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November 1st: nautos replaces Perinorm

Beuth-Verlag has changed its research platform for standards. From now on, you can use the new interface nautos.
Access to individual sets of standards depends on the existing license. HCU currently licenses all DIN standards and VDI guidelines.

The access to Perinorm will be deactivated on December 01, 2022. So please update your bookmark if necessary.


> Directly to the nautos search

> Video on the search and use of nautos (6:22 min., in German)

> Off-campus use (access from outside)

Do you already know our other standards and regulations? Click here for an overview.

1. November: Coffee Lecture zu JournalTOCs am 10.11.

Täglich erscheinen neue Fachartikel. Welche Möglichkeiten gibt es, im eigenen Fachgebiet auf dem Laufenden zu bleiben und wichtige Neuerungen nicht zu verpassen? Erhalten Sie Tipps in unserer viertelstündigen Coffee Lecture "Auf dem Laufenden bleiben - JournalTOCs nutzen" am 10.11.2022 um 13 Uhr. Die Veranstaltung findet im 1. OG der Bibliothek statt, eine Anmeldung ist nicht notwendig.

October 24th: International Open Access Week

This week, this year's international Open Access Week is taking place under the motto "Open for Climate Justice". Numerous institutions and actors worldwide will use this decentralised week of events to disseminate information on the topic of "open access" to scientific results. The HCU library is also taking part and is offering open consultation hours on Open Access on three days. In addition, there is bundled information on the topic and references to various events (digital & on-site) here on this page.

October 21st: KOALA project: consortial financing for Open Access

In the KOALA project (Konsortiale Open-Access-Lösungen aufbauen - Building Consortial Open Access Solutions), consortial solutions for financing open access are being established. This enables collaborative financing of open access journals and book series, which works without costs to authors or readers.

The HCU Library supports this approach of collaborative open access funding and thus contributes to the sustainable open access publication of the journal “sub/urban” and three others from the field of social sciences from 2023.

More information can be found here.

October 19th: Library Crash Courses

At the beginning of the new semester, we are again offering half-hour digital crash courses on how to use the library. You will learn how to use your HCU card as a library card, how to find books in the library, and how to access the e-media. Just register via moodle. We look forward to your participation.

October 18th: Writing advice in the State and University Library

Since the beginning of October, the University of Hamburg's Writing Center has been offering writing advice at fixed times in the State and University Library. On Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m., you can get support there for writing your term papers and theses. You can find all the information here.

October 4th: Hello new students!

We welcome our new students. We wish you good luck at the beginning of your studies! You will find all important information and links for library use here at a glance.

September 20th: Search engine for architecture, civil engineering, and urban planning online

Do you already know the specialized information service B.A.U. digital?

This DFG-funded portal offers services for researchers in the disciplines of civil engineering, architecture and urban planning with a focus on digital methods and technologies.

Already implemented as a beta version is a search engine for literature, AV media and research data specifically for the mentioned disciplines.

> https://beta.fid-bau.de/de/

Other services such as a subject repository for research data, a workbench for subject-specific research data management and curation, and a research atlas to support researchers in networking and exchange are currently under development.

September 19th: Rebuilding measures, part 1 completed

The stock movement is completed and the library can be used as usual again:

Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (service hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

The workstations are now located at the quieter window front facing Überseeallee and are awaiting installation of terminal sockets and table lamps. In the next few weeks, the book stock will be reorganized and the empty shelves will be filled. However, this does not require the closure of the library. Noise disturbances will be kept to a minimum.

September 16th: New digital resources and trials

You can now access the following new digital resources:

Routledge / Taylor&Francis and partner publishers

The nearly 4,000 new e-books from the publishing group primarily cover built environment and urban studies. The license runs until 31st of August 2023, afterwards the most used titles will be acquired permanently for the collection.

> title list HCU catalog

HERDT Campus | All you can read

Are you looking for e-books on image processing, web development, Windows, Office, programming, databases & so on? Then you will find what you are looking for on the HERDT Campus portal. Currently still running as a test access, but the content will be licensed in at least 2023.

> https://herdt-campus.com/

Neues Handbuch Hochschullehre (in German).

The standard work on modern teaching and learning at universities is now available in the online version. The NHHL is interdisciplinary and practice-oriented and supports all university stakeholders in the areas of teaching and learning.

