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Libraries closed over Christmas and New Year's Day (12/23-23-01/01-24).

Over Christmas and the turn of the year (23.12.23-01.01.24) the libraries in Krefeld and in Mönhengladbach are closed.

PIN assignment for the self-checkout stations/automatic pay stations

To use the self-checkout stations and automatic pay stations, you now need the library number and a PIN, which you assign yourself once in your…

Opening hours of the campus libraries

Library MG
Library Mönchengladbach

Richard-Wagner-Strasse 140
41065 Mönchengladbach
Building N, 3rd and 4th floors

Opening hours
Mon - Fri  8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Sat 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Service hours
Mon - Fri 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Library KRSouth
Library Krefeld South

Reinarzstraße 49
47805 Krefeld
Building G

Opening hours/ Service hours
Mo - Fri 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Library KRWest
Library Krefeld West

Frankenring 20
47798 Krefeld
Building N

Opening hours/ Service hours
Mo - Fri 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Closed days 2023

Holidays closed

03.10.23 German Unity Day

01.11.23 All Saints Day

23.12.23 - 01.01.24 Christmas/New Year


What are service hours?

What are service hours...?
The following services are only available during service hours:

  • Applications for extended loan period.
  • Pick up and return of interlibrary loans
  • Pick up of laboratory holdings

Automatic pay stations

Locations of the automatic pay stations:
Campus Mönchengladbach: Building W, Lobby
Campus Krefeld South: Building A next to Infopoint
Campus Krefeld West Campus: Entrance to the library

Payment at the pay station is currently only possible with EC card. Alternatively, please use the bank transfer option:

  • Recipient: Hochschule Niederrhein
  • Institution: Stadtsparkasse Mönchengladbach
  • Ref.: library account MG/KR / User number
  • IBAN: DE55 31050000 000 3425451
  • BIC/Swift-Code: MGLSDE33


Acquisition suggestion for students

All students of the Hochschule Niederrhein can send acquisition suggestions to the library. The media are preferably procured as e-books (campus license) and provided as quickly as possible. You will receive immediate notification of this. If the desired medium cannot be procured as an e-book, it will be ordered as a printed book. You will receive a notification as soon as the title is ready for you to pick up.

If an acquisition suggestions cannot be realized, you will be informed immediately. This is the case:

  • The medium is already available or accessible within 14 days
    • Acquisition is refused
  • Media from print on demand publishers (e.g. GRIN, Diplomica, AV Akademikerverlag)
    • Acquisition is denied
  • below 15,-€ or above 150,-€
    • Acquisition is denied
  • older than 10 years
    • Acquisition is denied
  • acquisition request while on loan on your own account
    • Acquisition is denied
  • maximum 10 acquisition requests per calendar year
  • Periodicals and loose-leaf cannot be ordered
Student. Acquisition proposal

Purchase of e-books

E-Book FAQ

What’s the difference between university and individual e-book licenses?
Individual licenses are usually distributed by the publishers for individual devices; they are not purchased by the university library. University e-books are licensed for the entire campus, so they can be accessed from any device in the IP range of the Hochschule Niederrhein. Remote access is realized through a central login procedure.


Can I also use e-books from home?
Yes. Employees as well as students of the Hochschule Niederrhein need their library or university ID to access e-books externally, for example from their home computer.
All e-books are activated within the university via IP addresses.


Will a print title be purchased if an e-book cannot be obtained?
Yes. If a campus license cannot be obtained, the desired copy will be ordered in print. The Hochschule Niederrhein Library aims to make orders available to employees and students of the Hochschule Niederrhein primarily in digital form.


Can I download complete e-books?
Each publisher determines which usage options are available for its offering. In this context, licensing laws regulate the handling of e-books, whether they or large parts of them can be downloaded, copied or printed out. The publisher determines the terms of use, e.g. complete download. For personal use as well as for research purposes, individual pages or chapters may be saved, copied or printed. E-books may not be passed on to third parties, either electronically or in printed form. If an e-book is provided with a so-called Digital Rights Management (DRM), this protection mechanism may not be circumvented. The respective terms of use of the publishers or providers must be observed.


Why can't I always print or save all pages?
Many e-book providers, such as Springer or de Gruyter, place their e-books on the Internet without restrictions. However, some providers use Digital Rights Management (DRM) to limit the number of pages you can copy, print or save. The University Library makes every effort to purchase e-books without DRM wherever possible. Even e-books with a DRM can be read entirely online.


