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 Statutes (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 14 members; seven of these members are eligible to vote and seven members have an advisory role.

As of: January 2024

Members eligible to vote:

  • Dr. David Schnieders (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.-Ing. Astrid Nieße
    Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
  • Prof. Dr. Dirk Uhrlandt
    Leibniz Institute for Plasma Science and Technology (INP Greifswald)
  • Dr. Malte Welschoff
    Federal Ministry of Education and Research

Advisory members:

  • Prof. Dr. Sören Auer
    Director of TIB
  • Prof. Christine Gläser
    Chair of TIB Scientific Advisory Council
  • Dr. Ulrich Haselhoff
    Lower Saxony Ministry of Finance
  • Gregory Mouanga
    Lower Saxony Ministry of Science and Culture
  • Michaela Ohlhoff
    Equal Opportunities Officer
  • Oliver Wempe
    TIB Staff Council representative

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: August 2022

  • Prof. Christine Gläser (Chair)
    Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Design, Media and Information, Department of Information
  • Prof. Dr. Matthias Bartelmann
    Heidelberg University, Institute of Theoretical Physics
  • Dr. Michaela Bilic-Merdes
    Scientific Library Services and Information Systems, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation – DFG
  • Dr. Guido F. Herrmann
    John Wiley & Sons GmbH
  • Dr. Alice Keller
    University Library Basel, Switzerland
  • Prof. Dr. Bernhard Neumair
    Steinbuch Centre for Computing (SCC), Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
  • Dr. Bernhard Nunner
    German Physical Society (DPG)
  • Dr. Sonja Schimmler
    Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS
  • Frank Scholze
    German National Library
  • Richa Sharma
    Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology FIT, St. Augustin
  • Katrin Stump
    Director General of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Berlin State Library – Prussian Cultural Heritage)
  • Rigo Wenning
    Attorney at law in Frankfurt a.M. and Legal Counsel ERCIM/W3C
  • 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: May 2023

  • N.N.
    Faculty of Humanities, Humanities and Social Sciences,
    (Proxy: Bettina Gautel, Faculty of Humanities, Humanities and Social Sciences)
  • Prof. Dr. Anja Binanzer
    Faculty of Humanities, Humanities and Social Sciences
    (Proxy: Prof. Prof. h. c. Dr.-Ing. Birgit Glasmacher, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Sciences)
  • Prof. Dr. Henning Wachsmuth
    Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Engineering Sciences
    (Proxy: Dr. Tanja Grießmann, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geodetic Science, Engineering Sciences)
  • Marlene Bindl
    Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Sciences, Engineering Sciences
    (Proxy: Charlotte Hopf, Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Sciences, Engineering Sciences)
  • Julia Goldberg
    Faculty of Natural Sciences, Natural Sciences
    (Proxy: Prof. Dr. Ulrich Heimhofer, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Natural Sciences)
  • Prof. Dr. Ulrich Derenthal
    Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Natural Sciences
    (Proxy: Dr. Lina Bockhorn, Quest-Leibniz Research School, Natural Sciences)
  • Katharina Lippke
    Faculty of Law, Law and Economics, Law and Economics
    (Proxy: Selina Führ, Faculty of Law, Law and Economics)
  • Prof. Dr. Lena Dräger
    Faculty of Economics and Management, Law and Economics
    (Proxy: Dr. Ute Lohse, Faculty of Economics and Management, Law and Economics)

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”.