Information provision

Knowledge as a fundamental right. Scientific work, successful study and research require access to scientific information. For your needs, we procure analogue and digital materials for research and teaching, even beyond the classic formats of books and journals. It is our task to make these resources intuitively usable for you via catalogues and portals. In addition, it is our goal to help shape the development of knowledge infrastructures for the licensing and provision of digital content together with information specialists and research funders. Examples of this are the Lower Saxony Consortium, the system of specialised information services for science and the network of supraregional licensing in Germany.

We advocate for the transfer of previously fee-based digital content into the common property of science and society and are committed to this in the German science system. By developing contractual, financial and infrastructural framework conditions, we are working to ensure that the proportion of freely accessible, high-quality specialist information can be continuously and sustainably increased within the framework of our local, regional and supraregional offerings.

Combining information provision and publication services

The traditional supply system with printed and electronic materials is expanding significantly. Offers for reading and publishing are being linked. For example, we enable cost-neutral publishing in licensed journals. In future, we will prefer to make books available in electronic format. Databases, but also software, will become an elementary component of scientific communication and require new models for the provision of scientific information.

By 2025, we will have switched to new business models that simultaneously enable unrestricted reading and easy publishing for the University of Göttingen. Overall, the proportion of freely available specialised information will be further increased. New publication formats for texts, research data or software will be taken into account. The funding of acquisition and publication costs will be linked and changed to an integrated information budget. The role of the Göttingen State and University Library in the regionally, nationally and internationally distributed cooperative system of scientific information supply will be further sharpened, especially through the activities of the Competence Centre for Licensing.

Service portfolio

  1. Printed and electronic media
  2. Management and deployment technology


(a) Drive forward the transformation of scientific information provision for the University of Göttingen

  • Further develop demand-oriented information provision for the University of Göttingen
    2022: Agree communication plan for transformations
  • Link offers for reading and publishing
    2022: Further transformative framework agreements with commercial providers and professional societies
  • Establish integrated information budget
    2022: Concept for reform of budget management

(b) Actively shape national supply system for scientific information

  • Implement cost-effective consortial models for reading and publishing
    2022: Set priorities in the humanities and social sciences  
  • Ensure sustainability of the competence centre for licensing
    2022: Coordinate operating model with DFG and national stakeholders