There are numerous libraries within the Ruhr University Bochum. Aside from the main university library ("Universitätsbibliothek" = UB) a specialised library can be found in each faculty. Books may be borrowed using your student-ID (chipcard). Restrictions apply for most of the faculties’ libraries (reference libraries) as they mainly provide reference books (Präsenzbestand), thus borrowing books from these libraries is generally not possible or only during weekends.

Opening hours of the main university library (Universitätsbibliothek):

  • Monday – Friday 8 am – 12 midnight (no return after 10 pm)
  • Saturday 11 am – 8 pm
  • Sunday 11 am – 6 pm


At the beginning of each semester the university library organises guided tours through their facilities for new students. During these tours, students will be informed about literature classifications at the Ruhr University Bochum, any access restrictions for the main university library, catalogues for literature research and relevant internet sites. These tours and other events are offered continuously throughout the semester as well. Further information about events, access requirements and other matters can be found on the homepage of the university library (Universitätsbibliothek). Current dates of events organised by the university library can be found under the file „Unser Kursangebot“.