Library magazine

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View of the library magazine at the TU Hamburg-Harburg

A library magazine is a store for media in a library that is generally not freely accessible to library users.

These are often not set up according to subject groups, but rather according to the time of acquisition (accession) for reasons of space - so-called numerus currens . The book format is also taken into account, large formats are usually listed separately.

Ordinaries in university libraries used to enjoy the privilege of free access to the magazine. Today, users are usually only given the opportunity to view stocks on the shelf in the magazine in exceptional cases upon request. Usually, a desired book that is stored in the magazine has to be ordered by the user, previously usually by filling out a corresponding form, today mostly via the OPAC . However, there are often fixed retrieval times at which the ordered books are fetched from the magazine and made available for use or loan. Particularly in the case of magazines that are spatially separated from the library building and cannot be visited daily, there are therefore waiting times until the desired book is available.

Structural requirements for an archive magazine result in particular from the aspects of disaster control, safety and occupational safety.

Compared to the installation in open access collection offers the magazine line-up while benefits (less space, easier implementation indoor climate requirements, protection against false sorting, theft or vandalism), as a service to the user trying today but also in academic libraries, as many books in open access , in other words directly accessible to the user, which also saves magazine staff. Therefore, some libraries have (for example, the University Library Trier ) made Magazines subsequently accessible to users, we speak in such cases from the open stacks .