University Library


Program for schools suspended due to Corona restrictions

The hygiene concept of the University of Tübingen during the pandemic mandates compliance with the safety distance of 1.5 m. We cannot guarantee this safety distance in the class rooms we have available school classes. In addition, access to university buildings by persons not affiliated with the university must be kept to an absolute minimum.

Unfortunately, we cannot offer guided tours for school students under these circumstances for the time being.

So that schools don't miss out on the services of the University Library, you will find alternatives to our tours and more information on how to use the library below.

Guided tours

Due to the corona pandemic, we cannot offer any guided tours through the University Library. However, you can enjoy a short video walk-through of the University Library in German.

Online module for school students

Our online module for school students (in German) provides guidance in researching for presentations, papers or final projects.

Library card

To use the full range of services offered by the library, you need a library card. External users and school stundents can obtain a card as long as they are residents of Baden-Württemberg.

Catalog plus

You can discover most of the library’s media under Books & more in the Catalog plus. If you find an item in Catalog plus that you would like to borrow, please take a note of the book’s call number and location (in Holdings Info).

Most online articles and essays can be found through the tap Articles&more.

There are also several specialized catalogs.

Borrowing and returning

You can check out books yourself using our self-checkout stations in the Lending Center (Ausleihzentrum).  Just follow the on-screen instructions. You just need your library card. To return 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 on-screen instructions. Outside opening hours, you can drop off media in the return box near the main entrance.

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

Loan period and renewal

The loan period for books is 28 days (for reading room loans and periodicals 14 days). The loan period can be extended via the catalog (section "My account").
You log in to the catalog plus with your ID number without dots, but with the 0 at the end, and enter your password.

Loan period extensions may be made up to a maximum of 4 x 28 days. Extensions are not possible if someone else needs the book and has placed a hold via the catalog.

You can see the end of the loan period and any reservations entered in Catalog plus - My account.

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 desk in the lending center or via bank transfer.

Campus Morgenstelle

The University Libary’s branches at Morgenstelle provide literature for the natural sciences as part of the the University Library.

These branch libraries are:

Book locations in Wilhelmstr.

A short overview of media locations in the University Library:

  • Open stacks: 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 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. The items you order can be picked up the next day from self-service collection shelves in the area adjacent to the Lending Center 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 Lending Center 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 inside the library.
  • Manuscript Reading Room (Handschriftenlesessaal in the Bonatzbau):
    These items cannot be borrowed. Copying is usually permitted.




There are quiet learning areas and group working spaces within the library. Due to the current hygiene concept and social distancing rules, some areas may not be available: currently, the group rooms in the Ammerbau and historic reading room (Historischer Lesesaal im Bonatzbau) are closed.

You can find available seats by using our Seatfinder.

Please pay attention to our hygiene concept and social distancing rules as well as the measures that we have taken to ensure proper distancing in the open areas.

You can store your valuables in our lockers (daily and permanent lockers).


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

Copying, printing and scanning

The University Library provides numerous network printers (both color and black-and-white) in the University Library that also serve as copiers and scanners. You can find them in the main building (Hauptgebäude), in Ammerbau and in Waschhalle.


Do you need professional literature search support? Or want help with citation management software? Then you are welcome to contact us.

Offers of the student advisory service

The university's Central Student Advisory Service has put together a special offer to ease the transition from school to university.