The Technische Informationsbibliothek – German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB) became an independent public-law foundation of the Federal State of Lower Saxony in January 2016. Its bears the additional designations “Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology” and “University Library”. TIB is the German national library for all areas of engineering, as well as architecture, chemistry, information technology, mathematics and physics; it is also the University Library for Leibniz Universität Hannover.

Foundation Act

The Establishment Act contains the essential foundations for the establishment of the TIB Foundation and its duties

TIB Foundation Statutes

Particulars about the internal organisation of the Foundation – including TIB committees and their tasks – are set out in the TIB Foundation Statutesfileadmin/Daten/dokumente/die-tib/tib-satzung_2017.pdf (PDF).

TIB Foundation Council

The Foundation Council decides on matters of fundamental importance, in particular on the adoption and amendment of the Foundation’s Statutes and Regulations, on research and science policy issues, and on financial issues with significant repercussions. It also oversees the Director’s activities. The Foundation Council consists of 13 members; seven of these members are eligible to vote and six members have an advisory role.

As of: January 2021

Members eligible to vote:

  • Dr. Diana Reers (Chair)
    Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Holger Blume
    Leibniz Universität Hannover
  • Prof. Dr. Monika Jungbauer-Gans
    German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW)
  • Dr. Dieter Messnarz
    Volkswagen AG
  • Prof. Dr. Jörg Overmann
    Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures
  • Dr. Malte Welschoff
    Federal Ministry of Education and Research
  • Prof. Dr. Christa Womser-Hacker
    University of Hildesheim Foundation

Advisory members:

  • Prof. Dr. Sören Auer
    Director of TIB
  • Hans-Jürgen Berger
    Lower Saxony Ministry of Finance
  • Andrea Budlofsky
    Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture
  • Prof. Christine Gläser
    Chair of TIB Scientific Advisory Council
  • Volker Lange
    TIB Staff Council representative
  • Michaela Ohlhoff
    Equal Opportunities Officer

TIB Scientific Advisory Council

The Foundation Council has established a Scientific Advisory Council for the purpose of advising the Foundation Council and the Director on programmatic issues.

As of: July 2020

  • Prof. Christine Gläser (Chair)
    Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Design, Media and Information, Department of Information
  • Prof. Dr. Matthias Bartelmann
    Heidelberg University, Center for Astronomy, Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics
  • Dr. Michaela Bilic-Merdes
    Scientific Library Services and Information Systems, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation – DFG
  • Dr. Achim Bonte
    Saxon State and University Library Dresden (SLUB)
  • Dr. Guido F. Herrmann
    John Wiley & Sons GmbH
  • Dr. Alice Keller
    University Library Basel, Switzerland<
  • Dr. Michael Lautenschlager
    Data Management department World Data Center for Climate (WDCC), Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum GmbH (DKRZ
  • Prof. Dr. Bernhard Neumair
    Steinbuch Centre for Computing (SCC), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
  • Dr. Bernhard Nunner
    German Physical Society (DPG)
  • Frank Scholze
    German National Library
  • Richa Sharma
    Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT, St. Augustin
  • Rigo Wenning
    World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and Law firm Frösner/Stadler
  • Prof. Dr. Sonja Zillner
    Siemens AG, Corporate Technology

TIB Users’ Council

The Users’ Council, comprising members of Leibniz Universität Hannover, advises the Foundation’s bodies in all matters concerning the provision of literature and information for Leibniz Universität Hannover. In particular, it makes recommendations on the distribution of the literature budget to acquisition quotas in the individual subjects and on the library’s opening hours.

As of: January 2021

  • Laura Isabel Schoger
    Faculty of Humanities, Humanities and Social Sciences,
    Institute of Sociology, Empirical University and Scientific Research
    (Proxy: Bettina Gautel, Faculty of Humanities, Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • Prof. Dr. Anja Binanzer
    Faculty of Humanities, Humanities and Social Sciences, German Seminar
    (Proxy: Prof. Prof. h. c. Dr.-Ing. Birgit Glasmacher, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Sciences)
  • Prof. Dr. Marius Thomas Lindauer
    Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Engineering Sciences, Institute of Information Processing
    (Proxy: Alice Gebauer, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geodetic Science, Geodetic Institute Hanover)
  • Karen Schäfer
    Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Sciences, Engineering Sciences
    (Proxy: N. N.)
  • Denise Blume
    Faculty of Natural Sciences, Natural Sciences
    (Proxy: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Heimhofer, Faculty of Natural Sciences)
  • Prof. Dr. Georg Steinhauser
    Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Natural Sciences
    (Proxy: Dr. Lina Bockhorn, Quest-Leibniz Research School)
  • Katharina Lippke
    Faculty of Law, Law and Economics, Chair of Civil Law, Labour Law and Commercial Law
    (Proxy: Selina Führ, Faculty of Law)
  • Prof. Dr. Lena Dräger
    Faculty of Economics and Management, Law and Economics
    (Proxy: Dr. Ute Lohse, Faculty of Economics and Management)

Member of the Leibniz Association

TIB is the world’s largest specialised library in its subject areas. As a member of the Leibniz Association, TIB is connected to 93 other independent research institutions, ranging from the natural sciences, engineering and environmental sciences, to economics, spatial and social sciences, to the humanities. TIB maintains scientific infrastructures, offers research-based services and defines core areas in the transfer of knowledge to research, business and political communities as well as to the general public. Due to its importance for the country as a whole, TIB is funded jointly by the German federation and the federal states.

TIB is a member of Section D “Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Engineering”.