First semester library tours and information literacy training

As of now, all of the Library’s information literacy training is 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).

In addition, two tutorials offer information on how to use the Library from home (as of January 4, 2021) and how to find your way through the Library's research portal, TRiCAT (as of November 2, 2020), respectively.

Corona: Library Status Updates

Emergency access to library resources

Since January 4, 2021, Trier University Library is open for borrowing and returning items only.

However, the Library has set up a number of emergency services and special arrangements in order to ensure the access to necessary resources.


Access to and borrowing of printed books

Printed books can be ordered for borrowing via the reservation (“Vormerkung”) button in TRiCAT. The same procedure applies to short-term loans, whose loan periods have been temporarily extended to one week.

Users will be notified as soon as the books are ready to be picked up at the Library’s central circulation desk (Zentralschalter).

Specifically for this purpose, the Library will be open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.



All borrowed items are to be returned in the central library building (Bibliothekszentrale).

Specifically for this purpose, the Library will be open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Interlibrary loans: article copies

Since January 25 and presumably until March 31, 2021, interlibrary loans on articles are again delivered electronically. Germany’s relevant institution, the VG Wort, has agreed to this temporary exception to copyright regulations which officially stipulate their delivery in print form. Users will be sent a download link by email as soon as the Library has received the desired item.


Scan service for university members

Printed materials held by the Library that are currently unavailable for lending may be scanned by library staff and emailed to university members on demand. This service applies to book sections (max. 15 % of an item) as well as articles from printed journals or collections. Orders are processed from Monday to Friday. For copyright reasons, the service is limited to the said materials only.

Please note that due to limited personnel capacity, the material to be scanned

  • must not exceed 15 percent of an item, but with a maximum of
  • 30 pages per order
  • and 5 orders per person and day

To order articles, please use our online form.

For any questions please contact your respective subject librarian.



The scanning devices in the Library’s reading rooms are currently unavailable. Most mobile devices, however, offer easy-to-use and efficient scanning features. Various scanning apps for iOS and Android are to be found free of charge in all app stores.


Electronic resources

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

Electronic resources licensed by the Library ensure a remote access to relevant materials regardless of the shutdown. Please consult our DBIS and EZB sites for databases, e-journals, and other accessible resources.

Suggestions for ordering electronic resources may be sent to Dr. Schwalbach or Ms. Stemmler.


Electronic course readings (Elektronische Semesterapparate)

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.


How to search for and access resources from home …

… as well as other things worth knowing are explained in detail in our respective tutorial.



For any questions, please contact our reference staff by email or phone (Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 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.