Globally well connected

Strategic partnerships and global networking are essential requirements for ensuring the library’s future viability. In the context of its internationalisation strategy, TIB collaborates with scientific libraries and research institutions on projects to create new services and to further develop existing ones. The shared goal: to provide optimal support to scientists from teaching and research, business and industry in their work processes.

As an active member of committees and working groups in networks and alliances, we establish our core competencies and experts and place our own topics on the science policy agenda. Thus we help shape future developments. Our areas of expertise include research data management, handling non-textual materials, information provision and digital preservation.

TIB collaborates on projects with more then 50 project partners throughout the world. Here is a selection of active cooperative activities and memberships:


  • DataCite e. V.: an international consortium on research data management, founded in 2009 by TIB and various partners
  • European Patent Office (EPO), PATLIB centre
  • National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing: various information provision projects since 2004
  • New Media Consortium (NMC): cooperation project with ETH LIbrary and the University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur and the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) (since 2017) involving the creation of the NMC Horizon Report Library Edition 2014, 2015 and 2017
  • TechLib: a network of leading technology libraries in Europe (TIB, TU Delft Library, Technical Information Center of Denmark) that has been in existence since 2005
  • Facilitating Open Science Training for European Research (FOSTER): promotion of the series of online seminars “CoScience – Collaborative research and publishing via the web” (2014 and 2015)
  • International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
  • International Association of University Libraries (IATUL)
  • Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER)
  • National Institute of Informatics (NII), Tokyo
  • Open Preservation Foundation (OPF)
  • Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)
  • Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics (SCOAP3)
  • The International Council for Scientific and Technical Information (ICSTI)
  • WorldWideScience Alliance



  • Erfinderzentrum Norddeutschland GmbH (EZN)
  • Common Library Network (GBV)
  • Hannover Online Library System (HOBSY): alliance of scientific libraries in Hannover
  • Hannover Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK )
  • Leibniz Universität Hannover: TIB provides members of Leibniz Universität Hannover with literature and information
  • Technik-Salon: a cultural platform for technology co-founded by TIB