FAQ - Library from A to Z

Questions about the library? Here are some of the most common questions and answers.

Still cant find what you're looking for? Contact us at the library.


Theses of our students are kept in our libraries. The collection at the university library in Offenburg includes theses submitted since the 2000 summer semester. The collection at the university library in Gengenbach theses submitted since the 1994 summer semester and is freely accessible. All available theses are listed in the library's online Catalogue OPAC. Theses with temporary publication restrictions will become available once the access restrictions expire.

How to submit your thesis?
Please complete this form and return it along with your thesis to the registrar's office.

Please note:
Due to data protection laws your student ID and your adress must not be stated in your thesis.

Restrictions on thesis publications must be clearly indicated on the thesis submission form.

Since the 2011 summer semester, theses can also be submitted electronically: Discuss the options with your supervisors and publish your work in OPUS-HSO - either in the university network or online. Please note this information sheet.

If you have any questions or queries, please feel free to contact the library team.

How to find a thesis by a graduate of Offenburg University of Applied Sciences?
As of 1993, all theses without permanent access restrictions can be found in OPAC. When searching for specific professors, faculties or departments, consult our research tips for theses.

You are not a member of the university but are interested in a thesis/dissertation?
All theses - without temporary publishing restrictions - can be ordered through our interlibrary loan service. Search for a thesis/dissertation using our library online catalogue. Contact your nearest library to request an interlibrary loan for the required thesis from our university libraries. Interlibrary loan service charges will apply!

OPUS-HSO is the platform on which electronic publications by members of Offenburg University of Applied Sciences can be published. These can be theses by students or scientific publications by members of the university.

The prerequisite for the publication of documents in full text in OPUS-HSO is the transfer of usage rights, with which you agree to the electronic publication of your document.
Certain requirements apply to theses - see information sheet. They are generally published on the university network. A publication recommendation from the supervisor is required for publication on the internet.

Publication in OPUS-HSO only takes place after grading and, in the case of internet publications, after the publication recommendation has been received (possibly after a blocking period has expired).

The VPN client (with standard profile) is required to access the theses stored in the university network in OPUS-HSO. An additional login to the platform is not required.

Your thesis is blocked? Please print on the first pages of your thesis this non-disclosure notice:

This thesis contains internal, confidential information of xxx (company name). No part of it may be disclosed to third parties, other than the thesis supervisor(s) and authorized members of the examination board. Publication or reproduction of any part of it is prohibited. Any exception from this regulation requires the approval of xxx (company name).

Maximum embargo period: 5 years (valid for all study programs, exceptions possible)

The Offenburg Campus has an interactive touch-screen kiosk that is operated by touch.

The following menu items are included:

  • Studyspace availability
    • Here you can see an approximate indication of the occupancy rate. Please note that not every person in the library occupies a seat. It is therefore worthwhile to take a look at the library.
  • Map of the library
    • You can click on individual elements in the site plan. These will then be displayed in colour.
  • Library information
    • Here are our opening hours, contact persons and contact details.
  • News
    • Under News you will find our news in short form. For the long version please have a look at News.
  • Offers of the library
    • Offers from the library shows you a selection of databases that may be relevant to you. You can access them directly through the QR code. We change the selection at regular intervals.
  • Library FAQ
    • We have compiled the most frequently asked questions for you. To access all FAQ, use the QR code at More FAQ. Der muss dann noch geändert werden, wenn diese hier online sind!

News and updates from the library can be found under News. We will inform you about updates in the use of the library, about registration and cancellation of licences and other news of interest to you.


Students and employees of the Offenburg University of Applied Sciences have full access to our university libraries in Offenburg and Gengenbach.

The use of the library is free of charge. Fees are only charged if the loan period is exceeded or for interlibrary loans.

The university library also offers membership to external users. To obtain a free library account you need to present a valid identity card.

How to log into OPAC?

Are you a member of the Offenburg University of Applied Sciences?
-> Student, Professor, Staff, Lecturer

Members of the university can easily log into their OPAC-account using their campus account login details. More information about the campus account (e.g.: changing the password) can be found on the university’s IT Service Centre website.

Since August 2015, the OPAC login was set up via Shibboleth. This means that, once you’re logged in, your user data will remain stored until the browser is closed! It’s not enough to just end your OPAC session by clicking the “Quit” icon or simply closing the tab. The advantage is obvious: Once you’ve logged into the OPAC, and are trying to access eBooks from publishers also using Shibboleth (single sign-on), the login process does not need to be repeated. It’s sufficient to follow the registration procedures of the individual publishers, usually by selecting “Institutional Login” and “Hochschule Offenburg”. For publishers not offering access via Shibboleth, please use VPN to access our licensed electronic resources.

