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 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):
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.
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.
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.
Lending & Return
Information by Phone
Monday – Thursday
Sunday / Public Holiday
You can find out about other current COVID-19 regulations on the COVID-19 FAQs.
The University Library of the TU Hamburg will be closed from Wednesday, 23 December 2020 at 7pm until Sunday, 3 January 2021. From Monday, January 4, 2021, the library will be open again during our regular opening hours.
We wish you a Merry Christmas, health and all the best in the New Year!
Welcome to all first-time students of the TUHH! We are looking forward to welcoming you in the winter semester 20/21. In the following text we’ll summarize some of the most important information about using the tub. for first-time students.
Please register online from home and then pick up your card at the library. If possible, please come alone to the library. Pickup is only possible during our service hours.
University proof (proof of enrolment or student ID)
Visiting the library
Visiting the library during our opening hours is only permitted with a valid library card and with a face mask. Of course you can also come to the library to pick up your library card after registering online.
Due to current hygiene measures, without a table reservation a stay in the library is only possible for a maximum of 15-20 minutes.
As a trial, we are offering a special arrangement for new students from November onwards. Desks in our reading room 1 (ground floor) will be exclusively at your disposal during our morning and afternoon opening hours. To reserve one of these places, you will need a library card.
You can check in for your reservation from 15 minutes before and up to 30 minutes after your appointment. After that the appointment will be automatically deleted.
If you have any questions or need special information regarding possible services, we will be happy to assist you.
In addition to the print editions, numerous titles are also or only electronically available. In the catalogue 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 eBooks through the university intranet. At present, this is possible either via a computer on campus or while being in the TUHH’s Wlan.
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!
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).
In the textbook collection there are often a large number of circulating library copies of one title. That way we can provide as many students as possible with copies.
If you can’t find any more loan copies, there are other possibilities: search the catalogue 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!
You can borrow books from the white self-check-out machines. Only a few books, so-called reference copies, as well as journals are not available for loan. Check out and returns of media on the machine are possible throughout the opening hours from 8am to 2pm and 3pm to to 9pm.
You will find the machines 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”.
Both lending and returning media are possible at the vending machines. By the way, returning media works without a library card or authentication.
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 blog post ‘Opening the library in times of #COVID-19‘.
Books from our library can be returned to our self check-out counters. No library card is required. In the evening, there is also a return box for interlibrary loans and books from the State and University Library of Hamburg. Returning books by mail is at your own risk.
Books borrowed here can also be returned to the Hamburg State and University Library. Conversely, books borrowed from the State and University Library Hamburg can be returned to us – 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 online in your library account. But please note: Please note the end of the loan period! As soon as 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.
You have probably already noticed it – our pick-up shelf next to the Servicepoint.
You will find titles requested from the magazine via our catalogue in the pick-up shelf. If you request the titles by 2pm, you can pick them up from 3pm on the same day. These media are available there for you for 7 working days. Reserved titles can also be picked up there within 7 days. On the collection shelf you will find all the media you have ordered under the first letter of your surname and the last 4 digits of your library card. If you want to take the book with you, please borrow it from the self-service check-out machine.