For freshmen

New at the University or the Technical University?

Compiled for you: the most important information about the Central University Library (ZHB).

Where can I find the ZHB?

Building No. 60 on the university campus, right next to the student canteen and the main auditorium Audimax.

How do I register?

Registration takes place online via the registration form for students. Your library account will finally be activated in the loan department on the ground floor of our library, right opposite from the main entrance. Please bring your current student card and ID card with you.

Your student card will then be immediatelly activated for our services such as loans and others. The library number you find on the card under the barcode (starting with 0841...). To access your account and others you need a password as well. The six-digit password consists of your date of birth in the order DDMMYY. You can change it to your own using the "User account" button in our online catalog.

As a new user of the ZHB, you have to observe our "Terms of use" and the house rules . A copy of each is available in the loan department.

How long is my library card valid ?

Your student ID is now also your library card, valid for the current semester. At the beginning of each new semester, you must renew the validity once in order to continue using our services.

Simply come to the loan department and show us your new student ID.


Where do I find what?

On the ground floor you will find our textbook collection arranged in a classified order, the internet room, our computer PCs, the self-check station, the loan department and the information desk.

On the first floor you will find specialized literature in a classified order as well. On the second floor there is a selection of current journals stocks, bound volumes and unbound issues of the current year.

At the moment, due to Corona, the access to the 1. and 2. floor is limited to users of reserved workplaces (from monday to friday between 9.00 and 18.00 o'clock). If you just want to lend media from there during this time, please order them via our online catalog. The next day you can pick them up at the loan department.

The remaining journal volumes are stored in the closed stacks (basement). They can be ordered from there as well as other literature such as older media and doctoral theses.The ordered literature can then be picked up in the loan department.

Public toilets can be found on every floor, from the ground floor to the second floor.


Which books can be borrowed and which cannot ?

Most of our books and other media can be borrowed, with the exception of books with a red or yellow label on the spine (reference editions), unbound editions and the last five volumes of journals.

Most "non-loanable books" have the option of a short-term loan, one hour before the loan department closes, until the next  working day at 10 a.m. This can be a period over night or over the weekend or the holidays.

The normal loan period is 30 days. Please check your loans via the "user account" in our online catalog and extend the loan period here up to 8 times. If a book has been reserved by another user or reminder fees apply, it cannot be renewed.

If you need a book that has already been borrowed by someone else, you can reserve it via our catalog. As soon as the literature has arrived, you will usually be informed by email. A fee of  1,00 €  is charged for each reservation.

How to borrow ?

You can borrow books via our self-check station on the ground floor next to the information desk. During our service times you also can borrow or clarify questions at the loan department. Here you pick up ordered or reserved books as well. Anyway, just have your valid library card (student card) ready.

Further questions...

If you have any questions about literature research, media reservation, borrowing from the closed stacks, interlibrary loan, copying options, introductory courses in databases, use of study rooms or anything else, you are welcome to ask us at the information desk. At the beginning of the semester there are library tours for freshmen in which you can take part. Please look on our homepage for the appointments.

Finally, a few tips...

Bags and jackets can be taken into the library. Alternatively you can leave them, against a deposit of 1 Euro, in one of our remaining wardrobe cabinets in the entrance area.

It is not permitted to bring food and drinks in open cups or containers to the internal library area.

Please take care of your valuables in the building, do not leave them unattended.

In our internet room there is a printer for the students of the University, where you can print via free quota. There is unfortunatelly no more copying option in the library.