We organise information for tomorrow's knowledge

The Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) ‒ German National Library of Science and Technology ‒ Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology and University Library is a public-law foundation of the Federal State of Lower Saxony. It assumed responsibility for operating the German National Library for technology, architecture, chemistry, information technology, mathematics and physics as well as the University Library for Leibniz Universität Hannover in 2016. As a central specialised library, it is a national infrastructure facility for the provision of scientific information whose national tasks lend it importance for the country as a whole.

TIB is a member of the Leibniz Association. Its remit is to preserve recorded knowledge and to provide the latest information for research and industry, both now and in the future, irrespective of the time and the place. The aim of TIB is to provide its customers with innovative, efficient and smooth access to data, information and knowledge, and to make large information spaces available to them in a structured, suitable manner.

TIB's key activities are laid down in its Strategy 2015-2017 (PDF), and can be described as follows:

Developing and preserving knowledge

As the world's largest specialised library in its fields, the library has excellent collections of technical and scientific specialist and research information. Key areas:

Enabling access

TIB makes its collections available to users as openly and simply as possible via user-oriented portals, protecting them for future generations. Key areas:

Supporting research and science

TIB supports specialist and research communities in their learning and work processes. Researchers, industry, business, teaching staff and practitioners alike benefit from its globally unique collections and reliable cross-media research infrastructure. Key areas:

Global networking and collaboration

Strategic alliances, global networking and active membership of numerous associations are essential requirements for knowledge transfer in the realms of research, society and policy. Key areas:

Engaging in research and development

TIB conducts applied research and development to optimise the services it offers. Key areas:

TIB has adopted an Open Access Policy and expects its employees to publish their research results in accordance with the Open Access principle.

Library for Leibniz Universität Hannover

In its capacity as a University Library, TIB ensures that Leibniz Universität Hannover is supplied with literature – including the local provision of humanities and social sciences items. Key areas:

Excellent employer

TIB has over 500 employees and, as an employer, enjoys being socially responsible. Key areas: