Terms of use

Usage and Fees Regulations for the Library of the Museum am Rothenbaum

1. General
The museum’s research library is open to the public, but the borrowing of media is restricted.
Users are obliged to comply with the provisions of these library regulations and the instructions of the library staff. They are liable for damages and disadvantages resulting from non-compliance with these obligations.

2. Borrowing
Borrowing media is free of charge to the staff of the museum, to the teaching staff of the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Hamburg University and to students of the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology and Latin American Studies, as well as to the members of Freunde des Museums am Rothenbaum MARKK e.V.
Users who are officially registered residents of Hamburg and who are not less than 18 years of age can borrow media from the library as “city readers” for a fee.
Registration is for a limited period of time, the user fee must be paid in advance.
Each borrowing person requires a user card. A valid identity card (or passport and valid certificate of registration – “Meldebestätigung“) must be presented to the library staff for this card to be issued. In the event that a discount is claimed in accordance with the fee schedule, the status must be proved with suitable documents.
The loan period for library items is 14 days. The loan period can be extended once (also by telephone) if the item is not recalled otherwise.
For use outside the library, holders of a user card may borrow a maximum of 5 items.
Excluded from borrowing are all items published before 1950, all journals, as well as library items with a relevant note. Also, items from the reference library, bibliographies, atlases and all dictionaries cannot be borrowed.

3. Fees
The fees are based on the Hamburg fee schedule for academic libraries:
Library card for “city readers”
  o Monthly pass: € 5,00
  o Half-year card: € 13.00
  o One year card: € 20,00
  o Discounts: € 5,00 (one year cards only)
  o Duplicate of a library card: € 10,00
Overdue fines
  o from the first day of the 1st week: € 1,00
  o from the first day of the 2nd week: additionally € 2,00
  o from the first day of the 3rd week: additionally € 5,00
  o From the first day of the 5th week: additionally € 10,00
Lost books  
  o value of the item to be replaced
  o plus administration fee per item to be replaced: € 20,00.
Staff conducted research
  o half hour fee € 26,00.
Making photocopies / reproductions
  o in A4 grayscale € 0.25
  o in A4 color € 1,00
  o in A3 grayscale € 0,50
  o in A3 color € 2,00
  o digital copy per page € 0,50

If the loan period is exceeded, an overdue fine becomes due, regardless of whether the return was demanded in writing or not. Anyone who exceeds the loan period and does not return the library items despite a reminder will be excluded from using the library. In addition, if necessary, legal steps will be taken to obtain the return of the items. Overdue fines exceeding € 10.00 will result in the library card being blocked. Items can only be borrowed, renewed or recalled once the fines have been paid.

4. User commitment
Users must handle the library material with care. Anyone who damages, stains and loses an item, or adds entries to it, is liable to pay the replacement costs. Additional administration fees will incur. Any existing damage of library items must be reported to or confirmed by the library staff.
It is not permitted to pass on borrowed items to third parties. In case of any late return, damage, staining or loss caused by third parties, the person who borrowed the library item shall be liable.
Attempted or completed theft will be punished with exclusion from use of the library. In individual cases, the Foundation reserves the right to file criminal charges.

5. Reproductions
Copies can be made as long as the condition of the originals permits this. With some exceptions, copies from periodicals published after 1950 can be made by users themselves. Library staff may make copies of media published before 1950 for a fee and within the limits of available staff resources. Users must respect copyright laws.
Violations of the library regulations will result in exclusion from use of the library.

6. Final provisions
These terms of use supersede all previous provisions regulating the library of the Museum am Rothenbaum.

Effective from October 10, 2017