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The “kubi” – Kufstein Library for Science and Leisure is a public institution created by the University of Applied Sciences Kufstein Tyrol and by the municipality of Kufstein. It was founded through the merger of the university library and the public library in 2018. The core principles of the "kubi" are: Provision of literature; the passing of knowledge; supporting students, researchers, and teaching staff; and to advance education and reading as a leisure activity. The library is an organization of the FH Kufstein Tirol, University of Applied Sciences.

Anyone interested can use the library services. Members of the FH Kufstein Tirol, University of Applied Sciences (students, researchers and staff) as well as external visitors and members of the International School Kufstein are authorized to borrow books and use the library facilities.

  • External visitors:
    • The library card can be requested directly at the lending counter of the library during the opening hours.  
  • Students of the University of Applied Sciences Kufstein:
    • Your student card also serves as your library card.  
  • Students of the International School Kufstein:
    • Your edu-card also serves as your library card.
  • External visitors with a valid Kufstein-Card
    • The use of the library services is included for no additional fee.
  • External visitors without a Kufstein-Card:
    • There is a charge of € 20.00 for one year (reduced charge of € 10.00 for senior citizens, students and people with disabilities).  
  • Students of the University of Applied Sciences and students of the International School Kufstein:
    • The use of the library services is free of charge.

Reference books, scientific and academic journals, novels, non-fiction books, children’s and young adult literature, board games, audiobooks and DVDs are available to you.  
Generally, all books with a white label are borrowable, unless there is an additional red label present, in which case lending is not possible. The non-lending-collection includes reference works, bibliographies, loose-leaf works, newspapers, journal issues as well as books contained in a reference collection.

You may borrow up to fifteen library items (books, journals, audiobooks, DVDs and board games) for up to three weeks. 
Loan periods can be extended three times for up to three weeks each, five days prior to the end of a lending period, unless someone has made a reservation for that item.
Students writing their Bachelor or Master thesis have extended loan privileges.

To do this, select the "Borrow and Renew" tab in the library account.

There you can choose either all loans (using the "Extend all" button) or individual items, which have to be selected with the magnifying glass icon, to extend warranty.

It is also possible to extend the loan by E-Mail or phone call.

Books on loan can be reserved in your online user account. As soon as the previous borrower returns the item, an automated notice is provided via e-mail.

If you have found a book that is currently on loan, click on the Button "Zum Katalog" ("go to Catalog").

Then click on "Number of Items" on the bottom and choose the "Get it"-Button (only possible if the book is not available)!

If you fail to return library items you borrowed on time, we will charge a reminder fee. In the first week the reminder fee is € 1.00 per library item, as of the second week, we will charge you an additional € 5.00 per overdue library item. There is no entitlement to be reminded about an expiring loan.

Our one-stop-shop for searching is our search engine, which allows for browsing all available print and digital media - including journal articles - in the library with a single query. Databases licensed by the library are also searchable (Exception: Statista and  Marketline).  

External visitors have to choose the search option “Print only” (in the menu bar left). Otherwise all databases and all digital media, which are only available for members of the University of Applied Sciences Kufstein, will be proposed. 

A search query can be limited with several criteria, e.g. type of publication, publication year, language, publisher… If a journal article or e-book is found, a link to its full-text-version is provided, if available.   

Computers are available within the library facilites to search for items.  

E-books can be found within our central search engine. After entering a keyword, the search can be further refined by choosing a filter on the left side of the page. For example, after using the filter "Limit to full text" only, electronic resources will show up. Additionally, the type of source (E-book, research article, etc.) can be chosen.

E-books can also be found within their respective licensed databases, which more likely than not feature their own filters.

E-journals, much like any other electronic resources, can be found using the kubi search engine. There you can limit the type of source (i.e. "scientific journals"). By doing this, the individual articles within the journal are also searched through.

If you want to know whether specific e-journals are licensed, press the button "find individual publications" (green banner top left).

To see a list of available databases, electronic journals, and e-books, please click on Databases on the right-hand side of our website. Digital media can be accessed in the University of Applied Sciences' wifi network by all. Outside the premises, access is only granted to members of the University of Applied Sciences Kufstein.

