Services of the library

You will find information about the services we can provide under the Covid-19 restrictions.

More information about closures of/restrictions on cultural and scientific institutions in Bavaria is available on the web pages of the Bavarian State Ministry for Science and the Arts (in German).

+++ As of Monday, 14 June 2021, the Library will open its collection and the reading places in the reading rooms. Die Service Counter is staffed. Group work remains not permitted. +++

+++Use the automatic return station (“Rückgabeautomat”) in the foyer of the Library to return books and DVD/Blu-rays. The return station is accessible during the opening hours of the building .+++

+++ You are welcome to an introduction to the Library as of Monday, 14 June 2021. For an introduction, just come by the Service Counter during our opening hours. +++


This site is regularly updated.

While visiting the Library during the coronavirus pandemic, the following hygiene measures must be adhered to:

  • Physical distancing: A physical distance of minimally 1.5 metres must be maintained between visitors in the Library.
  • Square metre rule: The Library has 2,848 m2 of publicly accessible area (working spaces and shelf areas over four floors). This permits a maximum of 182 individuals to visit the Library at the same time. For information about the number of visitors, a display is being installed in the Library’s entrance area.
  • An FFP2 mask must be worn upon entering the building and during your entire visit (including at reading spaces). Staff must wear an FFP2 mask or a medical face mask.
  • A personal registration is required for visits to the Library to ensure contact tracing by the Health Office, if needed. University members can register in VirtuOhm; forms are available for external visitors to complete that can be submitted without contact using the provided letter slot. This form can also be downloaded from our web page.
  • The reading spaces in the Library can currently be used freely (follow restrictions and seating arrangements!). We are in the process of installing a booking system to enable booking reading spaces. We will provide more information as soon it becomes foreseeable that the booking system will be operable.
  • Borrowed media (excepting special media such as OHMbooks, locker keys, etc.) can be returned using the automatic return stations outside of the Library’s opening hours. (For this service, please note the opening hours of the KL Building).
  • Nuremberg Tech’s general hygiene measures must also be adhered to. People with symptoms of illness are prohibited from visiting Nuremberg Tech. A column in the Library’s entrance area can measure body temperature. This service should be used as far as possible.
  • According to the email from the University Management of 8 January 2021, it is strictly prohibited to form or gather in groups on campus. This applies inside and outside the Library building complex. Therefore, quiet reading rooms, group rooms, and carrels remain closed at this time, because adherence to the minimum physical distance cannot be supervised.
At the following times, we are available at the Service Counter, via telephone, and via email: 
Monday - Friday10.00 am - 4.00 pm
Saturday, Sunday, and holidaysclosed
Telephone: 0911 / 5880 - 4000
Email: bibliothekatth-nuernbergPunktde


Further information about the user regulations is available on the following pages.


The library’s collection is freely accessible as of 14 June 2021. You will no longer need to order media that you need. Please feel free to collect your books directly from the shelves during our opening hours and then check them out using the self-service stations.

Since 11 June 2021 it is longer possible to order books via OPAC. Please contact us if you have questions about orders; we will be pleased to assist you.

Interlibrary loan items that can be picked up are available on the pick-up shelf. They also need to be checked out via the self-service stations. Returns using the stations are only possible where a yellow slip is attached to the item.

A non-validated OHMcard will also work to borrow materials.

Effective immediately, returns of media (excepting OHMbooks, locker keys, etc.) are exclusively possible using the automatic return stations in the foyer of the building. For this service, please note the hours the KL Building is open.

Laptop loans

Laptops (OHMbooks) can be borrowed and returned during our opening hours (last lending time is one hour before closing time) at the Service Counter. Please reserve a laptop using OPAC .

Reserve shelves/labs

Reserve book collections on order and media for laboratories will also continue to be sent by internal mail.

 Returning media (for students who are in quarantine)

If media must be returned (can no longer be renewed), but cannot be personally returned due to being in quarantine, there are the following possibilities: a third-party can return the item(s) or they can be mailed via post. If neither of these options are possible, please contact us via email (bibliothek@th-nuernberg).

