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.
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. You can find the online registration form here.
You can pick up your library card after registering at the ServicePoint in the university library on Mon-Thu 9am-2pm and 3-7 pm, 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 e-mail address is very important for a smooth service – for example for the reminder e-mails 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
September brings many new things for the tub.! We are extending our opening hours starting from 1.9.2020. The library opens Monday to Friday from 8am -2pm and 3 -9pm. The ServicePoint is open Monday to Friday from 9am- 2pm and 3 -7pm, Fridays until 6pm. Information via telephone or mail is available throughout the service hours, including 2pm -3pm.
Between 2pm and 3pm every day we close our doors for one hour so that all surfaces can be cleaned according to the hygiene regulations. During this time all users must clear their desks and leave the library.
Together with the extended opening hours, we will introduce a new system for desk-reservation on 1.9.2020. Due to the increased demand, the new reservation system is only available for TU students. Each student can make one reservation of up to six hours per day.
To log in to the system, you will need your library card number and password. Once logged in, new functions are available: You can easily check in the overview which desks are still available and then display all your appointments in a table. If you do not want to keep an appointment, you now have the possibility to edit or delete it yourself in your account. Just as before: If the reservation has not been claimed up to half an hour after the start of the appointment, it will be deleted automatically.
All appointments that were reserved in the old system for the days after 1.9.2020 will remain. This also applies to users who are not TU students.
To make a reservation in the library click HERE.
Watch this video for a brief explanation on how to book reservations:
Starting on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, the tub will provide students of the TUHH with 91 single working places in the reading room. They can be used Monday to Friday from 3 to 9 pm. This offer will enable students with insufficient learning opportunities at home to work and learn in the library. Continue reading →
Due to the digital semester at Hamburg’s universities, Hamburg’s libraries are also reacting to the situation. For this reason, a large number of online books from publishers are available at TUHH that were previously only available in printed form. The possibilities of access vary greatly in some cases, and not all of the offers are permanently available.
On request of teachers and students, the TUHH library purchased individual relevant textbooks for permanent online access at the TUHH:
The following applies to all the above-mentioned titles published by Pearson: Primarily suitable for online reading, only print or download of individual pages possible.
Additional books from all subjects
Financed by funds from the State and University Library, which has received funding from the Hamburg Behörde für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Gleichstellung (BWFG) for the supply of literature for the whole of Hamburg, access to the e-books of a number of publishers is now possible. Not all of these works are yet included in the tub.find catalogue. Much will be permanently available here. Some of them can also be counted among the offers only temporarily available at the TUHH due to the Corona crisis.
From the publisher Kohlhammer the following packages has been bought (chapterwise download as PDF is possible, titles online in German language, each package includes books from the previous year, i.e. a 2020 package contains titles from 2019):
Digital, open and networked – academic and scientific work is facing similar challenges to learning and teaching in this age. In view of the current situation, the seminar “Academic Research and Writing”, until last semester performed face-to-face, will be completely converted to a digital format for the summer semester 2020.
If the summer semester 2020 at the TUHH starts as planned on 20.4.2020 in purely digital form, this bachelor seminar organized by the tuhh library will offer an introduction to the many aspects of academic work: finding topics, specialist information, knowledge organisation, writing, presenting and publishing. Suggestions for thinking about one’s own learning, information and writing processes – supplemented by practical recommendations and tips – make it possible to write better Bachelor and Master theses.
A description of the course can also be found in the annotated course catalogue. Otherwise, the contributions in a weblog (German language only, sorry!), which has been accompanying the seminar as a kind of showcase since winter semester 2013/14, offer a good overview of the topics!
Unfortunately the library is closed for health care because of the Corona pandemic from March 14, 2020, until further notice. During the closing hours of the library no loan periods end!
For further requests and where there is a need for further information on possible services during the closure period please write an email to the TUHH library (firstname.lastname@example.org). We will get in touch with you. Please also check our homepage from time to time.