The University Library in figures

Range of media

Total number of printed media holdings: 3.373.962
Manuscripts and handwritten works: 4.047
Incunabula: 3.455
Rare books: 13.285
Literary remains: 164
Available databases and individual electronic documents: 1.811.201
Available electronic journals (titles): 148.177
AV media (analogue and digital): 45.915
Individual micromaterials: 638.241
Maps and plans (number of sheets): 36.996
Sheet music: 4.382

Media access

Total expenditure for acquisition: EUR 4.945.214
Expenditure for the acquisition of electronic media: EUR 3.446.391
Expenditure for subscriptions to journals: EUR 1.674.682
Access to media items, conventional: 23.989
Access to media items, digital: 254.556
Subscriptions to non-electronic journals (titles): 1.511
Subscriptions to electronic journals (titles): 73.030


Opening hours: Mo - So 7am - 24pm, last entry 23.45 pm
User workstations: 1,750
Computer workstations: 170
Library visits: 1.025.478
Items borrowed: 610.790
Active borrowers: 15.403

Promoting IT skills

Attendees at library user training sessions: 3.439
User training sessions (hours): 486
Calls to the library's e-learning offerings: 56.516

Media centre

Audiovisual editing suites: 11
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): 115,70
Full-time equivalents (FTEs) according to the University Library’s staff appointment scheme (peripheral libraries): 40,26
Apprentices/interns (person months): 73,05

Academic libraries on campus

Number of academic libraries: 64
Number of printed media holdings: 1.925.263
Subscriptions to journals (titles) in non-electronic format: 2.617
Expenditure for acquisition (at peripheral libraries): EUR 1.440.112

Last updated: 1 January 2021
Source: Deutsche Bibliotheksstatistik (German Library Statistics) and our own calculations

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