Audio-visual media & microforms

The Duisburg-Essen University Library offers access to numerous "non-book" materials, i.e. primarily microforms, AV media and electronic media, whether as CD-ROMs available in the branch libraries or accessible on the internet.

All AV media, microforms, CD-ROM editions, etc., are listed in our online catalogue Primo

The majority of the non-book materials can be borrowed.


by email:

on the phone:
+49 (0) 203 379 2010  (Duisburg)
+49 (0) 201 183 3727  (Essen)


The LK Library (Duisburg) and the Humanities and Social Sciences Library (Essen) each hold approximately 200.000 microfiches and about 7000 microfilms. Microforms cannot be borrowed.

Particularly notable are:

  • Newspapers and journals:
    • German- and some foreign-language daily and weekly newspapers, some from their first issue
    • old journals and newspapers
    • "Deutsche Zeitschriften des 18. und 19. Jahrhunderts" in which over 400 newpapers and journals are completely on film
  • Collections:
    • "Edition Bibliothek der Deutschen Literatur" in which 15.000 works are on film arranged according to the "Taschengoedeke"
    • German Baroque Literature
    • Marburger Index, a photographic index of art in Germany
    • old encyclopedias and reference work
  • Dissertations
  • Security film records of our own holdings
  • Documents of the European Union

Microform scanners

Microform scanners are available to read and to produce scans on paper.

Please make an appointment for using the mikroform scanners.

Opening & service hours

AV media

AV media include:

  • Language courses:
    • courses for beginners and advanced learners in many European and Asian languages
    • special languages (e.g. technical English, French for economics)
    • German for foreign learners
    • preparation for language tests (e.g. TOEFL)
  • CDs and DVDs
  • Slides
  • Maps
  • Posters

Media supplements (e.g. CD-ROMs) are usually stored and borrowed with the books.

Media supplements to magazines are either located in the media magazine or are freely accessible separately. They are listed in the catalog and can be ordered through Primo.