Library profile

The university library supports research, teaching, study and further education at the university with literature and other media – in both analogue and digital form.

The library is also open to the public, municipal authorities and companies in the metropolitan area.

Facts and figures


You can read and study in the library areas 7 days a week, including weekends and holidays.

  • 6 library locations
  • 2,060 seats
  • Open daily until 11 p.m.


How the library services are used during the year.

  • 2.28 million visits
  • 6,400 visits per day on average
  • 6,200 scan requests by researchers
  • 263,000 loans
  • 2.4 million downloads
  • 1.1 million database searches


In the university library you find literature, media and databases of all subjects – either to borrow or to use in the library.

  • 2.3 million media in total
  • 680,000 media in reference libraries
  • 150,000 e-books
  • 930 printed journal subscriptions
  • 31,000 e-journals
  • 520 databases


During the year the library acquires

  • 18,000 print media, DVDs and audiobooks
  • 21,000 digital media

Courses and consultancy

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:

  • 71,000 requests at the information desks
  • 417 hours of courses held
  • 220 single events
  • 4,500 participants

Publishing services

The university library provides you with advice relating to publishing and open access and supports you in publishing your research results.

History of the Library

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.


Communication management

Our contac persons will inform you about the range of services offered by the University Library. They also organize exhibitions and readings - often in cooperation with external institutions.