About Universitätsbibliothek der TUHH

Universitätsbibliothek der TUHH

Looking for journal articles?

In the past, for cost reasons the TUHH had only a few subscriptions to publishers like Elsevier, Springer Nature and Wiley. A broader offer was only achieved through access to digital collections without archival rights.

As the TUHH is involved in the DEAL project, we currently have extremely limited access to Elsevier journals. This of course means more effort in research and teaching. Therefore we would like to show you different ways to get the needed articles:

Cloverleaf: 4 Ways to get an article for which there is no access within TUHH

Figure: D. Bieler

Finding an Open Access

Some authors have already published their articles in Open Access (OA), either in the journal, in a repository, on their own website or in a scientific network. These versions – if available – can almost always be found via Google Scholar: install the Google Scholar button for your browser.

1. Browser plugins

Browser plug-ins indicate whether an article is also available as an Open Access version.

  • Symbol offenes Schloß als Hinweis auf offenen Zugangunpaywall
    When surfing on websites of scientific journals, provider platforms or databases, a green lock signals after a few seconds whether an Open Access version has been found. A click to this symbol leads you to the free PDF.
  • Alternatives are the Open Access Button
    This plug-in complements the display of the Open Access Version with a request to the author if no version was found.
  • CORE Discovery
    Beta. Inspired by unpaywall.

2. Open repositories

Publishers like Elsevier and others allow the option to publish accepted manuscript versions via the institutional repository after a so-called embargo period (12-24 months per journal or less). These versions are often searchable via Google Scholar. In addition from the Elsevier Guidelines (view 13.06.2019 13:25) : “Preprint: Authors can share their preprint anywhere at any time. … Authors can update their preprints on arXiv or RePEc with their accepted manuscript.

Here you find a selection of repositories that contain Open Access articles:

3. Inquiry directly to the authors

Publishers like Elsevier and others allow their authors to share an article published in a subscription magazine with personally known students and colleagues, as the Elsevier Guidelines (view 13.06.2019 13:25) permit: „If you are an author, you may also share your Published Journal Article (PJA) privately with known students or colleagues for their personal use“. You can therefore legally receive a copy directly by contacting the authors. Using this way, however, there is no guarantee that the authors will react within a tolerable waiting time.

4. Order a interlibrary loan or as urgend delivery

Order journal articles directly via interlibrary loan. You don’t have an account yet? If you already have a library card, you can simply apply for access as a user: Form to apply for interlibrary loan. Once you have received access to interlibrary loan by e-mail, you can place your own orders, which normally cost 1.50 euros each. For copyright reasons, delivery has been made as a paper copy of varying quality – but usually within a few days.

In very urgent cases, a direct order could be an alternative, which will be delivered more quickly. In addition to the above-mentioned interlibrary loan, as a researcher at the TUHH (only staff!) you have the opportunity to provide the TU Library with

placing an urgent order
The University Library will carry out these orders for you and will also pay the costs.

As a rule, we receive paper copies or PDF files of scanned pages. In many cases, however, an original PDF from the publisher is also available at a correspondingly higher cost. A document delivery of this kind can then cost more than 50 € depending on the article, but this will be paid by the university library.

More self-service: pick up media during opening hours

With the beginning of the summer semester 2019, we are expanding our self-service offer:

After the service area has been restructured, you will be able to pick up reserved media from our stock (requirements from the closed stacks, reservations) not only during our service hours, but also during the entire opening hours of the University Library, including weekends!

How does it work?

Slip of paper when ordering books

  • We will make the media you have requested from the magazine available for you on the pick-up shelf. This will soon be available on the site of the current Information service desk – sorted by user in the stack!
  • The order characteristic for the individual allocation will be the imprint in the middle of the respective order form of the volume: namely the first letter of your surname, followed by the last 4 digits of your library card – this serves for anonymisation.
  • You record the volumes intended for you and take care of the booking at the self-booking machine – during the service time, booking is of course still possible at our counter.
  • By the way, journal volumes no longer have to be booked. In any case they are only permitted for use in the library rooms. Interlibrary loan media will continue to be available at the service desks for the time being.

For this project, of course, retooling and conversion actions are necessary, which we want to carry out from Thursday, 28-3-19 until Friday, 29-3-19. We apologize for any inconvenience.

On these two days the previous service areas will be separated as a “construction site”. However, from Thursday we will set up a mobile service corner for you before the passage to the textbook collection. We will try to cover our entire offer during the construction and clearing period, supported by the automatic self-check-out machine. The spatial change of perspective for staff and audience will help both sides to get used to new processes together. We will be happy to answer your questions on site!

