Welcome to the Humanities and Social Sciences Library!

Would you like to get to know the Humanities and Social Sciences Library?

With the smartphone around the library    A film tour of the library

With the smartphone around the library

In German languageOur Actionbound "Kurztrip durch die Fachbibliothek GW/GSW"

The Humanities and Social Sciences Library is one of six branch libraries and is located on the Essen campus. The focus is on the humanities and social sciences, arts, linguistics and economics.

In about 30 minutes we will introduce you to the basics and show you

  • how to find your way around quickly and easily,
  • how to quickly get the literature you need,
  • what services we offer.
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What do you need?

All you need is a smartphone with the free "Actionbound" app (IOS or Android) installed. Please also remember to have sufficient data volume: approx. 2-3 Mbyte are required.

And you're ready to go!

Simply scan the QR code with the app.

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A film tour of the library

Humanities and Social Sciences Library (= GW/GSW)

At the service desk you can get answers to all your questions about borrowing. External users can get their library card here. At the information desk we will be happy to help you with questions about the library and literature research.

Books can be borrowed independently at our self-check-out stations and returned at the return machine.

The e-Point (ZIM) helps you with all questions concerning WLAN, VPN, UDE identification (= Unikennung) etc.

Opening and service hours, rules of conduct,
lending conditions etc.

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Our services


PCs for your research are located on almost every floor. There are also numerous copiers/printers and scanners available.

As a UDE student, you can book study places in the library and rent lockers for 4 weeks.

At the pay machine you can pay fees, change money and buy a few useful things.

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Our holdings


Our library collections are usually openly accessible.

Media that can be borrowed have an odd location mark (E11, E13 etc.), even location marks (e.g. E10, E20) indicate reference holdings. The stocks are sorted on the shelves according to our classification system.

Books, CDs and DVDs as well as the semester collections can be found on the 1st floor. The textbook collection is located in the basement. Journals and newspapers are situated on the 2nd floor.

Plans of all library floors

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