The university library is open for a restricted number of people Monday-Friday from 8:30 am - 1 pm, from 2 pm – 6:30 pm and also from 7 – 10 pm.
For the time being, use of the library is reserved for members of the university (students, scientists, employees).
Please take note of the information regarding the restricted use of the University Library.
As our digital resources and services will continue to be available for you, please refrain from visiting the library if you can and use our digital services to deal with your request. (Please see below.)
Who can I contact if I have questions?
You can contact us via WhatsApp at +49 (0)1575-9087230 or by phone (Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at +49 (0)7071 29-72846. We also welcome your questions via email at information. @ub.uni-tuebingen.de
Renew your items online using the renewal function on offer under Mein Konto.
Borrowed books can now be returned at the University Library’s mail room Mon-Fri from 8:30 am-6:30 pm, without any personal contact and without having to reserve a time slot via the Booking System to do this.
Follow the signs at the library’s entrance to find the way to the mail room.
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 ausleihzentrum. 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 @ub.uni-tuebingen.demail room at the University Library (Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 6:30 pm) or send them by post to:
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.
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.)
We still want to provide you with access to the print version of articles from journals and edited volumes, even if the library is closed. For information on access options see our page on document delivery options. Please note that the first option (interlibrary loan) is currently unavailable (see next item).
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 magazin. 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. @ub.uni-tuebingen.de
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 information. We will be happy to help. @ub.uni-tuebingen.de
It is not yet possible to order books and articles not available in Tübingen via ILL: Many of the participating libraries remain closed.
Within the university 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. For information on how to set up a VPN connection please visit the respective ZDV page. 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 these options 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 support. @zdv.uni-tuebingen.de
You can search our digital collections using our catalogue 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.
All available e-books are listed in and can be found through our Katalog plus.
Our collection of e-books is extensive; however, it is spread among many different publishers and platforms. If you find a title for which we don’t provide an access option, please check the catalogue first to see whether we have a license. We currently have licensed all or a substantial part of the e-book collections on the following platforms:
- Wiley (complete collection except for textbooks): https://www.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/
- UTB Studi-E-Books (complete collection): https://www.utb-studi-e-book.de/
- Duncker & Humblot E-Library (complete selection): https://elibrary.duncker-humblot.com/
- O’Reilly for Higher Education (complete collection):
- IOP Science (complete collection): https://iopscience.iop.org/
- EBSCO eBook Academic Collection (extensive e-book collection from various publishers):
- ProQuest Ebook Central (extensive e-book collection from various publishers)): https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/unitueb/home.action
- Springer Nature (all current German and many English e-books): https://link.springer.com/
- Thieme eRef (partial collection, with a focus on textbooks): https://eref.thieme.de/
- Nomos E-Library (partial collection, with a focus on law including selected textbooks):
- Cambridge University Press (partial collection): https://www.cambridge.org/core
- De Gruyter (partial collection): https://www.degruyter.com/
We have licensed e-books from many other providers; however, those licenses only include small portions of their collections. We therefore suggest that you always use Catalog plus to search for e-books.
Licensed e-journals are listed in Catalog plus as well as the Electronic Journals Library (EZB).
We have licensed major parts of the e-journal collections on the following platforms:
- Springer Nature: https://link.springer.com/
- Wiley: https://www.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/
- Oxford University Press: https://academic.oup.com/journals/
- Cambridge University Press: https://www.cambridge.org/core
- Elsevier (until the end of 2017): https://www.sciencedirect.com/
- JSTOR (some collections): https://www.jstor.org/
To search the catalogues of smaller publishers or individual journal subscriptions we recommend using the Electronic Journals Library.
All available databases are listed in the database information system (DBIS). In most cases, accessing databases is possible via VPN. Since 31st March 2020 the database “Beck-Online” is also available via VPN, but requires an additional free personal registration. For access without a university IP address the 2-factor authentication must be set up beforehand. More information on this can be found in the corresponding DBIS entry. Access to the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung" is now possible via Shibboleth.
Here are some databases that you access from home using VPN:
- Academic Search Premier, full text (http://dbis.uni-regensburg.de/frontdoor.php?titel_id=1372&bib_id=ubtue)
- Web of Science (http://dbis.uni-regensburg.de/frontdoor.php?titel_id=3366&bib_id=ubtue)
- Business Source Premier, full text (http://dbis.uni-regensburg.de/frontdoor.php?titel_id=1333&bib_id=ubtue)
- CINAHL (http://dbis.uni-regensburg.de/frontdoor.php?titel_id=7636&bib_id=ubtue)
- Historical Abstracts, full text (http://dbis.uni-regensburg.de/frontdoor.php?titel_id=9777&bib_id=ubtue)
- MLA, full text (http://dbis.uni-regensburg.de/frontdoor.php?titel_id=102866=&bib_id=ubtue)
- PsycArticles, full text (http://dbis.uni-regensburg.de/frontdoor.php?titel_id=303&bib_id=ubtue)
The Open Access movement, which is also supported by libraries, has for many years ensured an increasing proportion of freely available scientific publications and digitised cultural resources. Many of these documents can be found in our Catalog plus, but by far not all of them, depending on the type of literature. The Karlsruhe Virtual Catalogue (KVK) offers a good search option if you limit your search to the category "Digital media only".