> https://www.nhhl-bibliothek.de/

In addition, we have made a temporary trial access arrangement with the provider for the following source:

Bautechnik digital (until Sept. 30th)

The database sees itself as an optimal addition to the teaching and scripts for civil engineering and architecture studies. It currently comprises 17 basic works and is to be further expanded.  

> https://www.reguvis.de/xaver/bautechnik-digital/start.xav


September 8th: Partial closure of the library September 12th to 23rd

The library will have new workstations at the window front on the north side. This will require some stock moves. The measures will be realized in the period from September 12th to September 23rd.
Starting on September 12th, the book collection on the second floor will be temporarily closed, followed by the book collection including the workstations on the first floor later that week or the following week. If you urgently need books from the closed areas, please contact us - you are welcome to do so by chat via the catalog.
The library will remain open and all other on-site services will be offered as far as possible without restrictions. However, there may be some noise during the period of modification. We ask for your understanding.
We look forward to providing you additional learning and working opportunities in the library during the winter semester.

September 8th: Maintenance work on 14th of September

In the context of the expansion of the network infrastructure of our partner for the library management software, maintenance work is necessary on Wednesday, 14th of September, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.. There will be some probably only briefly interruptions. This will affect the catalog, access to the library account, borrowing and returning via the self-checkout and interlibrary loan.

We ask for your understanding if our services are temporarily unavailable.

August 9th: Student employee wanted for library!

The BMBF-funded project open-access.network is organizing the workshop "Über sieben Brücken musst du gehen - Realisierung von Open-Access-Buchprojekten aus der Perspektive von Autor*innen" on September 13th, 2022 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.. (In German)

More information and registration can be found here.

We are immediately looking for a student employee (m/f/d) to support our library team, especially in the afternoon hours.

Activities include:

  •     work on the library collection
  •     technical book processing
  •     lending
  •     supervision and
  •     collaboration in projects

We offer

  •     payment according to TV-L E 2
  •     hours: 9,5h per week
  •     a super nice team

If you like to work with people and are service-oriented, structured and meticulous, we would be happy to receive an email to bibliotheksleitung(at)hcu-hamburg.de with the following information: Name, study program, semester and phone number. Please also attach a curriculum vitae and current enrollment certificate to your application. Good German language skills are required.

Application deadline is 19.08.2022.

We are looking forward to your application!

From now on it is possible again to pay in the HCU library with EC or credit card. This applies not only to library fees, but also to bills from the model workshop.

August 1st: Opening hours during the lecture-free period

The lectures are over, summer has arrived. But our opening hours remain the same.
Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

During this time you can work in the library, borrow and return media. The book scanners and multifunctional devices are also available for use.

During our service hours from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. you can pick up interlibrary loans and reserved media. Of course, we will answer your questions about the holdings or help you with tips on literature research. You can also reach us by e-mail: ausleihe(at)hcu-hamburg.de

We are looking forward to your visit!

04. Juli: Sommerprogramm Haus- und Abschlussarbeiten

Im Juli bieten wir einige Veranstaltungen an, die das Schreiben einer Haus- oder Abschlussarbeit erleichtern können.

Wie man Literatur findet und dann seine Arbeit aufbaut, zeigen wir in diesem Workshop:
19.07.2022, 10-11:30 Uhr Haus- und Abschlussarbeiten schreiben Teil 1:
Basics Literaturrecherche: Was finde ich wo?
20.07.2022, 10-11:30 Uhr Haus- und Abschlussarbeiten schreiben Teil 2:
Die Arbeit strukturieren: Wo fange ich an, wie mache ich weiter?

Die Literaturverwaltung mit Citavi kann das Zitieren und die Erstellung vom Literaturverzeichnis sehr erleichtern. Einen Einblick in das Programm bietet die viertelstündige Coffee Lecture:
12.07.2022, 14 Uhr
Begraben unter Literaturbergen: Mit Citavi Literatur sammeln und bearbeiten

Ausführlich demonstriert werden die Funktionen des Programms in unserem zweiteiligen Workshop Citavi für Studierende:
26.07.2022, 10-11 Uhr Citavi für Studierende Teil 1: Literatur sammeln
27.07.2022, 10-11 Uhr Citavi für Studierende Teil 2: Literatur bearbeiten & Literaturverzeichnis erstellen

Wir bitten um Anmeldung per moodle. Die Zugangsdaten zum Meeting versenden wir anschließend per E-Mail.

