Göttingen State and University Library is open to students and staff of Göttingen University as well as to all members of the public (minimum age 16). No registration is needed to use our resources and services on site at the library.
You need a library card to order items from our stacks, to check them out at our self-issue terminals and to reserve items currently on loan. Your library account lets you view and renew your loans and manage your reservations. With your library card, you are also entitled to place inter-library loan requests.
Students of Göttingen University
Your Göttingen student ID chip card is also your library card. The use of the library facilities is free of charge to students. Your library card number is given on the back of your student ID chip card ("0007"+ matriculation number, e.g. 00071234567). Your password will be assigned to you by the Office of Student Affairs upon matriculation.
Address changes should be registered via the self-service functions of the Office of Student Affairs.
You will have received your access information with your student ID chip card. Replacement ID cards can be requested at the chip card office in the main lecture hall building (ZHG).
Email address changes can only be made for individuals who have not yet been assigned a Göttingen University student account (in the format first name.last name). The associated email address is used as the contact address for the Göttingen State and University Library and cannot be changed.
Göttingen University staff
Your University ID or Guest ID will allow you full access to the Göttingen State and University Library. Please use the online registration form (in German) or fill in and sign the registration form (PDF 48 KB) and hand it in at the information desks in the Central Library, at the Service Desk in the Historical Building, or in one of our Divisional Libraries.
A Guest ID is issued for individuals who are neither students nor staff at Göttingen University but who have been granted temporary use of the library due to their activities for Göttingen University. Please contact your Faculty Secretary's Office if you require a Guest ID.
Your user registration number is given on the back of your ID card. You will generally be able to extend your Guest ID validity annually.
Please contact the information desks if your address has changed. Please take your national ID card or passport with you to verify your identity.
Non-local University Medical Center Göttingen members may also receive access to the services of the Göttingen State and University Library.
You will receive your library card for a one-time fee of EUR 5.00. Please use the online registration form (in German) or fill in and sign the registration form (PDF 48 KB) and hand it in at the information desks in the Central Library, at the Service Desk in the Historical Building or in one of our Divisional Libraries. When picking up your library card, please be sure to bring along your national ID card or passport (accompanied by your registration card, which should not be older than 6 months). Foreign nationals must show proof of address in Germany.
You will be able to extend your library card annually free of charge at the Göttingen State and University Library. Please take your national ID card or passport with you.
Please contact the information desks if your address has changed. Please bring your national ID card or passport to verify your identity.
As legal standing is reached at the age of 18, we will require written permission of a parent or legal guardian for underage library users. Please feel free to make an informal note in the "Comments" field on the back side of the registration form.
If the conditions mentioned above cannot be met, please contact us for a guest library card issued to you for the duration of your stay. You will be able to use this card at home to order titles. You will not, however, be able to order any material for home delivery. We are happy to extend your guest library card for a year.
Library card expiry date
The expiry date of your library card as well as your address is listed in your User Account.
Please keep your library card safe, and report the loss of your card immediately to the library. Library card are non-transferable.
By registering you will accept our User Regulations.