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Last updated 3 June, 11 am

Library reopening: important information regarding rules and services

From Monday, 11 May, all three FH Dortmund libraries are open again. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, patrons are asked to observe general rules of distancing and hygiene while visiting. Libraries can only be visited in order to check out and return books and other media.

Until further notice, library opening times are as follows:





Emil-Figge-Str. 44 9 am-4 pm 9 am-3 pm closed
Sonnenstraße 9 am-4 pm 9 am-3 pm closed
Max-Ophüls-Platz 12 pm-4 pm 12 am-3 pm



Students can only enter the buildings in which the libraries are located through the following entrances:  

  • Emil-Figge-Str. 44: eastern entrance (back entrance facing the building Emil-Figge-Str. 42)
  • Sonnenstraße: building A main entrance
  • Max-Ophüls-Platz: entrance at Rheinlanddamm

Before your visit please carefully read the following information regarding rules and services.

  • Wearing a face mask covering both mouth and nose is obligatory for all patrons during their entire stay in the library.
  • Please remember to bring your FHCard or library card. We need it to register you as a visitor which we are required to do by federal state law.
  • Please make sure to keep your stay in the library as short as possible. In order to do so, please use our literature search engine RiO to find out which books you need in advance. Bring a list of the corresponding book codes (Signaturen) so you can collect the books from the shelves quickly and easily.
  • The maximum number of patrons allowed inside the libraries at the same time is limited as follows:
    • Emil-Figge-Str. 44: 10 patrons
    • Sonnenstraße: 5 patrons
    • Max-Ophüls-Platz: 3 patrons
  • Upon entering the library you will be asked to take a shopping basket. This way we can make sure the maximum number of people in the library is not exceeded.
  • Books and other media can only be checked out and returned during our opening times using the self-service machines and self-return boxes.
  • Library fees and fines can be payed using the pay machine at Emil-Figge-Str. 44.
  • All study rooms and spaces are closed until further notice. The third floor reading room at Emil-Figge-Str. 44 library is not accessible for patrons.
  • There is no consultation offered at our service and information counters. Please contact us via mail or phone (for details see below) if you have any questions.
  • The IT helpdesk is closed. However, they offer virtual support. For more information see their website.
  • Important information for patrons who would like to return books and other media: There is no need to be in a hurry to do so. Lending periods for media checked out before the library closing (i. e. before 18 March) have been extended so they don’t end immediately after the reopening. Please also note the FAQ below.

If you have any questions, you can contact us via phone and e-mail during our opening times (see above). Please contact us exclusively via:

  • e-mail: or via our contact form
  • phone:
    • Emil-Figge-Str. 44: 0049 231/91124917
    • Sonnenstraße: 0049 231/91129135
    • Max-Ophüls-Platz: 0049 231/91129441

Please check the FAQ on this page, as we may have already answered your questions there. Here, you can also find information about our extended e-book offer created to support you while studying and working from home.

Therefore, please check this website first before addressing your questions.




Members of Fachhochschule Dortmund can always access e-books, e-journals,  subject-specific databases, training videos and online language courses via VPN. You can find instructions on how to install the VPN client here. Research via RiO can be accessed by all users without VPN. As a special temporary offer, all FH Dortmund students and employees can access training videos by IEEE and wiso (accessible until 30 June 2020).

If you have any questions, you can contact us via phone and e-mail. You can find the contact details above. Please keep in mind that questions via phone can only be answered during our opening times (see above).

Since there was no opportunity for you to return books when the library was closed, all lending periods ending during the closing have been extended to the end of May. As the library is open again now, there will be no further extensions of lending periods.

During the library closing, no fines have been set for overdue media. Fines that were already set before the closing have not been increased. In case you still get a notification concerning an unexpected fine or would like to ask individual questions about fines and fees, please contact us.

Please also note that you can always return books by post. Please contact us for details if you are interested in doing so.

Yes, that is possible. Please be aware though that, due to extended lending periods, it may take longer than usual until you get to check out the book in question. You will be notified by e-mail as soon as you can pick up reserved/ordered books.

While this is generally possible, there are some exceptions due to the current situation.

The self-service machines at Sonnenstraße and Max-Ophüls-Platz libraries can be used for both checking out and returning, which allows you to check out the book in question once again after returning it.

At Emil-Figge-Str. 44 library, however, this is not possible since you have to use separate machines for checking out and returning. In order to avoid contacts, we cannot offer this service from the counter, either. Media returned using the self-service return machine cannot be taken out again. Therefore in this library, you will have to come back the next day in order to once again check out a book you have just returned, and you will have to collect it from the shelf again.

You can create a digital reserve collection using ILIAS. This is a service provided by the library in cooperation with the e-learning team. Please contact us in case you are interested.

Yes, that is possible. However, please be aware that it might take longer than usual until a requested book arrives. There might also be more cancellations than usual. This is due to the fact that not yet all German libraries have started taking part in the interlibrary loan again and some are working with a reduced number of staff.

Yes, that is possible.

In case you would like to be issued a library card please let us know before your visit by sending us an e-mail or giving us a call (for contact details see above). In addition to that, please fill in the registration form (in German only, please contact us if you need help) and send us a photo or scan of your passport. Please also specify in which of the three libraries you would like to pick up your library card. This way we can prepare it in advance.

We can extend the validity of your library card during our opening times. Please contact our staff at the service counter.

Until further notice we cannot offer any courses and tours in the library. However, we do offer online courses. As a professor or tutor please feel free to contact us in case you are interested.

Fachhochschule Dortmund set up a regularly updated information page at:

For information regarding e-learning during the crisis, please click here.

Please take a look at our English-language library FAQ.


E-book offer for studying and working from home during the coronavirus crisis

In order be able to provide maximum support to students and staff members while studying and working in home office, we have expanend our e-book offer. 

The additional content is accessible from home only via VPN and only partially listed in RiO.

Information on other resources that can be used remotely is given in the FAQ on this page.



Field of studies

RiO listing

Accessible until

Digital SAP library

Espresso Tutorials

computer, business sciences (SAP)


31 May 2020

Hanser eLibrary


computer, engineering, business sciences


30 June 2020


Fink, Reinhardt, UVK, Budrich, Klinkhardt et al.

social, business, cultural, human sciences


30 June 2020



social, business, human sciences


30 June 2020



social sciences


30 June 2020


Lambertus social sciences yes 30 June 2020


Kohlhammer and others social sciences, humanities yes 30 June 2020
directory of open access ebooks





Pearson Online


computer, engineering, social, business sciences


31 July 2020

De Gruyter, Oldenbourg Birkhäuser, transcript and others

architecture, computer, engineering, business, cultural, social sciences


30 June 2020


Erich Schmidt Verlag

business sciences


30 June 2020