Research in the home office

The work of employees of the Leuphana University of Lüneburg shall only be carried out on the campus of the university to the extent that is absolutely necessary. In research, too, all employees whose presence is not required for the fulfilment of tasks should work from home. Please make sure that telephone forwarding from the office telephone is set up.

Access to media (e-books, e-journals and databases)

Of the approx. 2.1 million resources that Leuphana offers via the MIZ catalogue, approx. 1.5 million can be used online. More than 50% of the library's books - especially the newer titles - are available as e-books. More than 95% of Leuphana's journal holdings are available electronically. Furthermore, about 230 databases licensed by MIZ are available via the Leuphana network. All e-resources can be accessed by Leuphana staff and students via VPN access from home. When accessing via VPN the category "online research" must be selected. Access is granted with the Leuphana account and the corresponding password.

From Tuesday, 1 June 2021, the library will reopen to the public as a place to study and work.
There will be 100 individual workstations available in the reading room. An official, negative antigen test result for SARS-CoV2 virus is required for access.
Furthermore, media can be ordered via the e-mail address, collection can be made in the foyer after a processing time of 5 working days. No antigen test is required to enter the foyer.
Access to electronic resources is also possible off campus for all university members via VPN client.
Further information on the current status can be found on the MIZ website by visiting the FAQ "Library closure".

You can reach the library support by e-mail ( or by phone at 04131 677 1100).

Please make sure that the appropriate access variant is set for the VPN client: The "Online Research" group must be selected; access does not work with "Intranet".

Joint agreement on the scope of responsibilities

The employee and the supervisor jointly determine the nature and scope of the tasks to be performed in the home office. Work packages, scopes of action, and the means and extent of accessibility must be clearly agreed in advance between the employee and the supervisor. Any regulations of third-party funding agencies regarding the documentation of working hours still have to be fulfilled.

Events and physical work meetings

Personal work meetings are possible, provided that the minimum distances and the other requirements of the hygiene guidelines are strictly followed. However, all participants are still required to keep personal meetings to a minimum. In order to successfully implement your activities and projects with a view to achieving your research goals, digital formats for events / work meetings are available. For (project) meetings with several people, please continue to use the telephone or digital rooms (video conferences, telephone conferences) whenever possible.

Research in third-party funded projects

Please take a close look at the guidelines and regulatons of your funding agency and/or the cooperation agreements already concluded and reflect on the defined project objectives in relation to the current situation. If you have any questions, please contact the relevant offices at Leuphana (Research Service, Cooperation Service, Teaching Service, International Office) and, if necessary, contact the funding agencies with their support.

Should the current situation cause problems in the implementation of the research project, for example because research trips cannot be undertaken or events cannot be held, we urgently request that the project activities that cannot be carried out in the course of the project are to be documented and the reasons for this are to be stated.

In the case of collaborative projects, it is also important to reach consensus with the partners on the further progress of the project. On this basis, the coordinator or - in the case of individual projects - the project management should contact the responsible contact person at the respective funding agency. Depending on the individual case, e.g. extensions of deadlines, restructuring of project activities or necessary postponements of funding can be discussed. The relevant offices and the finance service at Leuphana can provide support.

Please note that project extensions are not necessarily accompanied by an increase in project funding.

    Please also note the informations regarding project implementation and and management of the Ministry of Science and Culture of Lower Saxony (MWK).

    Contact persons at the Leuphana

    The service units at Leuphana will forward information and news regarding funding agencies to the project managers as soon as possible. If you have any questions, project managers are welcome to contact the relevant offices by telephone or e-mail. The teams of the Research-, Teaching-, and Coorperation Service as well as the International Office are at your disposal for advice.