We will be pleased to help you...

...with your queries about how to use the services offered by the library.

Do not hesitate to ask us!

The library

At its three locations Gelsenkirchen, Bocholt, Recklinghausen, the library

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

- gives advice when you are searching for information or carries out research at your request.

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

- provides work terminals and technical equipment such as computers, WiFi and facilities for copying and printing.

- information about its range of services can be found on the internet.

Registration for using the library

In order to use the services of the library students of the Westfälische Hochschule need their student cards which function as library cards as well.

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

Library catalogue

The catalogue records the whole collection of the three library locations. You find books, journals, newspapers, CD's/DVD's, e-books and e- journals.

User account

Via the library website you can access your personal user account as well. Here you find information about the state of your account (loans, reservations, fees), you can renew the loan period and assign the PIN for the self-checkout machines.

Issue, return, renewal

For borrowing media please use the self-checkout devices. In your user account you enter the four-digit code you need for using the machines. Generally the loan period for media is 28 days. You can renew the loan period via your user account up to five times unless a reservation was placed by another user.

You return the media at the self-service device.

Students of the Gelsenkirchen University of Applied Sciences who have registered their bachelor or master thesis can apply for an extended loan period.

Placing a reservation

In case all copies of a title are already borrowed members and affiliated persons of the Gelsenkirchen University of Applied Sciences can place a reservation via the library catalogue. As soon as the book is back a notification will be sent by e-mail.

Ordering media from other locations

If you find out that books required by you are available at one of the other locations of the library, please contact the librarian at the service desk. These media will be supplied to you at no charge by way of internal ordering.

Book suggestions

You can recommend media which are not in the collection for acquisition. Please use the printed form you find at the service desk or this web form.

Printing and copying

In the library you can use the devices for printing and copying by means of the payment function of your student identity card.

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

Inter-library loan requests

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.


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 library regulations on this website.

Training courses, research and advisory service

We offer training courses concerning the services offered by the library as for example catalogue and user account, inter-library loan, research with regard to the final thesis and Citavi.

For research there are specialized scientific databases available on campus for members and affiliated persons of the Westfälischen Hochschule, for instance literature databases concerning technology, informatics, economics and jurisprudence, as well as electronic full text databases.

For individual counseling or group training please contact
location Gelsenkirchen
at the service desk
Tel. 0209/9596-214

location Recklinghausen
at the service desk
Tel. 02361/915-422

location Bocholt
at the service desk
Tel. 02871/2155-214


Library locations

Westfälische Hochschule
University of Applied Sciences
University library

Location Gelsenkirchen

Neidenburger Str. 43
45897 Gelsenkirchen
Tel.: 0209/9596-214
Fax: 0209/9596-365

Mon - Fri 8.00 - 19.00 h
opening hours of the service desk:
Mon - Fri 8.00 - 16.00 h

Location Bocholt
Münsterstr. 265
46397 Bocholt
Tel.: 02871/2155-214
Fax: 02871/2155-210

Mon - Fri 8.00 - 19.00 h
opening hours of the service desk:
Mon - Thu 8.00 - 12.30 h
and 13.30 - 15.00 h
Fri 8.00 - 12.00 h

Location Recklinghausen
August-Schmidt-Ring 10
45665 Recklinghausen
Tel.: 02361/915-422
Fax: 02361/915-421

Mon - Fri 8.00 - 20.00 h
Sat 9.00 - 15.00 h
opening hours of the service desk:
Mon - Fri 8.00 - 12.30 h
and 13.30 - 16.00 h

Please take into account that some services (e.g. advisory service, re-lending, payment of fees) can only be offered during the opening hours of the service desk.

Redaktionell verantwortliche Person nach § 55, Abs. 2 RStV:
Klaus Hildebrandt