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Schloss Schneckenhof West
D 68131 Mannheim
Germany

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.

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).

Services

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.

Stock
  • Total media stock: 2,3 million
  • Books: 1,9 million
  • Printed journal subscriptions: 1.000
  • Electronic Journals: 32.000
  • Databases: 435
  • Old prints before 1850: 60.000
  • Non-Book materials: 360.000

(As of 2016)

Facilities
  • More than 2,000 workspaces spread over the four library locations with non-circulating collections.
  • Group workstations: 500
  • Workstations with PC: more than 184

(As of 2016)

Library Locations

The University Library consists of 4 library locations with non-circulating collections, the Central Lending Library with Textbook Collection, and the University Library administration.

Contact

Projects

The University Library projects are designed to improve the service. Various construction projects, such as the Central Lending Library, and a number of DFG projects are in focus here.

Projects

Construction projects

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.

Collections

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.

Fundraising

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.

My library account Available Seats Opening Hours Information & Advice Chat (Mon-Fri 10am-6pm)
InfoCenter
+49 621 181 2948
Schloss Schneckenhof West
D 68131 Mannheim
Germany