Vocational Training at ULB

The following is a summary of the vocational training offers of the University and State Library Darmstadt.

Here you will find information on training and career opportunities in libraries:

These are the training programmes offered by the University and State Library:

Specialists for Media and Information Services (FaMI)

Aaron Gütlich, Trainee in the 2nd year of apprenticeship

The FaMI training at the ULB Darmstadt is convincing with an all-embracing insight into the structure of the institution and the library system in general. In addition to theoretical content, it is above all the practical tasks that promote independence and personal responsibility. This combination, together with a great working atmosphere and the support of experienced colleagues, makes the training an exciting experience.

Aaron Gütlich.
Picture: Arne Kienzl

Entry Requirements

Good secondary education as a minimum


Training normally starts in August. However, you can apply to us a year in advance. Further information on applying

The selection process consists of three stages:

  1. Interview
  2. One-day trial internship

Further information on the job profile and professional training of a Specialist for Media and Information Services (opens in new tab)

IT Specialist

In the IT Training Network we train IT specialists in the fields of systems integration and application development.

Jonas Diekow,
trainee until summer 2021, now a member of the library staff

As a trainee IT specialist, I am learning all about the complex technical infrastructure at ULB Darmstadt and am able to expand and maintain it. My colleagues always give my ideas and suggestions their full support.

Jonas Diekow
Picture: Claudia Maldaner

Internship for the Senior Service at Scientific Libraries

Entry Requirements

Must have completed 8 semesters of university studies in any subject


Invitations to apply are issued in the first quarter of the year. The recruitment date is 1 October.

Preparatory service takes two years.

Practical training is given at ULB. It includes observation and active participation in all departments, and the applicant also works on their own projects, providing on opportunity to focus on their area of study and apply their own expertise. The areas of application during and after training correspond to the professional profile for scientific librarians, and lie mainly in the areas of

  • inventory build-up and indexing
  • subject-specific advice and teaching of information literacy
  • research-related services (research data management, digitisation, digital publishing)
  • IT use and planning
  • inventory management and long-term archiving
  • library, budget and human resources management
  • PR work

Practical courses are held to accompany the above. They are held centrally and at local level in the libraries of the training network.

Theoretical training consists of distance learning with some attendance in Berlin at the Institute of Library and Information Sciences at Humboldt University.

You will find full information on the internship in the Training and Examination Regulations for the Senior Academic Service at Academic Libraries in Hesse (APOhwDwB) (opens in new tab) .