University Library for beginners
- Heidelberg University Library
- Registration and Lending Services
- Search and find publications
- Information Centre / information services
- The University Library as your place to read, do research and study
- Training Courses and Library Tour
Heidelberg University Library
Welcome to Germany's oldest university library and the largest scientific library of Baden-Württemberg. As the central lending library we provide literature and information for the whole University of Heidelberg.
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All other users are issued a library card by our lending service.
All visitors of the library can access our reading rooms and information centres. A library card or student ID-Card is required, however, when ordering or borrowing items and to get access to our digital services.
Search and find publications
In our catalogues you can find the University library’s holdings as well as Departmental Library holdings. All media (books, periodicals, videos, electronic media ...) from publication year 1962
onwards are registered in our catalogue HEIDI. HEIDI provides information about location and availability of any library item.
More information on research
Our textbook collections at the Main Library and the Neuenheim Branch Library contain frequently used textbooks. They are on open shelving, arranged by subject matter and each title is available in multiple copies. Textbooks can be found in our online catalogue HEIDI and on textbook lists.
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The computers at the Information Centre provide access to our digital services (catalogues, databases, e-journals, e-books) and the internet.
You are very welcome to turn to our staff for help if you have any questions about research or using the University Library. You can find us at the information desks, or contact us via phone or e-mail.
More about the Information Centre / information services of the Main Library
More about the Information Centre / information services of the Neuenheim Branch Library
The Main Library Reading Room provides a collection of standard research literature and literature on humanities and social sciences. It is equipped with ca. 1,000 study desks and places to read.
The Reading Room at the Neuenheim Branch Library provides access to a collection of standard research literature and literature on medicine and natural sciences. It is equipped with ca. 160 study desks.
Both Reading Rooms provide group study rooms as well as overhead scanners which can be used to scan to USB and are free of charge.
More about the Reading Room of the Main Library
More about the Reading Room of the Neuenheim Branch Library
The Multimedia Centre MMZ (on the first floor of the Main Library) holds facilities to use electronic and audiovisual media. Students and staff of the Heidelberg University can use the computers to create and edit electronic documents.
WLAN can be accessed on your phone, laptop and other devices anywhere in the library.
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Heidelberg University Library offers a a variety of guided library tours and training courses for beginners and advanced library users. For beginners, we recommended the introduction to using the Main Library / Neuenheim Branch to get familiar with the library and doing research in our catalogues and databases. In addition to that we offer subject-specific courses, both basic and advanced, and introductions to reference management systems such as EndNote or Citavi.
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