Important: Don’t forget to close the browser when using a shared computer!

Please acknowledge and accept the terms of use in order to get full access to the OPAC.

 Problems logging in?

Login for external users (default settings):


Identification Number

Initial Password

External User

"50" + date-of-birth TTMMJJJJ
e.g.: 5001011980

= date-of-birth  TT.MM.JJJJ
e.g.: 01.01.1980

Note: You can change your password via your library account using the password reset feature.

For help and support contact the library staff.

Do you have login problems? It is likely that, not all the required information is being transferred to the system. Select “Attributfreigabe für diesen Dienst widerrufen" (revoke attribute sharing for this service), see Screenshot.

Do your login problems persist? Please contact our library staff.


Your Oskar card is automatically your library card.

It can also be used for copying, printing and scanning.
You can send print jobs from a computer center PC, your own PC (via VPN) or one of our library PCs to our copier.

Please note: Only print jobs that are sent from a computer in the computer center or from your PC to our copier can be printed using your Oskar card. However, if you send a print job from one of the library computers, you will need our card to print it out.

Further information can be found on the university website under Oskar.


The self-service checkout station provides members of the university with the ability to checkout library materials without the assistance of library staff. This service is not available to external users.

Optional: Select „Sprache ändern“ to change the user interface language from German to English.

Select “borrow items”.
Press your Oscar card flat against the card reader (Karte…) to open your library account.
Place your items on the glass surface below the screen to start the checkout process.
A green checkmark will appear beside all correctly scanned items.
Complete the checkout process by touching the “finish“ button.
The following message appears on the screen “have you finished?”.
To finish the checkout process choose either “Yes with receipt” or “Yes without receipt”.
A printed receipt lists all the checked out items and their due dates.

tems borrowed using the self-service checkout station can be returned using the library’s automated return system.

The following items can only be checked out and returned at the library’s circulation desk:

  • Closed stacks collection
  • Interlibrary Loans
  • Magazines

Please contact library staff for assistance.

Books and other borrowed materials can be renewed online via the OPAC feature "My account" unless an item was requested (reserved) by another person.

Items can only be renewed a limited number of times. For more information see Loan Periods.

Once the renewal limit is reached, items must be returned to the library circulation desk to have them cleared from your library account. Items may be immediately checked-out again, restarting the renewal cycle.


Within the opening hours of the university, members of the university can use the outside return machine. It is located on the left in front of the library entrance.
You will need your OSKAR to return items.

Items borrowed from the self-service check-in desk can be returned to the automatic return machine.
Items borrowed from the counter can be returned there.

External users return their media to the counter during opening hours.



Automated e-mail notifications from the library to your university e-mail account include:

  • reserved item is available for pickup
  • interlibrary loan is avaliable for pickup
  • due date reminder (sent two days before item is due)
  • fine notice for overdue items

Note: E-mail notifications will be sent to your university e-mail account!

You are at the Offenburg location and would like to have a book from the Gengenbach location (or vice versa)? Then you can order it. Click on the Order/ Reserve button in OPAC. You can then select your library for collection. The book will be transported to the selected location for you. When the book is ready for you, you will receive an e-mail notification and you can collect the book from the collection shelf using your collection code. Don't forget to borrow the book.






If all copies of a particular book are checked out (indicated in the OPAC as "Checked out - Due on:..."), you can place a reservation via the OPAC catalogue by clicking the "Order" button. You will receive an e-mail notification when your reservation becomes available.

An item's expected due date is displayed immediately behind its availability status (e.g.: Checked out - Due on: 25.07.2013). Availability of an item also depends on the number of people ahead of you in the reservation queue. The longer the reservation queue, the longer the waiting period.

Tip: Older editons are worth a look! If current editions are checked out, it is likely the library may have previous editions. Changes may be so minor that you really don't need to wait for the newer version.

Use the OPAC "My account" feature to look at your loans and fees, renew books and other items or cancel reservation requests.


Requested items, ready to be collected, are placed on the reservation shelf at your chosen collection site. Use your personalized pickup code from your automated e-mail notification to find your requested items on the reservation shelf.

Important: Don’t forget to check-out your requested item using the self-service check-out station!

Interlibrary Loans (ILL) will need to be picked up at the library’s circulation desk.

You’ll receive an automated e-mail notification, containing your personalized pickup code, when your reserved library books are ready for pick-up.

The pickup code begins with the last 2 digits of your student identification number, followed by a combination of letters from your last and first name (e.g.: 550 HtR)

Can't find a book in our library? Use in our OPAC the button "Book Suggestion".