Do I need an e-book reader?
No. All that is required is a computer (desktop, notebook, tablet or smartphone) with a browser, Internet access and PDF reader (exemplified by Adobe Digital Edition, Acrobat Reader).


Does the university library also lend e-books?
No. The e-books purchased and licensed by the University Library are always available, so there is no need to borrow them. However, it may happen that an e-book for which only a license for simultaneous access has been purchased is currently "occupied" by another user. In this case, it is necessary to wait until the user releases the license again.


Can all printed titles also be ordered as e-books?
The entire text as a PDF, convenient as a download with one click?
Every book title in full text immediately after publication?
Unfortunately, this is not possible in all cases, as the providers of our commercially purchased e-books use very different formats and licensing terms.


How do I know if my e-book has been purchased?
After successfully acquiring the electronic resource, you will receive a link to the ordered medium.

Purchases for employees

The form for purchases for employees can be found on the intranet of the Hochschule Niederrhein.


Notes on print-on-demand publishers

The publishers GRIN, Diplomica, FastBook Publishing, VdM and AV Akademikerverlag etc. offer theses in "print on demand". This means that the authors release their work for publication at their own request and the publisher prints it unchecked and unchanged. There is no quality control in the sense of proofreading or peer review. A paper with a good grade can be published in the same way as a paper with a bad degree. The buyer does not find out how the paper was evaluated and whether it represents an own scientific achievement or plagiarism.

New acquisition lists

In the new acquisitions lists, you can see which media have been acquired at The Hochschule Niederrhein University Library in recent months.

In the left menu bar you can make a selection according to specific subject groups:

  • General
  • Mathematics
  • Technology, foundation courses
  • Psychology
  • Computer science, cybernetics
  • Mechanical and Process Engineering
  • education, teaching
  • Physics
  • Electrical engineering
  • Sociology, Society, Statistics
  • Chemistry
  • Nutrition science, food technology
  • economy, work, tourism
  • Biology
  • Design, Architecture, Photography
  • Law
  • Medicine, Veterinary Medicine
  • Textile

If a subject group does not appear in a list, no media were purchased for that subject group in that month.

You can determine the availability of individual hits by selecting your branch.

The following information on availability can be taken from the status in the copy display:

  • available for order: The book is in another branch. You can order it to the branch you have chosen. It usually takes 3-4 days for the book to arrive.
  • borrowable: The book is freely available for you in your own branch (in case of "archive" please ask at the circulation desk). Please note the shelfmark and look for the book on the shelf. Don’t forget to check out at the self-service terminals. The loan period is usually 30 days.
  • not borrowable: The book is also freely available at your own branch. However, you can only use it there (reference stock).
  • discharged by (date): The book is currently on loan, but can be reserved. To do so, please click on "Order or reserve medium". Use this function to place an order/reservation on any copy of this book. Once the book is ready for you to pick up, you will be notified via e-mail.
  • Borrowed: The book has been borrowed by a user group with special conditions and cannot be reserved or ordered through the online catalog. Please ask at the service desk whether the desired medium can be obtained for you. 
Acquisition faculty 01, 02, 03, 04, 09, 10
Acquisition faculty 05, 06, 07, 08

Do you have any questions? We provide answers...

... personally

  • Krefeld South Campus, Building G, Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Campus Krefeld West, Building N, Mon-Fri 8 am - 4 pm
  • Campus Mönchengladbach, Building N, Mon-Fri 8am-6pm

... by e-mail

  • as soon as possible, usually within our service hours Mo-Fr 8-16 hrs.


Please note that we do not provide medical, legal, tax and patent information and all information is provided without guarantee. Literature lists are not created by us. Renewals are made independently in the catalog after registration under Account or at the self-checkout.

Your request to the library

Information library

Here you will find information on everything the library offers, from A for Acquisition to W for Wi-Fi.



Acquisition s. Acquisition

Acquisitions suggestion

Students and employees of the Hochschule Niederrhein can send acquisition requests to the library via an online form. The media are preferably procured as e-books (campus license). If an e-book acquisition is not possible, a printed book will be ordered. (see acquisition)



Library Campus Mönchengladbach, Building N, Richard-Wagner-Straße 140, 41065 Mönchengladbach

  • Phone: 02161/186-3400
  • E-Mail: lending-mg(at)
  • Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9.00-22.00 h, Sat 9.00-17.00 h
  • Service hours: Mon-Fri 9.00-17.15 hrs


