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Services for Students

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Library Card

Your student card provides you with access to the TU and UdK libraries. It can be used on the following day after issue for borrowing materials.

In order to use the self-issue machines, you need a PIN. The preset PIN is the postal code. You can change your PIN in your library account’s personal settings section.

If your student card is lost, stolen or damaged you should inform the Campus Center immediately.Please also notify the Campus Center in case there is a change in name or address without delay.

More details:

Registration and Library Card

Borrowing Materials

The loan period is generally four weeks. Please see the libraries‘ websites for more information on the policies of a particular library.

Loans may be renewed as often as you like up to a maximum of 180 days. You will not be able to renew items which have been requested by another user or which have been ordered via interlibrary loan.

More details:

Borrowing, renewing and returning

Finding Resources

Resources held by TU and UdK libraries: 
You can search these in the

Knowledge Portal Primo

Textbook collection:
There is no need to buy every required textbook! The textbook collection provides multiple copies of frequently used course literature / textbooks and standard reference materials for all subjects. It is located on the ground floor in the Central Library. However, textbooks on architecture and constructional engineering are available in the Architecture Department Library.
More details:

Textbook collection

Course reserves:
Course reserves include materials set aside for a specific academic course at the request of the course's instructor. These materials can only be used on-site during the current semester to allow access for a high number of students.
More details:

Course reserves

Bachelor or master theses are usually not listed in the Knowledge Portal Primo. They can be found on each individual department‘s website.
More details:

Theses (in German only)

Further searches for books, e-books, journals and databases:

Searching for resources 

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Your Library Account / Email Address

TU students access the Knowledge Portal Primo with their tubIT account, e.g. to see their current loans or to renew and request materials.

All notifications, reminders and overdue notices will be sent to you by email.

Please note that all TU students are registered with their official TU email address automatically. Therefore, it is not possible to change your email address.

More details:

Library Account (in German only)

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Library Training and Workshops

Introductory sessions in German and English as well as further courses and workshops focusing on research skills, citing and reference management can be booked under the following link:

Learning How to Search

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Further Services

Internet access / Wi-Fi:
TU students access the library’s computer workstations and the eduroam network with their tubIT account. 
More details:

Internet access in the library

Group and single study rooms:
You can choose between a variety of study spaces for group study, studying on your own or when accompanied by your child.
More details:

Group / single study rooms

Interlibrary loan:
Order materials not held by the TU libraries.
More details:

Interlibrary loan

Electronic copy delivery service:
TU students may request scanned articles from printed journal holdings via our electronic copy delivery service.
More details:

Electronic copy delivery service

Services for disabled or chronically ill students:
Students are encouraged to disclose a disability in order to take advantage of alternative arrangements and extra help from library staff should it be necessary. TU and UdK students who have disclosed their disability may benefit from the following privileges:

  • production of enlarged copies free of charge for visually impaired students (within copyright restrictions)
  • extended loan period of three months (except for interlibrary loans and audiovisual materials)
  • delivery service for materials from other TU libraries to the Central Library  

More details:

Services for Disabled Students (in German only)

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Zusatzinformationen / Extras