Special stocks

Textbook collection

The textbook collection contains much requested and frequently used study literature in a larger number of lending copies. The collection comprises around 36,000 volumes from all subject areas of the University of Ulm. Borrowing is only possible with a valid ID (chip card). Textbooks are freely accessible on the ground floor of the library headquarters, and there is a non-lending reference copy of each title from the latest edition. The maximum number of simultaneous loans from the textbook collection is 15 copies. Beyond that, the same lending conditions apply as for the rest of the lending stock in the Central Library.

Course reserves

for courses of the current semester. Books that are in the semester collection cannot be borrowed during this time. The volumes are marked either with the name of the lecturer or the subject of the course. You will find the semester collections on the ground floor of the Central Library and the Helmholtzstr. library.

Mobile devices

Notebooks, tablets (iPad Air, iPad Mini, Samsung Galaxy Tab S), Tolino Vision e-book readers, Epson beamers, USB sticks (16 GB), headphones, Apple VGA adapters and Kensington security locks can be borrowed by members of Ulm University at the Lending Service Point in the Library Central Office. The loan period is 14 days with the possibility of an extension.

New acquisitions

Newly acquired books are displayed on the acquisitions shelf for one week and cannot be borrowed during this time, but can be reserved via the Online catalogue.

In the catalogue you can also call up lists of new acquisitions sorted by subject. Titles from the last four months are listed on a daily basis. One click from the hit display takes you to the full display, which shows you the location and lending status of the title and makes further details (tables of contents, etc.) available. You can order or reserve the title immediately.

Presence stock

Manuals and much sought-after standard works, as well as loose-leaf editions and a number of reference works and bibliographies are not available for loan. Overnight or weekend lending may be possible. There are high overdraft fees for unpunctual return.


Dissertations written at the University of Ulm can be found in the Central Library in the basement (Kompaktmagazin) as well as on the Open Access Repository of the University of Ulm (OPARU).

Reference collection

With a reference collection, academic staff have the opportunity to place literature from the library collection that is important for their research at their workplace in the institute for a longer period of time. Reference collections have an unlimited loan period, but also have upper limits regarding their scope. Please direct enquiries about setting up a reference collection to a contact person in the information department.
Please also refer to the information sheet on reference collections (german). On request (order in the online catalogue), it is also possible for other customers to borrow media that are on a reference collection in an institute.

Psychological tests

Psychological tests are only made available to the public on a limited basis in order to guarantee the value of the test procedures in the long term. The loan or inspection of these tests is exclusively for information in the context of research and teaching. It is therefore only made available to users who can demonstrate such an interest (students and employees of the Institute of Psychology and Education as well as persons with psychological training).

Reference works

Reference works can be found in the basement at the end of the compact stacks. This general reference stock includes bibliographies, encyclopaedias, biographical directories, etc.

Studium Generale

The Studium Generale is a collection that addresses general literary interests: fiction, travel guides, popular science works and much more; housed in the southern part of the reading room of the library headquarters (ground floor).

Chinese Corner

Since the summer semester 2015, textbooks for learning Chinese have been placed on the 1st floor (southwest side). There are also numerous AV materials and language courses. Realised in cooperation with the Language Centre.

RRZN manuals (computer science)

For licensing reasons, the manuals may only be sold to students and staff of the University of Ulm and the Ulm University of Applied Sciences for their own use. Further information can be found on our RRZN overview page.

Discarded books (all subjects)

Depending on the degree of preservation and volume, discarded books are sold for between EUR 0.50 and EUR 3.00 nominal fee. With this "New Textbooks Campaign" you support the purchase of new textbooks.

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.

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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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