If you have suggested a book, we will automatically reserve you for the very first loan! As usual, you will receive an e-mail notification from us as soon as you can pick up the book.

Books that the library already has as e-books will not be purchased additionally in printed form.

The university library offers a wide range of electronic books (e-books), which can be accessed through our online catalogue OPAC:

Search results include both printed and electronic resources. Our electronic resources are marked with a small “e” icon. The URL to access an e-book, along with instructions for off-campus access via VPN-Client and/or Shibboleth, as well as the terms of use, can be found by simply clicking on an individual title in the results list. Choose the filter option “Type of Item” from the right-side menu to narrow your search results to e-books. To search specifically for e-books, use the “Advanced Search” option and select “E-Book” under the “Type of Item” category.

Publishers have different policies regarding e-book downloads and accessibility. Some offer the option to download the entire e-book, while others allow downloads of individual chapters, sections, or pages. Additionally, a few publishers only allow online reading of e-books.

In general the following conditions apply:

  • Usage is allowed solely for personal, educational, and research purposes.
  • Redistribution in any form is strictly prohibited.
  • Systematic downloading is not permitted.


Below is an overview of the most important publishers and their terms of use:


  • Only selected e-books from the platform are licensed; the library doesn’t purchase every e-book on a publisher’s website.
  • Printing, saving and copying of e-books is permitted.
  • On-campus access to licensed resources through IP address authentication; off-campus access through VPN-Client (standard profile) or Shibboleth authentication.
    Springer Shibboleth-Login | Nature Shibboleth-Login
  • The absence of the padlock icon indicates that the electronic resource is licensed and can be accessed in full.


  • Only selected e-books from the platform are licensed; the library doesn’t purchase every e-book on a publisher’s website
  • Printing, saving and copying of e-books is permitted VPN-Client (standard Profile) or Shibboleth authentication.
  • Licensed e-books, depending on the platform, are marked by either an open green padlock (Licensed) and/or an open orange padlock (Open Access).


  • Parts of the beck-online platform are licensed by the library.
  • To access beck-online you first need to connect to the university network. Off-campus access through VPN-Client (standard profile). Once the network connection is established, you will need to register a personal account with beck-online (Not your campus login!). The account registration is free of charge and is necessary in order to access the platform. Only after you have completed these steps, will you be able to access beck-online and utilize our licensed resources.
  • Saving and/or printing is limited to sections within your selection, rather than the entire content.


  • E-books from various publishers.
  • On-campus access to licensed resources through IP address authentication; off-campus access through VPN-Client (standard profile) or Shibboleth authentication.
  • Depending on publishers’ permission and copyright law, the printing and/or copying of material is limited. Please consult individual e-books for more information.
  • Before you can check out an e-book, you need to set up a free personal EBSCO account (Not your campus login!).
  • E-books can be downloaded and accessed for a maximum duration of 28 days. To read EBSCO e-books, an e-book reader is essential. During the download process, you may be prompted to install e-book reader software. Once the initial 28-day download period expires, you will have the option to download the e-book again, should you need it.

ProQuest Ebook Central:

  • E-books from various publishers.
  • On-campus access to licensed resources through IP address authentication; off-campus access through VPN-Client (standard profile) or Shibboleth authentication.

In order to access all additional features, it is necessary to log in using your campus login credentials:

  • E-books can be downloaded and accessed for a maximum duration of 28 days. To read EBSCO e-books, an e-book reader is essential. During the download process, you may be prompted to install e-book reader software. Once the initial 28-day download period expires, you will have the option to download the e-book again, should you need it.
  • In accordance to copyright law, a limited chapter download is permitted; a PDF version will be generated for convenient and permanent storage.
  • Depending on publishers’ permission and copyright law, the printing and/or copying of material is limited. Please consult individual e-books for more information.
  • External users do not have access to the full range of features provided by ProQuest Ebook Central.

O'Reilly Online Learning:

  • All e-books and videos on this platform are accessible.
  • Access for university members through Shibboleth authentication (campus login). External users do not have access to the platform.
  • This platform allows online reading only; downloads and offline access are not available.
  • O’Reilly does not include page numbers. To properly cite publications without page numbers, include chapter references such as a chapter title and chapter number if applicable. The highlights feature can help with creating citations (instructions in English only).

Install VPN-Client; log in with standard profile.  Do not use WebVPN.

Problems viewing pdf files in your browser; check cookie settings. Content from providers should not be blocked.
Updated 02/2024

An overview of available electronic journals (eJournals) can be accessed using the Electronic Journals Library (EZB). The EZB displays journals licensed by the University of Applied Sciences Offenburg as well as license-free journals. Access from outside the campus via VPN or Shibboleth.

