About us


Founded in 1979 the University Library (tub.) of the Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH) has been offering its services on Campus at the heart of the TUHH since 1991.

As an independent information and communication centre the University Library is an important landmark of the TUHH in that it makes available information on the current status of science and technology. The library is not only used internally but as a specialized technical library of the Hamburg region its services are also available to citizens who are not students. The University Library finance books, journals and the access to electronic media.

We supply technical information.
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Head of Library: Beate Rajski

Stock Profile

The University Library acquires literature on engineering sciences in German and in English and, in exceptional cases, also in other foreign languages. Specialist areas include: mechanical engineering and material sciences, electrical engineering, computer engineering, information technology and technomathematics, process engineering and environmental studies, civil engineering, logistics and management sciences. Every effort is made to purchase almost all new German publications whereas a selection of the new Anglo-American publications is made. According to the development of the TUHH also literature from the fields of activity like energy, life sciences, shipbuilding and aviation is procured. In addition the requirements for training in the so-called Soft Skills subjects is fulfilled to a large extent. Specific technical forms of literature such as DIN standards are also offered or references provided to the customer. In the case of the physical sciences the library purchases those titles which have a fundamental and application-oriented character.

Special stocks of the former Institute for Shipbuilding (IfS) in the fields of ship engineering and ship operation are held by the library. Stocks from the library of the Swiss mechanical engineering company Sulzer as well as the library of the former Research Institute for Sewage Treatment (Sielklär-Versuchsstation) Hamburg-Eppendorf are also kept at the University Library.


Information and Services provided by the library:

  • 470,000 volumes
  • 174 current scientific journals in print form, 50,508 electronic journals
  • ca. 16,163 printed vol. in the textbook collection
  • 460,275 e-books via intranet of TUHH
  • direct access to about 50,000 printed media in the text book collection and reading area
  • Digital DIN-Standards for inhouse use in the library
  • Catalog tub.find
  • Databases
  • Databases of the “Gemeinsamer Bibliotheksverbund” (GBV)
  • Information facilities in the Internet and social networks
  • Advice and Support
  • General and specialist works of reference as available stock in the reading room
  • Self-service lending of books ordered from the stacks (2021: 85,363 loans)
  • Document delivery
  • Training courses and information events available (2021: 3,072 participants)
  • Services on publishing and scholarly research methods
  • Learning and working in tub. at over 300 individual and group workstations. Possibility of reservation for seats in the upper reading room.
  • Scanner and coin-operated photocopying machine
  • 59,415 visitors in 2021

Behind the Scenes

The library staff ensures that media, information and literature are made available and procured as effectively and as efficiently as possible.

  • The user’s department takes care of the service areas in the reading rooms (information and loans), document supply and the closed stacks which accommodates almost 400,000 volumes.
  • The media processing section ensures that media are procured and made accessible as quickly as possible.
  • Subject librarians of the scientific service department are responsible for selecting literature, co-ordinating acquisitions and making the media available. These librarians are also available for specialist information retrieval and for mediating specialized information literacy.
  • The computer department takes care of the comprehensive information technology. The library administration supports the management in the areas of budgeting and staff.
  • Co-operation partners are: the computer centre of the TUHH, other libraries in Hamburg, the “Gemeinsamer Bibliotheksverbund” (GBV) (Joint Library Union) of 7 German federal states as well as specialized organizations and commercial business partners.

Open Library Award

The University Library of the Hamburg University of Technology has received the Open Library Badge 2020 for the following criteria:

Open Library Badge 2020