The RWTH University Library (BTH) is the central facility supplying literature and information at RWTH Aachen. It is first and foremost a resource for teaching, research and study. Additionally it serves as a resource for RWTH cooperative partners and other target groups.
The University Library is:
– A place for study and research,
– A service provider,
– And a team with expertise in many fields.
The University Library is divided into the Central Library building with the Patent and Standards Center and a focus on natural sciences and technology, the textbook collection branch, and the Library 2 building with a focus on the humanities and social sciences. The Medical Library branch is located in the University Hospital RWTH Aachen.
It offers work and study rooms with a tot of 500 workplaces at the various locations. 30 percent of the conventional holdings are openly accessible and can be used on site and 70 percent are in magazines and can be borrowed. PC workplaces with Internet access are also available in the study rooms and library branches.
Much of the information and resources that the University Library acquires and facilitates is now available via the RWTH campus network, including databases, electronic journals, and e-books. The University Library supports users with advisory services and targeted tours and classes. The provision of the most important reference management systems for RWTH is supplemented by comprehensive course offers and helpdesk assistance.
The University’s needs are a significant determining factor for media and services.
This includes presenting RWTH’s academic performance by providing a database of RWTH publications and the University thesis collection.
The University Library is also a distribution center for standards and patents and offers information and advising about this topic in the Patent and Standards Center.
The University Library advises and supports the department and chair libraries within the library system. It manages and edits the joint institute catalogue, which documents all journals decentrally stored and books from about half of the department libraries. It also coordinates the acquisition of journals and expensive monographs.
The University Library is integrated into national and international structures and systems of information supply. It facilitates access to resources it does not itself possess through online interlibrary loans and document delivery services.