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Universitätsbibliothek der TUHH

New to the library? 5. e-books

Photo of a title available as print copy and as e-book

In addition to the print editions, numerous titles are also or only electronically available. In the catalog these can be recognised by the button “Volltext@TUHH”. The link to this button leads to the download offer of the respective publisher.

The contents can be downloaded as PDF (partly also as EPUB), either article by article or as a whole book, depending on the publisher’s specifications. For licensing reasons, this is only possible from the TUHH Intranet.

Students of the TUHH can use e-books through the university intranet. At present, this is possible either via a computer on campus or while being in the TUHH’s WIFI.

You can also access our eMedia from home – but you must have a VPN connection for this. Most publishers now also offer authentication via the single sign-on “Shibboleth”. You do not need a VPN connection for that.

Instructions for using the eMedia in the campus network and from home can be found here!

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New to the library? 4. tub.find

search in our catalogue

Our tub.find catalogue helps you find information for your studies: 470,000 printed media with location and availability at a glance!

What does that mean? The hit list already shows you what can be borrowed, ordered or reserved (free of charge).

In the catalogue you will also find our digital offer, such as licensed e-books, journals and articles as well as Open Access publications.

You can limit your results according to criteria such as print, online, no articles, articles only, author, language.

Media that are not freely accessible can be requested free of charge by clicking on the button ‘order’. As soon as your book arrives at the collection shelf, you will receive an e-mail. Within seven weekdays it can be borrowed by self-checkout. After that, it will be returned to the location.

Here you will find tips on how to search in a catalogue, but we will also be happy to help you on site or by e-mail or by telephone!

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New to the library? 3. Textbook Collection

Textbooks on the shelves of the 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).

Hits in the catalogue with textbook signature

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.

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

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New to the Library? 2. Loans


Self-check-out-stationfor loan and return

You can borrow books from the self-checkout 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:

  • place the book on the glass plate (also in a stack)
  • Tap on „lending“
  • Read or type in the barcode of the library card
  • Enter the password using the screen or keyboard
  • After posting, close your account by tapping on “Done”.


You can also return books at our self-checkout stations in front of the lift. Please place them on the shelf next to it afterwards. You do not need a library card to return books. Returning books by post is possible, but at your own risk.

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

Extending loan periods

If the book is not reserved, you can extend the loan period up to eight times in your library account. Please be aware 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

Das Abholregal

In the pick-up shelf next to the ServicePoint you will find media ordered from the magazine via our catalogue. If they are ready for collection, we will inform you by e-mail – they will be ready for collection for a total of 7 working days. This also applies to the collection of reserved media.

We deposit all your ordered media on the collection shelf under the first letter of your surname and the last 4 digits of your library card. If you would like to take the book with you, please borrow it from the self-checkout stations.

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New to the library? 1. Library Card

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

If you want to use the University Library, either to borrow media or to reserve a workspace / small group room, you need a library card.

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. Registration here.

The front of the library card shows LOGO of 'TU&YOU'.

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 number + password you can log in to our website and view your account. There you will find 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.

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Windows-Pool Maintenance 27.09.2022

On Tuesday 27.09.2022 the offers on the Windows-Pool computers in room 1005 (upper floor) are not available all day due to maintenance work! The windows pool computers in the reading room on the upper floor remain operational.

Update: Maintenance work completed, 4.15 pm – 28-09-22

The offer at the Windows-Pool computers in room 1005 on the upper floor is now available again!

New service – partial copies from e-books

From now on you can order partial copies from e-books via interlibrary loan at our library! Currently, 14 supplier libraries make their e-book holdings available to varying extents.

When you call up an e-book in the Common Union Catalog (GVK/10Kplus), a button “Order a copy” appears if the e-book belongs to a library that offers this new service.

Because of applicable copyright law, as with printed books, copies from e-books cannot include more than 10% of a work. Therefore, complete copies of an e-book are not possible.

Your questions are welcome at the interlibrary loan team: fernleihe@tuhh.de

Interlibrary loan e-books, e-book reader

Diamonds as a way out of the crisis? A (partial) look at Diamond Open Access and the OA color palette

The Open Access movement is a comparatively young movement. It developed in the 1990s as a result of the so-called journal crisis. During this crisis, prices rose, especially in STEM subjects – a collective term for professions or fields of study in mathematics, computer science, natural sciences and technology, which are also referred to as MINT subjects in Germany. At the same time, library budgets stagnated or shrank. One consequence: the number of paid journal subscriptions declined. Publishers tried to compensate for this loss of revenue with further price increases – a cycle that Open Access wants to break.

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