The documents indexed in BASE (Bielefeld Academic Search Engine), more than 150 million from over 7,000 sources, can be found in our Catalog plus, 60% of which are freely accessible. You can also directly access this search engine for scientific web documents:
BASE: https://www.base-search.net [language choice top right]
The Open Access Button, a free tool which sources BASE among other resource (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:
Open Access Button: https://openaccessbutton.org/
Other good places to start are the often freely available subject portals, which indicate open access literature for specific disciplines. Choose your subject from the "Fachübersicht" on the left of the DataBase Information System page:
A list of the permanently open access e-journals can be found alphabetically or listed by subject area in the Electronic Journals Library (EZB):
According to Subject: http://ezb.uni-regensburg.de/ezeit/fl.phtml?bibid=UBTUE&colors=1&lang=en
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: https://uni-tuebingen.de/de/378#c539387
Subjects and fields of interest: https://uni-tuebingen.de/de/383
For information on the University Library's Open Access services, please visit our "Publishing" section:
In light of the current situation, many publishers have agreed to make some of their online services available free of charge for a limited period of time. This means that many more titles are available to you in addition to the e-books and e-journals listed in our catalogue.
You can find a centralized listing of these offers on the page "bibs vs. virus", where the products can be sorted according to subjects: https://go.ur.de/corbib
This new platform is cooperatively maintained and regularly updated by libraries from German-speaking countries.
Those marked with "frei im Web" can also be used from outside the Tübingen University network.
Those marked with the note "erweitertes Angebot bei vorhandener Lizenz" (extended offer together with existing licence) can only be accessed from the university network (incl. VPN) or via Shibboleth.
Offers which are restricted to the campus network are usually only activated upon request by the library. The following is a list of products we have already successfully applied for.
If you should come across a free publisher's offer that is not yet available, please contact us by email ( firstname.lastname@example.org ). We will then contact the publisher.
Archaeopress (till 31.07.)
Access to all Archaeopress contents
(To obtain access click on the link „Continue to browse all digital downloads available through your account“)
Bloomsbury (till 31.05.)
Bloomsbury guarantees free access to the following collections:
Arcadian Library Online
Bloomsbury Cultural History
Bloomsbury Design Library
Bloomsbury Education and Childhood Studies
Bloomsbury Medieval Studies
Human Kinetics Library
Theology & Religion Online
Brepols (till 30.06.)
Free access to the online archive of many journals (all issues up until those from 2011) and to all e-books published up until 2017
Our usual access to Brepols databases is limited to 3 simultaneous users. Access is now unlimited during this time.
Cambridge University Press (till 30.06.)
Access to all volumes of the Cambridge Companions
Access to all volumes of the Cambridge Histories
Access to all volumes of the Cambridge Elements
Access to all textbooks
De Gruyter (till 30.06)
More than 75,000 e-books (Titles published up until 2016) are accessible on the de Gruyter website.
Please note: Full texts from the following publishers will be available im May: University of Chicago Press, University of California Press and Yale University Press.
Deutscher Apotheker Verlag (till 30.06.)
Free access to over 30 textbooks in the field of pharmacy (from the publishers Deutscher Apotheker Verlag, Wissenschaftliche Verlagsgesellschaft und S. Hirzel Verlag)
Academic Search Ultimate (till 31.07.)
Multi-disciplinary full text journals database
Business Source Ultimate (till 31.07.)
Full text journals database on the subject of economcis
eBook Business Collection (till 30.06.)
18,000 ebooks on operations research
eBook BusinessCore (till 30.06.)
9,000 ebooks on business management, sales and marketing, human resources, finance and project management
eBook Clinical Collection (till 30.06.)
3,500 ebooks from the field of medicine and nursing
eBook Community College Collection (till 30.06.)
Multi-disciplinary database with over 60,000 ebooks on agriculture, economics, education, humanities, language and literature, literary criticism, medicine, political science, social sciences and technology
eBook Education Collection (till 30.06.)
4,000 ebooks in the subject of education
eBook EngineeringCore (till 30.06.)