Through Leibniz University Hannover, we can offer you a wide selection of IT manuals at affordable prices. The manuals are sold exclusively to students and staff currently working or studying at our university. The distribution of e-books is strictly prohibited.

The manuals are only available for download as e-books. Popular titles include LaTeX, PHP, SPSS and C/C ++. Follow the link to view the complete list of e-books available for sale as pdf files: Leibniz University Hannover.

The e-books can only be purchased at the university library in Offenburg.

E-books can be downloaded by scanning the QR code provided on your receipt or by using the following link: IT Manuals

Currently still available in paperback:
C Programming

For further information, please contact the library.

The library of Offenburg University of Applied Sciences is available to external users. A valid identity card is required for initial registration; we can only accept passports together with a current certificate of registration!

You should know that:

  •     Borrowing media is free of charge.
  •     Fees will be charged if you exceed the loan periods of borrowed media or order books or essays via interlibrary loan.
  •     A maximum of fifteen media (books, journals, audio programmes, learning programmes) can be borrowed.
  •     Films are not eligible for loan.
  •     Here you can find information on our loan periods.(Link within the Accordion)
  •     Books not in our collection can be ordered via interlibrary loan from other libraries.
  •     You can find information on interlibrary loan under Interlibrary loan of books or Interlibrary loan of articles.
  •     Information on logging into the OPAC can be found under Login.
  •     You can use the majority of our e-books and e-journals at the PC workstations in the library.


Important information for external users:

  • Electronic resources can be accessed locally within the library; remote access is not available
  • WLAN access via eduroam: Eduroam (education roaming) is a service that allows guests from eduroam-enabled institutions to securely access the Internet while visiting other eduroam-enabled institutions. Simply log in using the credentials provided by your home institution. More Infos
  • Borrowing films or electronic devices is not permitted
    Updated 11.2023

The guest card was introduced at the beginning of the 2022 summer semester. The guest card’s most important functions at a glance:

  • valid at the university library in Offenburg and Gengenbach
  • can be used at the library’s self-service checkout station and automated book return terminal
  • serves as a prepaid credit card (Autoload set up by Studierendenwerk Freiburg)
  • can be used in the cafeteria/canteen in Offenburg and Gengenbach (Bildungscampus)

Following the initial registration, top up is possible at the following places:

  • Campus Offenburg: Building B, Hallway near Room B007/B008 and at the Cafeteria/Canteen
  • Campus Gengenbach (Klosterstraße 14): Monastery Building, Ground Floor, by the copiers near Room 0.07
  • Bildungscampus Gengenbach (Brückenhäuserstraße 26): 1st Floor, by the copiers near Room 2.2.26

Standard setting for external users:


  Ausweisnummer Anfangs-Passwort
External User
(from March 2022)
"GS." + consecutive number
f. e.: GS.1000052
= date of birth in the form DD.MM.YYYY
f. e.: 01.01.1980
Externe Nutzer
(until March 2022)
"50" + date of birth in the form DD.MM.YYYY
f. e.: 5001011980
= date of birth in the form DD.MM.YYYY
f. e.: 01.01.1980

The password can be changed at any time in the library account.

Questions about the login? Please contact the library staff.


Articles from journals that are not available in the libraries of Offenburg University of Applied Sciences can be ordered for a fee via interlibrary loan or via a document delivery service. For articles from books, please refer to the information on interlibrary loan of books under 4.

Please note the following guidelines:

How much does this service cost?

A standard processing fee of 1.50€ will be charged.

The length of an essay must not exceed 20 pages; each additional page will cost 0.10€. (Individual libraries may choose to charge 0.10€ per page regardless of document length.)

How to order an article/essay?
  1. Check our electronic catalog OPAC to see whether the journal is available in one of our libraries. Likewise, search the Electronic Journals Library (EZB) to check if the journal is available in electronic form.
  2. Once you confirmed that the essay is not available, click the "External Sources/ILL" button. Next, select "Zeitschriften" (journals) and search for the title of the journal - not the title of the essay!
  3. Select the required journal from the search result list and click "zur Fernleihe" (Interlibrary loan).
  4. Log into your OPAC account and complete the interlibrary loan request form displayed on your computer screen. Fill in the section "Wenn KOPIE gewünscht: Angaben zum Aufsatz" (COPY required: Essay details). Please provide as much detail as possible. Select your preferred pickup location from the drop-down menu "Ausgabeort" (Pickup location).

Should your search be unsuccessful, click "Suche ohne Ergebnisse, weiter zur Fernleihe?" (Unsuccessful search, continue to interlibrary loan?). Fill out the order form displayed on your screen.

