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.

Welcome Beate Rajski

The appointment of a new library director is now official: with immediate effect, Beate Rajski will take over the directorship.

She is not a stranger to the TU Hamburg; her employment in the library started 1989 and she has rendered outstanding services in many areas over the years. In addition to being a classic librarian, she has decisively shaped the change from the analog to the digital library of the TU Hamburg.

As head of Digital Services, she has often prepared the groundwork for new, innovative services. A major focus of her work is to promote openness in science. Open Science, Open Access and Open Data are important building blocks of scientific culture.

We are looking forward to the future with her as our director.

Citavi Web for testing at the TUHH – also for Mac and Linux users!

For a long time the literature management Citavi was only available for Windows. Now the Citavi web version has been released. This can also be used with Linux, macOS or mobile devices. We, the computing center and the library, would like to first provide you with a test access to Citavi Web within the campus license and collect feedback after the test phase. Since Citavi Web is not free of charge, we would like to determine the need and benefit of the web version of Citavi for members of the TUHH. We are looking forward to your feedback!

Testing desired

The test is available now. Access is possible via If you do not have a Citavi account yet, then register via “my university”. If you have not used Citavi before: We have compiled information on how to set up and use it on an information page on the application. More information on trying out Citavi Web is also available on the official pages of the provider.

In the coming weeks, we would like to gather experiences and impressions of Citavi Web and other wishes for literature management applications at the TUHH via an online survey. This will be announced in a timely manner via various communication channels.

Citavi Web

With Citavi Web, a writing project can now be accessed online in a browser, regardless of location. As mentioned at the beginning, this is independent of the operating system and with mobile devices such as tablets. This means that Apple and Linux users can also use Citavi for literature management.

Since the project data is stored online, it is also possible to access a project in a team. A chat function is also integrated for this purpose. This is what the Citavi Web interface looks like:

After own initial experiences, Citavi can be used almost as usual. All the essential functions of the Windows program version are also available in Citavi Web (especially the popular option of organising the collected knowledge). Some advanced functions are somewhat hidden, and missing functions in areas such as data entry, research or working with PDF files are (still?) pointed out on the Citavi support pages. Work was a little slow at times in initial tests. Here, too, we are looking forward to further feedback from interested parties at the TUHH.

A connection to Word is also integrated (but only for Word 2019 and Office 365) and working with PDFs also works well with the web version. The integration of Word is described in the Citavi manual.

Feedback to the tub.

We hope for a lively participation in the test phase in order to get a comprehensive overview of Citavi Web and literature management in general at the TUHH. So feel free to try Citavi Web (also as a user of other literature management applications) and give us feedback after the start of the online survey ;-)

Of course, as usual, we are here for you and yours to provide support on the topic of literature management in general, in addition to questions about applications such as Citavi and Zotero.

One more note, as Citavi Web is initially only released for testing, do not store any important data in it or do this additionally in a local Citavi project.

Contact persons for further questions are Florian Hagen und Detlev Bieler


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.

Access to Nature journals : reading and publishing

Projekt DEAL

Bundesweite Lizenzierung von Angeboten großer Wissenschaftsverlage

Good news: Access to journals in the Nature portfolio has been extended for the TUHH and, from 1 January 2021, TUHH authors will have the opportunity to publish their articles in Nature and a further 32 original Nature research journals in open access. In the context of the DEAL contracts, a new consortium agreement for access and publication has been concluded. For this purpose, a fixed share of the payments from Germany is used to offset the OA costs, which amount to €9,500 + VAT per article. As soon as this amount is used up, the institutions themselves have to provide the funding. It is therefore worthwhile to successfully complete the review process early in the year with the publication! €9,500 is a very high and not uncontroversial price! As long as reputation in science is assessed via publication, prices will continue to rise and be paid. Perhaps you are interested in the actual discussion paper by the »Scientific practice« working group of the Priority Initiative »Digital Information« by the Alliance of Science Organisations with the title “Expanding academic publishing practices alongside the digital turn”.

We entered into the agreement because we receive reading access to the 2021 volume of the 55 titles of the Nature Portfolio, including the 21 Nature Review titles, at very little additional cost. The contract period is 2021-2024, can be cancelled annually. Previously, we only had access to the journal Nature and 3 other subscriptions.

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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!


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