1. SLUB Dresden
  2. Service
  3. Ordering & Borrowing
  4. Current services

Current services

In addition to the expanded digital services being offered during the coronavirus crisis, the SLUB opened its doors again, with certain restrictions Our main priority still is to prevent a rapid spread of COVID-19 as much as possible. The Central Library is open from Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. In order to use the local services, please book a appointment online

All branch libraries offer a minimal contact lending service as well. You do not need to book a timeslot to visit them. The borrowing and returning of items can be done at any point during their limited opening hours.

FAQ: Our services on site

Book a timeslot online if you want to stay in the Central Library

If you would like to stay in the Central Library, please book a timeslot online in advance.

Please note: your booked time slot only regulates access to the Central Library; it does not affect the duration of your stay.

"But I only want to borrow a book..." If you only want to pick up ordered items or borrow something from our holdings, you do not need an admission ticket. Simply report directly to the security guard in the foyer of the Central Library and he/she will register you.

Did something come up? No problem! You can easily cancel your booked appointments in your user account and thus open up a slot for others.

An appointment is not required for your stay in the branch libraries.


Please keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres from other users and staff members while inside the library. The following hygiene measures must be observed: a facemask needs to be worn and you must disinfect your hands at the provided dispensers.

Which loan periods currently apply?

The regular loan period of four weeks (two weeks for audio-visual media) now applies. As long as borrowed items are not on hold, you can renew them online in your user account. If items are not brought back or renewed on time, a late fee will be charged.

How can I return items?

Items can be returned during opening hours without an appointment. The self check- in terminals in the Central Library of the SLUB will be accessible via a separate door, which is located directly next to the main entrance. Items that cannot be returned via the self check-in terminals can be left on the book trolleys provided. You can also send items back by post (Sächsische Landesbibliothek – Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden (SLUB), Zellescher Weg 18, z. Hd. Ortsleihe, 01069 Dresden).


Late fees were suspended during the closure. Now that all locations have reopened, we will start recharging late fees for items not returned on time on 02.06.2020.


Following in the steps of the Central Library, all branch libraries are now offering restricted public access to their facilities under certain conditions.
Check out our 
current opening times.

In addition to this, the Special Collections Reading Room was reopened on 25.05.2020. Please note that only two people are allowed to stay in this room at the same time. Because of this, it is not yet possible to order these items from the catalogue. Please order your desired items with at least two working days’ notice using our contact form at or by phone at 0351 4677-514. We will then arrange an individual appointment with you within the opening hours.

Safety first! Before visiting one of our branch libraries, please register in advance via



FAQ: our digital services

digital services

All of the SLUB’s digital services are available as usual. In addition to electronic publications, numerous databases are accessible to all SLUB users worldwide, regardless of location.

Expanded digital services | additional options for full-text searches

In order to make researching easier during the coronavirus crisis, some publishers and database providers have made their services more accessible (you can find an overview here). In order to give non-TU members access to our e-resources as well, ten PC workstations have been set up as “SLUB Data Filling Stations” (SLUB-Datentankstelle)  and will be available for use in the Central Library from 13.5.2020. Our Digital and the Landeskundeportal Saxorum also offer additional research opportunities, not to mention these useful services and tools for researching freely available full-text versions ("open access research").


We have and will continue to increase our range of e-tutorials: for example, Zitat statt Plagiat - Was, warum und wie zitieren?! (Quotation Instead of Plagiarism - what, why and how to quote?) is fresh from the oven. You can find a complete overview of our SLUB tutorials here.

Buying tip service

Our buying tip service continues as usual: We still order the desired media. Please use this form to contact us. If possible, we purchase the electronic version.