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Loan Period, Renewals and Fines

The initial loan period is 30 days.

If you would like to be reminded of the end of the loan period, we can do so. Please register in your library account under “Notices” and select the option "Notice for media due to be returned soon".


  • The loan period for books can be extended four times provided there is no reservation.

  • You can renew the loan period for use in the reading room

    • at Unter den Linden, lending desk (currently closed) and
    • at Potsdamer Straße only in person in the pick-up area for reading room loans (located on the ground floor right behind the reading room entrance).

  • Off-site loans can also be renewed (see your library account).

  • A renewal is not possible earlier than 10 days before the loan becomes due.

  • You can only renew an item if nobody else has reserved it.

  • Please mind the new expiry date. We will not send a written confirmation.

  • If you do not recall the loan period of an item, please check it on your library account.

If you overrun the loan period, the following cumulative overdue fines per item will become due (§4 Scale of Charges):

1st reminder 3 €
2nd reminder 4 €
3rd reminder 5 €
4th reminder 10 €

It is possible to transfer outstanding fees to the following account:

Bundeskasse Kiel, Bundesbankfiliale Kiel
IBAN DE18200000000020001066
in favour of
1097 5030 9879 / library card number: ... 

Please specify your library card number and please allow for a processing time of approximately 10 days.