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University Library

The library is a place where you can work and study, and we are happy to help and advise you with your research and using the library.
Feel free to ask us and we can show you how to use information to expand your knowledge!

Covid-19 guidance on using the library

Thank you for understanding that we strive to comply fully with the current legal regulations.

Based on the current risk assessment, it continues to be mandatory to wear a medical-grade mask (surgical or FFP2 mask) in all indoor public spaces and if you cannot maintain a physical distance of 1.5 metres to other people.

For your own safety, we recommend that you observe the current public health advice and use the sanitizers provided on our premises.

Refugees welcome!

You are welcome to use our library to work or study.

Here are some of the services we offer:

  • use of our numerous desks and workstations
  • access to trustworthy internet sites from our computers, free of charge
  • borrowing and downloading books and other media
  • help and advice on all our services

You can speak to us in person at the service desk, call us on 0361/6700 -7777 or send us an email at bibliothek@fh-erfurt.de


University Library

Altonaer Straße 25
Building 2
99085 Erfurt                    find us on the city map

Service Desk
Tel.: 0361 6700-7777
Email: bibliothek@fh-erfurt.de

Summer Opening Hours

From 8 August till 4 October 2022

Mondays & Wednesdays to Fridays from 9:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m.
from 9:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m.
Closed on Saturdays

The University Library will be closed on  20.09. and 28.09.2022.

Getting published

Open Access Publishing

As part of the Thuringian Strategy for Digitization in Higher Education, the Thuringian Ministry of Science, Research and the Economy (TMWWDG) finances Open Access publications at all Thuringian universities by means of a special publication fund. You may apply for funding for the Article Processing Charge (APC) of OA articles through the university library.

    • The applicant must be a member of the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt at the time of application.
    • As the applicant, you are responsible for the publication as the "corresponding author".
    • Funded publications should be published under an open content licence, e.g. a Creative Commons licence.
    • The publication must have undergone peer review.
    • Publication should take place in the year of application.
    • Publications in pure or hybrid OA journals or OA books (Gold Open Access) are eligible for funding.
    • Open Access articles/books are funded up to €700 including VAT. Currently, we assume that this funding is subject to tax.
    • Provided that the contractual conditions are met, the publication can additionally be republished and archived on the institutional repository of the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt Digitale Bibliothek Thüringen (DBT).
    • Publications without academic content or publications in so-called "mirror journals" or "predictatory journals".
    • Incidental costs such as colour charges, page charges, submission fees, licence fees, archive fees and other administration costs.
    • Contributions towards closed-access publications or printing costs.
  • In order to submit an application for funding of your Open Access publication, please use our application form or write us an email, enclosing the title of the publication and the e-journal/e-book and information on the status of the publication.

    The University Executive Board and the university library regularly review the applications received. Applicants are notified about the decision as soon as possible.

    Please note that when submitting an application, you must also include the signed Declaration on the Application for Funding of an Open Access Publication.

    We are happy to support you in all matters relating to funding opportunities for your OA publication. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

    Contact: Juliett Triller | Phone 0361/ 6700 -7784 | erwerbung@fh-erfurt.de

Acceptance and publication of theses such as Bachelor's and Master's theses at the FHE

The University Library publishes Bachelor's and Master's theses written at the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt in electronic form in the Digital Library Thuringia (DBT).

Final theses are published on the recommendation of the thesis supervisor if they have been assessed with the grade "very good" or "good".

For publication, a declaration of consent is required from the author of the work and approval for publication from the supervisor.

    • Please submit your thesis to the university library for publication. To do so, please send an email to erwerbung@fh-erfurt.de with the electronic version of the declaration of consent and the thesis to be published.
    • In order for your electronic thesis to be published in the Digital Library of Thuringia (DBT), it must be in PDF/A format.
    • After receiving your work and the declaration of consent, the university library checks that the documents are complete, provides bibliographical data and publishes the work in the Digital Library Thuringia (DBT) as well as in local, regional and national catalogues.
    • After your thesis has been published in the DBT, you and your supervisor will receive a confirmation of publication from the university library.

          Contact: Rafal Duszynski | Phone 0361/ 6700 -7781 | erwerbung@fh-erfurt.de


The University of Applied Sciences library is a public academic library.

It can be used by students, lecturers and employees of the University of Applied Sciences Erfurt as well as members of the public. You can register to use the library from the age of 14 (with the consent of a parent or guardian).

For registration, we need the following:

  • students - thoska | identity card | certificate of registration from the local authorities
  • staff - thoska | identity card | certificate of registration from the local authorities
  • school pupils - identity card | consent of a parent or guardian
  • collaborative users - confirmation | form | identity card of main user


Library card - thoska

Your thoska (Thüringer Hochschul- und Studierendenwerkskarte) is also your library membership card.