17. Juni: Workshops zur Literaturverwaltung mit Citavi 20./21.Juni

Steht das Schreiben einer Hausarbeit vor der Tür? Oder vielleicht sogar der Abschlussarbeit? Da kann man bei den ganzen Literaturquellen leicht den Überblick verlieren. Mit dem Literaturverwaltungsprogramm Citavi kommt ganz schnell Ordnung in die Sammlung. Und das Beste daran: mit Citavi lassen sich das Inhalts- und Literaturverzeichnis automatisiert erstellen. Eine Sorge weniger!
Wir bieten einen zweiteiligen Workshop per Zoom zur Einführung in das Programm an:

21.06. von 10-11 Uhr Teil 1: Literatur sammeln
22.06. von 10-11 Uhr Teil 2: Literatur bearbeiten und das Literaturverzeichnis erstellen

Wir bitten um Anmeldung per moodle an. Die Zugangsdaten zum Meeting versenden wir anschließend per E-Mail.

10. Juni: Open Access Talk „Einfach machen!?“ am 23.06.2022

Unter dem Titel „Einfach machen!?“ – Open Access in den Ingenieurwissenschaften findet am 23. Juni 2022 von 14 bis 15 Uhr ein Open Access Talk statt.

Aus der Veranstaltungsankündigung:

Im Vergleich zu anderen Wissenschaften wird in den Ingenieurwissenschaften (noch) nicht im großen Umfang Open Access publiziert. Die Ursachen dafür sind vielfältig und begründen sich nicht zuletzt in den komplexen Publikationskulturen der einzelnen Disziplinen. Wollen Forschende der Ingenieurwissenschaften Open Access publizieren, dann v.a. motiviert durch die erhöhte Sichtbarkeit und Auffindbarkeit im Internet, die schnelle, weltweite und mobile Verfügbarkeit und schließlich durch die Unterstützung des Open-Access-Gedankens. Also (wie) Open Access „einfach machen“?! Welche Unterstützung wünschen und benötigen Forschende auf dem Weg zu ihrer Open-Access-Publikation? Welche Informationsangebote und Publikationsorte gibt es speziell für Ingenieurwissenschaftler*innen?

Der Vortrag bietet Forschenden praktische Informationen für die Realisierung der eigenen Open-Access-Publikation und gibt die Möglichkeit, Fragen zu diskutieren.

> 23. Juni 2022 von 14 bis 15 Uhr

> Dr. Katja Wermbter, TU Braunschweig. Im Rahmen ihrer Tätigkeit beim Fachinformationsdienst BAUdigital gestaltet sie forschungsnahe Dienste in den Bereichen Bauingenieurwesen, Architektur und Urbanistik (BAU).

Für wen?
> Forschende und Studierende insbesondere aus den Ingenieurwissenschaften sowie alle Interessierten. Die Veranstaltungssprache ist deutsch.

> Anmeldung: nicht erforderlich
> Meetinglink: https://meet.gwdg.de/b/jes-dwc-6zq

Die Reihe ist ein Angebot des BMBF-geförderten Projektes open-access.network.


June 1st: Trial access for streaming provider AVA

Until June 19, 2022, we have a trial access for the streaming provider AVA (Audio Visual Access). AVA is specifically geared towards libraries and offers a unique selection of European and international arthouse and festival films.

Users* who are logged into HCU's VPN network will automatically gain access to streaming on the platform.

We look forward to your feedback!

May 4th: Maintenance work catalog on May, 11th 2022

Due to planned maintenance work, literature research and renewal of media via the library catalog will not be possible on

Wednesday, May 11, from 6:30 a.m. until approximately 9 a.m.

Ordering via interlibrary loan is also not possible during this period.

We ask for your understanding.