 Delivery and Lending

Delivered articles are supplied as paper copies for you to keep. The average delivery time is 10 days. Need faster document delivery? Try subito. subito provides a quick, fee-based document delivery service. Please be advised that delivery is not always possible!

You will be notified by email as soon as the copy is ready to be collected at the library.

Books not available at the University of Applied Sciences Offenburg libraries can be ordered through our interlibrary loan service. Printed copies of jounral articles can also be ordered. Interlibrary loan service charges apply regardless of outcome. Please note the following gudelines!

How much does the service cost?  

Processing Fee

1,50 EUR
Postage (dependent on weight of book/s) 1,90 EUR - 4,40 EUR

A non-refundable, standard service fee of 1.50€ will be charged to your library account regardless of the outcome. Once an interlibrary loan request has been submitted it cannot be cancelled

How to request a book?
  1. Check our electronic catalogue OPAC whether the book is avalilable in one of our libraries.
  2. Once you confirmed that the book is not in our collection, click the External Sources/ILL" button. Select at least one of the displayed catalogue options (You search in...").
  3. Select the required book title from the search result list and click the "Proceed to Interlibrary Loan" button.
  4. Log into your OPAC account and complete the interlibrary loan request form displayed on your computer screen. To order part of a book (chapter or article - max. 10%), fill out the section "If PAPER-COPY is requested: details to the chapter/part of the book". Important: To order an entire book, leave this section blank. You must select a pick-up location from the "Place of issuance" drop-down menu. All other fields are optional.

Delivery and Lending

The average delivery time for an interlibrary loan request is 10 days. Please note: In rare cases, delivery of loan requests is not possible. Need a book fast? Try subito. subito provides a quick, fee-based document delivery service.

You will receive an e-mail notification once the book has arrived and is available for pick-up at the circulation desk. The lending period and renewal options depend on the lending library and will be advised at the point of collection.

Material not available through Interlibrary Loan:

  • Books and magazines available in our libraries (including items currently on loan and items from our reference collection)
  • Magazines
  • Loose-leaf publications
  • Theses and research papers (interlibrary loan only in exceptional circumstances)
  • Patents and DIN-Standards

Note: You can also request a copy of an article through our interlibrary loan service.

Both university libraries offer the use of a touch-screen book scanner. The scanner at the Offenburg library produces images up to A2 size; the scanner at the Gengenbach library produces images up to A3 size. Both scanners have an optical resolution of 400 dpi.

The easy-to-use scanners are fast and free of charge.

Basic mode settings (default):
- pdf
- color
- one file
- scan to USB

Expert mode settings (selectable):
- format selection: pdf - tiff - jpg
- color selection: color or black/white
- scan selection: USB or email
- page selection: one-sided or double-sided
- only at the Offenburg library: OCR for German, English and French

Scans sent via email should not exceed 10 MB. While the system can handle large files, its successful delivery depends on the user's email program.

You can send print jobs from any PC on campus or from your private workstation (via VPN and the corresponding printer driver) to any copier in the building. The printer drivers are available to you via the follow-me web interface. You can retrieve the print jobs with your Oskar card. You can find detailed installation instructions on the Campus IT help pages.

There are three computers in the library on the Offenburg campus where you can log in with your campus login. Please use your OSKAR card to retrieve print jobs sent from these computers. In A4 format, the costs are 0.08 EUR b/w and 0.18 EUR for a color printout.

There are five additional computers available on which you can work without logging in. Print jobs can be sent as follows:

  • Use the print function of the respective program. You will need your library card to retrieve the print job. A b/w printout costs 0.10 EUR; a color printout 0.30 EUR (each A4). Please contact us!
  • Log in to the iPrint portal with your campus login and then retrieve the print job with your own Oskar card. Please note that the iPrint Portal can best process PDF files. Files in other formats should first be converted to PDF format. Instructions

Both libraries have a copy machine available for public use.





0,07 €

1 P.



0,16 €

4 P.



0,14 €

4 P.



0,32 €

8 P.

 Staff &
External User




0,10 €

1 P.



0,30 €

5 P.



0,20 €

2 P.



0,60 €

10 P.

Note: In exceptional cases (e.g. forgotten Oscar) students can borrow and use the library copy card for copying. Staff & External User fees will apply!

Aditionally, the copy machine can be used as a printer and scanner.

The university library in Offenburg offers the use of a high-quality touch-screen book scanner.
Alternatively, scans can be created using the library copy machine and sent as email attachments or retrieved through the Follow-me interface.