Library Campus Krefeld West, Building N, Frankenring 20, 47798 Krefeld

  • Phone: 02161/186-3400
  • E-Mail: lending-kr-west(at)
  • Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8.00-18.00 hrs
  • Service hours: Mon-Fri 8.00-16.00 hrs


Krefeld South Campus Library, Building G, Reinarzstraße 49, 47805 Krefeld, Germany

  • Phone: 02161/186-3400
  • E-mail: lending-kr-sued(at)
  • Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8.00-18.00 hrs
  • Service hours: Mon-Fri 8.00-18.00 hrs


Account details

Please use the following account details if you want to pay your fees by bank transfer:

  • Recipient: Hochschule Niederrhein
  • Institution: Stadtsparkasse Mönchengladbach
  • Ref.: Delinquent account. MG/KR / User number
  • IBAN: DE55 31050000 000 3425451
  • BIC/Swift-Code: MGLSDE33

You can also use our QR-Code for payment.

Account lock s. ID card block

Account management

The account management ("Konto") within the DigiBib (see DigiBib) allows you to view loans and interlibrary loans and their loan periods, your orders and reservations and, if applicable, the amount of your fees. Here you can also make renewals yourself.


Information about the availability of a medium can be found in the item "Status" under "Bibliographic data" in the full display of the catalog:

  • borrowable: The medium is freely accessible to you in your own branch.
  • available for order: The medium is in another branch. You can order it free of charge to the branch of your choice (see Order). As soon as it is ready for you to pick up, you will be notified by e-mail.
  • Not available for loan: The item is freely available in the library. You can only use it within the specified branch (see reference holdings).
  • Borrowed until (date): The item has been borrowed by another person. You can reserve it. To do so, please click on "Vormerken" (see Reservation). As soon as it is ready for you to pick up, you will be notified by e-mail.
  • Borrowed until (31.10. of the year or following year): The item is on loan by library users with special conditions and cannot be reserved or ordered via the catalog. Please ask at the circulation desk if it can be obtained for you.
  • If "/ In process" is indicated as the branch, the item is still being prepared by the library for loan.



Bags s. Wardrobe

Badge block

If you owe more than 30 Euros, your ID card will be blocked.

The fees must be paid on 01.04. and 01.10. of each year. If this is not done, you will be barred from further use of your account. Borrowing, interlibrary loan or extension of the loan period is then no longer possible.

The fees can be paid at the automatic pay stations (see pay station) or by bank transfer (see account details).

Bank details see account details


You can look up media from the library's stock in the catalog and order them from another branch, make a reservation and extend the loan periods. You can take books on loan from the shelves yourself.

Book loss / damage

In case of loss or damage of a book you have to refund the purchase price plus 25 Euro for administrative expenses.

Borrowing s. Availability


Krefeld South

Krefeld West


Branch order s.Order


Cashier machine

You can pay your library fees or the fee for print value cards at the automatic pay stations of the Hochschule Niederrhein. All fees can be paid at the automatic pay stations in cash or without cash.

The pay stations are located here:

  • Krefeld South Campus: at the Infopoint
  • Campus Krefeld West: in the vestibule of the library
  • Campus Mönchengladbach: in the foyer of building W


You can access the catalog via the Digital Library (see DigiBib). It allows you to search for books and journals of the university library. The hit lists show all information about the title, where the literature is available or if the documents are directly available for download. At "More" you can find the literature as well as articles from other libraries.

Cell phone s. Smartphone

Change of user data

Your current user data is required for notifications from the library. Students of the Hochschule Niederrhein notify the Student Office of their change of address. Employees of the University of Applied Sciences report their change of address to the Human Resources Department.

For all other users, personal presentation of an identity card or a certificate of registration is required for reasons of data protection.


Citavi is a literature management program. Citavi helps with all tasks of scientific literature work: from research to knowledge organization and task planning to the creation of the bibliography. The university library offers a campus license. More information about Citavi training can be found here.

City users s. Registration

Consultation hours

If you have questions about library use or research that are too extensive for the service department, you can arrange Consultation hours. Please contact the Service Department (see Service).

Copy and Print see Print/Copy

Course reference collection

Special literature and photocopies are collected by university teachers / lecturers for certain courses and placed together in the library. They can only be used in the library. You can view the individual books with scanned title pages and tables of contents under "Course reference collection". You can find more information about the course reference collections here.





In the DigiBib under "Databases / Full texts" we offer a wide range of free or licensed databases that contain information and literature on almost any subject for your theses. If you have any difficulties using them contact us any time. We offer individual research trainings.


