University Library

Provisions made during the partial closure of the University Library

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 informationspam

The loan period has expired

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.


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 am - 6:30 pm) 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.)

Dokument delivery

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 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.

Interlibrary loan

It is not yet possible to order books and articles not available in Tübingen via ILL: Many of the participating libraries remain closed.

Our digital collections

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 supportspam

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: 

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: 

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 ( 
  • Web of Science ( 
  • Business Source Premier, full text ( 
  • CINAHL ( 
  • Historical Abstracts, full text ( 
  • MLA, full text ( 
  • PsycArticles, full text ( 

Open access and freely available digital media

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: [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:

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:

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

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:

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 ( ). 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“)

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.


Problems accessing licensed collections

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

External users and online resources

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:

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 am-6:30 pm.

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.

Assisting you with setting up your online classes

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.. 

Decentralized departmental libraries

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.