University Library

The University Library is now open for a limited number of people.

Monday - Friday 8:30 am – 1 pm
  1:30 pm – 6:30 pm
  7 pm – 10 pm
Saturday, Sunday 10 am – 6 pm

Registered external users can also use the library from 29th June 2020 onwards.

Various booking systems are used to regulate access. Please reserve the desired time slot at least 5 hours in advance.

The University Library is only accessible using the barrier-free entrance to the main building where your access authorisation will be checked. At our checkpoint please state you name and present your university ID card (external users: library card). Please keep the required safety distance from others, if several people want to enter the building at the same time.

At the respective closing times, all library users will be asked to leave the building. Please follow this request immediately so that we can then close the building.

As our digital resources and services will continue to be available for you, please refrain from visiting the library if you can and make use of this offer to deal with your request.

Questions about visiting the University Library

What can I do from home?


I still have some question

You can reach us via WhatsApp +49 (0)1575-9087230 or by phone from Monday to Friday between 9 am and 4 pm under +49 7071 29-72846.

You can also send us your questions by e-mail: informationspam



Questions about visiting the University Library

Which safety rules apply when I enter the University Library?

The general rules of distance and hygiene apply:
access to the building is only allowed with a mask or other mouth and nose covering; please keep a distance of at least 2 meters to all people in the building; wash your hands regularly.

Please wear your  mouth-nose covering within all areas of the University Library. You are, however, allowed to take off the mouth-nose-covering as long as you are sitting at a work place.




Are all areas of the University Library accessible?

No, the following workspaces are currently not available: Waschhalle, group study rooms in the Ammerbau, Historical Reading Room (Bonatzbau), workstations in the passage from the main building to the Bonatzbau, seats in the foyer.

Please also note the barriers we have installed to secure the necessary distances in the areas of use.

External Users

You wish to visit the library?
We can now offer our registered, external users limited time slots to visit the library. (Longer time slots can now be booked for Saturdays and Sundays.) The access should primarily offer you the chance to borrow books or perform short literature searches.
Since the number of visitors in the building must still be limited, it is necessary to book a time slot for your visit (at least 5 hours beforehand). The University Library offers a special booking system for external users.

You will have to register before using the booking system for the first time. Please click on "Create a new user account" und enter your library card number under "Ausweisnummer". Please show your card at the entrance to the library to gain access.
We ask for your understanding that we offer only a few time slots at the moment.
Please note that books which are not available in the open access area must be ordered at least one day before your visit via the catalogue, so that they are available in time.

You only want to return books?
You can drop off your books inside the University Library's main entrance during the opening times without having to book a time slot. (Unfortunately no receipt of return can be issued.)


External Users - New registration

External users can apply for a library card by email. Please send scans of your completed user registration form and your identity card (front and back) or your passport with confirmation of registration from the Einwohnermeldeamt (no older than 6 weeks) to ortsleihespam

You can find the registration form here.

The library card has a one-time costs of 10 Euro. We will inform you of the payment modalities by e-mail.

After your application has been processed, you will receive your library card number by email which you can then use to register as a new user in the online booking system of the University Library. To do so, use the function "Create a new user account" which you can find below the Log in button and enter your card number in the field "Ausweisnummer".

You can then book a time slot for your stay at the University Library.

You will receive your library card on your first visit to the Issue Desk in the Ausleihzentrum by presenting the original documents. With the application for a user card you accept our library regulations (Benutzungsordnung).

Which services are available within the University Library?

You can borrow and return books, copy, scan or print files using the multifunctional printer/copiers provided and use our individual computer workstations.

Unfortunately, group work is not possible under the given circumstances. The group study rooms are therefore not available.

Where can I get information or other help in the University Library?

Please contact the staff at the service counters only, as we have installed hygiene barriers there. The counters in the Lending Center and in the Ammerbau are staffed throughout our opening hours.

Interlibrary loan

As of Friday, 26.06.2020, the University Library can once again accept interlibrary loan orders for books and copies of articles from all users.
For detailed information on the requirements, the procedure and the costs of interlibrary loan please see our information page.

Please note that to pick up an interlibrary loan order you have to reserve a time slot for your visit using our booking systems.

I would like to work in the Manuscript Reading Room or in the University Archives

You can make an individual appointment with the Manuscript Reading Room (handschriftenspam or the University Archives (uatspam Please send an e-mail in advance.

Registration via the booking system is not necessary.

Are the office hours of the Student Department at the Information Desk, the Genius Bar and other services still on offer?

No, unfortunately not at this time.

Is the “Raum der Stille” accessible?

As the passage to the Bonatzbau with its workspaces is currently closed, the Raum der Stille is not accessible at the moment.

I am dependent on a workspace in the UB because I cannot work at home due to family or other social reasons. Do I also have to register?

Please try first of all to book a time slot via the booking system. If all spaces are occupied, please contact us by email stating your reasons: informationspam

Is the cafeteria open again?

No, the canteens and cafeterias will remain closed for the time being.

What can I do from home?

Termination of enrollment

In order to terminate your enrollment, you need confirmation from the University Library stating that you no longer have any library items checked out and also no outstanding fees. You can find the form here. Please send the completed and signed form to ausleihzentrumspam Should you not have access to a scanner, you can also send a good quality photograph of the signed form to the above address. If you still have any items checked out, please return them to the mail room at the University Library (Monday-Friday, 8:30-12:30) or send them by post to: 

Universitätsbibliothek Tübingen 
Wilhelmstr. 32 
72074 Tübingen 

Please pay any outstanding fees via bank transfer. You can find our account information here

We will then close your library account and forward your form to the student administration office. 

