TIB Rethen

Science and technology collections in closed stacks

At our Closed Stacks in Rethen, south of Hannover, you will find all of the technical and science subject areas. The collections comprise 3.6 million volumes, older monographs and theses/dissertations, as well as microforms and periodicals, with the exception of the last five years.

Access to collections in the Closed Stacks can only be obtained after placing an order in the TIB Portal. Items that have been ordered will be available approximately 90 minutes later in the reading room at the TIB Rethen site. Orders required on the same day must be placed by 15:00.

Books on loan can be ordered for use on site or for borrowing in Rethen or can be ordered optionally at the TIB Technik/Naturwissenschaft (Science/Technology) site (maximum two days delivery time).

Literature that cannot be borrowed (journals and books) can only be consulted in the reading rooms, either in Rethen or at the TIB Technik/Naturwissenschaft (Science/Technology) site.

Literature requiring special protection is provided exclusively for use in the reading room in Rethen.

Please note the following before coming to the site: You can check your user account at any time to see whether the items you have ordered online are ready for collection yet, and where you should go to collect them. Please use this possibility to check your account before departing for the library site. Items will be held for you ready for collection for one week.

Further information

TIB offers members of Leibniz Universität Hannover (staff and students) a photocopy delivery service to ensure the speedy, simple supply of literature.


  • 20 reading desks
  • Computer workstations with two types of equipment
  • Wireless LAN
  • 2 coin-operated copiers (no copy card function)
  • Microfilm and microfiche reading device

Information Desk

The Information Desk provides support in the search for literature and on how to use our technical infrastructure.

If you require subject-specific information, please contact the relevant specialised departments at the TIB Naturwissenschaft/Technik (Science/Technology) site. They will provide advice on the in-depth search for scientific literature and on searching databases.

Barrier-free accessibility at the site

All visitors to TIB Rethen must use the intercom to gain access. Wheelchair users will be met at the entrance by a member of staff; the reading rooms are accessible by lift.

A barrier-free WC is located on the ground floor. Ample parking space is available.

Opening hours

Monday to Friday: 09:00-16:30

All library sites remain closed on public holidays in Lower Saxony, on Christmas Eve (24 December) and New Year's Eve (31 December).

Address and how to reach us

TIB Rethen site, Bremer Straße 2, 30880 Laatzen-Rethen