Until the weekend you will find the service desks on the right hand side again when you enter the library – in terms of space and content “concentrated” as a central contact point for your enquiries and concerns – we look forward to hearing from you!


The favourite chair has seat padding

The favourite chair has seat cushions and armrests! Many thanks to all of you who took part in the test sitting and survey in the library foyer!

Your wishes have of course been taken into account: from now on you can use the new furniture in the group rooms 1.006 and 1.009 on the upper floor.
Room 0004 on the ground floor also has colourful chairs with flexible backrests.

group room upstairs


groundfloor room 0004


Your feedback has made it possible to identify clear trends – the favourite chair of most participants has upholstered seats and armrests. In your free text answers we learned that you like to change the sitting position at work and don’t like stiff or fixed backrests at all, but like upholstery.

Also the procurement of individual workplaces is to be initiated this year due to your wishes. These measures will help us to increase the diversity of our diverse workplaces. We hope that this will improve the quality of your stay at the university library.

No April Fool – no more reservation fees from 01-04-2017

For TUHH and tub. own fee schedules enter into force as from 01-04-2017, which replace the previous fee schedule comprising all Hamburg universities.

What will change for you?

1) The fee of 0,80 € in case of reservation of a medium will be omitted! Other matters of fact of fees will persist reclining to the fee schedule of the Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg.

2) The new fee schedule specifies only matters of fact of fees about costs really inccured. The new fee schedule will be considerably shorter.

At the same time the Rules of the Library are updated at 01.04.2017.

You will find both documents at our website:

Schedule of Fees

Rules of the Library

Fit in Physics?

Grundgleichung der Wärmelehre
You are new in Germany and consider studying at TUHH? We compiled some Information to help you with your decision.

Before you enroll you may want to refresh your knowledge or catch up on some topics in physics. Abi Physik or Leifi-Physik both provide learning material about physics on German A-level standards (both in German language).

Further free learning platforms are Khan Academy (German or English) and Coursera (English).

Please note that the programs at TUHH are taught in German as the main language of instruction. Here you can find information about German as a foreign language.

An overview of the degree courses is provided here. Furthermore events for prospective students are offered.


Fit in Mathematics? See for yourself!

You are new in Germany and consider studying at TUHH? We compiled some Information to help you with your decision.

Before you enroll you may want to refresh your knowledge or catch up on some topics in mathematics. Abi-Mathe and OMB+ as well as Mintfit both provide learning material about mathematics on German A-level standards (Abi-Mathe and Mintfit are both in German language).

Further free learning platforms are Khan Academy (German or English) and Coursera (English).

Please note that the programs at TUHH are taught in German as the main language of instruction. Here you can find information about German as a foreign language.

An overview of the degree courses is provided here. Furthermore events for prospective students are offered.

Erasmus, Refugees: learning German!

Semesterapparat International StudentsPlease note that the programs at TUHH are mostly taught in German as the main language of instruction. In case of application you have to prove sufficient knowledge in German language. An overview of the language skills and documents needed is provided here.

TUHH is offering preparation courses named SPRINT@TUHH. It prepares participants in course subjects, including math and physics, and the language of instruction (Academic German) for study requirements at the TUHH. (Note: Application deadline for summer 2016 already passed. Closing date is 15 January every year.)

The site “Learning german at the TUHH” provides Links to interactive tutorials on german language as well as interactive practicing for “Test Deutsch als Fremdsprache” (Test for German as a foreign language). The test itself is provided (amongst others) by IBH.
Also useful are the online dictionaries Arabterm (a technical dictionary) and Arabdict, which isn’t entirely a technical dictionary but knows many technical terms.

Find in the library material for self-learning the German language!

New fees as of 1. April 2016

As already announced the Senate of Hamburg issued a new schedule of fees for academic libraries in Hamburg effective April, 1, 2016. The new fees apply to the Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek as well as to the libraries of Universität Hamburg, Technische Universität Hamburg, Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg, HafenCity-Universität Hamburg, Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, and Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg.

A short overview oft the most important changes:

1. As usual you will get a reminding mail before the loan period is ending. In our library you will receive it now 4 days before this date.

The prospective maximum fee per item is now €18 (formerly €25). The recall fees will apply per item in following differentiation:

First request for return (1. week): 1 Euro
Second request for return (2. week): (2. week): 2 Euro (total 3 Euro/Medium)
Third request for return (3. week): (3. week): 5 Euro (total 8 Euro/Medium)
Final request for return (5. week): 10 Euro (total 18 Euro/Medium)

2. Students of all public institutions of higher education in Germany are exempt from the annual charge. Please be aware that this remission does not apply to students of (state approved) private institutions. Members of those are charged for the full annual fee of €20.

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