Server switchover- the library opens at 12 noon

A person walks into the librarie's entrance.

Update 15.02.2022, 14:30 pm: The server move is complete. Currently, normal operations have largely resumed.

Update 15.02.2022, 12:45 pm: Unfortunately, restrictions on use continue at present. The following services are currently not available: Reservation online, lending and return, pay machine.

On Tuesday, 15th February, the University Library will not open until 12 noon.
Due to the relocation of the entire library system to a new server, lending and catalogue functions will temporarily not be available. This also applies to the reservation of individual work desks.
Since operating system of the previous servers is no longer being developed further, continued use of the current system could lead to security and supply issues with the hardware and software in the long term. Therefore, a modernisation of the system became necessary.

With the opening at noon on 15.02.2022, all services are expected to be available as usual.

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.

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.

Workplaces and extended Library Opening from May 19

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 library beneath a blue sky

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):

COVID-19 Regulations starting January 22 2021

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.
Blocked off workstations in the upper reading room

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.

Opening Hours Lending & Return Servicepoint Information by Phone
Monday – Thursday 9am-9pm 9am-5pm
Friday 9am-9pm 9am-5pm
Sunday / Public Holiday

You can find out about other current COVID-19 regulations on the COVID-19 FAQs.