Library cards with reduced fee


Students of public universities in Germany, academic staff of public Hamburg
universities, HAW Hamburg alumni

No charge

Secondary school students

No charge

Individuals currently completing an apprenticeship, military service or volunteer civil service; recipients of Arbeitslosengeld I or II unemployment benefits (for an annual library card)


To receive a reduced fee, you must present one of the following:

HAW Hamburg chip card

Student card from a public university in Germany

HAW Hamburg alumni card

Proof of another justification for a fee reduction, such as the receipt of state benefits pursuant to SGB II (ALG II) and SGB XII or employment in an apprenticeship position, military service or volunteer community service


Library cards without reduced fee

Annual library card€30
Six-month library card€18
Monthly library card€10
Annual library card for law firms and legal organisations€120


Additional fees (as of 1 April 2016)

Replacement library card (for all users)


Fee per overdue item in first week following the due date


Fee per overdue item in second week following the due date

€2 additional charge (total of €3 per item)

Fee per overdue item in third week following the due date

€5 additional charge (total of €8 per item)

Fee per overdue item in fifth week following the due date

€10 additional charge (total of €18 per item)
ReservationNo charge
Lost book 

Administrative fee for each item lost


Price for replacing each item

Will be determined individually for each item

Please pay the fees using your EC (debit) card.

Borrowing from other Hamburg libraries

The annual or monthly fees you pay to the University Information and Library Service entitle you to borrow at no additional cost from the following academic libraries in Hamburg during the same period (you may need to also obtain a library card from the indvidual library):

Hamburg State and University Library (SUB)

Hamburg University of Technology Library (TUB)

HafenCity University Library

Fees owing

You can view any fees owing via your online user account.

Additional information about your user account

Locked account

Please note that your user account will automatically be locked if you owe more than €30 in fees! In this case you will not be able to renew, reserve or borrow library items. You will also not be able to use the other library services. Please pay your fees on time so that you do not reach this point.