The TIB/UB provides students, researchers and teaching staff from all faculties of the Leibniz Universität Hannover (LUH) as well as citizens in the region who are interested in science with literature and specialised information in printed and electronic form. The TIB/UB enables online access to a multitude of catalogues, databases, electronic full texts and document delivery services, even from home. In the course of the future-oriented expansion of the digital library, the TIB/UB is constantly increasing its selection of electronic publications and specialised databases. The Universitätsarchiv Hannover (University Archives of Hannover) and several special collections, as well as the Europäische Dokumentationszentrum (EDZ).
The Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) is also the German National Library for technology as well as civil engineering, chemistry, computer science, mathematics and physics. It is also the world's largest specialised library for science and technology and part of the national research infrastructure Its function is the comprehensive procurement and archival storage of technical scientific literature from all over the world. The excellent collections guarantee a very good supply of literature for the technical-scientific courses.
The 5 sites of the TIB/UB are open 95 hours per week. We offer 1700 seats in our reading rooms for studying and working. WLAN is available at all sites.
The UB was founded in 1831 as library of the Höhere Gewerbeschule/Polytechnische Schule (i.e. Higher vocational college/polytechnic institute) which was erected in the same year. Its development accompanied the expansion to a technical college, a technical university and since 1978, university. Thanks to the books being moved in time, the UB did not suffer any losses during the 2nd World War. That is why the UB has some comprehensive and, to some extent, very valuable old collections which are interesting from the standpoint of engineering history.
The Technische Informationsbibliothek TIB was founded in 1959 on the suggestion, and with the significant involvement, of the German Research Foundation (DFG), based on the treaty (the "Königsteiner Abkommen") signed by the Länder of the Federal Republic of Germany concerning the funding of scientific research institutes. It is a dependent institution of the state of Niedersachsen at Leibniz Universität Hannover. Currently, the TIB is jointly funded by all the Länder and by the federal government (through the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, BMBF) in accordance with the research funding framework agreement (Blue List). The DFG is still involved in certain aspects through its project funding programme.