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Books, periodicals and suchLibrary

Our library provides or enables access to media such as periodicals, course books, specialist books and CD-ROMs as well as electronic information to support our students and our lecturers alike. The library is both, a study library with workplaces and a borrowing library, and it is open to all members of the university. 

The library focuses on technical and scientific publications for all study programmes offered at THGA (geo-engineering and post-mining, mechanical engineering, material sciences, electrical engineering, infortmation technology, and business engineering). Our reading rooms feature around 30,000 volumes which can either be consulted in the library itself or borrowed and taken home for studying. They are sorted by category. In addition, you will have access to around 300 journals and daily papers.

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CurrentOpening hours

Opening hours during the lecture period:

Mondays: 8:00-18:00
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8:00-20:00
Wednesdays: 8:00-12:00
Fridays: 8:00-16:00
Saturdays: 9:30-12:00

Opening hours during the semester holidays:

Mondays: 8:00-16:00
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 12:00-19:00
Wednesdays: 8:00-12:00
Fridays: 8:00-14:00
Saturdays: closed

Information on Covid-19 regulations

We look forward to your visit. Please observe the following rules:

  • Wearing a medical face mask (FFP2) is recommended in the library.
  • Please try to keep a minimum distance of 1.5 m to other people.

Digital services offered by the library

A lof of our library offers are also available outside the campus via Shibboleth & VPN: E-Media, Standards, Databases and our DigiBib offers.
How to set up a VPN is described here.

Initiative E-Books.NRW

The initiative E-Books.NRW is sponsored by the state of North Rhine Westphalia and allows members of the university and DMT-LB access to more than 100,000 ebooks of different publishers until 31 December 2023. Those publishers include: de Gruyter, Content-Select, Beck, Bloomsbury, Hanser, Duncker & Humblot,Nomos, Science Direct (Elsevier), Springer, Wiley, VDI-Verlag and Meiner eLibrary (the last one until 31 December 2022). After this promotional period, selected titles will be acquired and then available as a permanent part of the THGA library collection.
You can find more details on Electronic media.

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Our library team

Contact person
Office hours
Tanja Barkowski
Expertise Leiterin der Bibliothek, Erwerbung, Fernleihe
Office hours
Karla Chmiel
Expertise Erwerbung, Fernleihe, Rechnungsstellung, Periodika
Office hours
Cristin Veronique Haddick
Expertise Ausleihe, Fernleihe (in Vertretung), Katalog
Office hours
Melanie Meinen
Expertise ALMA Systembetreuung, Katalog, OPUS
Office hours
Doris Miebach
Expertise Katalog
Office hours
Sabine Rustemeier
Expertise Ausleihe
Office hours


University Library
Herner Straße 45
44787 Bochum, Germany

Entrance: Building 8, Room 005

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