FAQ on restrictions and possibilities for the use of the TIB during the Corona crisis

In the following, we answer important questions in connection with the TIB's services, which continue to be restricted as a result of the COVID 19 pandemic. The measures are limited in time and are regularly adapted to the situation. Background information can be found in the FAQ "Why is TIB restricting its services?"

This page is updated regularly. Status: 10 June 2021

Due to the still valid regulations on infection protection, the use of the library on site is still restricted. Opening hours are still reduced and the number of workstations released in the reading rooms is significantly lower than in normal operation.

An overview of the opening hours from 14 June 2021:

Please note that the service hours of the various sites vary from the opening hours.

Patents and Standards Reading Room (PIN) and TIB Rethen site are closed until further notice. Archive use possible by appointment.

Access to the reading rooms

From 14 June 2021, the reading rooms at the TIB Technik/Naturwissenschaften (Science/Technology) and TIB Conti-Campus and the TIB Sozialwissenschaften (Social Sciences) sites, will once again be accessible to all users during the entire opening hours.

To contain the COVID 19 pandemic, numerous regulations have been in place since March 2020, which also apply to the TIB. For the state of Lower Saxony in general, the "Niedersächsische Verordnung über infektionsschützende Maßnahmen gegen die Ausbreitung des Corona-Virus" is binding, which among other things formulates distance and hygiene requirements. The ordinance is updated in part at weekly intervals; the valid version can be found at https://www.niedersachsen.de/Coronavirus/vorschriften-der-landesregierung-185856.html. Further requirements, including the interpretation of the regulation, by the Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture (MWk) must also be observed. This results, for example, in a reduced number of available workplaces in the TIB reading rooms.

Further restrictions result from the SARS-CoV-2 occupational safety standard. Due to the protection of employees, the full personnel capacity is not available on site, which has an impact on opening hours.

Finally, the terms of use continue to apply, which authorise the library to set opening hours and to close the library temporarily for compelling reasons (§ 11) and to earmark workplaces permanently or for a limited period (§ 16(3)). In its function as a university library, the TIB serves primarily to provide the university with literature and information (§ 2(3)). This applies in particular to the provision of workstations as learning space. It is also true that "the nature and scope of the services [...] depend on the library's tasks and on its staff, material and technical equipment" (§ 2(5)). No explicit task of the library, however, is its function as an internet café or quiet office.

The following hygienic rules are valid for the on-site visit: A medical mouth-nose protector must be worn in front of the entrance areas, when borrowing, returning and registering, and on all paths within the user areas and in the reading rooms of all TIB sites. In order to make learning as pleasant as possible for you, you can take off your face masks at the workplaces. Due to the construction conditions, masks are compulsory at the TIB Sozialwossenschaften (Social Sciences) site on all pathways in the building as well as at all workplaces.

Please keep the appropriate distance in the rooms. Pay attention to the existing markings in the entrance areas. Please remember that all measures mentioned are taken for your and our employees' protection. We ask for your understanding and for mutual consideration.

Non-compliance with the hygiene rules is a serious breach of the Terms aif Use of the TIB and may result in immediate expulsion from the library.

Items from the stacks must be ordered online, as they can only be picked up at the Circulation Desks.

At the TIB Technik/Naturwissenschaften (Science/Technology), TIB Conti-Campus ans TIB Sozialwissenschaften (Social Sciences) sites, access to the reading rooms is only possible for a limited number of people, so until further notice we are offering to order media from the open stacks via the catalogue for pick-up from the circulation desk. Orders from the holdings of the TIB Geschichte/Religionswissenschaft (History/Regional Studies) site will be provided at the TIB Sozialwissenschaften (Social Sciences) site.

Please note that it can take up to two days to make the items available: Therefore, please check your library account before you visit the library to make sure that the items you have ordered are available. 

Customers of the TIB document delivery service can continue to order specialist and research literature from the areas of science and technology via the TIB portal as usual.

All of the TIB's digital services are available as usual

As a member of Leibniz Universität Hannover you can  use our photocopy delivery service.

In the search system of the TIB portal you will also find many media in free access. In addition, there are various ways of finding literature published in Open Access.

You can use the TIB document delivery service to order specialist and research literature in the fields of technology and the natural sciences from the TIB's holdings for a fee via the TIB portal, or you can use the TIB's fee-based digital single item sales service.

Many digital resources are licensed and therefore only available to members of the Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH).

Employees of LUH gain access by registering with a valid library card. 

Students of LUH also have the possibility to access licensed offers from off campus via VPN. Electronic full texts can thus be found and downloaded via the TIB portal.

In the search system of the TIB portal you will also find many media in free access.

On-site events do not take place at the moment.

We try to offer alternative services in the form of webinars, livestreams and consultation hours (online and by phone). We provide information about events and course offerings on our website and via social media.


In the TIB blog , our staff members show in numerous articles what possibilities there are for accessing literature  and how to organise everyday learning and research from home.

We provide information about events and new articles on our website and via Instagram and Twitter.

You can contact the TIB's information desk for all questions concerning the services of the TIB as a university library: by telephone on 0511 762-2268 or by email at informationtibeu.

We are also happy to offer you a virtual consultation; simply send us an email to make an appointment:

TIB Conti-Campus: information.conti-campustibeu          

TIB Sozialwissenschaften (Social Sciences): information.sowitibeu

TIB Technik/Naturwissenschaften (Science/Technology): informationtibeu

For all questions regarding TIB document delivery, you can contact the TIB's customer service department: by telephone on 0511 762-8989 or by email at customerservicetibeu.

In general, all TIB departments can still be reached by telephone and/or email. You are welcome to use the contact information provided on the respective websites.

FAQ of Leibniz Universität Hannover

Leibniz Universität also has FAQ about the current situation on its website. There you will find answers to questions about closures and accessibility, about education and courses, about research and much more.