The library of the Technical University in my city (Europe) has a password reset system which I did not encounter anywhere else.
Students have to go to some office inside the university to get a new password; external users (like me) have to write an e-mail to an e-mail address of the library. I did this and a few days later received an e-mail (seemingly from a real person) saying:
Your password is now reset to be your birthday, in the form YYYYMMDD.
There is an online form where one can change their password.
This method seems strange to me: I'm used to filling out an online form and then receive an automatic e-mail with a link to change my password. This method here seemed a hassle both for me and the library personnel.
Is there a practical reason for this kind of method? Is it especially safe? To me, it does not seem so but I don't know anything about Information Security.
I received two good answers (one of which disappeared), so I want to thank you all!