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General Information

What are the opening hours of the University Library?

The University Library and the Medical Library are open to all users for borrowing and returning media.

Service hours at Bib1 and the Medical Library: Monday through Friday: 8.30 am to 4.30 pm.
Learning spaces Bib1 and Bib2: Monday through Friday 8 am to midnight, Saturday from 9 am to midnight and Sunday from 11 am to midnight. Medical Library: 8.30 am to 8 pm.


What are the access regulations of the University Library?

On April 1, the new Corona Epidemic University Ordinance comes into force. Accordingly, as of April 4, the University Library can be entered without checking 3G proof and without a mask. Nevertheless, we appeal to everyone to continue to wear masks inside the building to minimize the incidence of infection.

Due to the house rules, there is still the rule that people with cold symptoms that have not been cleared by a doctor are not allowed to enter the RWTH.

What are the access regulations of the Medical Library?

Since 02/18/22 the following access regulations apply for the Medical Library: Students of the Medical Faculty with an ID card of the University Hospital and employees of the University Hospital use the employee entrance and show their hospital ID card there; 3G then applies in the library.
All other students and employees of the RWTH as well as all external visitors to the Medical Library require a 2G proof and a daily test; they must use the visitor entrance and show their ID card there.

Who do I contact if I have any questions?

Please clarify your request by e-mail ( or ) or by telephone (Information Center: +49 241 80 94459, Circulation Desk +49 241 80 94456).
All function addresses and function telephone numbers of the University Library remain available.


Is the information center open?

The following services are available again:

  •     Counseling (limited)
  •     Use of the public PCs incl. print station
  •     Use of the microforming equipment
  •     Use of workstations for stocks worth protecting
  •     Daily Newspapers (daily editions and those of the previous day in the newspaper reading corner in the gallery,  older editions in the IZ)
  •     Scanning
  •     Use of open access natural sciences and technology


Circulation Desk, Interlibrary Loans Service, Document Delivery Service

Can I borrow media?

Media from the UB can be ordered in KatalogPlus and picked up at the University Library and the Medical Library.

Opening hours: Monday through Friday: 8.30 am to 4.30 pm.

How can I order media?

You can research media from all locations of the University Library in the KatalogPlus.

Media from the Central Library are expected to be ready for you in about one hour after ordering in CatalogPlus during opening hours. Media from the textbook collection will be ready for you on the next opening day.

How does the payment of fees currently work?

You can pay open fees directly on site in cash or by EC card.

Or by bank transfer to the account of the university treasury under the following details:

Bank Account:
IBAN DE 07 3905 0000 0000 0253 87

Please indicate the following purpose of use:
131940210000000 Name of the debtor

Info: It can take up to 14 days to credit your account.

Fees can also be paid in cash at the Medical Library.

Can I get a library card?

Members of the RWTH can still activate their library account in the self-service. ID cards for RWTH staff will be sent by RWTH in-house mail.

For students the library card is the RWTH BlueCard.

University non-affiliates may apply for a library card.

Can I order copies of essays and parts of books from the holdings of the University Library?

Members of the RWTH can order essays and parts from books via the Journal Article Delivery Service of the University Library.

Can I order books and articles via interlibrary loan?

Interlibrary loan orders for books and journal articles via the DigiBib will again be possible for all unsers. This apply also to stocks that are worthy of protection for use on site.



Purchase suggestion: Is something missing in our offer?

Then make a purchase request. We try to license the media in electronic version, so that you do not have to come to the UB. Purchase requests could only be made by university members.

Who do I contact if I have any questions?

Please clarify your request by e-mail (, or ) or by telephone (Information Center: +49 241 80 94459, Circulation Desk +49 241 80 94456).


Digital Offers

How can I use the digital offer of the UB?

Members of the RWTH, i.e. employees and students, can use full-text access via the VPN client directly in the campus network.

Which digital offers does the UB have?

  • You will find our electronic offers at this overview page.
  • The E-Learning page provides an overview.
  • You will find e-books and electronic articles in the KatalogPlus.
  • The e-book portal Dawson Era and Ciando and the access possibilities are explained here.
  • The electronic journals are listed in the Electronic Journals Library.
  • The databases licensed by us can be found via DBIS.
  • Our electronic standards offerings can be found here.



How can I hand in my dissertation?

Please make an appointment via our appointment tool. For further questions you can contact us by e-mail at .


Reference Management

I have a question about reference management.

If you have any questions regarding EndNote, Citavi or the creation of citation styles, please feel free to contact our helpdesk by e-mail or phone or online in the helpdesk meeting room. We are available Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 16.30 pm: or +49 241 80 97723.


Intellectual property rights and initial inventor consultation

I need to do a patent search or trademark search.

We manage your research online or you can place an order with us. You can reach us by phone at +49 241 80 94480, +49 241 80 94481, +49 241 80 93601 or by e-mail .

The PNZ provides a research workstation for two time units daily for your own research in the expert databases for patents, trademarks and design.
Searches are possible from 9 am to 12 and from 1 pm to 4 pm. Both units can also be booked one after the other, but it is necessary to take a break for airing.
Appointments can be made by telephone: +49 241 80 94480.



What about the initial inventor consultation?

This takes place by telephone in consultation with the participating patent attorneys. You are welcome to make an appointment by calling +49 241 80 93601.

How can I use the receiving office?

Currently, you can only use the designated afterhours mailbox in front of the University Library. It is currently not possible to hand in registrations in person.

All registrations received in the mailbox by midnight are assigned that day as the date of receipt.
Please fill out the declaration of consent for the submission of the property right application and enclose it with your application!


Standards and Guidelines

How do I get standards?

Use our free service Standards on Demand for RWTH members and RWTH students. You can find our electronic standards offers here.

Can I have access to standards?

RWTH members can contact RWTH by e-mail at or by phone at +49 241 80 94481.