Digital library (library catalog)

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The digital library (DigiBib) is a public internet library catalog for access to scientific information.

It is operated by the University Library Center of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (hbz) in Cologne in cooperation with the university libraries in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate , with the addition of other libraries from different sponsorships in ten federal states. Use is free of charge for university members in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and for DigiBib's partner institutions; for the other interested parties, the possibility of using the DigiBib is limited to the free offers. The searches are carried out under a uniform interface in many different information sources at the same time (e.g. in library catalogs, specialist databases or full texts). The results are displayed with an indication of where and how the information found is available: whether as a printed medium in a library, in electronic form or in online bookshops . Following the search, depending on the type of document, there is the option of either calling up the relevant electronic information on the PC or ordering printed information online (online interlibrary loan , document delivery services ). The DigiLink e-resource platform is integrated, and DigiBib also has OpenURL interfaces for integrating availability research into external applications and a range of personalization services (download of search results, favorites list, alert service , creation of your own search profiles, etc.). The surfaces can be adapted to the corporate design of the library.


During the student strikes in 1997 u. a. Better equipping of university libraries, especially textbook collections, is required. The Federal Research Ministry under Jürgen Rüttgers thereupon made 20 million DM available for the expansion of the holdings of the university libraries, linked to the condition that the federal states contribute an equally high amount. In North Rhine-Westphalia it was decided not to invest the proportionate sum of DM 17.6 million in expanding the textbook collections, but in creating a virtual library, following the main idea: “One book - one student. One digital book - a thousand students. "

In February 1998 the Ministry of Science and Research of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia commissioned the university library center and the library of Bielefeld University to implement the idea. During a two-year project phase, the management was with the Bielefeld University Library, and in 2000 the management was transferred to the hbz. The technical implementation was realized by the company IHS Technologies , Munich.

On June 7, 1999, the Minister for Schools, Further Education, Science and Research Gabriele Behler officially opened the Digital Library in North Rhine-Westphalia. In the period that followed, the North Rhine-Westphalian university libraries gradually became customers of the digital library , then libraries from other federal states and other sponsors (e.g. public libraries ). The Digital Library NRW was therefore renamed The Digital Library . In 2004, the state of North Rhine-Westphalia acquired the rights to the DigiBib software IPS for non-commercial use in German-speaking countries. The DigiBib software has also been used for the technical operation of the science portal vascoda since 2005 .

Web links


  • Erwin Hardeck, Heiko Jansen, Tatjana Mrowka, Annette Seiler: Bits, Bytes, and User Comfort . The Digital Library (DigiBib). In: Libri . tape 53 . Saur, 2003, ISSN  0024-2667 , p. 11–22 ( [PDF; accessed on December 3, 2009]).
  • Frank Daniel, Klaus Peter Hommes, Heiko Jansen, Ingrid Töteberg, Hans-Christian Wirtz: NRW in front . Final report of the Digital Public Library project in NRW. Cologne February 2003 ( [PDF; accessed on December 3, 2009]).