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Free access

What is the free access to books and journals?

How are the books located in free access?

Free access (plans)

Labeling books

How to borrow a book from the free access or self-borrowing device (Self-check)


What is the free access to books and journals?

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A large part of the library collections is in the open areas, and the collections are typically public. This means that each piece can be easily viewed and then a reader can decide whether he wants to use it and for what period of time.

In the free access areas readers can reach books by themselves, and at the end of work put them back in designated areas (orange boxes that are on the shelves) or borrow them.

Borrowing books from free access is self-service thank to self-borrowing devices (called Selfchecks) located on each floor of the building. The book can also be taken to the Circulation Desk on Level 0 to be borrowed with support of the Library staff. Books marked with a red dot cannot be borrowed, but can only be used on site.

In the case of free access books, an electronic catalogue only gives the location of a copy (shelving), the ordering option is inactive.

How are the books located in free access?

Books in free access are divided into nine broad areas of knowledge (each color-coded) grouped into 447 thematic sections. They are spread over three levels of the CINiBA building. In each section you will find a selection of journal titles form the last five years. Other newspapers can be delivered to the Reading Room through the electronic catalogue.

Level 0

Section 7 – The arts, Entertainment, Sport: Architecture, Graphics, Painting, Music, Photography, Films, Cinema, Theatre, Townsplanning

Section 8 - Linguistics, Study of literature, Literature


Section 9 - Archeology, Prehistory, Geography, Biography, History

 

Level 1

Section 0 - General Section: Science and knowledge in general, Bibliology, Computer science and technology, Management, Catalogues, Museum studies

Section 5 – Mathematics, Natural sciences: Astronomy, Astrophysics, Geodesy, Physics, Chemistry, Geology and related sciences, Paleontology, Biological sciences

Section 6 - Applied sciences Medicine, Technology, Agriculture

 

Level 2

Section 1 – Philosophy, Psychology


Section 2 - Religion, Religious studies, Theology


Section 3 - Social Sciences, Law, Administration, Economic sciences

 

In the case of free access books, an electronic catalogue only gives the location of a copy (shelving), ordering option is inactive.

Free access (plans)

Level 0

Level 1

Level 2

Labeling books

Oznakowanie książek w wolnym dostępie

In order to ensure full reader service (from reaching an appropriate shelf to self-service borrowing) collections from free access zones are clearly marked. Spines of the books and magazines bears stickers, each of which contains specific information:

  • Thin, coloured bar represents one of the nine knowledge areas.
  • Label under the bar contains the free access call number with the information needed to find the book on the shelf: a symbol of section, basic book data and the inventory number.
  • Documents from free access zone intended for use on site in CINiBA are additionally marked with red dots.

How to borrow a book from the free access or self-borrowing device (Self-check)

SamowypożyczalniaOn each level of the CINiBA building there are  self-borrowing devices, so readers can by themselves:

  • borrow books from a free-access,
  • check the status of their account.

Make sure if on the spine of the volume there is no red dot (such books cannot be borrowed) and check if your card was activated at the Circulation Desk on Level 0. Then:

  • insert the card
  • put on the desk no more than three books,
  • select "borrow" and check if all the books were registered on your account,
  • remove the card.

In the case of failure or doubt, please ask the librarian on duty.

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Projekt CINiBAProjekt Centrum Informacji Naukowej i Biblioteka Akademicka został zrealizowany w latach 2008-2012, dzięki współfinansowaniu Unii Europejskiej ze środków Europejskiego Funduszu Rozwoju Regionalnego w ramach Regionalnego Programu Operacyjnego Województwa Śląskiego na lata 2007-2013. Projekt był również finansowany z budżetu Samorządu Województwa Śląskiego, Miasta Katowice, Ministerstwa Nauki i Szkolnictwa Wyższego, Uniwersytetu Ekonomicznego w Katowicach i Uniwersytetu Śląskiego w Katowicach.