Please take note of the following rules when borrowing or returning media:
  • Please register your contact details via VirtuOhm ; non-members of the university will need to complete a form at the entrance. You will not be permitted entry unless you have registered.
  • Please note the generally applicable social distancing rules (minimum distance of 1.5 metres)
  • An FFP2 mask must be worn.

As is usual, it is possible to renew a loan five times in your OPAC user account (exceptions apply to special media like laptops and locker keys, interlibrary loans, media that have one-week loan periods, etc.), if the item in question has not been requested by another user. Renewals are possible five days before the due date.
New in the system: the first renewal is automatic, but you have to carry out subsequent renewals yourself. As mentioned above, this automatic renewal can only occur, if the item has not been requested by another user. 

The reading rooms in the Library are open (Mon-Fri 1.00 am - 4.00 pm) and therefore the shelves are also accessible again.

Although, the following instructions and rules must be followed:

  • All users must register their contact details in VirtuOhm before entering the library (room: KL.000); non-university members may use a form (in German) to do this at the entrance. It is not possible to enter the library without registering!
  • Work spaces do not yet require a reservation. A reservation tool will soon be introduced. After which point, working spaces will need to be booked online in advance. When the system is ready, further information will be available on this web page.
  • Group rooms and carrels can not currently be used. Working in groups is not permitted in any spaces in the Library.
  • Due to the hygiene regulations, the number of work spaces has been significantly reduced.
  • An FFP2 mask must be worn on Library premises; this includes while seated at work spaces.

Information about recalled items subject to fines

Since the library has reopened, and media can be returned during the times the KL Building is open using the automatic return stations in the foyer, we will need to recall overdue media, subject to a charge.

Therefore, please return all borrowed media that are due or past due!

Where charges have been incurred on your library account, these can be deducted from the student ID card/library card at one of the OHM service terminals. The receipt generated by the terminal must be presented as proof of payment in the library. Please note the availability of the terminals (this can be found in the last column under "current availability"; Intranet page of Central IT, VPN access required from home) at the university.

The Ohm Service Terminal, that used to be in the Library, is now located in the foyer of the KI-KL building complex (on the left, next to the Library entrance).


Interlibrary loan services are again available for university and FOM members without restriction. 
Interlibrary loan copies that arrive after 27 January 2021 will be sent to you as a pdf attachment via email due to a licencing exception (limited until 31 July 2021). In some cases, copies may need to be picked up in paper form (in an envelope) from the library’s pick-up shelf or sent via in-house mail. Until 31 July 2021, no nominal fees will be charged in any cases. Books remain available for two weeks for pick-up.
Please note that the pick-up deadline displayed in your OPAC account is not correctly shown! Due to the system, correct deadlines cannot be displayed currently.

There may still be delivery delays due to lockdown closures for libraries.

In this regard, please note the Information about borrowing/returns  for media from our collection, as interlibrary loan books must also be checked out and returned using the self-service stations.

An alternative to interlibrary loan is SUBITO. Please note, though, that subito orders are usually more expensive than interlibrary loans.

Please check for current developments on this website. 

If you have any questions, we would be pleased to assist you via telephone or email.

With over 410,000 eBooks, 133,000 eJournals and numerous databases, the library now has a larger collection of electronic media than printed media. This means that we are able to provide you with literature even in these times.

All electronic items can be found in OPAC or on our website.

Among other things, the "Literature search by Faculty" pages provide a Faculty-specific compilation of the relevant electronic resources that we offer to make your search easier.

Please also refer to the instructions on the VPN for use from home.
The collection of electronic media can only be used by university members.

Due to the current restrictions and regulations, in-person instruction can unfortunately not take place.

In consultation with the course tutors, our events will therefore be held electronically using Moodle.

Consultations for final theses are currently offered via zoom; you can register here.

During the semester break, we are offering training workshops on citavi, Zotero, or literature searching . You can register in VirtuOhm; the link for the workshop will be sent before the meeting via email.

For some time now, the library has offered to scan in printed publications for the electronic reserve shelf in line with copyright laws and make those scans available to teaching staff. You will still be able to use this service.

Purchase suggestions for e-books

It will also still be possible to suggest purchases using the standard forms. We will check whether we are also able to provide the title as an eBook.