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The library administrates the ISBN for printed and electronic publications of the HCU and its members. at HafenCity University.

What is the ISBN?

[The International Standard Book Number (ISBN) is the worldwide valid identification number for monographic publications. It uniquely identifies products such as printed books, e-books, or maps. (see ISBN-Agentur in German)

When do I need an ISBN?

An ISBN number for a book is not an obligation. However, such an international book number is useful if you want to publish and sell a work. The ISBN makes it easier to find your publication for the book trade as well as in library catalogs and databases.

Who can apply for an ISBN?

The library provides ISBN for publications of all institutions of the HCU and can therefore be applied for by all HCU members.

How do I get an ISBN?

Please send an e-mail to digitaledienste(at)hcu-hamburg.de with the following details:

- Name, organizational unit of the HCU, address
- Name of authors
- Title of the publication
- planned publication date.

You will receive an ISBN from us afterwards.

Are there any costs?

This service is free of charge.However, by submitting an ISBN, you are required to submit five deposit copies. The library thus assumes the legal obligation to submit deposit two copies to the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, one copy to the Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg and one copy to the Bavarian State Library. One copy is intended for the HCU library to be loaned.


Contact us:

Davide Montanaro
Tel.: +49 (0) 40 42827-4368

E-Mail: digitaledienste(at)hcu-hamburg.de


The library offers advisory service, coffee lectures and workshops on this topic.


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Henning-Voscherau-Platz 1
20457 Hamburg

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