Library Services in Times of #COVID-19

the entrance of the library

Crises are always a challenge. This also applies to tub.! However, we will continue to be there for you. From September onwards in the mornings as well as the afternoons and also with service: loans and jobs for TUHH students.

Our current services

Status: 1 September 2020

Contact

Please feel free to contact us. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have a special need for information about possible services. We will get back to you.

  • by e-mail to the library (bibliothek@tuhh.de).
  • by telephone on Mondays – Thursdays from 9am – 7pm, Fridays from 9am -6pm at 040 42878 2845
  • On-site, contactless support in: Monday to Friday from 9am – 2pm and 5pm – 7pm, Fridays until 6pm

 

Workstations

For students of the TUHH there are 91 workstations available in the library during opening hours. You can book them here. A valid library card is required for reservations. Please note that your reservation expires if you do not use it within 30 minutes of the start of the appointment. Each student can make one reservation of up to six hours per day. More information on how to use the reservation system can be found in the blog post of 31.08.2020.

Media

The tub. is open Mon-Fri from 9am – 2pm and from 3pm – 9pm, for self-lending and return of media, taking into account necessary measures during Corona times. When entering the building, library cards must be shown and a mouth-and-nose cover must be worn.

Requests for media from the magazine are possible. Whatever you have ordered by 2pm can be found on the same day from 3pm in the pick-up shelf for lending. There the media will be available for you for 7 days.

Our databases, digital periodicals and online books are still available. If you need assistance in researching the databases, our expert advisors will be happy to help you via video conference.

Members of the TU Hamburg can access licensed e-media by searching our catalogue tub.find via VPN access or Shibboleth. For more information, please refer to Using e-media at home.

“Virtual Walk-In” Service
Similar to the Hamburg State and University Library, users registered with tub. who can normally only use our digital journals and e-books on site at the library can receive digital documents on request:

A large number of publishers now also temporarily offer free digital services.

 

Didn’t find what you were looking for?

  • Within the framework of interlibrary loan via the GBV it is again possible to order copies of articles and, from 1 June, also of books by users of the TUHH library. Deliveries to other libraries within the framework of inter-library loan through tub. will also be possible again.
    Nevertheless, this is still a limited inter-library loan operation, as not all potential supplier libraries offer the complete inter-library loan service (“COVID-19 emergency operation” within the scope of the GBV).
    From 1.6.2020: Copies of articles must be given out to users in printed form

Alternatives to the GBV-Online interlibrary loan service can be found under Looking for journal articles or contact us at bibliothek@tuhh.de with your request.

Open-Access-Research

To assist you in your search for Open Access documents, we have set up this overview with various Open Access search options.

And what else?

  • Registration for the use of the library takes place on site.
  • Borrowed media can currently be renewed up to eight times.
  • Short-term use of scanners is possible again.
  • You can read our supplementary house rules here.

 

This does not work for us at the moment:

  • Group study rooms / PC workstations: cannot be used.

Extended opening hours

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:

Hamburg Open Science Award 2020

The project “designing the digital cultural change” within the cross-university program Hamburg Open Science is announcing the

Hamburg Open Science Award 2020

The Hamburg Open Science Award will be awarded in 2020 for the first time, with each prize endowed with €5,000. Up to 5 prizes will be awarded. Submit your application by 16th October 2020. The awards will be announced in November 2020.

Openness is a central idea in the digitalization of science, and Open Science is the key to more interdisciplinary and international cooperation, linkages, transparency, credibility, and efficiency in science and scholarship. It also offers a range of potential opportunities for more participation, innovation, and knowledge transfer in the economy and society as a whole. The criteria for an application can be found at

 

The Program Hamburg Open Science supports researchers from Hamburg-based publicly funded universities in making their work open source and has therefore announced the first-ever Hamburg Open Science Award. The prize honors researchers who are particularly active in promoting openness in academia.

tub. receives “Open Library” Award

The Library of the Hamburg University of Technology (tub.) has been committed to openness in science and teaching for many years. For example, the projects Research Data Management, Modern Publishing and Research Information System are and have been initiated within the Hamburg Open Science (HOS) program, and open education has been initiated through the projects Open Academic Work and tub.torials as part of the Hamburg Open Online University (HOOU). The tub. was also involved in the openTUHH Policy for the promotion of digital cultural change at the university. The policy emerged from the HOOU and HOS projects at the TUHH.

These efforts have now been awarded with the Open Library Badge 2020. The award honors the commitment of libraries to more openness in science and society. We at the tub. support various openness movements (e.g. Open Science, Open Access, Open Education) out of conviction and are very pleased that our efforts have now been recognised with the Open Library Badge.

On the best practice pages of the award you can see which criteria we already meet today.

You can also find more information about our projects in the project overview.

Open Library Badge 2020

Searching in subject databases via video conference

Finding subject information - databases
Do you need current research literature on an important topic?
The research possibilities of Google Scholar are not enough for you?
You want to be more sure that you don’t miss anything?

For this purpose, the University Library (tub.) offers an important range of subject databases on the TUHH network. Databases important for the engineering and physical sciences such as Scopus, Web of Science or wti TEMA allow you to use specific search strategies.

You are a user of the tub. and study at another university or are a city user? And you unfortunately cannot use the computers in the reading rooms of the library due to the limited accessibility of the tub.?

Never mind, please feel free to make an appointment by e-mail with one of the tub.’s subject librarians! During a videoconference you can research together in specialist databases and receive the results by e-mail.

To prepare for the research procedure you are invited to watch this video (20 min., in German language!) from the bachelor seminar on “Academic Research and Writing” at TU Hamburg.

#BibAtHome

Working Places for TUHH students

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

More books online

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.

Textbooks

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.

#BibAtHome

Opening for loan starting April 27, 2020 3pm

To accompany the digital Semester in Hamburg, the libraries are allowed to offer their lending service in compliance with the official regulations. Therefore, the TUHH University Library (tub.) will open from April 27, 2020 on Monday to Friday from 3 pm to 9 pm for self-lending and return of media. We hope that these opening hours are better suited to the digital semester and are curious to see how you will accept these times. Continue reading

Open Access Publishing Services tub.

The empty campus of TUHH

 

The current corona situation shows how important free access to scientific information is. Therefore, the tub. offers services for open access publishing which are of course still available these days. We are working in the home office, sometimes with some restrictions, to further expand the offer.

Institutional Repository TORE TUHH Open Research
You can upload documents online to the TUHH Open Research repository at any time. This means that your publications are available worldwide without barriers! Please give us some time for the release of your documents. You are welcome to contact us at tore@tuhh.de.

Publication Fund
Submit an online application using the form if you want to publish an article in a pure Open Access journal. You can also contact us at openaccess@tuhh.de or find information on the funding guidelines here.

Personal Advice
Support on the various aspects of Open Access and scientific publishing can be found in the library.

Open Access search
Are you looking for Open Access documents? Here you will find a – continuously updated – overview of Open Access offerings, divided into three categories:

  • Open Access versions of paywall articles;
  • Purely Open Access publications;
  • preprint servers/open repositories.

#BibAtHome

Bachelor Seminar “Academic Research and Writing” digitally in Summer Semester 2020

lifecycle of scholarly communication

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.

As is probably the case for most of the courses of the non-technical offer (NTA) in complementary studies at the TUHH, registration in Stud.IP will probably be possible from April 10, 2020. After the registration phase there will be a “raffle” of places.

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!

#BibAtHome