Bielefeld University Library represents with its collection of about 2 mill. books and journals not only the central library of Bielefeld University which was founded in 1967, but also one of the most important general libraries of the whole region of East Westphalia-Lippe.
About 95 % of the collection is presented on open shelves and arranged by subject in the reading rooms. With opening hours until 01.00 throughout the week, 22.00 on weekends and more than 2,000 reading room workplaces, Bielefeld University Library is one of the front-runners among German libraries. For registered users electronic texts are available online, anytime, worldwide.
- Innovation is our Tradition.
- Service is our Commitment.
"Information.plus!" is the brand mark of Bielefeld University Library. "Innovation is our Tradition" and "Service is our Commitment" represent our corporate philosophy.
"Information.plus!" represents the holistic service concept of Bielefeld University Library. It combines a comprehensive choice of information resources tailored to suit user requirements with innovative, user friendly services and focuses on evolving web-based working methods in academia, which are increasingly influenced by e-science and e-learning. Along with attractive learning and working spaces within the library, additional benefits for the provision of information are created which are regularly reflected in excellent ratings.
Service is our Commitment
The main remit of the library is to provide University members with literature and information for academic teaching and research. The services are also open to the general public, including public authorities, businesses, hospitals and schools of the region. E-science and e-learning have strongly altered information needs. The enhancement of our services in close dialogue with the faculties and departments is a continuing concern. Bielefeld University Library considers itself as a driving force of a prospective service concept that encompasses all ICT-related departments of Bielefeld University.
Our service catalogue "Dienstleistungskatalog" provides a concise summary of all services of Bielefeld University Library.
Our latest enhancements:
- Search Engine BASE
- Discovery Service
- Library Learning Space
- Publication Services
- Mobile Services and Social Media
Innovation is our Tradition
The library works on modular systems for optimizing the e-library, particularly in the field of search engine technology and academic publishing as well as e-learning, bibliographic, fulltext databases and development of digital collections. For these projects the library cooperates with national and international partners and receives funding from the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft), the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Science and Research. Recently the University Library has been furthering the following projects:
- Research Data Management
- Automated Enhancement by OAI-Metadaten
- Enhanced and Compound Publications
- Publication Fund
- Repository Infrastructure
- Digitization of Journals of the Enlightenment
A numerical overview of Bielefeld UL
- Holdings: 2,300,000 volumes
- Journals: 21,800 licensed electronic journals. 2,600 print journals (subscriptions)
- Reading room workplaces: 2,340 individual and collaborative workstations, 155 of them equipped with PCs
- Library visits per year: 1,200,000
- Active registered users: 31,500
- Total number of loans incl. renewals per year: 1,200,000
Participation in the European Commission project DRIVER (Digital Repository Infrastructure Vision for European Research), which aims at cross-linking scientific repositories of European universities and research institutions (project period 2006 - 2009).
Start of the enhancement of the scholarly publishing services
Implementation of RFID technology: Self-service stations for borrowing, renewing and returning library items are installed.
Launch of Weblog and Twitter channel. Implementation of an article search module (EBSCO Discovery Service / EDS) in the library catalogue.
Update of all PCs with uniform interface for library and university computing centre services.
Research data linked to PUB - Publications at Bielefeld University.
Library catalogue with more than 500,000 online publications.
10 years search engine BASE.
Self-service units in all departmental libraries.
Datastatus: May 2016