The University Library in figures

Range of media

Total number of printed media holdings: 3.406.314
Manuscripts and handwritten works: 4.049
Incunabula: 3.456
Rare books: 13.456
Literary remains: 166
Available databases and individual electronic documents: 1.697.674
Available electronic journals (titles): 163.298
Subscriptions to non-electronic journals (titles): 1.339
Subscriptions to electronic journals (titles): 79.800
AV media (analogue and digital): 46.097
Individual micromaterials: 638.367
Maps and plans (number of sheets): 37.021
Sheet music: 4.475

Media access

Total expenditure for acquisition: EUR 5.875.885
Expenditure for the acquisition of electronic media: EUR 3.669.587
Expenditure for subscriptions to journals: EUR 1.809.170
Access to media items, conventional: 22.505
Access to media items, digital: 54.801


Opening hours: 119 hours per week
User workstations: 1.750
Computer workstations: 170
Library visits: 2.343.101
Items borrowed: 525.908
Active borrowers: 13.678

Promoting Information literacy

Attendees at library user training sessions: 4.882
User training sessions (hours): 571
Calls to the library's e-learning offerings: 27.644

Media centre

Audiovisual editing suites: 12
Studios: 4 (1 film studio, 2 radio studios, 1 recording studio)
Training spaces: 26


Full-time equivalents (FTEs) according to the University Library’s staff appointment scheme (not including peripheral libraries): 109,55
Full-time equivalents (FTEs) according to the University Library’s staff appointment scheme (peripheral libraries): 37,30
Apprentices/interns (person months): 85,75

Academic libraries on campus

Number of academic libraries: 61
Number of printed media holdings: 1.868.286
Subscriptions to journals (titles) in non-electronic format: 2.454
Expenditure for acquisition (at peripheral libraries): EUR 1.117.510

Last updated: 1 January 2023
Source: Deutsche Bibliotheksstatistik (German Library Statistics) and our own calculations

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