April 29th: Extension of opening hours

As of May 2nd, the library will return to its extended opening hours during the summer term.
Until July 31, 2022 it will be possible to work in the library and to check out or return items at the self check machine also in the evening hours:

Opening hours
Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Would you like to pick up reserved media or media ordered via interlibrary loan? Or register for library use? Do you have any questions about the collection or need help with research? Then please use our service hours - the library team will be happy to assist you on site:

Service hours 02-05-2022 to 31.07.2022
Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

We are looking forward to your visit!

25. April: Workshop Open Access in den Ingenieurwissenschaften am 03.05.2022

Unter dem Titel „Alles in der Norm?“ finden am 3. Mai 2022 von 09:00 – 13:00 Uhr ein Online-Workshop zum Stand und Perspektiven von Open Access in den Technik- und Ingenieurwissenschaften statt.
Nach einer Podiumsdiskussion können Sie sich an mehreren virtuellen Thementischen über Herausforderungen und Möglichkeiten von Open Access in ingenieurwissenschaftlichen Disziplinen informieren und austauschen.
Weitere Informationen zu den Themen, die Agenda und die veranstaltenden Einrichtungen finden Sie auf der Webseite von open-access.network.


April 7th: More than 107,000 e-books from de Gruyter publishing house

More than 107,000 e-books from different subject areas of the scientific publisher de Gruyter, which also includes Birkhäuser, transcript and other partner publishers,
have been made available for use for a further year (until 31.03.2023). All titles are listed in the catalog, and successive new publications are also added automatically. The e-books can be downloaded as PDF documents chapter by chapter. The publications are available campus-wide - for HCU members, access also works outside the HCU network via VPN or Shibboleth (further information to off-campus access).

> De Gruyter



March 18th: Library open for university externals again

As of 21 March, the access restriction for university externals to the HCU building will be lifted. The use of the library is therefore possible again. Library cards will be extended for the duration of the closure days. Please contact us if your library membership falls within the period of the library closure:

E-mail: ausleihe(at)hcu-hamburg.de
Tel.: +49 (0) 40 42827-5675

14. März: Bibliothekar*in gesucht!

Die Bibliothek der HCU sucht schnellstmöglich Verstärkung für das Team. Aufgabenschwerpunkte der befristeten Stelle bilden die Erwerbung bzw. Lizenzierung von Medien und deren Erschließung, darüber hinaus ist die Mitarbeit bei einem Reklassifizierungs- / Deakquisitionsprojekt und im bibliothekarischen Auskunftsdienst vorgesehen.

Haben wir Ihr Interesse geweckt? Weitere Details zu der Stelle und zum Bewerbungsverfahren finden Sie in der Stellenausschreibung (PDF-Datei). Wir freuen uns auf Ihre Bewerbung!

February 24th: New digital content 2022

We will continue to expand the range of e-media in 2022:

VDE Standards Library Online*
The VDE Standards Library gives you direct access to all valid VDE regulations, including drafts.
> www.normenbibliothek.de (In German)

Riff Reporter*.
RiffReporter is a cooperative journalism portal with background reports (mostly original articles) on current topics in environment, science, technology, society and world affairs.
> www.riffreporter.de/de (In German)

E-Book Collection Computer Science and Engineering SpringerNature*.
Limited until Dec. 31, 2022, you can access e-books from the Engineering collection published in 2018-2022 and the Computer Sciences collection published in 2019-2022. At the end of the license period, titles that are in particularly high demand will become part of the library's collection and will be permanently available.
As in previous years, the German-language collections Technology & Computer Science, Social Sciences and Law, and Natural Sciences, as well as the English-language collections Energy and Earth & Environmental Science  are also licensed.
> link.springer.com

E-Book Focus Collections Earth and Environmental Science*  
After the trial of various Focus Collections in October 2021, we noticed the increased usage of the above Focus Collections. Therefore, there is temporary access to them until Dec. 31, 2022.
> www.sciencedirect.com

MIT-Press ebook Library - A Computing and Engineering Collection*
The Computing & Engineering Collection contains approximately 900 resources, including textbooks and reference works. Access is via the IEEE Xplore platform:
> tinyurl.com/yc5u7vp4 (e-books in the HCU catalog).

Access to this e-resources is also possible outside HCU via VPN (off campus access).

An overview of other large e-book collections by publisher can be found via the library website expansion of ebook offerings.

Suggestions for licensing or acquisition of media are always welcome. Please use the proposal of purchase form.

