BIS for Earth System Sciences is a lending library.

green label          
4 weeks                     
textbooks, professional books, serial issues
red label
not lendable 
some textbooks or professional books, reference books
white label
not lendable
bound journals


No library card of the university's library system is required for loan. Before you borrow books for the first time please register at the infodesk and bring your student ID card and passport. Please note that the borrowed items of our library do not appear on your library user account and you will not get an e-mail reminder.


The loan period can be extended up to three times for 4 weeks. We need the shelf mark of the book on the green label. Renewals can be made via email, by phone call (040-42838-5076) or of course personally at our information desk.


Reservations can be made at our information desk. You'll get an email when the book is available again. Reservations are free of charge.

Return of books

Please return all books during the opening hours of BIS for Earth System Sciences. Just put them onto the return trolley at the information desk.

Library Card

For many libraries within the university system the library card is required. Please Öffnet externen Link in neuem Fensterregister online first and then fetch your card from one of Öffnet externen Link in neuem Fensterthese libraries

Campus Document Delivery

Articles from journals as well as chapters from individual monographs from the libraries of the MIN faculty, the SUB, the Central Medical Library at the UKE and the Central Library of Law can be ordered free of charge for electronic delivery via the campus delivery service. The texts are sent as a PDF to the e-mail address of the customer. The use of the campus delivery service requires a valid library card of the library system. After successful initial registration and authentication in beluga - the catalog of the Hamburg libraries - you can reach the desired text with just a few clicks.

To sign up for the campus delivery service for the first time:

  • Open my beluga Öffnet externen Link in neuem Fenster or set up an access.
  • Select campus delivery service.
  • Fill in the form. Please note that we require your library card number of the library system University of Hamburg and the associated e-mail address for an authentication.
  • We process your request as soon as possible and inform you via e-mail about the status of processing.

How to order after registration:

  • Login to Öffnet externen Link in neuem Fensterbeluga.
  • Do your search in beluga.
  • Order by selecting 

If you have any questions, please contact the team of the campus delivery service (Dokumentlieferung@we dont want spamsub.uni-hamburg.de) or the library team of BIS for Earth System Sciences.

Interlibrary loan

If you are a staff member or a student of our associated institutes, you may use our interlibrary loan service for literature, which is not available in BIS for Earth System Sciences or by any other library of the University of Hamburg.

Just ask us by email, by phone (42883-5076) or in person. This service is free of charge.

Additionally for all other users, there is the official interlibrary loan service of the Hamburg State and University Library (fees apply).

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