  • It can also be used as a library and payment card in all other Thuringian academic libraries.
  • Library users who don't have a thoska can obtain one from us.
  • There is a one-off charge of € 10, which must be paid immediately by cash-free payment.
  • The card can also be used to pay for copying and charges.
  • Please let us know if you lose your thoska card and we will block your account for your protection.

Library account

When you register, a personal user account will be set up for you. To access your account, use the library user number on the back of your thoska and a preset password. To protect your data, please regularly change your password.

In your account, you can

  • see the loan periods of any items you have borrowed
  • renew items twice provided they haven't been reserved by other users
  • see charges owed for late returns or interlibrary loans
  • manage your password settings

We will use your email address for all personal communications with you. You are entitled to use the library for one calendar year at a time. Your membership can be renewed once we have checked your contact details.

Storage locations and conditions of loan

All materials in our holdings are thematically indexed and arranged according to their various subject areas. For indexing, we use the Regensburg Union Classification.

Items placed in the "open access area" are freely accessible on the shelves in the basement and the first and second floors of the library.

Materials that are not freely accessible are located in the stacks. To see how to order these holdings free of charge, go to Katalog+/OPAC and use the order button. Three times a day at 9.00 a.m., 12.00 p.m. and 3.00 p.m., these items are available for collection at the service desk.

You can find out more about our collection and borrowing options in the following overview.

  • Monographs

    Open access area

    • Loan copy | 29-day loan
    • Reference copy | weekend / public holiday loan


    • Loan copy | 29-day loan
    • Order via Katalog+ / OPAC


    Open access area

    • Reference copy | weekend / public holiday loan


    • Reference copy | weekend / public holiday loan
    • Order via Katalog+ / OPAC



    • Reference copy | not eligible for loan – use on site
    • Order form

    Film, CD-ROM etc.


    • Loan copy | 29-day loan
    • Order via Katalog+ / OPAC

    Historical collections


    • Reference copy | not eligible for loan - use on site
    • Order via Katalog+ / OPAC
    • 1,000 works from the Benary Company Library
    • 3,000 works from the historical collection of the former Horticultural College in Erfurt
  • eBooks

    • an eBook is a digital edition of a printed book
    • our eBooks are listed in Katalog+ / OPAC



    • bibliographical database - references on specific subjects
    • full text database - electronic collection of entire texts
    • factual database - primary data

Borrowing and returning items

You can borrow all items free of charge. To do so, please talk to our staff at the service desk or use the self-service checkout.

At the service desk you can also collect

  • any items you have reserved,
  • orders from the stacks,
  • pre-ordered materials, and
  • interlibrary loans.
  • You can reserve items currently loaned by other users free of charge. After the items have been returned, they will be held for you and you will receive an email letting you know that you can collect them from the service desk.

  • Items that have not been reserved by other users can be renewed.

    • You can renew items yourself twice via your library account.
    • Any further renewals have to be made by contacting the service desk (also possible by phone or email).
  • To avoid incurring overdue charges, we send out an email three days before your loan expires to remind you to return or renew your items. Once the loan period has expired, weekly reminder fees will be charged. You will receive the 1st and 2nd reminder by email and the 3rd reminder by recorded delivery.

    Per item borrowed, the overdue charges are as follows:

    • 1st reminder | charge of € 1.50
    • 2nd reminder | charge of € 4.00 (€ 2.50 for the 2nd reminder plus € 1.50 from the 1st reminder)
    • 3rd reminder | charge of € 8.00 (€ 4.00 for the 3rd reminder plus € 1.50 for the 1st and € 2.50 for the 2nd reminder)
  • Please report damaged or dirty items before you borrow them. Should you lose or damage loan items, please let us know as soon as possible.

Interlibrary loan

Publications that are not available in the Erfurt libraries can be ordered here from other libraries via the "interlibrary loan" service.

Please contact us with your enquiries and suggestions. We will be happy to help you.

  • In order to order items as interlibrary loans, you need an extra account.

    • The account will be set up by our service desk.
    • A fee of € 1.50 is charged for ordering interlibrary loans.
    • You need to pay the charge in advance using your thoska card.
  • In order to search externally, active the button "search everything".

    Using the button "interlibrary loan", you will reach the nationwide catalogue where you can then order items.

    Loan order

    • The item will be sent to us and made available for you to borrow.

    Order a copy

    • Individual essays are supplied as copies which you can keep.
  • To order interlibrary loans, you need to register in the catalogue as follows:

    • enter your user number = the user number printed on the back of your thoska
    • your password = personal password/preset to your six-figure date of birth
    • order details are entered automatically
    • re-enter your password to confirm your order.
  • Borrowing

    As soon as the items arrive, they can be collected.

    • We will inform you by email.
    • The items will be entered into your library account.
    • You can collect the items from our serviced desk.


    When their loan period of has expired, please return the items on interlibrary Ioan to our service desk.

Contact: Interlibrary loan