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: 03 July 2020
Due to the current situation, on-site use of the library is only possible to a restricted extent:
As of 6 July 2020, the Circulation Desks at the Technik/Naturwissenschaften (Science/Technology), TIB Conti-Campus and TIB Sozialwissenschaften (Social Sciences) sites are open Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 20:00 for lending and returning items. The registration/cashier at these sites will also be open from 09:00 to 20:00 from Monday to Friday.
At the TIB Technology/Natural Sciences, TIB Conti-Campus, and TIB Social Sciences sites, restricted use of the reading rooms is now possible for all users from 09:00 to 20:00 from Monday to Friday.
The TIB Geschichte/Religionswissenschaft (History/Religious Studies) site will remain closed to the public.
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 must also be observed. This results, for example, in a reduced number of available workplaces in the TIB reading rooms and the obligation to document the contact details of users of the 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.
The TIB recommends the following measures for library use on site to prevent infection and thus further spread of COVID-19: Wearing a mouth and nose protector is not required – but we strongly recommend it. Masks are obligatory on all ways within the user areas and when visiting the reading rooms at the TIB Technik/Naturwissenschaften (Science/Technology) site, TIB Conti-Campus site or the TIB Sozialwissenschaften (Social Science). However, in order to make learning as comfortable as possible for you, you can take off your mouth and nose protector at the workplaces.
Please understand that currently only a limited number of people have access to the circullation desks an to the reading rooms and that waiting times may therefore occur. In order to allow you access to the reading rooms, we have to record and store your personal data (PDF). If too many people wish to use the reading rooms, we will implement a process for registration/reservation for reading room use. Please note the information provided on site.
Please reduce your visits to the library to the necessary minimum and keep the appropriate distance in the rooms. Please 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
Yes, items from the magazines and also from the open-shelf collections of all TIB sites must be ordered online, as they can only be picked up at the Circulation Desks.
At the TIB Technik/Naturwissenschaften (Science/Technology) and TIB Conti-Campus sites, access to the reading rooms is only possible for a limited number of people, so media must always be ordered online and collected 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. It is also possible to reserve media that have already been borrowed online and to extend the loan periods of borrowed items.
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. To do this, please check your library account in the classic catalogue (OPAC), as for technical reasons the currently valid pick-up sites can only be shown there at present.
You can return your borrowed items to us quickly and easily and without personal contact. To return items, please place them in the designated spaces in the foyer of the TIB Technik/Naturwissenschaften (Science/Technology), TIB Sozialwissenschaften (Social Sciences) and TIB Conti-Campus sites.
We kindly ask you to check your library account afterwards to ensure that the items have been returned correctly. Please bear in mind that we will need some handling time for this.
All of the TIB's digital services are available as usual.
By the way: Many publishers and database providers open up their licensed offers for a limited period of time by removing restrictions on certain user groups or by expanding the range of offers.
As a member of Leibniz Universität Hannover you can use our photocopy delivery service.
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.
Acquisition suggestions can be submitted in the usual way. Priority is given to acquisition proposals by members of Leibniz Universität Hannover. In which form acquisition and lending to members of the University is possible will be checked in individual cases.
For submission to examination offices, the BaFöG office and other institutions, we offer an overview and general confirmation of the TIB's closure and service restrictions as a result of the corona crisis for downloading and printing. This confirmation is available at https://tib.eu/uebersicht-serviceeinschraenkungen.
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.
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 pages.
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.