February 17th: Library closed on 22.02.2022

Due to an internal training, the library will be closed on 22.02.2022. Loan periods that fall on this day have already been postponed. If you still want to return books on this day, you can use the book box in the foyer. On 23.02.22 we will be open again as usual from 10 am to 4 pm.

February 9th: Server changeover library management system on 15.02.

On 15 February 2022, the central server that serves the local library system will be upgraded to more modern hardware and software. Therefore, no borrowing and return bookings, renewals and new registrations are expected to be possible until 1 pm. You will also not be able to access your library account for the duration of the changeover. The catalogue will not display location and lending information, but the search for e-books and e-journals will continue to work.

The library management software is hosted by the Head Office of the GBV Common Library Network. The server is being converted to the Linux operating system and moved to modern, expandable hardware. This changeover is to take place successively over the coming months for all libraries from eight federal states participating in the network.

February 1st: Borrowing of Samsung tablets possible

From now on, it is possible to borrow Samsung tablets (Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition) from the library. These can be used on site as well as taken home. As with all other media, the loan period is four weeks and can be extended independently via the library account as long as no one pre-registers the tablet. You can find more information under tablet lending.

January 31: Opening hours lecture-free period

The lecture-free period is approaching and therefore the library is slightly reducing its opening hours again (analogue to 2021):
From 01.02.2022 we will be open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 4 pm with all the usual services for you!

Unfortunately, access to the building is still not possible for HCU externals.

26. Januar: Neues Jahr - neue Veranstaltungen!

Die HCU-Bibliothek bietet wieder verschiedene Veranstaltungen für Studierende und Forschende bzw. Lehrende rund um die Themen Literaturrecherche, Literaturverwaltung, wissenschaftliches Arbeiten und Publizieren an. Neben Coffee Lectures für den schnellen Ein- und Überblick in einzelne Themen, gibt es auch Workshops, um bestimmte Aspekte zu vertiefen. Das genaue Programm und weitere Informationen finden Sie auf unserer Veranstaltungsseite.

19. Januar: Wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft gesucht

Die Bibliothek prüft zurzeit die Einführung der RFID-Technologie. Zur Unterstützung für die Vorstudie benötigen wir eine wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft aus dem Bereich Bibliotheks- und Informationswissenschaft oder einem ingenieurwissenschaftlichen Studiengang einer Hamburger Hochschule.
Die Aufgaben und Rahmenbedingungen entnehmen Sie bitte unserer Ausschreibung (PDF-Datei).
Sprechen Sie uns gerne an, wenn noch Fragen offen sind: per E-Mail oder telefonisch (+49 (0)40 / 428 27 - 5683 oder -5362).

11. Januar: Citavi-Support zum Zitationsstil-Editor

Citavi bietet aktuell verschiedene Schulungs- bzw. Informationsformate zum Zitationsstil-Editor. Die Termine sind:

18.01.2022, 17 Uhr
25.01.2022, 16 Uhr
01.02.2022, 14 Uhr

Weitere Informationen finden Sie auf der Citavi-Webseite.

January 10th: Use of the workstations following 2G-Plus

As of January 10, the use of the workstations is only possible for recovered or vaccinated visitors who present a current antigen rapid test (not older than 24 hours, in case of a PCR test not older than 48 hours) or a proof of the booster vaccination. Please check here for information on the modalities of use.

January, 4th: Building closure - digital substitute services

We are also there for you during the closure of the HCU building!
Information (such as the different ways to contact us) can be found in our digital substitute services.

December, 16th: Opening hours Christmas and New Year 2021/2022

During the Christmas vacations, the library will be open as follows:

December 20, 2021 to December 23, 2021: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

December 24, 2021 until January 02, 2022: closed

Closure of the HCU building from January 03, 2022 to January 07, 2022:

As an extended protective measure to contain the Corona virus, the HCU building, including the library, will be closed from January 03, 2022 to January 07, 2022.

No loan period ends will occur in the shutdown period, so there will be no overdue loan fees during this period. From January 10, 2022 the regular loan period and renewal rules will apply again.


Renewing items online?
My library account

New to the library?
Apply for library card

Read e-books from home?
Off campus access

Book not available?
Proposal of purchase


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