The bookbinder’s occupational profile combines craftsmanship and traditional techniques with up-to-date knowledge of materials and modern equipment. Even today, manual bookbinding involves creating books, pamphlets, slip cases, binders and many things besides.
The library has operated its own bindery ever since it was founded in 1959. Apprentices have been trained in this occupation since 1977. So far, a total of 22 apprentices have managed to complete their training; seven bookbinders and one master bookbinder are currently employed at TIB.
Due to the fact that TIB is simultaneously the German National Library of Science and Technology and the University Library, it offers trainees solid and varied apprenticeships.
The bindery’s principal task is to preserve and care for the library’s stock. In TIB’s case, the stock is large: after all, not only are we the largest library of technical and scientific literature and information in the world, as a University Library we also cater for students and teaching staff from all faculties at Leibniz Universität Hannover, for example, in the humanities and social sciences. Almost 9 million media units (including 5.5 million books) and some 49,000 journal subscriptions form the basis of services used by customers locally and all over the world.