Corona Crisis: Current information on library services and use

Extended opening hours: Lending and reading rooms open Monday to Friday from 09:00 20:00

Due to the current situation, there are unfortunately still restrictions on the use of the on-site use if the library. However, the TIB is gradually expanding its local services: 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 Conti-Campus, TIB Technology/Natural Sciences 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.

At the TIB Conti-Campus, the TIB Technik/Naturwissenschaften (Science/Technology) and the TIB Sozialwissenschaften (Social Sciences) site – Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 20:00 – limited access to the reading rooms is again possible for all users. The TIB Geschichte/Religionswissenschaft (History/Religious Studies) site will remain closed to the public until further notice.

Orders, reservations and renewals

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.

Access to the reading rooms is only possible for a limited number of people, so here too items must be ordered online and collected from the Circulation Desks. Orders from the holdings of the TIB Geschichte/Religionswissenschaft (History/Religious Studies) site will be made available 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. 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.

Information about visiting the library on site

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 for lending and returning items – but we strongly recommend it.

Please understand that currently only a limited number of people have access to the reading rooms. However, the number of workstations will be increased – taking into account the applicable hygiene and distance regulations.Masks are obligatory on all ways within the user areas and when visiting the reading rooms. However, in order to make learning as comfortable as possible for you, you can take off your mouth and nose protector at the workplaces.

In order to allow you access to the reading room, we have to record and store your personal data (PDF). Due to limited capacities, waiting times may occur on site. If there is too much demand, we will implement a registration/reservation for the use of the reading rooms. Please see the information on site.

Please reduce your visits to the library to the necessary minimum and keep the appropriate distance in the rooms. We ask for your understanding and for mutual consideration. Please remember that all measures mentioned are taken for your and our employees' protection.

Further information on accessibility, restrictions and TIB offers

We will continue to be available for you online and by telephone. Our digital services and TIB document delivery are available as usual.

In our FAQ section, we answer important questions about restrictions and possibilities for using the TIB during closure. The FAQs are regularly updated.

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

In the TIB-Blog, our staff members use numerous articles (mostly in German) to show you what possibilities you have to get the literature you need in the current situation.