6,000 ebooks on engineering topics
eBook History Collection (till 30.06.)
16,000 ebooks on the science of history
eBook ITCore (till 30.06.)
3,500 ebooks on the topics of computer science
eBook Nursing Collection (till 30.06.)
600 ebooks from the field of nursing sciences
eBook Psychology Collection (till 30.06.)
550 ebooks in the subject of psychology
eBook Religion Collection (till 30.06.)
8,000 ebooks on religious topics
Free access to 265 textbooks on the ScienceDirect platform till 15.06. The list of accessible textbooks (including the link to the full text) can be found in the section "Textbooks" as an Excel spreadsheet to download
Elsevier Ebooks: ClinicalKey Student (till 30.06)
Elsevier offers free access to a large number of medical textbooks (medical and nursing topics) till 30.06. Access is via the platform "ClinicalKey Student" and an active Elsevier account is required for this access. Instructions on how to do this can be found here:
Please note: You will no longer be able to access your created notes and flashcards after the test access has expired!
Elsevier E-Books: German Medical Collection 2008-2020 (until 31.07.)
Free access to the German medical ebooks on Science Direct. The titles and URLs of the accessible ebooks are included in the following Excel list:
Elsevier E-Journals: Medical Collection (till 30.06)
Elsevier has made the contents of more than 700 medical journals (e.g. Lancet) freely available till 30.06. Access is via the usual routes (PubMed, etc.) or directly via Science Direct: https://www.sciencedirect.com
Erich Schmidt Verlag (till 30.06.)
Access to all e-journals
JoVE Science Education (till 15.06.)
Access to all of the video resources in „Science Education“
JSTOR (till 30.06.)
All e-journals are freely accessible, as well as some e-books. JSTOR plans to gradually increase the number od e-books
List of contributing e-book publishers:
Liverpool University Press (till 30.06)
Free test access to volumes 1 - 20 and 23 - 52 in the collection "Translated Texts for Historians".
Loeb Classical Library (till 30.06.)
Complete access to the Loeb Classical Library
MIT Press (till 30.06.)
Access to all ebooks from MIT Press
Offer has lapsed - Nomos E-Library (till 19.04.)
All contents to be found in the E-Library (e-journals, e-books, text books) are accessible
Many university publishing houses now provide free access to their e-books and e-journals via this platform.
This offer of free access will expire at different times according to the publisher.
Sage (till 04.07.)
Access to the following collections:
SciFinder / SciFinder-n
If you have already registered and have a SciFinder user account it is now possible to access these resources while outside the university network. New user accounts can, however, only be set up within the university network (also via VPN):
Franz Steiner Verlag (till 30.06.)
Free access to textbooks is available. The list of accessible textbooks (including the link to the full text) can be found here:
Taylor & Francis (till 30.06.)
Free Access to all T&F ebooks. (No PDF download is available.)
Offer has lapsed - Tectum E-Library (till 19.04.)
All contents are freely available
Thieme (bis 30.06.)
Access to all textbooks on the eRef platform
University of Michigan Press (till 30.06.)
All e-books are freely accessible
Offer has lapsed - Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht (till 19.04.)
All contents (e-books & e-journals) are available
Visual History Archive (bis 31.07.)
The Visual History Archive is a video archive consisting of interviews with victims and witnesses of genocide. Click on “Continue as a guest” to gain access.
Wolters Kluwer (till 30.06.)
Access to over 2,700 ebooks
(If problems occur while retrieving the PDF files, please deactivate the pop-up blocker for this page in your browser)
Access to the full texts of 5 journals
Free information concerning Covid-2019
A comprehensive overview of the resources made available free of charge, especially on the subject of Covid-2019, can be found on the website of the International Association of STM Publishers
Unfortunately, users who have a user ID card but are not a member of the university (external users), have no access to our online resources while the University Library is closed to external users.
You can still access freely available journals 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:
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 am-6:30 pm.
You may also send these by normal post:
IT-Abt. – Publikations- und eLearningdienste (P&E)
If you have questions regarding dissertations and online publications, please email us at edl-publ. @ub.uni-tuebingen.de
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.
The university library, the Zentrum für Datenverarbeitung (the university's central IT department), Division III – Academic Affairs and other partners are collaborating to offer you the support package “Online Teaching Summer Term 2020.”
In this package, you can find information on class formats, tools, and support services that will help you with successfully switching from teaching face-to-face to teaching online. The package is a work-in-progress and new content is added on a daily basis..
All decentralized departmental libraries at the university are closed. If local conditions permit, individual libraries will provide an emergency lending service for certain user groups as well as in cases of hardship, they provide more information on their websites and by posting notices.