The Digital Library (DigiBib) allows comprehensive literature research in the catalog (see catalog), as well as in (inter)national library catalogs and databases. In the DigiBib you will find books, journals and journal articles that can be read online, are available in the library or can be ordered via interlibrary loan (see Interlibrary Loan).

To use the full service oft he Digital Library from home, you will need your student account from the HN Identity Manager. Please note that you do not need a VPN client to use the library services.

Drinks s. Food and beverages



Eating and drinking

Food and beverages are not permitted in any library room. This rule is for the protection of library media, the premises, and to avoid disturbing other library users. The exception to this rule is beverages in containers with resealable screw tops.


ProQuest Ebook Central's e-books are a web platform that offers e-books from various publishers for university members to use. You can immediately view any e-books you find there and then decide if you want to use them for a longer period of time. In the DigiBib under "E-Books" you will find ProQuest Ebook Central and the e-book packages of other providers. (see Databases)
Tip: Introduction Tutorial for ProQuest

E-book policy

The University Library's e-book policy primarily strives to support digital teaching and learning. Therefore, media are primarily purchased in digital form (campus license) and made available to every university member on the university network 24/7.

Electronic Journals/ E-Journals

The library provides a variety of electronic journals via the catalog and DigiBib. Please note the terms of use.

E-journals s. Electronic journals

Essays from journals s. Journals

Extended loan period

Students of the Hochschule Niederrhein are granted an extended loan period during a semester of practice or a semester abroad as well as when writing their final thesis. For this purpose, all borrowed media must be presented to the library. In order to apply for a longer loan period when writing a thesis, you need the admission from the Examinations Office (with the listed deadline), in case of a practice or semester abroad a contract or a written confirmation. Reserved media and interlibrary loans are excluded from the extended loan period.


To use the full service oft he Digital Library from home, you will need your student account from the HN Identity Manager. Please note that you do not need a VPN client to use the library services.

You can extend in the following ways:

  • via the account management (see account management) of the catalog
  • via the self-checkout (see Self-checkout) in the library branches
  • personally at the service desk in the library, by presenting your user card.

Please check your loan account after renewal and watch out for refusals.

A renewal is not possible

  • if the item has been reserved by another person
  • if the limit of 140 day has already been reached
  • if the library account is blocked (see blocking of library cards)
  • by telephone or e-mail
  • within the longer loan period (see Longer loan period) - the request for renewal must be made at the service desk or by e-mail.

If an extension is not possible for technical reasons, please inform us about the problem: ausleihe-mg(at)




The following fees may apply when using the library:

  • Exceeding the loan period
  • Print/Copy
  • Interlibrary loan
  • ID card for non-university members (see borrowing)
  • Replacement of ID card
  • Loss or damage of a medium

The following late fees apply depending on the duration of the late return:

  • 1-10 calendar days: 2 Euro per medium
  • 11-20 calendar days: 5 Euro per item
  • 21-30 calendar days: 10 Euro per medium
  • 31-40 calendar days: 20 Euro per medium
  • 41 calendar days and more: 20 Euro + 25 Euro administration fee + value replacement

For short term loans (see short term loan) late fees of 2 Euro per item and day apply.

Avoid fees by returning your media on time or extending the loan period. If you have a balance of more than 30 Euros, your account will be blocked (see card blocking).

The fees must be paid by 31.03. and 30.09. of each year. If this does not happen, you will be barred from further use of your account, especially borrowing and renewing (see ID block).

You can pay your fees at the pay machines (see pay machine) or by bank transfer (see account details).

Flyer english

Full texts

Full texts are electronic books (see e-books) and electronic journals (e-journals) that are available online. In the DigiBib you can find full texts at "Databases / Full texts". Identification with User ID is mandatory for licensed databases. All external users of the library are excluded.




Group study rooms

Group rooms are available in the libraries for teamwork. Further information can be found here.



Help s. Service


Phone: +49 (0)2161 186-3400 (see Service)

House rules s. User rules



ID card see registration

Individual workstations s. Workstations


The staff at the Service desk (see Service) will be happy to help you with any questions you may have. Information material can be found in the library and on the library website (see flyer).

Interlibrary Loan

If the desired literature is not available in the University Library, it may be ordered through interlibrary loan via DigiBib. A processing fee of 1.50 Euros is charged per interlibrary loan order. This fee is due even if the desired medium cannot be delivered. The fee is automatically billed to your library account. If necessary, your interlibrary loan can be extended once for a maximum of 4 weeks at the earliest 7 days before the expiration of the loan period (see extension). Essays will be sent to you as a copy to keep. Interlibrary loans can only be borrowed and returned at the service desk. Please note the service hours. Further information on interlibrary loans can be found here.


