The University Library in figures

Range of media

Total number of printed media holdings: 3.386.059
Manuscripts and handwritten works: 4.049
Incunabula: 3.456
Rare books: 13.386
Literary remains: 166
Available databases and individual electronic documents: 1.811.201
Available electronic journals (titles): 152.228
AV media (analogue and digital): 46.020
Individual micromaterials: 638.340
Maps and plans (number of sheets): 37.017
Sheet music: 4.420

Media access

Total expenditure for acquisition: EUR 5.764.778
Expenditure for the acquisition of electronic media: EUR 3.769.297
Expenditure for subscriptions to journals: EUR 1.609.466
Access to media items, conventional: 29.541
Access to media items, digital: 36.036
Subscriptions to non-electronic journals (titles): 1.448
Subscriptions to electronic journals (titles): 74.081


Opening hours: 119 hours per week
User workstations: 1.750
Computer workstations: 170
Library visits: 734.383
Items borrowed: 550.838
Active borrowers: 12.692

Promoting Information literacy

Attendees at library user training sessions: 5.433
User training sessions (hours): 711
Calls to the library's e-learning offerings: 55.340

Media centre

Audiovisual editing suites: 10
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): 115,60
Full-time equivalents (FTEs) according to the University Library’s staff appointment scheme (peripheral libraries): 37,80
Apprentices/interns (person months): 20,74

Academic libraries on campus

Number of academic libraries: 64
Number of printed media holdings: 1.867.664
Subscriptions to journals (titles) in non-electronic format: 2.540
Expenditure for acquisition (at peripheral libraries): EUR 1.419.720

Last updated: 1 January 2022
Source: Deutsche Bibliotheksstatistik (German Library Statistics) and our own calculations

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