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University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn

FAQ

 


Rules for using collections


  • How do I join the Library?

You do not need to join the University Library. Everybody can use collections on site, but only holders of a library card = electronic student card can borrow books.

 

  • I am neither a student nor employee of UWM. Can I use Library collections?

People who are neither students nor employees of the University can use the collections of the Library only on site, which is possible with a temporary library card. A temporary library card is issued at the Main Lending Desk (an ID is needed).

 

  • I have just graduated from the University of Warmia and Mazury. Do I still have the right to use the Library and borrow books?

After graduation, if you are not staying at the University, you can use Library collections only on site.
 

  • Can I use wireless Internet inside the Library

Yes, you can use the Eduroam network. After configuring the operating system on a device or a computer (details available at: www.eduroam.uwm.edu.pl), the user should log in using the password from the USOSWEB system.

 


Locations


  • What do the terms: Green, Yellow and Blue Collections stand for?

These terms refer to reading rooms of books in the following fields:
- social sciences – Yellow Collection;
- natural and technical sciences – Green Collection;
- humanities – Blue Collection.
The collections are used in open access and they can be used only on site (in the Library building).
The collections are located on the second floor of the Library.

 

  • Where are the publications of the European Union located?

The publications on the European Union are located in the Section for the European Documentation Centre (CDE) situated in the Yellow Collection on the second floor.

 


Cards


  • I am a first year student. How do I get my library card?

The electronic student card functions as the library card for students of UWM. Electronic student cards are issued by faculty offices.

 

  • I started studying at another faculty. Can I get another library card?

No. Students of two faculties can only have one library card = one library account. The information about studying at another faculty should be given to employees at the Main Lending Desk or in the Teaching Collection in order to raise the limit of loans. The student is obliged to provide a document from the faculty office or present valid record books from both faculties.

 

  • I have lost my library card. Can I get a duplicate?

The electronic student card functions as the library card for students of UWM. The loss of the card should be reported immediately at the Main Lending Desk in order to prevent the borrowing of books by unauthorised users. The duplicate of the card will be issued by the appropriate faculty office.

 

  • I have changed from part-time to full-time studies (or the other way round) and/or changed the faculty. Shall I report this?

Yes. All changes of that type should be reported to the Main Lending Desk. In some cases when the mode of study has changed, some user rights may change as well.

 

  • What shall I do when my library card is blocked?

The library card = electronic student card can be blocked for various reasons. The reason for blockage and removal thereof will be given by a librarian at the Main Lending Desk or in the Teaching Collection.

 


Orders, reservations, loans, return - books


  • Can I order books via the Internet?

Yes. Books stored in the Library storeroom and registered in the computer catalogue can be ordered via the Internet.

 

  • Which books can be ordered via the Internet?

Books which are registered in the computer catalogue and have a “BG – magazyn” (ML - storage) location and a “zamów – wypoż. 14 dni" or “zamów – wypoż. 30 dni” (order – borrowing for 14 or 30 days) status can be ordered via the Internet.

 

  • How many books can I borrow from the Library?

Users can borrow:
- students – up to 10 books for 14, 30 or 150 days, depending on the status of the item;
- students of the final year and students of two faculties – up to 20 books for 14, 30 or 150 days;
- employees and doctoral students of UWM – up to 20 books for a year; apart from that they can borrow – for 10 years – books connected with their research projects, purchased for research purposes or for library staff use;
- other eligible persons (e.g. retired employees of UWM) – up to 5 books for 14 or 30 days.

 

  • When can I collect a book ordered via the Internet?

A book ordered via the Internet can be collected in:
1 week – full-time students;
3 weeks – part-time students.

 

  • Can I return books when the Library is closed?

The University Libary opened the possibility to RETURN BOOKS 24/7.
A collection box is located at the lef side of the building, near the staff entrance to the Library (opposite the bus stop).

 

  • I have not found the book in the computer catalogue. How do I check whether it is available at all at the Library?

All older publications which cannot be found in the computer catalogue should be looked up in card catalogues.

 

  • How do I order a book registered only in the card catalogue?

Orders for publications registered in the card catalogue should be submitted on an order slip or on a piece of paper. The order has to include the following details:
- library card number = student card number and the name of the user;
- the name of the author and the title of the book;
- the catalogue number of the book (a combination of digits/digits and letters located in the top right corner of the catalogue card).
The orders need to be submitted at the Main Lending Desk, where books can be collected after 3 days.

 

  • Can I borrow more books if I study at two faculties?

Yes. Students of two faculties may borrow up to 20 books for 14, 30 or 150 days.

 

  • Can I borrow more books when I am writing an academic thesis?

Yes. Students of the final year can borrow more books – up to 20 books for 14, 30 or 150 days. In order to raise the limit of loans, go to the Main Lending Desk or the Teaching Collection.

