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Universitätsbibliothek Mainz

Jump into Your Studies

We have summarized the most important information about the University Library for first-year students. So that jumping into your studies doesn’t lead to a free fall.

Mainz University Library consists of:

  • Mathematics, Computer Science, Natural Sciences, and Technology Library
  • Humanities Library
  • Law and Economics Library
  • Theology Library
  • Translation Studies, Linguistics, and Cultural Studies Library
  • University Medical Library
  • Central Library with Georg Forster Building Library

The majority of our locations are based on the Mainz campus. The Translation Studies, Linguistics, and Cultural Studies Library is located in Germersheim.

Get to Know Your Library

During the introductory week and at the beginning of the semester, the Central Library and several Branch Libraries offer introductory events. Whether it’s lending, using the library, electronic resources, or current conditions on site—we provide you with the most important information, present our services, and are happy to answer any questions you may have.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like a guided tour in English. We will be happy to arrange an individual appointment with you.


Your dormitory or shared flat is too noisy? We offer quiet workspaces at our library locations. You prefer learning or working together? We also provide group work rooms.

Library Card

To borrow media you need a library card.

Members of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (students, staff, …) can request new cards using this form. As soon as you receive a notification by email, you can use your library card via the “JGU Ausweise” app (available in the Play Store and in the App Store).

Literature Search

For your search, simply use the search box “I’m looking for …” on our homepage.
Tip: On websites where the search box is hidden, click the magnifying glass icon in the red symbol bar.

On the subject of literature research, we also offer various courses, self-study programs, and consultation hours—online and on site. For example, take a look at our Moodle self-study course “Grundlagen der Literaturrecherche” (Basics of Literature Research, in German).

Electronic Media

With your university account, you can access our licensed electronic products (such as e-books) on all PCs and via WiFi on both the Mainz and the Germersheim campus. From outside the university network with your university account via VPN or via Remote Desktop.

Print, Copy, Scan

All-in-one printing, copying, and scanning devices are available at our library locations. Further information can be found at the Data Center (Zentrum für Datenverarbeitung, ZDV), which manages the printing and copying system on the Mainz Campus. Information for the Germersheim campus can be found in our FAQ.

Any More Questions?

Answers to frequently asked questions can be found in our FAQ.
Didn’t find an answer to your question? Then send us an email or give us a call!

Mainz Campus:

Tel.: +49 6131 39-22633

Germersheim Campus:

Tel.: +49 7274 50835-161

University Medical Center:

Tel.: +49 6131 17-2536