University and State Library Darmstadt

Opening Hours ULB Stadtmitte ULB Lichtwiese
  Mon – Fri: 09:00am – 05.00pm Tue to Thu: 10:00am – 04:00pm
  Research Reading Room
Mon, 28. September closed

different Opening Hours

Dear users of the University and State Library,

we are pleased that we can currently extend the opening hours of the libraries bit by bit. It is very important to us that we can reliably offer you access times that are as long as possible and thus also give back some university normality in times of pandemic. Even under difficult conditions, comprehensive support and advice is important to us.

At the same time, your safety and health are important to us. Our library buildings are rooms where people come together. Therefore, we must ensure that here, as in the entire university, a safe hygiene concept is in place that is appropriate to the current state of the pandemic. Our hygiene plan was developed in cooperation with the Occupational Safety Department of the TU. In addition to many other measures, it provides for us to work with fixed teams that do not meet each other and who could also stand in for each other across locations should infection or quarantine cases arise. We have organized our duty rosters accordingly.

For you this means: At the ULB Stadtmitte access is possible daily (Monday to Friday) from 9am to 5pm, during which time all basic services are offered. In addition, teams are available daily (Monday to Friday) from 9am to 1pm for services such as specialist enquiries, advice, handling of problem cases or other procedures requiring specialist staff. The ULB Lichtwiese is open on Tuesdays to Thursdays from 10am to 4pm, during which time all services are available.

This arrangement enables us to combine safety and service. We can act flexibly if the situation requires it, and still offer you the longest possible opening hours and good service.

Your ULB


TUfind – the search portal of the ULB Darmstadt

Important Information on Library Usage

  • At the moment we offer only limited services. Please see Our Services for you
  • The ULB allows access mainly for borrowing and returning media at the moment.
  • Please use your face mask and show your library card / Athene card when entering the library. Only a limited number of users are allowed in the buildings. If the maximum limit is reached, waiting times must be expected.
  • A longer stay in the building for learning and working is only allowed for a very limited time. Please continue to learn and work at home. In urgent cases it is possible to make appointments for work spaces, see: Terms of Use for Work Spaces and Appointment Allocation.

Information of the TU on the Coronavirus

Our Services for you

Presently, advice on site can only be given to a limited extend. Till further notice you can contact us from Monday to Friday between 8am and 3pm by or by phone (Stadtmitte: +49 6151 16-76210, Lichtwiese: +49 6151 16-76400).

Due to a great number of incoming questions the processing of your request may be delayed. You can therefore also contact the responsible specialist team:

During the above mentioned opening hours you can pick your books directly from the open access shelves and check them out by yourself.

  • Please look all media up in TUfind beforehand to make sure they are available and to keep your stay in the library as short as possible.
  • Media which have to be ordered from closed stacks or from another site are provided by us. You receive a message by mail as soon as they are ready for collection.
  • Entrance to the library is only allowed with your face mask and your library card / Athene card.
  • A maximum of 35 persons in ULB Stadtmitte, 25 persons in ULB Lichtwiese is allowed into the building.

Media can be returned during the current opening hours. The media have to be replaced into the returning shelved provided there.

Borrowed media have not been reminded until 01 June 2020. As from 02 June 2020 the dunning process has started again. Please remember to give back or to renew your books in time!

Overdue fines due till 13 March 2020 (last opening day before library shut down) will not rise further but have to be paid.

The fees can only be paid electronically on site, cash payment is not accepted.

Electronic media are available in an even greater extent than before and are accessible from home. Apart from the documents in regular open access, many publishers offer an augmented range of free publications for the time of the Corona crisis. For more information see our summary Electronic Media and Offers from Electronic Publishers.

Due to infection prevention we kindly ask our customers to go on working and learning at home. Please visit the library for working and learning only in urgent cases.

The ULB offers a limited number of work spaces which can be used only short term. Only one person is allowed per work space, groups of two or more people are not permitted. The works spaces have to be cleared by the end of the period without being told to do so.

Single Workrooms

Work spaces have to be booked online. The works spaces have to be cleared by the end of the period without being told to do so. Workplaces which have not been taken within 30 minutes will be assigned to someone else.

  • ULB Stadtmitte
    Monday to Friday: 09:00am to 05:00pm
  • ULB Lichtwiese
    Tuesday and Thursday
    period A: 10:00am – 12:30am
    period B: 1:30pm – 4:00pm

Reading Rooms

Work places in the Reading Rooms will be allocated acording to the principle „first come, first served“. When entering the library users are assigned a fixed working place by a numerated ULB basket. The number of the basket complies with the number of the chair belonging to the work place. It is not permitted to occupy work places with different numbers in order to trace chaines of infections.

Hygiene regulations must always be observed, they will be controlled and infringements will be penalised. Please act in solidarity and in considerate manner towards other students and occupy work spaces only when you need them urgently.

The newly issued or replacement Athene Karte are handed out at a special desk in the basement of ULB Stadtmitte which can be entered from outside:

Mon, Wed, Fri: 09:00am – 01:00pm
Tue and Thu: 01:00pm – 05:00pm

Entrance is allowed individually and with face mask. The Athene Karte is handed over only personally on presentation of a valid passport or identity card. The card can also be charged at the charging station on-site.

For more information about the Athene Karte see:

All events and activities of the ULB in the summer term (workshops, coffee lectures, consultations) are offered online.

In case you are not able to collect your books personally at ULB Stadtmitte, we may send them to you for a fixed shipping fee by postal mail (up to 3 items per shipping).

For more information see Postal Dispatch of Media.

Please look up the media you want in TUfind and check their availability.

After consultation with their subject librarian subject librarian, TU lecturers may purchase by themselves printed books they urgently need for research or teaching and may order them home.

Giving them to the library and reimbursing the costs may take place later.

As a lecturer or student of the TU you may order scans of scientific papers or parts of books (maximum 100 pages, not more than 10 % of the entire work) for free.

Please use the request form for scan services and TU delivery.

For books and other media with restricted use (e.g. manuscripts, incunabula) and interlibrary loans to be read within the premises of the library, we offer the online service to view the item by webcam..

Lecturers may order digitized documents from the ULB for their digital reserve shelves.

For more information see Digital Reserve Shelves.

  • Advice on digital publishing is available by or online via zoom.
  • First and second publications, electronic dissertations will continue to be processed and published.
  • Dissertations and postdoctoral theses can be delivered by post: ULB Darmstadt , Digital Publishing Team , Magdalenenstr. 8, 64289 Darmstadt
  • Receipts for dissertations and habilitations are currently sent out once a week.

The team of TUdata can be contacted by

For more information see our website on TUdata .

We are happy to receive your book suggestions expecially for electronic media. Please let us know your suggestions via the acquisition request form.

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