About Universitätsbibliothek der TUHH

Universitätsbibliothek der TUHH

New to the library? 3. Textbook Collection

Introductury literature to start studying or even for the first exams, can be found in the textbook collection in the left area of the reading room on the ground floor. The books are in alphabetical order of the subject groups.The first shelf block begins with Agricultural Sciences (AG), in the middle block can be found Mathematics (MA) and Mechanical Engineering (MS), on the window side rear follow for example Process Technology (VT) and Materials Sciences (WK).

Textbook collection

There are often a large number of circulating library copies of a title in the textbook collection. That way we can provide as many students as possible with copies.

If you cannot find any more loan copies, there are other possibilities: search the catalog under the author and title for an electronic edition. In any case, there is at least one “reference copy” for each textbook title. This may not be borrowed, so that it can always be used in the reading room during opening hours. To work with the book, please reserve a place in the reading room!

And it is always possible to send us a book request for purchase by the library!

More information:

New to the library? 2. Loans

Due to current hygiene regulations, only a certain number of users can be admitted to the library at the same time. For users who do not have a table reservation, the maximum length of stay is 20 minutes. More information can be found in our Covid-19 FAQs.


You can borrow books from the white self-check-out stations. Only a few books, so-called reference copies, as well as journals are not available for loan. Check out and returns of media are possible throughout the opening hours weekdays and weekends.

You will find the stations in the entrance area. This is how borrowing works:

  1. Simply place books on the machine (also in stacks)
  2. Tap on “Lending”
  3. Read or type in the barcode of the library card
  4. Enter the password using the screen or keyboard
  5. After the booking you close your account by clicking on “Done”.
Selfcheck station


Books from our library can be returned to our self-check-out stations. No library card is required.

Books can also be returned to the Hamburg State and University Library. Conversely, books borrowed from the State and University Library Hamburg can be returned with our staff – in the evening please use our white return box at the entrance.

Returning books by mail is at your own risk.

Extending loan periods

If the book is not reserved, you can extend the loan period up to eight times in your library account. Please note the end of the loan period! Once the loan period has expired, the borrowed book cannot be renewed and fees will be charged. We therefore recommend that you renew one or two days before the loan period ends if you wish to keep your book a little longer.

Ordered books

Pick-up Shelf

You have probably already noticed it – our pick-up shelf next to the ServicePoint.

Titles that you request from the closed stacks via our catalog can be found on the pick-up shelf. When you order a book, you will receive an e-mail when it is ready for you on the shelf. The item will then be available for you there for seven working days. Reserved titles can also be picked up there within seven days. On the pick-up shelf, you will find all the media you have ordered under the first letter of your last name and the last 4 digits of your library card. If you want to take the book with you, please borrow it from the self-checkout station.

More information:

New to the library? 1. Library Card

If you want to use the University Library, either to borrow media or as a workspace, you need a library card. You can then use the books on campus or at home.

This card is free of charge for students of the TUHH. However, you must first apply for it on our website before you can come to the library in person to pick it up. The registration is best done from home.

The back of the library card shows the bardcode and the card-number.

You can pick up your library card after registering at the ServicePoint in the university library on Mon-Thu 9am-7pm, Fridays until 6 pm. Please bring the following with you:

  • identity card or passport including confirmation of registration
  • Student ID (or certificate of enrolment or confirmation of enrolment or HVV semester ticket)

A valid email address is very important for your notifications – for example for the reminder emails at the end of the loan period!

With your library card you can log on to our website and view your account. There you will get an overview of your current loans and reservations. You can also extend the loan periods up to eight times if you still need the books.

Currently, the library card also serves to register your stay in the library. Students at the TUHH can reserve a desk for certain times. Without a reservation, a visit to the library is limited to 20 minutes.

More information:

Extended service hours

From Wednesday, 1.9.2021, the library’s service hours will be extended to Mon-Thu 9am-7pm and Friday 9am-6pm. During these hours, you can contact us with all questions regarding research, loans, the library account and much more.

Furthermore, the opening hours will be adjusted to Mon-Fri 9am-2pm starting 1. September. Weekend opening hours will remain as before.

Opening HoursService Hours
Monday – Thursday9am-9pm9am-7pm

In accordance with the current containment ordinance of the city of Hamburg, it is still mandatory to wear a medical mask in the library and at the workplaces.

We say Farewell to Inken Feldsien-Sudhaus

26 years! From June 1, 1995 to July 31, 2021, Inken Feldsien headed the University Library of the TU Hamburg. Now she is retiring. We wish her all the best and say thank you for the years under her leadership.

Inken Feldsien-Sudhaus

As a trained architect (Dipl.-Ing.) from the TU Braunschweig, she was also a professionally trained planner. This was an essential competence to lead the library and its staff actively and safely through the various change processes.

In 1995, the library was still in the midst of the complex phase of building up the book collection. Only four years earlier, it had moved from temporary premises into its new library building on campus and has since been able to open up more to library users. The introduction of an IT-supported library system for lending and research was imminent, accompanied by much turbulence. Here, the strengths that Inken Feldsien brought to the development of the library became apparent: the courage to make decisions, the interest in details, excellent networking, and an early decision in favor of a digital strategy for the library.

