Library services on site

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Library usage

The Iron Library is a reference library, and the media may not be taken out on loan. However, almost all the media can be consulted in the Library's reading room. The reading room also has numerous reference works and a PC workstation for any research you wish to do. The staff of the Iron Library will be glad to assist you in any way we can.

There is a copy machine in the reading room for making copies and scans (provided this is not ruled out for conservation reasons). Photographing the sources and literature is also permitted.

If you wish to visit, please call us or send an email.

To prepare your visit as efficiently as possible, you can have a look at the subject areas the Iron Library covers, the tips for online searches , and the digital resources available.

Lending for GF employees

GF employees at the Schaffhausen, Singen and Mettmann sites benefit from a special service and can borrow books from the Iron Library by email or phone and have them delivered to their workplace by the internal postal service.

Employees of other GF sites: Please contact us if you are interested in borrowing a book from the Iron Library.

Interlibrary lending to the Iron Library

Iron Library users and GF employees can obtain (almost) all books and periodical articles that are not in the Iron Library through interlibrary lending. The Iron Library will initially direct the request to the NEBIS network in Switzerland and the SWB in Germany. The Library is connected to the online interlibrary lending service of the SWB.

Interlibrary lending from the Iron Library

If you wish to borrow a book from the Iron Library by interlibrary lending, please contact your local library. The local library will make the request for the interlibrary loan. Books older than 1900 cannot be borrowed.

Rules, regulations…

All the Library's services are as a rule free of charge for users and GF employees; exceptions are shown in the Library Regulations on the right (in German only, yet to be translated into English).


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