The following devices are available for loan from the library service desk:

Laptops (various models)
Laptops must be reserved through our OPAC catalogue. Search for "Geräteausleihe".
Complete the Equipment Loan Agreement form and submit it at the library service desk when you pickup your device.

HSO-Tokens for 2-Factor Authentication (2FA)
Students can borrow 2-Factor Authentication Tokens from the libraries in Offenburg and Gengenbach. For more information contact the library service desk.
Quick-Start Guide for 2-Factor Authentication (Page 7).

Alternatively, students can download and use the NetIQ Advanced Authentication App for smartphones.
Quick-Start Guide for 2-Factor Authentication (Page 3).
Updated 11.2023


Hochschule Offenburg
- Library -
Badstraße 24
77652 Offenburg

Telefon: 0781 205-240

E-Mail: bibliothek@hs-offenburg.de

Hochschule Offenburg
- Library -
Klosterstraße 9
77723 Gengenbach

Telefon: 07803 9698-4413

E-Mail: bib-gengenbach@hs-offenburg.de


Students and external users are allowed to borrow and check out up to 15 items. Looseleaf publications, current magazines and newspapers are not for loan, but can be used within the library. The following loan periods apply:

Type of Medium Loan Period Time before Renewal Loan Renewal
Books, Standards 21 Days 7 days before the end of the loan period 10x
Learning Programs 21 Days 7 days before the end of the loan period 10x
Books (Reading Room) overnight / weekend till 12 o'clock (!) none none
Films 7 Days   3 days before the end of the loan period 1x
Magazines 7 Days    3 days before the end of the loan period  1x
Interlibrary Loan usually 28 Days  1 or 2 days before the end of the loan period  on request

Please have a look: On the day of renewal the loan period is added. So please renew the loan period usually at the end of the time.

Please observe the loan periods! The library's notification system is automated and cannot be influenced individually by our staff. 2 days before the due date you will receive a free reminder via email. The fines for overdue items are prescribed by the fee statutes of the library, and they are expensive!

First notice: €1.50 per medium
Second notice: €5.00 per medium
Third notice: €10.00 per medium
Overnight loans: €3.00 per day and medium

The first overdue notice is sent by email. All additional overdue notices are sent by post, at intervals of seven days; overnight loan notices are fined daily at 12 o'clock.

Failure to respond to the third notice will automatically result in a final notice that may be inforced by a bailiff. Don't take a chance!

All fines become effective as soon as an overdue notice is issued. Overdue notices are also issued during semester breaks!

 Mühlbach-Saal  Kinzig-Saal
  • Call Numbers AA - ST 240
  • Library Staff, Loan & Return, Self-Checkout Station, Lockers
  • Group Study Spaces
  • Call Numbers ST 240 - ZZ
  • Book Scanner, Computer Workstations, Magazines
  • Individual Study Spaces

No bags allowed in the library. Lockers are available for the temporary storage of all your bags.
Baskets are provided for carrying your learning materials. Bottled water allowed; food and snacks forbidden.


Lockers are for the temporary storage of all your bags and belongings. Baskets are provided for carrying your books and other learning materials. Lockers are cleared each morning by library staff.

Close the locker:
1. Put items in the locker
2. Enter any 4-digit code
3. Close the door and slowly turn the lock to the left

Open the locker:
1. Enter 4-digit code used to close the locker
2. Turn the lock to the right

Important: Remember your 4-digit code and locker number. Forgot your 4-digit code? Please contact staff at the circulation desk. Please clear your locker before you leave the library. Lockers that have not been cleared will be cleared by staff the next morning.

The library in Offenburg has a total of 180 study spaces.

Need a place to practice a presentation or to work on a group project? Group study spaces are located at Mühlbach-Saal and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. All group study spaces are equipped with a wall-mounted monitor to make it easy for a study group to share a laptop or tablet display. Feel free to hold small group conversations. Enjoy bottled water (no food or snacks permitted).

Need a quiet place to study or work on a research paper? Quite study spaces are located at Kinzig-Saal. Work silently - no talking or whispering allowed. Silence phones, laptops, noisy headphones, and other loud devices. Enjoy bottled water (no food or snacks permitted).

You can either check study space availability using the library’s interactive touch-screen kiosk or this link. The group study area is located in Mühlbach Hall; the single study carrels are located in Kinzig Hall. The capacity utilization indicator has a high accuracy and low latency rate. Not every person visiting the library takes up a study space. Hence, the capacity utilization indicator may show that the library has reached full capacity, but it’s possible that as few study spaces are still available.


The library is the standards issuing body for the German body of standards. You can access these standards in full text in the Nautos database:

  • DIN standards
  • VDI guidelines
  • AD2000 leaflets
  • ISO standards

You can view VDE standards via the VDE standards library (no printout or download).

