The Hamburg State and University Library Carl von Ossietzky (Stabi) serves as the central lending library of the University of Hamburg and the city's other higher education institutions. It also serves as an academic library for the citizens of Hamburg and those of the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. As a state library, it collects and archives the publications located in Hamburg as well as literature relating to the city and its surroundings.
The library, founded in 1479, owns a number of special collections, which contain valuable legacy items, including medieval manuscripts, literary remains and autographs, rare and old prints, music, and maps. On behalf of the German Research Foundation, it collects highly specialist literature and digital information resources for German academic research in the areas of Spain and Portugal, Indigenous Peoples of North America and the Arctic, as well as inshore and deep-sea fishing. Together with the university's specialist libraries, it forms the University of Hamburg Library System.
Our "general tours" offer initial insights into the following subjects: The history and mission of the Stabi as Hamburg's largest academic library; literature research in the Campus Catalogue; reading rooms, book ordering and lending; information about the library card; other electronic services; premises of the SUB.
The tours usually take place on the first Wednesday of each month. The next dates can be viewed in our events calendar.
The majority of our collections are stored in closed stacks. If you would like to borrow these collections, please submit your order online via the beluga-catalogue. Any books that you order will be available to collect from the lending shelves in the Lending Centre from 10.00 a.m. the next working day (4.00 p.m. for books from the depository library). The reference books in the reading rooms (call number group: H) are freely accessible and can be used on the premises. Books from the textbook collection (call number group F) and books that start with call numbers A2000/...ff. are available from the self-service area in the Lending Centre and can be taken directly from the shelves and borrowed.
Monographs: Four weeks
Journals: Can be borrowed for two weeks in the reading room
Monographs: Three times four weeks
Please extend any loans yourself in your user account. Reserved books cannot be extended.
If a book is already loaned out, you can reserve it in the Campus Catalogue (for a fee of € 0.80). Titles from the textbook collection (call number group F) can only be reserved using a special form in the Stabi's Lending Centre.
You can return books from the Stabi during the counter opening hours. Outside of these hours, you can deposit them in the red-coloured book return bins in front of the returns counter. Books returned late will be subject to a fine of € 1.00 per book, per week commenced.
Please note: The university's specialist libraries have different lending rules.
The Stabi is a popular place to study and work. In the three reading rooms, you will find almost 120,000 books: A reference collection for 50 academic subjects with guides and textbooks, reference books, reference monographs, and around 1,200 professional journals.
- We offer you 750 different workspaces, from single cubicles to group workstations.
- We also offer 160 PC workstations with various equipment: In addition to pure research spaces, we also provide PCs with Office and other programs.
- Students and members of the University of Hamburg have WLAN access throughout the entire premises. Internet workspaces are also available for non-students/members.
- Multifunctional printers are available in different locations on the premises (printer with copying function), which can be operated with coins or a University of Hamburg CopyCard. Scanners and colour printers can be found in the Information Centre and the Multi-Media Centre.
Books and articles that are not available in Hamburg can be ordered from other libraries via the Common Union Catalogue (GVK). To do so, you will need a valid library card for the University of Hamburg Library System as well as an online interlibrary loan voucher for each request, which can be obtained from the Stabi for € 1.50. Delivery usually takes around two weeks.
For literature that cannot be retrieved or supplied in this way, we offer a conventional interlibrary loan slip, which also costs € 1.50. Should your order need to be forwarded abroad, we can obtain the literature via our international loan system (subject to a surcharge).
If you need any literature at short notice, the direct delivery service "subito" can be used as an alternative. Although the charge for this service will be higher, it guarantees processing times of 72 hours (normal service) or 24 hours (rush service).
- The beluga-catalogue contains all e-books and electronic dissertations that the Stabi makes available in full text. Please note that they are partly only accessible for members of the Library System.
- The Electronic Journals Library contains all open access and licensed electronic journals. Please note that they are partly only accessible for members of the Library System.
- The Database Info System contains open access and licensed databases. Please note that they are partly only accessible for members of the Library System.
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