University Library of Tübingen

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University Library of Tübingen
Bonatz building

University of Tübingen / University Library (Bonatzbau)

founding 1499 (first mentioned)
Duration 3,680,000 titles as of 2010
place Tübingen
management Marianne Dörr

The 1499 first mentioned in Tübingen University Library (short UB Tübingen ) is a central institution, founded in 1477 University of Tübingen .

The main building is located at Wilhelmstrasse 32.


Bonatz building
Historical reading room in the Bonatz building
Old assembly hall


The library was initially housed in the Sapienzhaus , which burned down in 1534 , and later in the old auditorium and in Hohentübingen Castle. From 1912, was with the now listed Bonatzbau (after the architect Paul Bonatz its own building to be used) for the first time. In 1963, the extension building, which is now used as the main building, was completed right next to the Bonatz building. This, in turn, was accompanied by extension buildings, namely the old wash hall in 1989 and the Ammerbau in 2002 .

As departmental libraries to the university library include the Departmental acre site , which, like the departmental library biology close to the scientific institutes on the acre site is located. Further departmental libraries exist in the area of ​​geology and at the castle (for the subjects archeology, Egyptology and ancient oriental studies).

Directors and senior university librarians

1836–1844 Robert von Mohl (1799–1875; Prof. for constitutional law)
1844–1850 Adelbert von Keller (1812–1883; Prof. for modern languages)
1850–1855 Johann Baptist Fallati (1809–1855; Prof. for political history)
1855–1895 Rudolf von Roth (1821–1895; Prof. for Sanskrit)
1895–1920 Karl Geiger (1855–1924; first professional librarian)
1920–1921 Karl Bohnenberger (1863–1951; Professor for German Studies, acting)
1921–1947 Georg Leyh (1877–1968)
1947–1951 Wilhelm Hoffmann (1901–1986; Director of the Württemberg State Library in Stuttgart, acting)
1951–1959 Paul Gehring (1890–1970)
1959–1972 Walther Gebhardt (1906–2003)
1972–1987 Richard Landwehrmeyer (1929–2006)
1987–1991 Joachim-Felix Leonhard (* 1946)
1991–2003 Berndt von Egidy (* 1938)
2003-2008 Ulrich Schapka (* 1942)
since 2008 Marianne Dörr

The historian Karl August Klüpfel first became second librarian in Tübingen in 1814 and wrote Tübingen's university history in 1849. Other well-known librarians were the philologist Jeremias David Reuss , the writer Hermann Kurz , the orientalist Julius Euting and the geographer Robert Gradmann .

Book inventory and special collections

Royal University Library of Tübingen. Stamp in a book from 1903

In 1776 the UB had a stock of 15,000 titles. This increased to 60,000 by 1822, to 541,000 by 1912, and 1,204,000 by 1963. In 2004 there were 3,400,000 and in 2012 around 3,712,480 titles.

The University Library of Tübingen looks after several special collection areas within the framework of the special collection area plan of the German Research Foundation . The domestic and foreign literature in the fields of theology, religious studies and the ancient Orient is collected with a high degree of completeness. The special collection area criminology is supervised together with the institute for criminology at the University of Tübingen. In the field of theology and religious studies, the University Library of Tübingen is also responsible for the virtual specialist library for theology and religious studies . Tübingen University Library was also responsible for the special collection areas of the Middle East and South Asia until 1997 and 2004 respectively.

In addition, the collections of the university library contain museum objects from the 17th and 20th centuries (furniture, etc.), the exhibition of which is organized together with the Museum of the University of Tübingen MUT .


The users have PC workstations and LAN and W-LAN spaces for their own notebooks. On the in-house PCs, research can be carried out not only on the Internet in general, but also in the offers licensed by the University Library (databases, magazines, etc.).

statistical data

In 2016, a budget of € 12,095,352 was used to finance 118.30 posts and 20,917 conventional and 164,087 new digital media additions. The library was visited in person 2,244,101 times. 36,131 people were registered as active borrowers; there were 1,630,834 loan transactions. The University Library made 37,313 media available to other libraries via interlibrary loan . Conversely, she ordered 24,842 media for her own users.


  • Gabrielle Zeller; Andrea Krug: 100 - 50 - 10. Texts and pictures for the anniversary of the university library published on the occasion of the anniversary exhibition of the same name in the university library from November 21, 2012 to February 28, 2013 . University Library Tübingen (UB) 2012
  • Ulrich Schapka (Ed.): Hard disk. Contributions from the University Library of Tübingen for Berndt von Egidy on the occasion of his retirement from active library service in July 2003 . Tübingen 2003 full text (html; 2kB)
  • Ammer building of the University Library of Tübingen. A project of the State Building Administration , ed. from the Ministry of Finance Baden-Württemberg, Stuttgart: Staatsanzeiger Verlag 2002
  • Joachim-Felix Leonhard : The University Library of Tübingen: Development for the future. [Documentation on moving back into the main building after the asbestos removal on September 27, 1991] . Tübingen 1991.
  • Ralf Werner Wildermuth: The Bonatz building of the Tübingen University Library. Functional library architecture at the beginning of the 20th century . Mohr, Tübingen 1985, ISBN 3-16-444977-1 ( Contubernium , Volume 30).
  • Hannsjörg Kowark : Georg Leyh and the University Library of Tübingen (1921–1947) . Mohr, * Tübingen 1981, ISBN 3-16-444071-5 , ISBN 3-515-07997-1 .
  • The University Library of Tübingen: in ... (multiple volumes), Tübingen, 1960–1972.

Web links

Commons : Tübingen University Library  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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  3. ^ Tübingen University Library at the German Library Statistics. In: University Library Center of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (hbz) , accessed on October 14, 2017 .

Coordinates: 48 ° 31 '31.1 "  N , 9 ° 3' 41.7"  E