Acquisition requests

We will check whether items you urgently need can be obtained as e-books and will accept acquisition requests we receive when you use the form on our homepage. 

Many older scientific publications and historical collections may already be available online and can be found through the Karlsruhe Virtual Catalog (KVK). (Restrict your search by ticking the "Digital media only" box.)

Document delivery

We still want to provide you with access to the print version of articles from journals and edited volumes, even while the library is only offering limited services. For information on access options see our page on document delivery options.

We are also expanding our delivery services: 

  • Effective immediately, the “Tübinger Aufsatzdienst (TAD)” --our electronic delivery service for journal articles for which there is only a printed copy in Tübingen-- is now also available to students. You can submit your scanning request for journal articles via the catalogue, using your university email address when you order.

  • If you need an article from an edited volume, you can send your request via email to magazinspam Your message must include: title, author(s) and page numbers of the article as well as the title and the call number of the volume in which it was published. Please understand that we have to set a limit of 50 pages and one article per volume for these requests.

Please note: we have no access to the holdings of the specialist libraries. Please contact the colleagues there directly if you need anything.

Before sending the scan order, please check whether or not the journal or the anthology is already available electronically in our Catalog plus. Unfortunately, we have to decline scan orders for articles available online. If you have any questions regarding searching for journals and other media in the Catalog plus, please contact informationspam We will be happy to help.

Current Contents

You wish to keep up to date with the content of important journals? Use the "electronic current contents service" Paperboy (Platform language is German) for contents in the subjects Law, Economics, Sports Science, Classical Philology, Physics (will be expanded).

Access to our digital collections

Within the entire campus network (university workstations, wi-fi) you have unrestricted access to our licensed digital resources. 

If you need access from outside campus, you have to set up VPN (Virtual Private Network) access. Information on setting up a VPN connection to the university network can be found on the pages of the ZDV. The best way of setting up VPN access is through your operating system’s integrated tools. In case VPN acccess does not work, many publishers also provide access via Shibboleth. Usually, publishers clearly mark this option on their webpages with links such as “Log in via Shibboleth” or “Institutional Login.” 

Should you encounter any problems with setting up VPN access, please contact the ZDV support team at supportspam

You can search our digital collections using our Catalog plus and other systems (EZB  for finding electronic journals and DBIS for discovering subject-specific databases). If you are searching in Catalog plus, use the function “Narrow Search” and select “Online Resource” under “Types of Media.” During the Corona crisis, some publishers are also offering additional online resources. You can find the current list here.

Open access and freely available digital media

There are many freely available scholarly publications and digitized cultural resources listed in our Catalog plus.

Further research possibilities are:
Karlsruhe Virtual Catalogue (KVK) [limit your search to the category "Digital media only"]:

BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine) offers indexed documents (over 150 million from more than 7,000 sources), 60% of which are freely accessible: [see language choice top right]

The Open Access Button, a free tool which sources BASE among other resources (all of the aggregated repositories in the world, hybrid articles, open access journals, and those on authors' personal pages) allows you to legally and freely read millions of articles:

DBIS [Choose your subject from the "Fachübersicht" on the left of the page]

According to Subject:

Open educational resources from and for universities are available in the Central Open Educational Resources Repository (ZOERR):

If you have any questions regarding resources in the respective subject areas, please contact one of our subject specialists:
Subject Specialists:

Subjects and fields of interest:

For information on the University Library's Open Access services, please visit our "Publishing" section.

Offers from publishers

Problems accessing licensed collections

Should you encounter any difficulties accessing our online licensed collections, please email us at emedienspam

External users and online resources

Library users who do not belong to the university (external users) can reserve a time slot to visit the library again from 29th June 2020 onwards and once again have access to our electronic media in the library.

You can still access freely available journals outwith the library by using the EZB. The available journals are marked with a green traffic light.

In addition, some publishers are making parts of their publications freely available during the Corona crisis. You can find a list of these contents marked "frei im Web" here:

Publishing dissertations

Dissertations can still be published. You can hand in your dissertation and supporting documents for the online publication process without any personal contact at the University Library's mail room, Monday to Friday from 8:30 - 12:30.

You may also send these by normal post:

Universitätsbibliothek Tübingen 
IT-Abt. – Publikations- und eLearningdienste (P&E) 
Wilhelmstr. 32 
72074 Tübingen 

If you have questions regarding dissertations and online publications, please email us at edl-publspam

Workshops / Tours

Since we are currently unable to offer our regular tours and workshops, we are providing you with opportunities for learning online about selected topics. We are still working on adding to the list. This semester, you can also sign up for our online class “Informationskompetenz Online” (IK Online). The class is taught in German and covers topics such as searching for and evaluating information, citation management and information security. If you pass, you can earn 3 ECTS-points. For more information on IK Online see here

You can find information on using ILIAS here.

Decentralized libraries at the university

Together with the University Library, individual, decentralized libraries (faculty, institute and seminar libraries) of the University of Tübingen have also re-opened. Further specialist libraries will gradually follow.
The libraries provide information on access modalities such as changed opening hours, registration requirements or hygiene rules on their own websites. Please check these requirements in good time before you visit the library.

Those libraries which have not yet reopened will continue to offer special services such as scanning services or emergency loans. Please also inform yourself about this on the websites of the libraries.