Due to the current coronavirus situation, the HAW Hamburg libraries are offering only very limited opening hours and access is restricted to a specific group of users! Only those people permitted to enter HAW Hamburg buildings are authorised to enter the libraries. You can find more information on the HAW Hamburg coronavirus updates page.
The HAW Hamburg libraries are currently (last update: 13 September 2021) only open for self-service borrowing and for returns, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Access to these services is limited to instructors, employees and students from HAW Hamburg, other public universities in Hamburg and those universities with which the HAW Hamburg libraries cooperate on a legal or contractual basis. Additionally, a limited number of library workspaces for studying are available (since 26 May) for HAW Hamburg students to reserve.
You can find updates and information about library access and all services currently available in the list below. If you come to the library, please remember to return any outstanding materials.
Overview of services currently available (Updated: 13 September 2021)
HAW Hamburg members – employees, students and instructors – can access numerous online resources from the HAW network. This access is available even when you are not physically at the university:
1. VPN connection
Almost all of the e-media licensed for use at HAW Hamburg can also be accessed remotely using the VPN connection.
You can find more information about using the VPN connection here. If you have difficulties using the VPN connection or have questions about it, please contact ITSC_support (@) haw-hamburg.de. For questions related to our e-media resources, please use the call-a-librarian service (see above) or contact your library using this form.
Once you have connected to the HAW network using the VPN connection, you can search the HAW catalogue as you normally would and read full-text versions of online resources.
2. Shibboleth access
Shibboleth provides another way of accessing electronic resources. You can use your HAW account to log in, either via the Shibboleth portal at https://login.haw-hamburg.de or directly through the publisher listed in the HAW catalogue. A VPN connection is not necessary.
This service is currently under development.
As of 13 September 2021, the HAW Hamburg libraries are again offering limited self-service borrowing of print media. This service is currently only available to instructors, employees and students from HAW Hamburg, other public universities in Hamburg and those universities with which the HAW Hamburg libraries cooperate on a legal or contractual basis.
The total number of users who can be in the library at one time is limited to 10 people per library. The maximum amount of time that can be spent in the library is 30 minutes.
The libraries (except for the Business, Engineering and Computer Science Library 1 – TW 1) are open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The TWI 1 Library (Berliner Tor 5) is unfortunately still closed. If you need materials from TWI 1, please continue to use the pick-up service for print media, which is also outlined on this page.
This is how self-borrowing works:
- Please use the HAW Catalogue in advance to determine which items you need in order to avoid having to do a search at the library.
- To enter the library, please take one of the bags located at the entry and take it inside with you. If no bag is available, please wait until someone leaves the library and returns their bag.
- Please observe the requirement to wear a face mask, the physical distancing rules, and the usual hygiene-related measures. You can find more information about this on HAW Hamburg's general coronavirus information page.
- In the library, you can locate the materials you need and check them out yourself at the self-service checkout stations.
- In some cases it is possible to borrow reference materials upon request. Please ask us about this at the loans desk.
- Please do not take any books from the returns shelf. You can, however, return books here (via the returns shelf or returns bins).
- The book scanners, rooms for group work and all closed off areas of the library are unfortunately not available for use.
- Please remember to return the bag when you leave the library.
Order and pick-up service for print media at the Business, Engineering and Computer Science Library 1 (TWI 1) (as of 13 September 2021)
The Business, Engineering and Computer Science Library 1 (Berliner Tor 5), which is unfortunately still closed, is offering a an order and pick-up service for print media. This service is currently only available to HAW Hamburg instructors, employees and students. At the other HAW libraries, please use the limited self-borrowing service from 13 September onwards (see above for a description).