Yes, but only for members of the University of Applied Sciences Kufstein. 

The instructions are available on our website: Please click on “Databases” on the right-hand side of our homepage.

Current Master theses can be found in the reading room, sorted by respective Master: "M-*Master Degree Program*". Master theses can be read, but cannot be borrowed from the library.

Older theses are stored in a vault and can be requested via e-mail (  bibliothekfh-kufstein.ac.at).

To find Master theses through the search engine, use the keywords "Master Thesis" or "Master-Arb", optionally in connection with a topic keyword. Additionally, tick the box that says "Nur Print" (= print only). 

Tied to every printed book is a signature (= code on the spine of a book) and its location within the library. Printed books are organized systematically, meaning they are situated according to their signature.

An overview can be found here. 

Location Building A 1st floor:

  • Fiction, children's and youth literature and biographies

The signatures identify the respective areas. DR stands for fiction, DR.J for the youth area, B the biographies and J indicates a book that is in the children's area.

Within these areas, the books are first sorted by genre and then by author in alphabetical order.

Location Building B 1st floor:

  • Reference and non-fiction book area

Books are sorted alphabetically within this area.

Example: Signature: “QQ 000 C229.” The letters denote the discipline, “Q” stands for “Economics”, “QQ” is the sub-category “Special Economics”, the number sequence “000” is a further sub-category, “General”. The following combination of letters and numbers "C229" is an encoding of the name of the author.

Additional information: The edition is shown in the signature with a number in round brackets and the respective volume is indicated with a minus and a number.

  • DVDs, audio books and board games

DVDs are labelled with the signature TT and are then alphabetically sorted by genre and title of the movie. Children’s movies are have the signature TT.J.

Similarly, all audio books have the signature TD, are then alphabetically sorted by genre and title with children’s audio books being labelled TD.J.

(Children’s) Board games are sorted by their suggested age group.

Print magazines are divided into two areas. In building A, right next to the shelf for new releases, you will find magazines from the public library, which can be borrowed. Scientific journals however are located in the reading room in Building B.

Newspapers are located in the Newspaper lounge – to the left of the main entrance – and can be flicked through there.

Yes, please do so via the feedback-form in the checkin-portal or by e-mail to: bibliothekfh-kufstein.ac.at. We also have a wish-list for books at the lending counter. 

There are three group study rooms for 6, 8 and 10 people, which can be booked with an online form on our website. In principle, the group study rooms are available at short notice – they are unlocked. 

Some lecturers choose literature they deem important for their students to have available in the library at all times. These are the various reference collections, which can be found in the reading room next to the shelf with the master theses. 

An interlibrary loan is a loan from a different library to allow kubi users access to books which are not in possession of the kubi.

If a book is not available within the kubi, it can be lent from a different library through the kubi. This costs € 2,00 per book within the country. Books from outside the country vary in price.

To use interlibrary loaning, the interlibrary loan form has to be filled out. If books are returned too late the usual fees apply.

The Onleihe Tirol is a digital tool of the Tyrolean libraries and enables various e-books, e-audios and e-papers to be borrowed. These include children's and young people's literature, fiction and non-fiction and can be downloaded either directly in the browser or in the app on the smartphone or tablet as well as on an e-book reader and read for the duration of the loan. It is available free of charge to all readers registered at the kubi.

kubi users with a valid library account can request free online access by e-mail, by phone or from us on site. The online loan account at www.onleihe.com/tirol will then be made available within 48 hours and the loan can begin. The loan period is a maximum of three weeks. The media will then be returned automatically. If a book is not available because it has already been checked out, it can be reserved. The users will be informed by e-mail as soon as the desired book is available again.

Filmfriend, a video-on-demand database for libraries, with an extensive range of products from classic films to sophisticated documentaries, international art house cinema and children's series, can be found at the following web address:

kufstein.filmfriend.at

You can log in with the log-in data of the FH Kufstein Tirol (PKZ@stud.fh-kufstein.ac.at and your personal password). Films and series can either be streamed directly or temporarily downloaded for 30 days so that they can also be viewed offline.

Further information on how you can use filmfriend on the various end devices (German only):

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