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Universitätsbibliothek der TUHH

New to the library? 6. Reservation of workplaces

Working place in the library

The library offers not only a large selection of print and e-media, but also space for studying. A total of 71 individual seats and 8 group rooms (for TU members only) for 4-6 people can be reserved.

You can make a reservation from the comfort of your home up to one week in advance. Simply visit our homepage and click on “Reservations”. And this is how it works:

  • Log in with the number of your library card and your password.
  • Select the date.
  • You can switch between group rooms and workspaces via the drop-down menu.
  • Select the desired room or space and the time from the overview.
  • If necessary, adjust the period for your reservation.
a screenshot of the reservationsystem for workplaces in the library
Screenshot of the reservationsystem

Don’t forget to bring your library card on the respective day. You will need it to confirm your reservation via the scanner in the entrance area. This is possible at the earliest 30 minutes before the scheduled time. If you do not check-in, your booking will expire 30 minutes after the start of the reservation.

If you no longer need your reservation, you can easily delete it under “My reservations & cancellation”. Here you will also find an overview of all your booked workspace.

From 2023, TUHH researchers can publish free of charge in PLOS journals

Participation in the PLOS-TIB consortium (2023-2024)

The TUHH University Library (tub.) participates in the consortium between PLOS (Public Library of Science) and TIB Hannover. Researchers at TUHH thus have the opportunity to publish an unlimited number of articles in 17 PLOS journals at no additional cost. The offer includes, among others, the following titles:

  • PLOS Biology,
  • PLOS Climate,
  • PLOS Computational Biology,
  • PLOS Digital Health,
  • PLOS Genetics,
  • PLOS Global Public Health,
  • PLOS Medicine,
  • PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases,
  • PLOS One,
  • PLOS Pathogens,
  • PLOS Sustainablility and Transformation,
  • PLOS Water
  • (+5 new journals in 2023)
  • PLOS Biology
  • PLOS Digital Health
  • PLOS One

Participation in the PLOS consortium costs $7,500 per year. With APCs (Article Processing Charges) of $2,100 to $5,300, this already pays off with two to four articles per year. Therefore, we had asked professors and senior engineers of the TUHH in advance for their assessment of a publication in PLOS. This turned out to be positive.

Survey results on the PLOS offer

When it comes to publishing journal articles, funding for journal subscriptions is increasingly shifting towards funding for the individual article via APCs, which are borne by the authors* or their institutions. Therefore, when entering into contracts, it is important for tub. to know not only whether you want to read certain journals, but also whether you plan to publish there. In the course of this, professors* as well as senior engineers* were interviewed about the PLOS offer via a six-question questionnaire between 23.08.2022 and 06.09.2022. The aim was to find out which reasons speak for or against a publication by TUHH members in PLOS publications.

With 25 questionnaires fully completed, it was determined that …

  • … 9 respondents have already heard of PLOS, 16 people have not heard of PLOS before participating in the survey.
  • … 5 of the 25 survey participants have already published in PLOS.
  • … 8 or 9 survey participants are individually in favor of a publication in PLOS, while a publication is out of the question for 16 participants.

Why is publication considered or not?

In order to learn more about the motives of TUHH researchers, the question “Is publication an option for me?” gave the opportunity to provide detailed insights via free-text answers. Proponents emphasized, among other things, that the interdisciplinary orientation of the journals offered is appreciated and that they are open access. Also in favor were good peer review processes, high impact factors, the simplicity of the publication processes, and the reputation of the journals offered.

In the course of the survey, the participants also had the opportunity for further comments. A more comprehensive commentary deals with the advantages of open access and PLOS publications:

Since an OA for scientific contributions is becoming more and more important nowadays, I would summarize by saying that it would make sense to invest this money in PLOS publications, with the aim of increasing the quantitative visibility of the scientific work of the TUHH. From my own experience I can say that publications that I have published via PLOS so far seem to have been more visible than those published in smaller, more discipline-specific journals and were therefore also cited more frequently – albeit in a more general context.

Further information on participation in the PLOS consortium

PLOS and TIB will organize a webinar on the submission process (“Author Workflow”) and on reporting. Two dates with identical content will be offered. Registration is not necessary:

Do you have questions about PLOS or other TU Library open access offerings?

Good to know:

  • The library supports the funding of articles in purely open access journals through its publication fund.
  • At TUHH, there are currently agreements on Open Access with four other publishers
Ask me about Open Access

Open Access Team of TUHH
Envelope-Icon openaccess@tuhh.de

Please also feel free to take part in our Open Access consultation hours via Zoom (identification code: 347349) if you have questions regarding Open Access (every Friday from 10:00 am to 10:30 am).

Moin Erstis 2022!

We, the staff of the TUHH University Library, welcome all new students!

We have compiled a dozen interesting facts about the TUHH library here and the slides of the presentation in the Audimax on 4.10.2022 are available here:

Welcome to the tub.

Good luck with your studies!

Your tub.

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!

More information:

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!

More information:

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!

More information:

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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