To use the service, please do the following:
1. Search as usual for the titles you want to borrow in our HAW Catalogue. You can order a maximum of 10 titles.
2. Copy the link of the titles you have located.
3. Use our contact form and let us know what you want to borrow by entering the link you have copied.
4. Enter your first name, last name and your library account number (located on the back of your chip card) in the form.
5. We will send you an email when your materials are ready. You can then pick up the items, which will already have been booked to your library account, contact-free in the Business, Engineering and Computer Science Library 2 (TWI 2) at Berliner Tor 7 on Monday, Wednesday or Thursday, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
6. First-semester students: If your HAW Hamburg chip card has still not been activated as a library card, please fill out and send the online registration form. You will then need to bring your chip card, either your personal ID card or your passport, and your residence certificate (Meldebestätigung) to the library. Alternatively, you can send us the necessary copies (both sides) using the contact form.
When you pick up your items, please observe the requirement to wear a face mask and to maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres from others.
Update: 9 September 2021 – The number of workspaces available will be increased as of 13 September. These numbers are listed below.
As of 26 May 2021, library workspaces for studying are available in three of the HAW Hamburg libraries. This service is offered exclusively for HAW Hamburg students!
A limited number of individual workspaces (group study is not possible) are available and can initially be booked for Monday, Wednesday or Thursday between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm:
- TWI 2 (Berliner Tor 7) – 30 workspaces
- S&P (Alexanderstr. 1) – 13 workspaces
- DMI (Finkenau 35) – 16 workspaces
In order to use the workspaces, you must fulfil the following mandatory requirements:
- A negative rapid antigen corona test result from a testing centre (must be less than 24 hours old)
- Or a certificate issued by HAW Hamburg (e.g. the self-testing centre at DMI) confirming a negative rapid antigen corona self-test result for the current day
- Or proof of completed vaccination
- HAW Hamburg's current hygiene rules must be adhered to in the libraries: Please wear a mask (surgical or FFP2) during your time in the library, including when you are at your workspace, and maintain a distance of 1.5 metres from others.
- Please also check in to the HAW Hamburg 'Darfichrein' contact-tracing app via the QR code in the respective study room.
A reservation gives you a workspace for a guaranteed period of six hours. Reservations can be made via a brief written request to the specific library using the library's contact form. Please include your library card number (on the back of your HAW chip card), as well as the date you would like to reserve the space for.
Unfortunately, the extensive building work currently underway in the Life Sciences Library means that no workspaces are available there at this time.
We are also unable to offer workspaces at the TWI 1 library (Berliner Tor 5) due to issues surrounding access to the library.
You can continue to borrow and return materials at the interim location. A small part of the collection is even accessible on site. However, most of the items from the Life Sciences library are only available via order through the HAW catalogue. The books ordered can be picked up the following day at the interim location (or on Tuesday if you order between Friday and Monday noon). We will hold the materials you order ready for you for three days.
Unforunately, we cannot offer library workplaces for study during the renovation period.
The renovations are expected to be complete at the beginning of 2022.
Do you need support finding literature for an essay, a presentation or your final thesis?
You can call our librarians and ask for their advice and assistance. The librarians in the various faculty libraries are available to help you by phone at the following times.
Business, Engineering and Computer Science Library
Mon–Fri: 9:00 am–3:00 pm
Engineering, Computer Science
Business, Administration, Law
Design, Media and Information Library
Mon–Fri: 9:00 am–3:00 pm
Social Work and Nursing Library
Mon–Fri: 9:00 am–3:00 pm
Life Sciences Library
Mon–Fri: 9:00 am–3:00 pm
We look forward to your call and are happy to support you during this challenging time.
Many reputable resources are permanently available online, at no charge (Open Access).
We have compiled a list of Open Access resources which make it possible for you to access academic literature without registration, a VPN connection, etc.: Tips for finding Open Access resources (in German only).
The aim of Open Access is to make academic information available online on an ongoing and no-charge basis, i.e. without financial, legal or technical barriers. We have provided this list to support you in searching for, finding and using authentic Open Access offers – alongside those offered temporarily because of the Covid-19 outbreak.
The Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg - Carl von Ossietzky is offering HAW Hamburg members an e-media delivery service (Virtual walk-in service), provided they have a valid library card or email account from a state university or the City of Hamburg.
Following a successful search in Katalogplus, you can order e-books or e-articles using the following form:
Electronic delivery of print materials is not possible.
You do not need to use the form if you have a library card from the Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg.