Services

Items can be borrowed for:

  • 28 days: regular items
  • 14 days: items of the Law section

Renewals

Provided there are no reservations or outstanding charges, the loan period is automatically extended by 28 days up to the maximum loan period of 168 days. After this, the loan period cannot be extended any further and the item must be returned to the ZHB. If the item is not reserved, you can borrow it again.

An exception to this applies for items in the Law section. Provided there are no reservations the loan period is automatically extended by 14 days up to the maximum loan period of 84 days. After this, the loan period cannot be extended any further and the item must be returned to the ZHB. If the item is not reserved, you can borrow it again.

You can also renew items yourself via your user account.

Notebooks an charging cables cannot be renewed.

Overdue items and fines

The first message we send out (reminding users to return their overdue items or recalling a reserved item) does not incur any fines. If you have provided an email address on your library account, you'll receive the message by email; otherwise it will be sent by letter. We will not accept unreceived notices (sent by email or by letter) as justification for overdue items. Please return your recalled items within one week .

Overdue fines:

  • Reminder: free of charge
    (2nd day after due date)
  • First overdue notice: CHF 5 per item
    (9th day after due date)
  • Second overdue notice: an additional CHF 5 per item
    (15th day after due date)
  • Third overdue notice: an additional CHF 10 per item
    (21st day after due date)

If you have still not returned your items following the third overdue notice, your loan items will be classed as lost (which will incur the applicable fees).

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