The Internet PCs in the library can be used free of charge with a library number and password. You can print from the Internet PCs and save information to USB sticks.

Introduction to s. Trainings



Jackets s. Cloakroom


Current and older (bound) journals are available for you and can be copied or borrowed in short loan (see short loan).



Laboratory stock

Laboratory collections are media that are located in the laboratories and other facilities of the Hochschule Niederrhein. Lab collections can be viewed by all library users. You can recognize laboratory holdings in the catalog by the entry in the copy display. If "/Laboratory" is indicated as the branch, it is a medium that is located in a laboratory (special location outside the library). Please contact the supervisor of the laboratory to use the medium on site.


Borrowing is free of charge. In the branches you can check out your media yourself (see Self-check-out). Interlibrary loans, short loans and media with a special loan period can be borrowed at the service desk. To borrow items, you need your student ID and a PIN created in your library account. A maximum of 55 items may be borrowed. Borrowed media, with the exception of interlibrary loans, can be returned in every branch at the self-checkout and on the campus Mönchengladbach additionally at the media return. You will receive a receipt. For more information on how to use the library, see Registration.

Library account s. Registration

Library Regulations

Please refer to the library's usage rules, the university's house rules, and the usage rules for locker facilities.


Books and journals are arranged systematically and alphabetically according to main groups and subgroups.

There are three different arrangement systems:

  • in the library Campus Mönchengladbach: one capital letter, two lower case letters, sometimes numbers, e.g. Gem 2
  • for textile and clothing literature in Mönchengladbach: two capital letters, e.g. RA
  • in the Krefeld West Campus and Krefeld South Campus libraries: three or four capital letters, e.g. TBM.

The first four letters of the author or title are added to the signature.

Use shelf labels and signature plates as a guide and use the catalog.

Loan period

The loan period is usually 4 weeks. The loan period can be extended up to a period of 140 days (see extension).

For internship semesters abroad and theses, longer loan periods can be requested (see Longer loan periods).


Lockers are available free of charge. You can get a key at the circulation desk by leaving an ID card. The library is not liable for theft. Please refer to the library regulations.

Lost and found

Lost and found items are kept for two weeks at the service desk of the respective branch. After that, they are given to the Info-Point (Building W) in Mönchengladbach or to the janitors in Krefeld. Current lost property from all branches can be viewed here.




Moodle is an open source eLearning platform. The library, as well as some faculties, offer accompanying training courses or courses via Moodle.


Opening hours

The regular and changed opening hours are announced under "Addresses and opening hours", by notices and "News".

Office workstations s. PC workstations


According to § 1 para. 2 of the Administration and Use Regulations, the primary purpose of the University Library is teaching education, studies and research at the Hochschule Niederrhein.

Knowledge is based on a constant increase of information and is one of the most important goods of a modern and successful society. Teaching education, studies, and research today require a fast supply of information that is independent of time and place. Given today's diversity of information, a careful selection of up-to-date and quality-checked information sources is required. The Hochschule Niederrhein's library takes on this task by organizing and continuously expanding access to high-quality information in print and digital form.

It sees itself as a scientific university library and a place of learning for all students, lecturers and information seekers at the Hochschule Niederrhein.


The Hochschule Niederrhein library consists of three libraries (see addresses). If a book is available in another branch and is not on loan or in reference stock (see reference stock), you can order it free of charge via the catalog ("Bestellen") and pick it up 2-3 days later in your library. Please make sure to select the correct branch in the catalog.



Password s. User ID

PC workstations

In all libraries there are PC workstations equipped with internet access, catalog, DigiBib, literature management and Microsoft Office software. The workstations are connected to a printer.

Play corner

A play corner is available for our younger visitors at the Mönchengladbach and Krefeld South locations. A play box is also available at the Krefeld West site.

Print / Copy

You can use print value cards in the libraries that allow you to both copy and print.

  • 50 pages print/copy 4,00 Euro
  • 100 pages print/copies 7,50 Euro
  • 200 pages print/copies 15,00 Euro

The fees for the prepaid cards must be paid in advance at the automatic pay station (see automatic pay station). You will receive a receipt at the end of the transaction. Upon presentation of the receipt, you will receive your print value card at the service desk or at the Infopoint in Building W in Mönchengladbach.

