The library is also open to the public, municipal authorities and companies in the metropolitan area.
You can read and study in the library areas 7 days a week, including weekends and holidays.
How the library services are used during the year.
In the university library you find literature, media and databases of all subjects – either to borrow or to use in the library.
During the year the library acquires
The university library offers courses, tutorials, and tours, and provides subject-specific advice and writing consultancy. You can also use our live chat or ask a librarian at the information desks. Our activities per year:
Some current projects of the university library are sponsored by research funding institutions.
The University Library has its origins in the institutional libraries and the central library of the “Handelshochschule” (Commercial College Mannheim) founded in 1907. In 1932, these libraries were organizationally combined with the “Städtische Schlossbücherei” (Palace Library). The Palace Library was hived off as the “Wissenschaftliche Stadtbibliothek Mannheim” (Academic and City Library).
When the National Socialist dictatorship dissolved the “Handelshochschule” in 1933, the library’s stock was handed over to Heidelberg. Founded in 1946, the “Staatliche Wirtschaftshochschule Mannheim” (State College for Economics) got most of these books back from Heidelberg.
The promotion of the State College to the University in 1967 brought not only increased new acquisitions to the library in all subjects represented at the university, but also a large increase in older collections from the Academic and City Library, which was dissolved at the end of 1970.
Over the past 30 years, the book and media stock in the Mannheim University Library has doubled. During the last 10 years the focus of academic journals has increasingly shifted to licensing online. We also have expanded access to licensed e-books.