Library Card

A library card (ULB Card or Athena Card) allows you to use the media and services of ULB. A library card allows you to borrow books from ULB Stadtmitte and ULB Lichtwiese.

Activate your Athena Card

TU students and TU employees who have received an Athena Card must first have it activated in order to use the library, e.g. to borrow books or to use electronic media.

You can have it activated by contacting the Service and Information Team.

To do so, please send scans of the following documents to or come by the library on site with the following documents:

TU students:

- Front and back of Athena Card

- Front and back of ID card with current German address

or

- Passport and a current certificate of registration, not older than 6 months.

TU employees:

- A filled out and signed Declaration on work related use (opens in new tab)

Library account

Your Library account contains a summary of your borrowed media and the loan periods. You can renew them, view your reservations and change your password online.

You will also find a reference to the validity of the right of use (membership) there, which is generally only set up for a limited period of time.

More topics

  • Athena Card

    The Athena card is produced and issued by the HRZ, either in person or by mail: Athenea card – your ID card for many functions at TU Darmstadt

  • Borrowing Privileges

    Items may be borrowed by any individual aged 15 years or over and living in Germany for a minimum of three months.

  • Changes of Address

    Addresses can only be submitted on presentation of a valid identity card or passport (together with official proof of residence (Meldebescheinigung) that is no more than 6 months old).

  • Extending Books

    Your library account contains the overview “Borrowed media and extensions”.

  • Extending the Loan Period

    Your library account contains the overview “Borrowed media and extensions”. You can extend the loan period yourself online, but only if the medium has not been reserved.

  • Forgotten Password

    If you forget your password and have entered a valid email address in your library account you can reset it on the page https://opac.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/cgi-bin/pwf.

  • Loss of a Library Card

    Please us immediately if you lose your library card (ULB card) or Athena cCard so we can block your library account. You will be liable for any damage in the event of the card being misused.

  • Membership

    A library card is only ever issued for a limited period of time. The expiry date will be displayed in your library account. Your right of use can be extended by presenting a valid identity card or passport at the “Service & Information” counter or by . If presenting a passport, you must also present a registration certificate that must not be more than 6 months old. If you have entered an email address in our system, you will be informed by email when your right of use is about to expire.

  • Right of Use

    A library card is only ever issued for a limited period of time. The expiry date will be displayed in your Library account. Your right of use can be extended by presenting a valid identity card or passport at the “Service & Information” counter or by . If presenting a passport, you must also present a registration certificate that must not be more than 6 months old. If you have entered an email address in our system, you will be informed by email when your right of use is about to expire.

  • Temporary Password for Athene Cards

    The Athene card is also your library card. You will find the library card number (BAN) on the card starting with the numbers 0017. When the Athene card is issued, you will be given a temporary password that you can see at https://cgi.hrz.tu-darmstadt.de/ulb/. Please log in with your TU ID and the corresponding password for this. We strongly advise you to change this temporary password.

  • Temporary Password for ULB Cards

    The temporary password for holders of ULB Cards is their birth date in 6 figures (DDMMYY). E.g.: 30.01.1980 = 300180

    We strongly advise you to change this temporary password.

  • Topping up Athene and ULB Cards

    In the ULB Stadtmitte, you will find top-up machines on the first basement floor and on the ground floor opposite the counter at the entrance. In the ULB Lichtwiese there is a top-up machine in the foyer of the HMZ to the right of the entrance to the ULB.

  • ULB Card

    The ULB card can only be collected in person upon presentation of a valid German ID card or passport at the “Service & Information” counter at ULB Stadtmitte. If presenting a passport, you must also present a registration certificate (maximum 6 months old).