Printing from your own PC

Documents that are available on your notebook/tablet PC can be printed via the printers of the library and the faculties. Currently the formats Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.), OpenOffice, PDF as well as the graphic formats JPG, GIF, PNG and TIF are supported.

You need to upload the document via a web form first, where you click the "Browse" button and select the desired file from your hard drive. The file will appear in the selection window. Then you still need to click on the "Next" button to start the loading process. Depending on the size of the file, it may take several seconds before a selection window appears with a list of available printers. You will find print stations located in each library in the list.

The "release code" displayed during the print process is not used here and can be ignored.

To the web form


Reference stock

Reference literature is marked with a yellow label or signature plate and can only be borrowed in short loan (see Short Loan). These books and journals are intended to be used in the library and copied if necessary.


Students of the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences can find all library account information in the HN-Identity-Manager or the iHN - University App. The self-service terminals as well as the pay machines need a PIN created in the library account in the DIGIBIB.

Lecturers and employees of the Hochschule Niederrhein are admitted informally. You will receive your personal library card number via the HN-Identity-Manager. Activation takes place automatically. The digital library card can be accessed via the university app. A printed ID card can be issued at the service desk upon request.

The admission of external interested parties is preferably done contactless via email to bibliotheksauskunft(at) Please send us a copy/photo of the documents mentioned below.

Citizens of North Rhine-Westphalia can register by presenting their identity card. If you present an ID without an address, the library also requires a current certificate of registration. An annual fee of 20.00 euros is charged.

Students from other German universities and the Fontys in Venlo are admitted upon presentation of their identity card and current enrolment certificate. They are exempt from paying the annual fee. The validity of the library account ends on 01.05. and 01.11. respectively.

To renew the library account, the documents required for registration must be presented again.

Minors also need an authority of a parent or legal guardian.

Application for admission to use the university library for minors

The use of digital media is not possible for external users.

Replacement card s. Loss of card


If the book you want is on loan, you can reserve it free of charge via the catalog ("Vormerken"). You will be notified when the book is ready for pick up. It will then be placed on hold for you for ten working days

Return s. Self-checkout




A high quality reflected light scanner is available in the library Campus Mönchengladbach. You can use the device to scan books, journals, documents, etc. and save them to a USB stick or transfer them to a mobile device via an app. How to use the scanner is described on a notice near the device. If you have any questions, please contact the service department. The use is free of charge. Please be sure to respect copyright laws. The library is not responsible for the further use of the generated scan files.

Scientific work

The Mönchengladbach and Krefeld South Campus Libraries have special literature on the subject of scientific work. Here you can get tips and assistance on topics such as homework, time management, efficient learning, motivation, memory training, etc. The books are located at the semester apparatuses and are marked with the number 99. They can only be borrowed within the framework of the short loan (see short loan). Individual copies are also available in the regular collection. A list of books with scans of title pages and tables of contents can be viewed under "Semesterapparate".


You can pick up and borrow your reserved and ordered books during the entire opening hours (see addresses). The ordered or reserved media are sorted by the first two digits of your library card number, within this group by the last four digits of the library number. After taking out the media, please check them out at the self-checkout (see Self-checkout). Please make sure that you only take out media that are available for you. The reserved media will be available for you for up to ten working days. Media that have been delivered via interlibrary loan can only be picked up at the service desk during service hours (see service hours).

Self check -out see Self check-out


Self-check-out machines are available in the libraries during the entire opening hours. Here you can borrow, return and renew your books on your own or check your account. This way you avoid waiting times at the service desk. You need your library card and password. The service is menu-driven. You will receive a receipt. Interlibrary loans can only be borrowed and returned at the service desk. Please note the service hours.

You can also return borrowed books by mail (see addresses). You are responsible for shipping the media yourself. To avoid overdue fines, please allow sufficient time for shipping. The media must be in the library by the end of the loan period. The return date is decisive.


Information can be obtained in person at the service desk or by e-mail at bibliotheksauskunft(at)

Telephone information is available for all branches at the following telephone number: 02161/186-3400 (Mon-Fri 10 am - 4 pm).

For more detailed research questions, the library offers Consultation hours (see Consultation hours).

Service hours

The libraries distinguish between opening hours and service hours. During the entire opening hours you can borrow and return media in self-checkout and take orders or reservations in self-collection. Only during service hours you can apply for a library card, borrow items during the extended loan period and short loans, pick up and return interlibrary loans, get a library card and pick up laboratory materials.

Signature see list


Phone use is prohibited in the library. Please mute your mobile phone and turn off the vibration and light alarms.