For us employees, this meant a high level of trust coupled with the appreciation of our knowledge, flat hierarchies and, above all, the opportunity to try out new ideas. The library was thus able to introduce many digital services that make sense for the TUHH earlier than others. And many employees have remained loyal to the library over the years, even though, or perhaps because, new personal challenges were constantly arising on the path to the library’s digital transformation.

Inken Feldsien rarely spared herself in this process, and least of all when it came to supporting others. For example, in her commitment to apprenticeship or her dedication to the conversion to SAP, which largely spared our suppliers from non-payment. She also remained true to her passion as an architect. From 2006 to 2020, she volunteered for the LIBER Architecture Working Group of European libraries.

Twenty-six years is a long time, and there is so much more we could honor. Inken Feldsien leaves behind a library that, despite its small size, is well positioned on many issues. This includes the future topic of Open Science, where research data management and research information have long since been added to the many years of support for Open Access. We hope that we can continue on our path in the same spirit.

All the best, dear Inken Feldsien!

Blumen für Frau Feldsien

Extended opening hours starting 1st of July 2021

As of Thursday, 1st July 2021, we will once again be open continuously on Mondays – Fridays. In addition, the library can now also be visited on weekends. The new opening hours are as follows:

Opening Hours Service Hours
Monday – Friday 8am-9pm 9am-5pm
Saturday 8am-8pm
Sunday 10am-8pm

A row of workstations next to open windows.The cleaning hour Mon-Fri from 2pm-3pm is no longer necessary. Instead, there is a station in each of our two reading rooms with cleaning agent and a roll of paper for cleaning the tables independently.

It is still necessary to reserve workstations in the library. This option is currently only available to TUHH members. A medical mask must still be worn at the workstations.

Update: Since 19.7.2021, four PC-workstations have been available for external users (members of other universities, city readers). More information in our Covid FAQs.

The new library chat

Starting Tuesday, 25.05.21, the library offers a new chat service!

We can help with all kinds of problems: Have you forgotten your password or need help with research? And how does the booking system work? Just write to us directly in the chat.

From Monday to Friday from 10am-2pm, our staff is available to help you with any questions you may have.A green speech bubble in font of blue background.

You can recognise an active chat by the ‘speech bubble’ symbol on the right-hand side of our website. Outside the chat hours you will be forwarded to our mails.

We look forward to your messages!


Featured Image: CC0 Pixarbay, Deans_Icons

Workplaces and extended Library Opening from May 19

Update from 25.5.: Due to the amended Containment Ordinance of 22.5.2021, proof of negative Covid-tests is no longer required for reserved desks.

From Wednesday 19.5.2021, the University Library will again offer workplaces for TUHH-members in accordance with the current containment ordinance. The desks can be booked via our reservation system as before the closure. The library beneath a blue sky

The opening hours have also been be extended. From 19.05.2021, the library will again be open from 8am to 2pm and from 3pm to 9pm. Between 2pm and 3pm every day we will close our doors for one hour so that all surfaces can be cleaned in accordance with hygiene regulations. During this time, all patrons must clear their desks and leave the library.

Part of the new hygiene concept is that a medical mask must be worn at all times. This means that masks must also be worn at the desks during the entire stay. You can find more information about this in our ‘Supplementary House Rules‘.

Unfortunately, there are currently no PCs available in the reading rooms for research or the use of e-media.
External users registered with tub. (Citizen Patrons) can normally only use our digital journals and e-books on site at the library. Since that is not possible at the moment you can receive digital documents on request (virtual walk-in service):

Corona Warn App in the tub.

From now on, our users can use the Corona Warn App to check in to the library.

This Code is just an example.

This function is available after the latest update of the app. In addition to the already familiar library card scanner, you will find a QR code in the entrance area that you can scan with the Corona Warn app.

Once you have scanned the code, you will see an entry in your contact diary with your location and the times you were in the library. This entry will remain visible in your app for 14 days and will then be deleted along with your data.

Checking in via the app is not a prerequisite for library use, but an additional offer from us.

You can find more info on the app’s blog.

COVID-19 Regulations starting January 22 2021

Due to the current pandemic course and the tightened Covid19 rules, the library will no longer be able to offer reservable workstations in the reading rooms from Monday, 25.01.2021 until further notice. Any reservations for Friday 22.01.21, will remain valid, all others will unfortunately expire.
Blocked off workstations in the upper reading room

From Monday onwards, only short-term use of the University Library for lending purposes will be possible. Wearing a medical mask is mandatory during your visit.

Starting on Mondey the library will open at 9 am instead of 8 am. The service desks will still be unmanned. However, you can reach us by phone during our service hours of 9am-5pm and you can email us at any time.

Update 26-01-2021: Circulation and returns are open continuously from 9am-9pm.

Opening Hours Lending & Return Servicepoint Information by Phone
Monday – Thursday 9am-9pm 9am-5pm
Friday 9am-9pm 9am-5pm
Sunday / Public Holiday

You can find out about other current COVID-19 regulations on the COVID-19 FAQs.