Library Services – An Overview

The university library, having its administration in Hagen, is comprised of four branch libraries located at the campuses of South Westphalia University. It serves students, lecturers, staff, and other interested people as a media centre as well as a place for learning and a source of information.

Media

You will find the full range of media in the university library.

  • Print media: books, journals, newspapers
  • Electronic media: e-books, e-journals, databases, standards

All forms of media are accounted for in the online catalogue KAI.

Learning Facilities

Each branch library offers individual or group workstations. Research and multimedia computers are available as well as Wi-Fi hotspots for internet access with your own mobile devices.

Registration

The library is open to the public and normally free of charge.
In order to borrow books you need to activate your library account. Therefore please visit your branch library and present your university ID card Chiporello or an official identity document with a photograph.

Loan Periods

  • The regular loan period for books is 30 days. Afterwards, the period can be extended as long as the media has not been reserved.
  • Printed journals can only be read in the library with the option to copy articles.
  • DVDs and CDs are treated specially. Please ask at the information desk.

Charges

The library services are normally free, but the following charges might apply:

  • For overdue media
    • up to 10 days: 2.00 Euro
    • up to 20 days: 5.00 Euro
    • up to 30 days: 10.00 Euro
    • up to 40 days: 20.00 Euro
  • For interlibrary loans: 1.50 Euro per order

Off-Campus-Access to E-Media

Using your university access data, you have access to e-books, e-journals, and databases from outside the campus. You will receive the access data separately by e-mail: Students, who already are enrolled, from the Student Service Office and university staff from the University Administration.

Conducting research via KAI:

  • Select the desired title.
  • Click on the link "Volltext - FH Südwestfalen".
  • Use your university access data to fill in the login form in the university network.
  • You will be forwarded to the desired title at the publisher´s website.

As an alternative to the Off-Campus-Access you can install the VPN-Client from the university website . Your contact persons are members of the IT-Services staff.

Interlibrary Loans

Interlibrary loans are literature requests from other libraries when the item in question is not available in any of our branch libraries. You can request both books and copies of individual chapters or papers.

The access to the interlibrary loan portal DigiBib is obtained via your user account in KAI.

Tips:

  • Be sure to check in KAI whether or not a medium is available in our library.
  • An interlibrary loan is not necessary to borrow media from other branches of our library. In this case an internal university transfer via the request function in KAI is available.
  • Individual papers are not locatable in KAI and have to be researched in literature databases.
  • Each interlibrary loan costs a 1.50 Euro processing fee.

Courses and E-Learning

We offer courses on different topics in various formats:

  • Library introduction
  • Research I
  • Research II
  • Citavi (Reference Management)
  • Special courses, such as about standards or quoting

Our trainings are conducted as classroom events at the university locations or as online-seminars (webinars).

Regardless of your location, you can participate remotely on webinars via your own mobile device. You only need, when applicable, a headset.

The courses take place at fixed dates and upon request.

Via the learning plattform Moodle, we offer individual modules as self-study courses. For using this learning plattform, please open www.elearning.fh-swf.de in your browser and log in with your university password. You can select "Bibliothek" under the menu heading "Kursbereiche" and register for our courses. These are only available in German.

For extensive individual consulting, for example before starting to write your thesis, we offer research consulting hours on Hagen campus or online.

Citavi

Citavi assists you with academic literature research: from the reference management to knowledge organisation and task management all the way to the creation of the bibliography.

There is a licensed version available to our university members. In addition to the cost-free version, it offers editing of projects in teams and the management of an unlimited number of references.

Fachbibliothek Hagen

ÖffnungszeitenGeänderte Öffnungszeiten
Montag - Donnerstag
08:00 - 17:30 Uhr

Freitag
08:00 - 16:00 Uhr

Samstag
10:00 - 14:00 Uhr
Die Bibliothek ist von Karfreitag, 19.04.19 bis einschließlich Ostermontag, 22.04.2019 geschlossen.
Während der Öffnungszeiten ist die Bibliothek mit Fachpersonal besetzt. Sie können durchgehend sämtliche Services in Anspruch nehmen.
Kontaktdaten
Fachbibliothek Hagen
Haldener Straße 182
58095 Hagen
EG / Maschinenhalle R.122-124
Telefon: 02331 / 9330 605
Fax: 02331 / 9330 608
E-Mail: hagen-bib@fh-swf.de

Fachbibliothek Iserlohn

ÖffnungszeitenGeänderte Öffnungszeiten
Montag - Donnerstag
08:00 - 17:30 Uhr

Freitag
08:00 - 16:00 Uhr

Samstag
10:00 - 14:00 Uhr
Die Bibliothek ist von Karfreitag, 19.04.19 bis einschließlich Ostermontag, 22.04.2019 geschlossen.
Während der Öffnungszeiten ist die Bibliothek mit Fachpersonal besetzt. Sie können durchgehend sämtliche Services in Anspruch nehmen.
Kontaktdaten
Fachbibliothek Iserlohn
Frauenstuhlweg 31
58644 Iserlohn
Untergeschoss, R.04, neben der Mensa
Telefon: 02371 / 566 156
Fax: 02371 / 566 484
E-Mail: iserlohn-bib@fh-swf.de

Fachbibliothek Meschede

ÖffnungszeitenGeänderte Öffnungszeiten
Montag - Donnerstag
08:00 - 18:00 Uhr

Freitag
08:00 - 16:00 Uhr

Samstag
10:00 - 14:00 Uhr
Die Bibliothek ist von Karfreitag, 19.04.19 bis einschließlich Ostermontag, 22.04.2019 geschlossen.

Die Bibliothek ist von Samstag, 08.06.2019 bis einschließlich Pfingstmontag, 10.06.2019 geschlossen.
Während der Servicezeiten ist die Bibliothek mit Fachpersonal besetzt. Sie können durchgehend sämtliche Services in Anspruch nehmen.
Kontaktdaten
Fachbibliothek Meschede
Lindenstraße 53
59872 Meschede
Telefon: 0291 / 9910 120
Fax: 0291 / 9910 121
E-Mail: meschede-bib@fh-swf.de

Fachbibliothek Soest

ÖffnungszeitenGeänderte Öffnungszeiten
Montag - Donnerstag
08:00 - 18:00 Uhr

Freitag
08:00 - 16:00 Uhr

Samstag
10:00 - 14:00 Uhr
Die Bibliothek ist von Karfreitag, 19.04.19 bis einschließlich Ostermontag, 22.04.2019 geschlossen.
Während der Öffnungszeiten ist die Bibliothek mit Fachpersonal besetzt. Sie können durchgehend sämtliche Services in Anspruch nehmen.
Kontaktdaten
Fachbibliothek Soest
Lübecker Ring 2
59494 Soest
Telefon: 02921 / 378 3303
Fax: 02921 / 378 3351
E-Mail: soest-bib@fh-swf.de