Short-term loan

Short-term loans can be used to borrow journals (booklets and bound journals), books from the semester collections (see Semester collections), books from "Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten" (see Wissenschaftliches Arbeiten) and books from the reference collection (see Reference collection). Loose-leaf editions are not available for loan. Lending is possible from 4 p.m. (on Saturdays in Mönchengladbach from 12 p.m.) until the following opening day at 9 a.m.. Short-term loans and their return can only be made at the service desk during service hours (see service hours). Re-loaning on the same day is not possible. In case of late return, late fees (see Fees) of 2 euros per day and per item will be charged.


Smoking is not permitted in any of the library rooms or on the terrace in Mönchengladbach.

Status s. Availability

Systematic catalog see list




Theses from some faculties can be borrowed. Please research the catalog and inquire if interested in borrowing. Theses are checked out by library staff only. If you are writing a thesis yourself, you may request longer loan periods (see longer loan period)


The library offers individual training sessions concerning:

  • literature research
  • literature management software (Citavi)
  • writing a thesis (library services provided)

If you are interested in (individual) training sessions or library coachings included in  lectures, please contact the staff via e-mail:  schulungbib(at)

For more information click here.



User ID

To log in to the DigiBib, the catalog and the PC workstations you need your library ID and the corresponding password. Students of the university can find your library number in the iHN app. As an external user you will receive your user ID and initial password by e-mail. This password must be changed the first time you log in. A forgotten password can only be reset to the initial password by IT support. The appropriate request must be made to IT-Support(at)

Students of the university can find your library number in the iHN app. The library password defaults to your six-digit date of birth (DDMMYY). City users will receive your library number via email after logging in.




The library's website can be found at


Various workplasce are available in all library branches. We offer individual workplaces, PC workstations (see PC workstations) and group study areas (see group study rooms).

WLAN (Wi-Fi)

The Hochschule Niederrhein provides Wi-Fi access throughout the university campuses. You can access the Wi-Fi with the data of your university account. For detailed instructions, please refer to the KIS pages.

We want to get better!

If you have suggestions, want to point out an urgent need for action or are dissatisfied, please give us feedback. This way we are able to take your wishes and needs into account. Our goal is: Constant improvement!

For your feedback you can use the form below. You can fill it out anonymously or provide contact information. If you would like re-registration of your feedback, please provide your email address. Your information will be sent encrypted and kept confidential.

Your matter will be finalized within 20 business days.

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Literature that is not listed in the Hochschule Niederrhein catalog can be ordered by interlibrary loan from other libraries to your local library.


Media types such as books, sections from books, magazine articles, CDs, CD-ROMs, Blu-rays, DVDs and many more can be ordered.

Not available for order

The following media cannot be ordered via interlibrary loan:

  • Media that are in the local holdings of the university library, even if they are borrowed and earmarked.
  • e-books, e-journals, full-text databases
  • Theses (Diploma or Bachelor's theses, etc.)
  • Works that are available in bookstores up to a price of €15
  • Newspaper and journal volumes are rarely shipped for conservation reasons
  • Loose-leaf editions and unbound periodicals (copies possible)
  • Works of special value, especially of the 16th to 18th centuries
  • Standards and patents
  • For media that have been published in the current year (new publications), we recommend an acquisition proposal, as current literature is in high demand and rarely available


A processing fee of € 1.50 is charged for each interlibrary loan order. These costs are incurred even if the requested item cannot be delivered. The fee is automatically billed to the library account. Several consecutive essays must be placed as individual orders.

Delivery times

Book orders: 10 working days
Essay orders: 5 working days

Longer delivery times may occur if the requested item is on loan or missing. You can check the current processing status of your interlibrary loan orders in your library account in DigiBib.

Please note that orders to the Krefeld location can be picked up at the circulation desk 1 to 2 days after confirmation of receipt due to internal shipping.

Order process

You can place the order via the Digital Library (DigiBib) under the heading "Interlibrary Loan".

For detailed information on the ordering process, please refer to the help texts within the downloads or info.

Loan period

The loan period depends on the specifications of the lending library and may vary. Extensions are not possible. If you have any questions about the loan period, please contact fernleihe(at)

Inter-library loan
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How does interlibrary loan work?

Please note the current opening hours before booking a group study room. 

Rules of use group study romms

Please note the current opening hours before booking a group room.

