The library – our service in the current situation

Rules of behavior, loan periods, returning books, reservations, article order, external literature access and alternatives for interlibrary loans

Blick aus der Halle auf den Lesesaal

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Under strict conditions the students’ entrance is opened from Monday to Sunday between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Furthermore, our ServicePoint is occupied from Monday to Friday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Entering the library via the main entrance will still not be possible, because the library is closed for external users.

Rules of behavior

Every user of the library is obligated to wear a mask in movement areas (corridors, aisles, shelves, ServicePoint, sanitary facilities, printer rooms). At your workplace, you are allowed to take off your mask.

Group study rooms and relaxation room are closed. Printer, book scanner and PC-Pool (entry for maximum 9 persons) may still be used during the opening hours.

The current distance regulations (1.5 meters) have to be observed at any time.


Loan periods

Loan periods differ between

  • Books that were borrowed before May 1st 2020


  • Books that were borrowed after May 1st 2020

Loan periods for books that were borrowed before May 1st 2020 will be automatically extended until September 15th 2020 (as long as no other user made a reservation for them). Afterwards they cannot be extended again. There will also be no extension through the system. This means: the books have to be returned until September 15th 2020.

Loan periods for books that were borrowed after May 1st 2020 can be extended as usual.

Please check your account regularly. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Returning books and reservations

Members of THI can pick up their ordered or reserved books during our opening hours.

If you want to return your books out of opening hours, you can use the RFID-return-machine at the main entrance all around the clock.


Article order with library catalogue

From now on THI-members can order articles with the interlibrary loan in library catalogue (information - interlibrary loan) again.

The law about copyright and related property rights (copyright law) §60c scientific research needs to be considered.

External literature access

Trough library catalogue you have research options for media, the library provides, with every web-enabled device worldwide.
Our students can access an extensive amount of online books and journals (currently about 180,000 books and 35,000 journals in full text).
With EZproxy you have access to licensed media from home.  For authentication to EZproxy please use your network key. 
For research for deepened subject information you can access databases.


Alternative for interlibrary loans

In urgent cases external users can use the delivery service subito for a fee.

If you have further questions, you may write an email to