000 users and several million analogue and digital sources. During the course of the maintenance work, all internal SLUB servers will have to be shut down step-by-step and then restarted. A total of 40 technical systems and 100 sub-distribution cabinets will be serviced. 30 companies will be involved that will invest 940 working hours or 118 person-days into the task and whose technical work will be precisely coordinated with each other.

The period of closure was carefully chosen in order to reduce its repercussions as much as possible. Of course, there is never an ideal time for a maintenance of this size. We are aware of the inconvenience and apologise profusely for it.

What support can you expect?

Of course, we will do everything we can to keep the consequences of this unusual closure as low as possible and to offer the best possible service in this situation.

We are also available for you and your questions during the closure

… by phone, email, chat, on a specially created website and on social media. All of these contact options will be made available on the interim website at on 15/08/2020. You can reach us as usual until 14/08/2020.

Our branch libraries will continue to be available as places to learn and work:

the Departmental Library DrePunct and the Branch Libraries of Law, Education, Medicine and Forestry. The open access areas will be accessible at all locations, i.e. the items will be available for use on site. Copying, printing from USB and scanning to USB will also possible on the multifunction printers. Due to the current hygiene regulations, only a limited number of workplaces are available in the branch libraries; access cards on site regulate access. Here you will find an overview of the branch libraries’ opening hours. In all branch libraries (except the Departmental Library DrePunct), you will have access to wireless internet (via VPN / Web with a valid ZIH login from the TU Dresden or via Eduroam). Unfortunately, it will not possible to use our computers on site.

No items will be due back during the closure

Unfortunately, you will not be able to borrow any items from the SLUB from 15/08 until 26/08/2020, as the necessary systems are to also be serviced. You can, however, still return your items at all open locations during opening hours at the service counters.

Until 14/08/2020, many reference items can be borrowed once.

To make it easier for you to access required literature during the closure, you can borrow many reference items from the Central Library once for four weeks. This offer will end on 14/08/2020. You can get detailed information on which reference items are available at our service counters. These items cannot be renewed. While the maintenance and repair work is ongoing (from 15/08/2020 until 26/08/2020), you will unfortunately not be able to borrow any items.

We can personally advise you at the service counters in our branch libraries

We also offer additional courses and advisory services in our branch libraries. For example, the team at the Open Science Lab offers lectures and workshops on research data management and Open-Access-Publishing. The SLUB TextLab includes open writing workshops as well as workshops for creative writing and blogging. An overview of all of our special services and events can be found here.

Until 14/08 and from 27/08/2020, you can use the SLUB catalogue as usual

From 15/08 until 26/08/2020, we recommend the SWB online catalogue for researching monographs. You can also look for alternative locations nearby (Dresden, Saxony, e.g. HTW Dresden) where desired items may also be available. For journal holdings, we recommend the Union Catalogue of Serials (ZDB, printed journals) and the Electronic Journals Library (EZB, electronic holdings).

We will continue to offer access to licensed electronic resources

The licensed electronic resources from external providers, such as specialist databases, electronic books and periodicals, will still be mostly usable, but a direct link to said resource from the external provider will be required. Acquiring access over the known channels, i.e. the SLUB catalogue or DBIS, will not work. We recommend that you bookmark important databases in advance. Access to these resources will be possible via the campus network and over the TU Dresden’s VPN as usual. Outside of the campus network, only the option C-Tunnel-All-Networks will work. Detailed instructions can be found here. Access via Shibboleth, i.e. an authentication by entering one’s SLUB user data, will not be possible. Since the services LinkedinLearning and Ebook Central can only be reached in this way, they will not be available during this time. 

You can register for the SLUB as a user until 14/08 and from 27/08 onwards

If you want to register for the SLUB as a user, you can do so until 14/08 and from 27/08/2020 as usual here online and at our service counters. From 15/08 until 26/08, registering as a new user will unfortunately be not possible.

You can still submit your dissertation during the closure

Please send us your copies by post to: Sächsische Landesbibliothek - Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden, Hochschulschriftenstelle, Zellescher Weg 18, 01069 Dresden.

We will set up special course reserve collections in the Departmental Library DrePunct

Teachers can put together special course reserve collections with urgently required key texts from the Central Library before the closure begins. We will then make these available during the closure in the Departmental Library DrePunct. Applications for course reserve collections can be sent directly to Please use this form for this. Course reserve collections should as a rule not include more than 30 items. Add a publications list to your application with information about the author, title, year of publication, call number and barcode.

A special course reserve collection can be applied for from now until 10/08/2020 at the latest. These specially designed course reserve collections will remain available for use until 30/09/2020 and then will be closed.

How can you prepare for the closure?

  • In order to keep the consequences of the closure as low as possible for you, we recommend that you already research and save/borrow any information/items that you may need during this time.

  • Which databases or electronic resources would you like to use during the closure? It would be best to bookmark links with direct access to said resources in advance. You can find an overview here.

  • Do you have any questions? Then do not hesitate to contact us! You are also welcome to use our free Knowledge Bar for advice on subject-specific/specialist questions.

     Final work on 10/09 and 11/09/2020

    On 10/09/2020 and 11/09/2020, the final maintenance work will need to be carried out. All SLUB locations must remain closed during this period. However, our digital services will be available during this time.

    We would like to already thank you for your patience and kindly ask for your understanding. We hope that you will stay with us during these challenging times.

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