Introduction to the library

Welcome
In this library guide you will find all the important infomation on how to use the library and library resources efficiently.
Feedback from library members*
"I like the arrangement of the space, the friendliness of the staff and the peace."
"I like the openness of the library, a lot of natural light, and the cleanliness of the library."
"ODKJG is actually my favorite part of FDV."
"I like having a nice and productive environment where I can research and write."
"The library is a space intended for socializing and individual and group work. It provides a wide range of materials needed for study and is user-friendly."
"I appreciate the wide range of social science literature the most, as I have so far successfully found relevant literature for every topic I have had to research."
"I like the separate parts for quiet work and group work, the terrace and the Asian part where you can speak with normal tones of voice."

*This is some of the feedback from our anonymous library users’ satisfaction survey in 2019.
Glossary of library terms
Library material – an item in the library’s collection: usually a book, a magazine … 
Call number or shelf mark – the mark which explains where in the library the item is located (e.g. U 32.01 – the book will be located in the group U (textbooks and assigned literature), on the shelf marked 32.01 – political theory.
Making a request for library material – ordering available library material to be held aside at the circulation desk for borrowing to a particular user
Making a reservation for library material – ordering library material which is currently on loan to be held aside at the circulation desk for borrowing to a particular user when it is returned
Renewing library materials – extending the loan period (the due date) for library materials
Reference library material – library items that cannot be borrowed to take home, but can only be viewed in the library
Monograph – a scholarly work of writing written on a single subject or topic, usually written by one author
Periodical – a serial publication that is published continuously in regular intervals; for example a magazine, a journal, a yearbook
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Important 10
1. Join the library (to register you need to bring one ID and, if you are a regular or Erasmus student also your student card/conformation of enrolment). Once you register you will be able to use any of the University of Ljubljana library. You can fill out the registration form for students or other users, print it out and bring it to the library to shorten the process of registration.
Online enrollment is possible only for students of the University of Ljubljana - register with your Digital Student Identity (annual membership fee is already paid at enrollment at the faculty).​
2. Use the online library catalogue to search for printed materials and e-resources.
3. Make a request, make a reservation or renew your library items online through the My Library account (the password is assigned when you join the library).
4.Use the 24-h remote access to e-resources using the Digital Library of Ljubljana (DiKUL) platform (the password is assigned when you join the library).
5. Join our free courses for library members (dates and online registration).
6. Book a study cell for individual study.
7. Get help using our library guides (more library guides in English to come).
8. Look up books on the shelves using call numbers from the library catalogue and signage on the shelves.
9. Use the easy way to find information about course books using the FSS textbook catalogue.
10. Use the library space that suits your needs (the main reading room for quiet study, individual study cells for privacy, terrace and East Asia Resource Library rooms for group work).
How can we help you?
The librarians will help you:
  • Search for printed material from the library collection
  • Search for e-resources using the Digital Library of the University of Ljubljana (DiKUL) and the library catalogue COBISS+
  • efficiently search for scholarly resources using the internet

How? Online help:
Library guides
Library's YouTube channel
Contact
Editor: Maja Erhovnic
 
Circulation/information desk

At the circulation/information desk you can borrow and return library materials and ask for help and information.
Quiet reading room

The quiet reading room with 178 reading spaces offers open access to more than 50 000 items of library material. There are textbooks and assigned literature material, book, academic journals and reference books.
Study cells

We provide 8 private study cells for students and faculty staff; they can be booked using the online booking system.
Card catalogues

To search for older library material (up to 1985) use the card catalogues.
EARL

The East Asia Resource Library is a central reference point for the researchers of East Asian languages and cultures. Currently it consists of four sections: China Corner Reading BeijingJapan CornerKorea CornerTaiwan Resource Centre for Chinese Studies.
Computers

To use the computer you log in using your password (University of Ljubljana Digital Identity). You can borrow a laptop and iPads for “in-libray” use.
Wireless internet

The Eudoroam provides users with a safe and easy access to wireless internet at their home institutions and roaming in other institutions which are part of the Eudoroam network.
 
Group work space

The indoor terrace where you can also find daily newspapers and weekly magazines.
Information point

We offer free consultations on how to use and search for information resources. Book an appointment for individual consultation with our information resources librarian (ask at the desk or fill out the online form).
Lockers

You can find lockers in the entry hall. Keys can be borrowed at the circulation desk.
My Library account in COBISS
Using the My Library account in the library catalogue COBISS allows you to:
  • view current loans
  • renew items
  • make a reservation
  • make a request
  • set email notifications
You receive a password when you join the library. We recommend that you switch on email notifications to receive automated notifications from the library.
mCobiss
Library catalogue COBISS and My library account can also be used using the mCobiss application designed for mobile phones.

iOS application is available in the App Store.
Android application is available in Google Play.
 
Library Catalogue

 

Borrowing items – important 6
  1. Join the library (to register you need to bring one ID, and if you are a regular or Erasmus student also your student card/conformation of enrolment). Once you register you are able to use any of the University of Ljubljana library. You can fill out the registration form for students or other users, print it out and bring it to the library to shorten the process of registration.
  2. Use the online library catalogue to search for printed materials and e-resources.
  3. Check the item's status. If the book is available on the shelves in open access, write down the call number / shelf number or remember the location information.
  4. Look up the item on the shelves.
  5. If the item is held in the storage room, fill out the form at the circulation desk and make a request
  6. You can also place a request using My Library account in the library catalogue COBISS. We will prepare your order and we will hold the items for you at the circulation desk for 3 days (if you don’t pick up the requested items, we will charge you as listed in the price list).
Help
Library members can get help in the form of free courses, individual consultations and library tours.
We invite all our new members to book introduction courses: You can ask for help at the circulation desk or send your question to our information resources tutor.
Online help:
Library guides
Library's YouTube channel
How to search for material?
FSS textbook catalogue
Find information about textbooks and assigned literature using the FSS Textbook Catalogue.
How to access e-resources in DiKUL
The library offers access to online resources and databases for students and FSS staff. You can access the resources using library computers or remote access.

For remote access to subscribed databases (those not freely available on the internet) you need a password which is assigned when joining the library (the same password is used for the My Library account).

You can access the subscribed databases using the Digital Library of the University of Ljubljana (DiKUL) getaway, which offers access to more than 20 000 academic e-journals and more than 300 000 e-books that are not available online in open access.
 
How to log in to DiKUL - remote access
1. Find the source

2. Once you select to read the source, a log in window Will appear. From the drop-down menu select “Faculty of Social Sciences”, enter your username / student card number and the assigned password

How to find articles in DiKUL
We recommend using advanced search and narrowing the result by using search options.


 
How to find e-books in DiKUL
1 . Select the “Catalogue of e-resources” tab



2. Select “Ebook search” and enter the book title, ISBN or author into the search field


 
How to find journals in DiKUL
1. Select the “Catalogue of e-resources” tab