Library Use

Changed opening hours in the library central office

from Monday, 17 October 2022

These opening hours will be in effect at the Library Central Office from 17.10.2022 to 23.12.2022:

    Mon - Thu : 8 am - 8 pm
    Fri:               8 am - 6 pm
    Sat:            10 am - 4 pm

On Sundays and public holidays the library central office is closed.

Notes for the winter semester 2022/23 (from 17.10.2022)

In the winter semester 2022/23, the following applies in the central library of the kiz:

  • The central library is open: Mon. - Thurs. 08:00 - 20:00 / Fri. 08:00 - 18:00 / Sat. 10:00 - 16:00.
  • Work cubicles are to be reserved online.
  • Immediate lending is possible.
  • Inform us if you wish to have them sent (for a flat postage fee).
  • The library building should be entered with a medical mask or respirator (FFP2, KN95).
  • The library Helmholtzstraße is open in the period Mon. - Thu. 08:00 - 18:00, Fri. 08:00 - 16:00.
  • All electronic resources of the kiz are available as usual, regardless of location.
    Activate your VPN connection before you start your literature search.
  • The electronic express order as well as the Elsevier emergency supply remain available.
  • Purchase requests (primarily e-books) are processed.
  • Print media can be ordered and reserved.
  • Books can be returned in front of the main entrance of the Bibl.-Zentrale (return box: 24/7 = around the clock).
  • Articles from print journals in the kiz collection can be ordered, preferably as scans.

Online Catalog

The online catalog or OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) is the web front-end interface of the library system  aDIS/BMS. Use the catalog to conduct a literature search and manage your library account , such as reviewing and renewing items that you have checked out, requesting or placing a hold on library materials, or ordering materials through interlibrary loan.

Reading Room and Study Spaces

Library materials are on open access in the readings rooms and stacks in the central library building (Bibliothekszentrale: BZ) and departmental library Helmholtzstraße (HH).

Workspaces are provided in all publicly accessible areas at both library locations. You can choose to study either in the open reading room area or in the stack aisles, and a limited number of personal study carrels are provided for quite study. In addition to these conventional work spaces, we provide a modern study environment with multimedia group work rooms and a lounge area.


The Library lends materials primarily for the needs of the University community, but we also offer our services to the wider academically interested public.


Licensing of digital editions of scientific journals, e-books, and literature and fact databases (e-resources) for the University of Ulm. The selection of content is demand-oriented and, depending on the product, is coordinated with the users, the faculties or the university management and carried out on their behalf. The service ensures online access to licensed electronic information media via the platforms of the providers.

Office Reference Collections

Professors and academic staff who wish to have reference material on hand for research purposes may establish their own office reference collections containing borrowed library material. Non-academic institutes can also apply for such permission.

Library patrons may request to borrow material from these collections via the online catalog.


The service includes the provision of the university with information media for research, teaching and studies. The service is responsible for the development of the entire inventory including de-acquisition. It coordinates and advises the financial resources in the area of information supply at the university as a whole and coordinates the acquisition of print and e-media, as well as the open access transformation.

Guide to Regional Libraries

Here you can find further information about 60 libraries in 30 cities constituting the wider regional academic community, from Albstadt to Dillingen (Donau) and from Aalen to Friedrichshafen.

Communication and Information Centre (kiz)

Please contact us if you have questions or problems related to the kiz services:

Office hours
Monday - Thursday
09:00 h - 12:00 h and 13:00 h - 15:30 h

Friday 09:00 h - 12:00 h

+49 (0) 731 / 50 - 30000

+49 (0) 731 / 50 - 1230000

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Support Portal (Uni internal)

Service Points are locations where you can visit us personally.


Using self-service functions of the Identity Management System (IDM): Administer permissions, subscribe to services, change passwords.

IDM Self Services

Research in the library stock: monographs, textbooks, magazines, university publications, e-books, e-journals, national licenses, and the contents of the institutional repository OPARU.

library catalogue::local

With about 400 keywords you will get direct access to our services. If something isn't listed, please contact our Internet Editorial Office.

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