German National Library of Science and Technology (Technische Informationsbibliothek) (TIB)
Core Data
Hosting Legal Entity
Self-standing RI
Legal Status
Research organisation
Welfengarten 1 B, German National Library of Science and Technology, Hannover, PO: 30167 (Germany)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Current Status:
Operational since 1959
Scientific Description
Mission and objectives
The TIB is Germany's National Library for all areas of engineering as well as architecture, chemistry, information technology, mathematics and physics. With its unique paper and digital collection of fundamental and highly specialised literature on science and technology, it is the world's largest library of its kind.Offering an attractive range of services to both science and industry, TIB - founded in 1959 - represents a major element of the national information and research infrastructure. For example, TIB's specialist portal combines leading scientific and technical databases, publishers' services and library catalogues. Key elements of the collection include conference and research reports, patent specifications, standards and dissertations, as well as specialist East European and East Asian literature. In addition, knowledge objects such as research data, AV media and 3D models can also be researched and supplied.The importance of the above-mentioned non-textual objects is growing immensely in the fields of research and teaching. TIB is managing to stay abreast of these changes by establishing and expanding a Competence Centre for Non-Textual Materials - with the aim of improving the conditions for accessing and using AV media.TIB has been a DOI registration agency for research data since 2005. By assigning DOI names and ensuring their detection and access via the TIB portal, the library safeguards not only the quality of research data, but also their long-term availability and referencing capability.

RI Keywords
DOI, Science and technology, Data management, Long-term preservation, Av media, Non-textual objects
RI Category
Data Archives, Data Repositories and Collections
Research Libraries
Scientific Domain
Information Science and Technology
Chemistry and Material Sciences
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Engineering and Energy
Access to the TIB portal for science and technology

The portal offers services such as access to search and order the TIB's unique collections: leading scientific and technical databases, publishers' services and library catalogues, conference and research reports, patents, standards and dissertations, literature from East Europe and East Asia, knowledge objects such as research data, av media and 3D objects as well as open access publications.

AV portal for science

The TIB is developing a web-based platform for audiovisual media in collaboration with the Hasso-Plattner-Institute (HPI). The AV portal will optimise access to and the use of scientific film from the fields of engineering and science. The portal integrates new methods for searching, enabled by an automated video analysis with scene, speech, text and image recognition. The search results are connected to new knowledge by linking the data semantically.

DOI service - digital object identifiers for science and technology

The DOI service at TIB is Germany's first port of call for registering research data, grey literature and articles in open access journals from academic institutions. The service is available to scientific institutions that have their own infrastructure for storing digital objects.

TIB Portal for Science and Technology

The TIB portal offers free-of-charge searching in the TIB's collection, leading specialised databases, publishers' offers, as well as in the collection of the national libraries for medicine and economics. Over 160 million data sets are available. The integrated delivery or direct access to full texts, research data, audiovisual media and 3D-models enables fast access to subject and research information.

Additional Data
Goportis - Leibniz Library Network for Research Information
ICSTI - The International Council for Scientific and Technical Information
Open Planets Foundation
DataCite e.V.