First semester library tours and information literacy training

Due to the Library’s temporary shutdown and government corona regulations, no freshmen library tours could be offered in Summer Semester 2020. Instead, the Library provided necessary information via these online tutorials (in German).

However, if the corona situation in Winter Semester 2020/21 allows a return to on-site training, the Library intends to offer subject-specific freshmen tours beginning November 2, 2020. Detailed information on schedules and registration will be found in due course on the Library’s news page and your department’s orientation day.

All of the Library’s information literacy training is so far conducted within the framework of the respective departments’s beginner’s courses. For any questions or individual consultations please contact our subject librarians. The respective contact persons may be found on our “subject-specific information” site (Fachspezifische Informationen).

Corona: Library Status Updates

Since July 13, 2020, Trier University Library has been reopened on both campuses, providing access to all reading rooms. However, distancing and hygiene rules must be observed, and mouth nose covers must be worn at all times except when seated at a designated working desk. In addition, some special arrangements continue to be in place.

Loan periods

As of 13 July, lending conditions have returned to normal. The reading room collections of Classical Archaeology and Art History have returned to “non-lendable” status.

Short-term loans: The original loan periods (overnight and weekends) have been reinstated. Lending times: Monday to Thursday: Campus I  after 7 p. m., Campus II after 4 p. m. Friday and before holidays: throughout opening time.  

In case you are unable to return borrowed media in person, you may mail them to Universitätsbibliothek Trier – Ortsleihe –, Universitätsring 15, 54296 Trier. For any questions concerning the return of borrowed media please contact our complaint manager (Reklamationsstelle).

Guest cards

Guest cards can again be applied for. Please fill in the application form  prior to visiting the Library. See also our information on guest cards.

When in the Library, please pay the card production fee at our TUKAN pay machine first, then hand in your receipt together with your application form at the Library’s central circulation desk.


A new overhead scanner is available in each reading room, as the scanning room (BZ 2c) has not yet been released for use again. The microform scanner is temporarily located in room BZ 2b and can be used there.

Copiers / printers

The multifunctional devices (MFG) provided by ZIMK (albeit in reduced numbers) are open for use again (see also the ZIMK's information on mobile printing).

Interlibrary loans

Trier University Library has resumed offering Interlibrary loan services (ILL) for books and articles in German libraries. Please note that ILLs on articles ordered from June 1, 2020 on can only be handed out in printed form. To login, please click here.

International interlibrary lending is again possible, but restrictions may still apply in individual cases.

Access to printed articles

Printed articles from journals and collections held by the Library may be scanned by library staff and emailed to staff and students of Trier University on demand. For copyright reasons, this service is indeed limited to articles and papers.

To order articles, please use our online form.

Electronic resources

Many electronic resources are accessible to members of the University from home. Please find further information on our check list.

Also, please consult our overview, continually updated, of new databases, e-journals, and other resources available during the corona crisis.

To order electronic resources, please contact Dr. Schwalbach or Ms. Stemmler.

Electronic course readings (Elektronische Semesterapparate)

During the current crisis, electronic course readings have become indispensable for providing students with necessary course materials. By following this link (and filling in our online order form) you may have your materials scanned by library staff and uploaded directly into your Stud.IP course file.

Media acquisition

Media acquisition has returned to normal. Suggestions may be sent to the respective subject librarian.


For any questions, please contact our reference staff, preferably by email. You may also reach us by chat (via the “live support ONLINE“ button on the Library’s homepage) or by phone (Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on 0651-201-2420).

Copyright issues in Digital Teaching

For copyright and licensing questions related to Digital Teaching, please consult the University’s information site. The handling of Creative Commons licenses is explained in an information sheet issued by the Library.