 

  • Where do I collect books ordered via the Internet?

Books ordered from the computer catalogue can be collected at the Main Lending Desk

 

  • How long after submitting an order do I have to wait to collect the books?

The completion of orders is as follows:

by 8.30am – will be ready for collection after 9.00am

8.30am-9.30am – collection after 10.00am

9.30am-10.30am – collection after 11.00am

10.30am-11.30pm - collection after 12.00pm

11.30am-12.30pm – collection after 1.00pm

12.30pm-1.30pm - collection after 2.00pm

1.30pm-2.30pm – collection after 3.00pm

2.30pm-3.30pm - collection after 4.00pm

3.30pm-4.30pm – collection after 5.00pm

4.30pm-5.30pm - collection after 6.00pm

5.30pm-6.30pm – collection after 7.00pm

after 6.30pm - will be ready for collection the next day after 9.00am

 

  • Can I renew borrowed books?

Yes. Users may use the self-renewal option the first time they renew a given item. The renewal has to be carried out before the due date. You can only renew books that have not been reserved by another user (with the status: “Item waits on # place in a line”). After the first renewal, book can only be renewed by a librarian at the Main Lending Desk or in the Teaching Collection.

 


Ordering and borrowing periodicals


  • How do I order a periodical?

To order a periodical, it is necessary to locate it in the computer catalogue. It is possible to order periodicals located in the Main Storeroom. It is not necessary to order periodicals available in open access in the Information and Periodicals Reading Room.

 

  • I have not found the periodical in the computer catalogue. How do I check whether it is available at all at the Library?

All older publications which cannot be found in the computer catalogue should be looked up in card catalogue - Information and Periodicals Reading Room.

 

  • How do I fill in an order slip for a periodical?

An order slip for a periodical should include: the title and catalogue number of the periodical, the publication year, volume and issue, sometimes the numbers of pages with the article you are interested in as well as the user’s first name and surname and their library card = electronic student card number.
  

  • Where do I collect ordered periodicals?

In the Information and Periodicals Reading Room.
  

  • How long after submitting an order do I have to wait to collect the periodicals?

The completion of orders is as follows:

by 8.30am – will be ready for collection after 9.00am

8.30am-9.30am – collection after 10.00am

9.30am-10.30am – collection after 11.00am

10.30am-11.30pm - collection after 12.00pm

11.30am-12.30pm – collection after 1.00pm

12.30pm-1.30pm - collection after 2.00pm

1.30pm-2.30pm – collection after 3.00pm

2.30pm-3.30pm - collection after 4.00pm

3.30pm-4.30pm – collection after 5.00pm

4.30pm-5.30pm - collection after 6.00pm

5.30pm-6.30pm – collection after 7.00pm

after 6.30pm - will be ready for collection the next day after 9.00am

 

  • Can I take ordered periodicals home?

No. Periodicals can only be used on site.

 


Using collections on site 


  • Can I access Polish and foreign electronic periodicals?

The lists of Polish and foreign e-periodicals can be found in the bookmark E-RESOURCES/E-PERIODICALS on the Library’s website.

 

  • Can I access e-books?

The links to Polish and foreign e-books can be found in the bookmark E-RESOURCES/E-BOOKS on the Library’s website.

 

  • Where can I access e-resources of the Library?

E-resources of the Library can be accessed from any site: within the Library, in the UWM network and from computers at home. It is necessary to have a library card. Users log in using their log-in and password to the library account.

 

  • Can I copy norms?

No. You can only use norms on site, at the Information Desk for Standardization – ground floor, room 204.

 

  • Can I use a camera to copy pages from books and periodicals?

Yes, but you need to obtain permission from a librarian and you must not infringe copyright law.

 

  • I’m looking for doctoral theses.

Doctoral theses are available on site in the Department of Special Collections. Users can look them up in the computer catalogue and in the card catalogue in the Department of Special Collections.

 

  • I’m looking for academic theses (Master’s, Engineer’s and Bachelor’s dissertations).

Academic theses are located in the UWM Archives at Oczapowskiego 4 (Entrance C). Detailed information can be found at the Archives’ website.

 


Fines for keeping an overdue book out of the library and for the loss of books


  • What happens if I fail to return the books by the due date?

After due date the user’s account is blocked automatically and the user cannot order or borrow books. Moreover, you will be fined 0.20 PLN for each overdue item per day (in the case of short-term borrowings the fine is 5 PLN per item per day). The account is unblocked after the book has been returned and the fine paid.

 

  • I have lost a book. What shall I do?

The loss of a book should be reported to the Main Lending Desk or the Teaching Collection. If you report the loss of a book after due date, you will be fined 0.20 zł per item per day.