The InfoCenter in the Schloss Schneckenhof West Library is the first point of contact for all interested parties and visitors. It is operated in cooperation with the university’s Computing Center (RUM).
In the university library you will find literature, media and databases on all subject areas – both for loan or for reading on site. You can search for these in the Primo catalog, and check out around half of the books in the Central Lending Library.
You can read and study in the various library areas 7 days a week, including weekends and holidays. You will find places for individual and group work in all areas. Guided tours and courses will familiarize you with all the library’s offers and services. The spectrum ranges from a tour through the library through courses on searching for literature in the Primo catalog to subject specific research in databases. Every Wednesday, the writing consultancy offers open consultation hours in the Learning Center.
(As of 2016)
(As of 2016)
The University Library consists of 4 library locations with non-circulating collections, the Central Lending Library with Textbook Collection, and the University Library administration.
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.
Are you interested in cooperation? Further contact persons can be found at the Department of Communication and Fundraising at the University, the University-owned Service und Marketing GmbH and the alumni network ABSOLVENTUM MANNHEIM.