University Library

New local libray users

Pupils and residents from Baden-Württemberg are also welcome to join us!
Due to the Corona pandemic and the general distance and hygiene rules general distance and hygiene rules, we can currently offer our services only limited. Therefore, we have compiled most important information on this page.

You can also find more information on our FAQ page.

Library Card

External users and pupils can obtain a library card if they have a residence in Baden-Württemberg.

  • More information regarding the creation of the ID cards.

Catalog plus

Within Catalog plus Books & more you can find almost all media that the University Library has in its stock. Select the media to determine the location and the Signature (= book number) of the desired work under Availability.

Under the tab Articles & more you will get electronic articles and essays related to your search terms.

In addition, there are other special catalogues.

Borrowing and Returning

You can check out books yourself using our self-checkout stations in the Lending Center (Ausleihzentrum).  Just follow the steps on the screen. You just need your library card. For returning the items, you take them to the return station (Rückgabe) in the Lending Center. You don't need your library card for this. Just follow the steps on the screen. Outside opening hours, you can drop off media in the return box near the main entrance.

If you have an further questions ask a staff member in the Lending Center.

Loan period and fines

You can borrow books for 28 days. Using your online library account, you can extend the lending period: Log in at "My account“ with your university login ID (e.g., zxy...) and then select → ”Display or renew checked out item
You may renew your items as often as you like. However, the maximum lending period is 4 x 28 (112) days.
If another user has reserved your book you will not be able to renew it.

Access your library account to:

  • check the due date of your items
  • see any reservations placed by other users
  • renew your items

If you fail to return a book on or before the due date you have to pay a fine which can be paid in person at the Issue Desk in the main building or via bank transfer.

Campus Morgenstelle

The library branches auf der Morgenstelle provide literature for the natural sciences.

Campus Morgenstelle has the following libraries:

Location of the books in Wilhelmstr.

A short overview of media locations in the university library:

  • Open access shelves in the Ammerbau: Books are shelved in numerical order according to the book’s shelf mark (call number). Items in this area can be taken from the shelves and checked out using the self-checkout stations next to the Issue Desk (Ausleihzentrum).
  • Closed stacks:
    Items marked in the library catalogue with the location “stacks” must be ordered, as they are stored in a closed off area. Ordered items can usually be picked up the next day from self-service collection shelves in the area adjacent to the Issue Desk and checked out. Some items may have lending restrictions and may only be used within the Ammerbau or the Manuscript Reading Room (Handschriftenlesesaal).
  • Textbook collection (Lehrbuchsammlung)
    You can find important textbooks from each field of study at the university in the area adjacent to and in the gallery above the Issue Desk. They are shelved according to their subject area and call number and can be taken home.
  • Non-circulating collections in the Ammerbau on floor 3. Important reference books, specialized bibliographies and text books which are shelved according to subject area. You can only work with these items within our library.
  • Manuscript Reading Room (Handschriftenlesessaal in the Bonatzbau):
    These items cannot be borrowed. Copying is usually permitted.

Working spaces

There are individual working spaces as well as group working spaces in all buildings. Due to current clearance and hygiene regulations, the following work areas are currently not available: group workrooms in the Ammerbau, work spaces between Main Building and Bonatzbau.

Please pay attention to the general distance and hygiene rules as well as the barriers we have put in place to ensure spacing in the areas of use.

Vacant work spaces can be best found throught our Arbeitsplätze Seatfinder.

You can store your valuables in our lockers (daily and permanent lockers) on the ground floor of the Main Building.

Scientific research

You can use the green marked internet workstations in the main building and in the Ammerbau to research scientifically on the internet and in databases as well as accessing our licensed e-media for a limited time every day.


Copying, printing und scanning

There are numerous network printers in the University Library that can also be used as copiers or scanners. There are both color and black-and-white multifunction devices in the main building (Hauptgebäude), in Ammerbau and in Waschhalle.