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School of Music closed 29.07. - 30.08.


The library location of the School of Music will be closed from July 29 to August 30, 2024.

During this period, ordered media will be made available on the collection shelf in the Humanities Library and can be borrowed there.If you urgently need items that cannot be ordered via the research portal, you can order them from the Humanities Library by sending an email to bbphil@ub.uni-mainz.de. Borrowed media can also be returned to the Humanities Library.

New Service: Virtual Guidance System


With the help of our new virtual guidance system, you can view the exact location of all freely accessible media, down to the specific shelf.


To do this, go to the Research Portal and call up the desired title. A link next to the location information will take you directly to the 3D model of one of our library buildings. There, you can recognize the shelf you are looking for by the highlighted color.


The system is still under development, but we are eager to make it available to you now. If you notice any errors, please send your feedback to info@ub.uni-mainz.de. Thank you!

Chat with us: Monday—Friday, 10 a.m.—2 p.m.


Now you can ask any library related questions directly via live chat. We're available to help Monday—Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. via the chat function (except on public holidays and Shrove Monday). To start, simply click the green chat symbol in the corner of your screen on our website. Looking forward to hearing from you!


We are still available to help you via phone, email, or in person at our service desks. For more extensive questions, feel free to make an appointment for a consultation.

Central Library: Access only via Georg Forster Building


From March 3, 2024 the Central Library will only be accessible via the Georg Forster Building.


The revolving door to the Central Library will be shut down, but the access door for wheelchair users will still be in use.

Handling Books of the 19th Century


As pigments containing heavy metals were sometimes used in the 19th century for coloring book cuts and bindings, we recommend wearing gloves when handling books printed before 1900. These can be provided by us on request.

Participation in the DEAL contract with Elsevier


Together with the University Medical Center, JGU is participating in the deal contract with the publisher Elsevier.

For you, this means:


Read access to
• over 2,200 Elsevier journals (from 1995)
• all titles of The Lancet
• all Cell Press titles


The journals will be indexed as soon as possible via the EZB and the research  portal. The content is now available on the ScienceDirect platform. Before you start your research make sure you are accessing from the university network (via VPN or remote desktop).

Authors with an affiliation to JGU or the University Medical Center can publish at special conditions through Verlag Elsevier open access.

Interlibrary Loan: Direct Electronic Delivery of Article Copies From February 1


From February 1, 2024, article copies from the interlibrary loan may be sent directly to you as scans. This means you usually don't have to pick up paper copies in the University Library.


The reason for this is an agreement between the libraries participating in interlibrary loan with VG Wort on a remuneration procedure. The additional costs of €3.50 per executed order in this process are borne by the University Library.


For you, the processing fee of €2 per essay remains the same.



Since January 1, 2024, members of the Mainz University have access to The New York Times - Breaking News, US News, World News and Videos.


After a one-time, personal registration, the offer can also be used in the browser and via app on smartphones and tablets. It is not necessary to be connected to the university network. Registration must be done via the university email address (@uni-mainz.de or @unimedizin-mainz.de) and a password of your choice. You can also register for all NYTimes newsletters covering a wide range of topics.


For more information about this offer.

New RVK locations at the Humanities Library


Since January 1, 2024,  all new additions to the Humanities Library have been arranged according to the RVK system — short for Regensburger Verbundklassifikation.  


There are two new locations: RVK I and RVK II. The holdings of groups A-K are housed in room 00-818 (RVK I), and those of groups L-Z in room 00-578 (RVK II).

New and Proven E-book Offerings from Interesting Publishers in 2024


We have now licensed all of Kohlhammer Verlag's approximately 4000 titles, which,

according to the publisher, cover a range from medicine to economics, and from theology to fire



At Duncker & Humblot, we have had numerous titles from the fields of tax, accounting and

law released for 2024. Of course, new publications will also be added to the catalog.


We are particularly pleased to be able to offer you the complete range of e-books from the

UK-based scientific publisher IOP (formerly the Institute of Physics Publishing).


In 2024, we will again provide you with access to all titles from Beck-Verlag, including

various partner publishers.

This also includes the titles of Deutscher Ärzteverlag and Medizinisch Wissenschaftliche

Verlagsgesellschaft (MWV)


All titles published by de Gruyter are also available in full text.