The University Library in figures

Range of media

Total number of printed media holdings: 3,352,214
Manuscripts and handwritten works: 3,845
Incunabula: 3,448
Rare books: 12,647
Literary remains: 164
Available databases and individual electronic documents: 1.479.806
Available electronic journals (titles): 112,658
AV media (analogue and digital): 45,899
Individual micromaterials: 638,166
Maps and plans (number of sheets): 36,986
Sheet music: 4,272

Media access

Total expenditure for acquisition: EUR 3,646,170
Expenditure for the acquisition of electronic media: EUR 2,702,398
Expenditure for subscriptions to journals: EUR 1,278,106
Access to media items, conventional: 24,515
Access to media items, digital: 23,703
Subscriptions to non-electronic journals (titles): 1,820
Subscriptions to electronic journals (titles): 45,682


Opening hours: Mo - Su 7am - 12am, last entry 11.45 pm
User workstations: 1,748
Computer workstations: 170
Library visits: 3,021,673
Items borrowed: 933,633
Active borrowers: 23,869

Promoting IT skills

Attendees at library user training sessions: 6,364
User training sessions (hours): 1,056

Media centre

Audiovisual editing suites: 11
Studios: 4 (1 film studio, 2 radio studios, 1 recording studio)
Multimedia workstations: 15
Training spaces: 26


Full-time equivalents (FTEs) according to the University Library’s staff appointment scheme (not including peripheral libraries): 114.70
Full-time equivalents (FTEs) according to the University Library’s staff appointment scheme (peripheral libraries): 44.60
Apprentices/interns (person months): 68.78

Academic libraries on campus

Number of academic libraries: 64
Number of printed media holdings: 1,937,739
Subscriptions to journals (titles) in non-electronic format: 3,013
Expenditure for acquisition (at peripheral libraries): EUR 1,539,677

Last updated: 1 January 2019

Source: Deutsche Bibliotheksstatistik (German Library Statistics) and our own calculations

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