The library

- offers a wide variety of up-to-date media in printed or electronic form for academic studies, teaching, and research.

- provides study spaces (for groups or for silent study), and technical equipment such as computer, WiFi and facilities for printing, scanning, and copying at its three locations Gelsenkirchen, Bocholt, and Recklinghausen.

- gives advice when you are searching for information, and offers individual counselling or group training.

- supplies literature which is not in the collection through inter-library loan.

Library card (Bibliotheksausweis)

For students of the Westfälische Hochschule the student cards function as library cards as well. Theyare necessary for borrowing books, for example, or using the printing facilities.

Inhabitants of the region need a valid identity card for registration as external users.

Library catalogue (Katalog Plus)

The catalogue records the whole collection of the three library locations: books, e-books, journals, and e- journals. The tab "Artikel und mehr" offers access to media from various databases.

Access to electronic resources (Die Bibliothek außerhalb des Campus nutzen)

When you use computers in the Westfälische Hochschule, or your laptop is connected with eduroam, you have access to the library's electronic resources (e-books, e-journals, databases). Members of the Westfälische Hochschule can get access outside the campus by activating VPN.

Library account (Bibliothekskonto)

When you log in to your personal user account you find information about your loans, reservations, and fees and you can renew the loan period.

Members of the WH log in with their general account of the university, external users get username and passoword when they sign in.

Issue, return, renewal (Ausleihe, Verlängerung, Rückgabe)

For borrowing media please use the self-checkout devices. In general, the loan period for media is 28 days.

The loan period can be extended at any time, provided that no request has been made by another user and the maximum loan period of 168 days (6 x 28 days) has not been reached.

You return the media at the self-service device.

Students of the Westfälische Hochschule, who have registered their bachelor or master thesis, can apply for an extended loan period.

Requests (Medien bestellen oder vormerken)

If you find books in Katalog Plus which are available at one of the other locations of the library, you can request them when you log in with your personal account. These items will be supplied to your library at no charge within a few days. 

If a book that you want is on loan, you can also make a request using Katalog Plus. As soon as it is returned, it will be provided for you.

We will notify you by email as soon as your request is available.

Book suggestions (Buchwünsche)

You can recommend media for acquisition, when it is not in the collection. Please use the printed form you find at the service desk or this web form.

Printing, scanning, and copying (Drucken, Scannen, Kopieren)

With your charged student card you can use the devices for printing, scanning, and copying

External users may make copies by cash payment - just ask at the service desk.

Inter-library loan requests (Fernleihe)

If you need media which are not in the collection of any of the library locations, you can order them from other libraries by inter-library loan for a fee.

Fees (Gebühren)

For your own good, please pay attention to the loan periods. If a medium is given back one day too late or the loan period is not renewed in time, a payment charge will incur.

You can look up the amount of the fees as well as all other charges in the schedule of fees at the menu item Nutzungshinweise on this website.

Fees can be payed by transfer or at the payment station in the library.

Finding ressources. Training courses and individual counselling (Recherche, Schulungen und Beratung)

For your literature search there are specialized scientific databases available for members of the Westfälische Hochschule, for instance literature databases concerning engineering, informatics, economics, journalism, jurisprudence, and natural sciences, as well as electronic full text databases. Your find them at Digitale Bibliothek.

We offer training courses concerning the library services as, for example, catalogue, library account, inter-library loan, and literature search with regard to the final thesis.

For individual counselling or group training please contact us

- In the library at the service desk

- By e-mail:

- Via telephone:
Campus Gelsenkirchen
Tel. 0209/9596-214

Campus Recklinghausen
Tel. 02361/915-422

Campus Bocholt
Tel. 02871/2155-214


Redaktionell verantwortliche Person nach § 18 Abs. 2 MStV:
Klaus Hildebrandt