  • Currently, the group study rooms are free for a maximum of three people (students).
  • In the interest of everyone, please avoid unnecessary noise and also converse appropriately in the group study rooms.
  • Eating and drinking (except for beverages in tightly sealed bottles) is not permitted.
  • Please leave the room clean and tidy.
  • Pen for the whiteboard are available free of charge at the service desk.


Please note the current opening hours before booking a group study room.

  • Log in with the library number and your password. Enter the library ID of the second person.
  • The booking is done with two clicks. The first click marks the start time, the second click marks the end time. After the first click, the possible booking time of 3 hours appears in colored boxes.
  • For bookings for the current or the following day, the complete login of the second person with the library number and password is required. For later bookings the library number of the second person is sufficient; in this case the room is only reserved. The second person must confirm the booking by entering their password no later than two days before the desired date, otherwise the reservation will expire.The booking is made with two clicks. The first click marks the start time, the second click the end time. After the first click, the possible booking time of 3 hours appears in colored boxes.
  • Please keep the booking confirmation email to show upon request.
  • Bookings can be accepted up to one week in advance. A maximum of 3 hours can be booked per day per person. If there are multiple bookings in a day, a break of at least 2 hours is required.
  • Your claim to the reservation will be forfeited if you do not occupy the reserved room by 15 minutes after the booked time at the latest.


  • Click on "Login" and log in.
  • In the booking plan, click on the booking to be canceled; this booking will be displayed.
  • Cancel.

The library supports you in your studies, teaching and research. We offer needs-based training and advice on scientific literature research and literature management.

Information library

Special literature and photocopies are compiled by university teachers / lecturers for specific courses. These so-called course reference collections are

  • placed together in one place and specially marked,
  • not available for loan during this period
  • they can only be used in the library or copied if necessary.

To set up a course reference collection, please contact the staff at the circulation desk of your library.

To learn more about course reference collection holds, see the FAQ.

Here you will find lists of the literature compiled for you in the libraries' course reference collections, sorted by faculty, last name of the university teacher / lecturer, and name of the course reference collection.

Course reference collection FAQ

1. What are term papers?

University teachers / lecturers compile the books and teaching materials (e.g. lecture notes) that are most important for their courses in a course reference collection and make them available together in the library. The list of semester binders provides an overview of the existing semester binders and the books contained therein in each case, the tables of contents of which are made available as PDF files.

2. Can the books and folders be borrowed?

The books, folders and photocopies cannot be borrowed (exception: short loan until 9 a.m. on the next opening day) and thus allow access by different students at any time. You can work with them at workstations in the library and make copies. In the catalog the books of a course reference collection are noted with the status "not borrowable".

3. Where can I find information about the contents of the term books?

The list of all established course reference collections is sorted first by faculties, then by the last names of the university teachers / lecturers, and finally by the designations of the individual course reference collection, providing a quick overview. The number in brackets indicates the number of the course reference collections. Example: 02 Volkmann: Futurology (Semesterapparat 07).

When a link to a term paper is clicked, you will find the general information about the term paper at the top. Below that, you will find brief information (author or editor plus title) about the individual books in this term paper. If you click on a title, you will get more detailed information about the respective book in the catalog. Above the title details you can select your branch. Clicking on the links will give you even more detailed information, such as tables of contents. The catalog display is also helpful if you want to find out if there are other copies available for loan.

4) Where and how are the term books placed in the library?

In the library, term books are placed separately from other books, sorted by faculty. If you don't know where the course reference collections is located, please ask at the service desk. The books in a course reference collections are identified by a white strip with a number at the top of the spine. There is a sign on the shelf below the books with information about the particular course reference collections, as well as a QR code that leads to the table of contents.

Please contact the library staff if you have any further questions.

Library use

Are you new to the library and don't know how to find a book on the shelf or what is the function of your library account? Then take a look at our tutorials on the subject of library use.

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How does the library work?
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How does the library account work?
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How do I find a book on the shelf? - Mönchengladbach campus
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How do I find a book on the shelf? - Krefeld South Campus
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How do I find a book on the shelf? - Krefeld West Campus

Research in the library

Further information on research can be found on our website in the Research and Databases section.

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How do I find e-books?
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How does Citavi work?
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How does the Econbiz database work?
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How the Ebsco Academic Search Premier database works

Interlibrary loan + acquisition

Media that are not available in the library can either be suggestion for purchase or ordered via interlibrary loan. For more information on purchase suggestion and interlibrary loans, please visit our website.

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How does interlibrary loan work?
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How do I send the library an acquisition proposal?
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Introduction to Proquest E-Book-Central