Who we are

Facts and figures

Foundation:

The library was founded in 1970 at the same time as the reestablished university. Until 1977, it was housed in the rooms of what is now the Polytechnic at Schneidershof. It was gradually transferred to its present location at Tarforst. The move was finished in 1983. From 2002 until 2007, the whole building was entirely renovated.

Dimensions:

20.191 m² in five interconnected buildings and a supplementary reading room, opened in 2006. Capacity of 61.026 shelf meters. There are 1359 seats for readers.

Opening hours:

95 hours per week: Monday to Friday 8 - 24, Saturday 8 - 19, Sunday 11 - 15. The library is closed on public holidays.

Library staff: 89.5

Budget (2019):

1.490.892 € for book acquisition and bindings, 103.953 € for other projects.

Holdings (February 2020):

2.483.699 media units: 1.364.532 monographs, 355.883 volumes of periodicals, 162.181 Microforms and 601.103 e-books. The library also owns 803 papyri and a collection of Japanese and Chinese woodcuts.

Annual accession (2019):

11.508 monographs, 2.953 volumes of periodicals, 15 microforms and 59.105 e-books. The library subscribes to 2.347 journals and 17 newspapers.

Use (2019):

9.134 active users, 190.012 loans (without renewals), 12.147 reservations. 13.608 items delivered by interlibrary loan.