This video explains the access options.

Structure of the standards:

  • DIN standards: Standards written by German experts for German users.
  • ISO standards: Standards written in international groups by representatives of different countries and made available to the international public.
  • DIN-ISO standards: When a new ISO standard is published, German experts check whether it is relevant for Germany. If the review is positive, the ISO standard is adopted - with a time delay - into the German body of standards; in some cases it's also translated. If an ISO standard is deemed to be irrelevant, the reasons can be requested directly from DIN e.V.


The database Nautos contains standards and technical guidelines. Offenburg University of Applied Sciences has the following standards available in full text:

  • DIN-Standards (all valid German standards, with the exeption of the VDE-Standards)
    For more information see Standards
  • VDI-Guidelines
  • AD-Code leaflets

Access via DBIS - Nautos.

Off-campus access possible using VPN (with Standard-Profil)


Opening hours are subject to change. For up-to-date information, please visit our library homepage.

Lecture and examination period

Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Lecture-free period

Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri 9:00 am - 4:00 pm



9:00 am - 6:00 pm


Opening hours are subject to change. For up-to-date information, please visit our library homepage.

Lecture and examination period

Mon - Fri


9:00 am - 5:00 pm



Lecture-free period

Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Need relevant literature for your research project or thesis? DBIS (Database Information System) provides direct access to the library’s licensed and unlicensed databases. They are sorted by subject. The most important databases for a particular subject are listed at the top. Click DBIS to get started!


Our online catalogue OPAC contains records of all media (books, dissertations, movies, eBooks, tutorials, printed editions of standards).

The following functions are available:

  • Search and browse the entire collection of our libraries in Offenburg and Gengenbach
  • Renew borrowed books
  • Reserve books currently on loan
  • Order books from the university library Offenburg

Additionally, OPAC provides unrestricted search access to other catalogues. The SWB and ZDB catalogues can be used to order books and/or copies of magazine articles via interlibrary loan.

Offenburg Library: The media in the reading room are systematically arranged according to the "Regensburger Verbundklassifikation" (RVK). This means that all related books are next to each other, allowing you to browse through the books.

Gengenbach Library: All media are freely accessible. The line-up is based on a roughly systematic classification.

To find a specific book in the reading room, first check in the OPAC whether the book is in our collection. The location/collection/signature indicates where you can find a book on the shelf. For Offenburg, the following applies: You can only access books in the reading room if they are marked with Library Offenburg AND Reading room location. All other books must be ordered via the OPAC (see ordering books from the stacks).

You can reserve borrowed books.


Printed Journals
The libraries offer many leading, subject-related print jounals to complement the university's degree programs. Older, separate issues of journals are collected and sometimes bound togehter into one volume. All jounals, with the exception of the current issue, may be signed out for one week.

Overview of currently available journal subscriptions:

Overview of all currently available e-Journals:

The Electronic Journals Library (EZB) includes all licensed journals from Offenburg University of Applied Sciences as well as all journals freely accessible through the Internet.

Search for Articles within Journals
Searching for a specific article within a journal? Use the Database Information System (DBIS). DBIS provides access to and use of many research databases in all subject areas.

The OPAC catalogue offers various search options to find theses from our university graduates:

1. Search for student’s name:
Enter the student’s name using either "Quick Search" or "Advanced Search" (Author (Personal name))

2. Search by “title keyword” or “subject heading”:
a) Enter keywords using "Quick Search". It will produce a results list that includes books as well as theses. Narrow your search results by selecting “Type of item”, then choosing “University publications” and finally clicking the blue “Narrow down” button. Note that “University Publications” are only displayed if theses are included in the results list.

b) Using the "Advanced Search" option to find a thesis: Select either the "Title keyword" or "Keyword anywhere" field in combination with choosing “Univ. Publication” from the “Type of Item” dropdown menu.

3. Search for university program:
Using "Advanced Search" select the "Call Number" option from the pull-down menu. Enter the abbreviation of the university program followed by an asterisk(*).
"ES*" program abbreviation for Energy System Technology
"CME*" program abbreviation for "Communication and Media Engineering
"MI 201*" abbreviation finds theses for “Media and Information Engineering and Design" from 2010 onwards.

4. Search for supervising professors:
Use “Advanced search” and select “Classification” from the drop-down menu. Enter the professor’s abbreviation, followed by an asterisk (e.g. BJat*). Alternatively, simply enter the name, e.g., "Last Name" or "Last Name, First Name".

