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New library system

The WU Uni­versity Lib­rary will change to a new lib­rary sys­tem in the period from Fri­day, July 28, 2017 to Sunday, August 20, 2017. Please note that some of our ser­vices for bor­row­ing or re­quest­ing books will be un­avail­able dur­ing this period.

Lib­rary ac­count – new lo­gin data

With our new lib­rary sys­tem, the lo­gin to your lib­rary ac­count is now handled by WU’s cent­ral lo­gin server. For this reason, you now have to use new lo­gin data to ac­cess your lib­rary ac­count.

New lo­gin data:

WU staff

Lib­rary ID no. with pre­fix “bib” (bib­123456) + your per­sonal lib­rary pass­word*

*Please en­ter lib­rary pass­words in lower­case let­ters only.

WU stu­dents

WU lo­gin: stu­dent ID num­ber (h01234567) + WU pass­word

Should you en­coun­ter any prob­lems, please con­tact lib­

What do you need to know about the new sys­tem and what will change

Be­fore the trans­ition

Your per­sonal bor­row­ing his­tory in your lib­rary ac­count will not be trans­ferred to the new sys­tem. The dead­line for back­ing up your data is Wed­nes­day, July 26, 2017.

Video in­struc­tions on back­ing up your data your­self (4 min. with au­dio)

Act­ive loans, holds placed on me­dia, and me­dia saved as fa­vor­ites, will be trans­ferred to the new sys­tem.  

After the trans­ition

For data pro­tec­tion reas­ons, the new sys­tem will no longer save lists of me­dia you have pre­vi­ously bor­rowed. Three months after re­turn­ing the me­dia, the item will be de­leted from your bor­row­ing his­tory, so it’s im­port­ant to save your bor­row­ing his­tory on a reg­u­lar basis.  

What is Alma?

Alma is a cloud-­based soft­ware for the ef­fi­cient man­age­ment of lib­rary col­lec­tions. Alma also sup­ports col­lab­or­a­tions with part­ner in­sti­tu­tions. Many lib­rary col­lec­tions world­wide in­clude the same di­gital and print me­dia. Alma fa­cil­it­ates the col­lab­or­at­ive use of metadata to describe and man­age these me­dia us­ing stand­ard­ized formats and ac­cord­ing to stand­ard lib­rary prac­tice. Alma can also be used for stra­tegic col­lec­tion devel­op­ment with co­oper­at­ing in­sti­tu­tions.

Data pro­tec­tion

Pro­tect­ing users’ per­sonal data is very im­port­ant to us. There­fore, user data are saved within Alma in en­cryp­ted form and can only be read by au­thor­ized staff. The phys­ical stor­age is a server in the Neth­er­lands, within EU jur­is­dic­tion. Alma has all cer­ti­fic­a­tions re­quired for a cloud-­based soft­ware ser­vice and ful­fills all legal re­quire­ments ac­cord­ing to the new EU Gen­eral Data Pro­tec­tion Reg­u­la­tion.

De­tailed de­scrip­tion of the new lib­rary sys­tem (in Ger­man)