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Der OPAC bietet Ihnen verschiedene Suchmöglichkeiten, um den Filmbestand der Hochschule Offenburg zu durchsuchen:

1. Sie brauchen einen Überblick über alle Filme?
Wählen Sie in der Navigationsleiste "Filmothek" aus.


2. Suche nach Regisseuren oder Schauspielern:
Nutzen Sie am besten das Feld "Autor (Person)" in der erweiterten Suche. In den meisten Fällen genügt es, den Nachnamen einzugeben.

3. Suche nach Filmtiteln:
a) Geben Sie Begriffe aus dem Filmtitel in der einfachen Suche ein. Schränken Sie die Treffer auf den Medientyp "Filme" ein, indem Sie auf den Button "Einschränken" klicken. Beachten Sie, dass dieser Medientyp nur angezeigt wird, wenn Filme in der Trefferliste enthalten sind.

b) In der erweiterten Suche wählen Sie zusätzlich zu einem Titel oder Autor den Medientyp "Filme" aus, um ausschließlich Filme (auf Blu-Ray, DVD oder Videokassette) zu erhalten.

Bitte beachten Sie: Filme, die verfügbar sind, werden NICHT wie Bücher bestellt. Filme, die ausgeliehen sind, können vorgemerkt werden - sofern sie nicht in Dauerleihe (bzw. bis 01.01.2030) an Professoren ausgeliehen sind.

You’re looking for standards? All German DIN-standards and VDI-guidelines can be accessed in full-text through Perinorm. The database does not include VDE-electrical standards. VDE-standards can only be viewed on designated computers at the university library in Offenburg. Please contact library staff for more information. The library does have some standards available in print format. They can be found in our online-catalogue OPAC. Search the catalogue using the standard’s document identifier. Ordering standards follows the same procedure as ordering books.

Didn’t find what you were looking for? Some standards may have been published in DIN-Handbooks, which are part of our library collection. Consult the Beuth-Publishing Catalog to check if and in which DIN-Handbook the required standard may have been published. Look out for the link ">>Also included in". If this link is NOT displayed, the standard may not yet have been published, including as part of a DIN-Handbook. Next, search for the DIN-Handbook in our OPAC catalog. Should the OPAC search be unsuccessful, please feel free to contact us - under certain circumstances, standards can be purchased for our library collection.

General introductions to library use take place at the beginning of each semester. Please take advantage of this opportunity to find out about the library.
Please contact Petra Möhringer.

Topics of the introduction include:

  •     everything about loan
  •     the library as a workplace
  •     research in the OPAC, e-books
  •     our database offer

On the university's video portal you can find the library's teaching videos on various topics:

  •     Literature management with Citavi
  •     Literature research
  •     E-books and VPN
  •     Standards and patents

The video about E-books and VPN is available in English, all other videos are in German only.
Are you missing a topic? Would you like more videos on library content? Then write to the library.

The presentations are in German.

In addition to the general library introduction, there is also the option of receiving training on literature searches in databases and an introduction to the literature management programme Citavi.

Please contact Petra Möhringer.


The library does not offer software licences. If you are interested in low-priced licences for Microsoft products (only in selection) for students and staff, use the platform "Education 365 - Software". Select your institution (Hochschule Offenburg), then you can log in with the campus login.

You can find more detailed information on literature management with Zotero on the Writing Office website.

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Some publishers offer students direct access to electronic materials via their websites using the university RZ login details. In order to find the correct login screen select/click the website's "Log in” option. The required login screen is usually referred to as "Institutional login” or "Log in via Shibboleth”.

How to use Shibboleth:
Step 1: Select "Institutional login" or "login via Shibboleth" (terminology varies depending on the provider)

Step 2: Select the geographic region/group "Germany - DFN-AAI" ( terminology varies depending on the provider).  Some providers skip this step of the login procedure.

Step 3: Select "Hochschule Offenburg" or "Hochschulbliothek Offenburg" (terminology varies depending on the provider.

Step 4: Log in using your university user name and password.

Please read the terms and conditions of service before using Shibboleth!

Important: Shibboleth is a “single sign-on” authentication service for computer networks and the internet. It allows you to sign in to various systems run by organizations or institutions using just one “identity”. Once logged in via Shibboleth, other platforms will recognize the login, which means you will only have to repeat steps 1-3. If you’re using a public computer you must close the browser session to prevent others from using your login.

Never worked with eBooks? You must know that (german language)!

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network and is used to access the university network from off-campus locations.

VPN variations:
- WebVPN: no installation required; you simply resume your work in a new browser window
- VPN: download and installation required

For more information, please visit the IT Service Centre website - Servicekatalog - Campus-Netz - VPN.

Remote access to electronic resources (eBooks and eJounals) is available only via VPN!
Never worked with eBooks? You must know that (german language)!