27-31 May 2024: Restrictions on library services due to conversion of library system

In week 22 (27-31 May 2024) the local library system of the Hannover libraries (HOBSY) will be converted to Linux. During this week we will NOT have access to the library system, so our services will be severely limited.

During the conversion period the following services are... Einschränkungen möglich:

...possible with restrictions

  • Loans from Central Library and FMG Library only if unavoidable. No short-term loans from the reference collection (“Präsenzbestand”)
  • Returns are possible, but will not be removed from your account. However, no overdue fines will be charged as no reminders will be sent during the conversion period.
  • Catalogue searches only in the Union Catalogue of Hannover or the GVK - GBV Union Catalogue (shelf numbers are visible, availability is not)
  • Orders from the on-site archives (closed stacks) only by telephone, by e-mail or in person

...NICHT möglich:

...not possible:

  • Loans from the library in the Kurt-Schwitters-Forum (Expo Plaza location)
  • Apply/register to use our library
  • Orders from the freely accessible collection via the catalogue
  • Self-service loans
  • Personal library account access
  • Payment of fees
  • Extension of loan periods (loan periods will automatically be set to not end in week 22)
  • Reservations or notifications for returned reserved items
  • Confirmation for de-registrations that no loans or fees exist
  • Activation of accounts for ProQuest eBook Central
  • Information on the status of new acquisitions

Loans and returns in week 22 will be processed manually by the staff once the library system is in operation. There may therefore be a delay before they appear in your account.
We appreciate that these restrictions are very disruptive during the semester. They are, however, unavoidable so we ask for your understanding and apologize for the inconvenience.
We encourage you to use our digital services during the conversion period: via website or via DBIS

Opening hours

Please find the opening hours on this sites:

The Library of the HMTMH, with its collection of about 300,000 items (books, recordings etc.), is one of the largest of all the Universities of Music. The subjects covered range from Historic and Systematic Musicology to Music Education to Ethnomusicology. Of particular interest are the "Andor Izsák Collection" Library at the European Centre for Jewish Music which includes, for example, the vast research library of the music ethnologist Dr Edith Gerson-Kiwi (1908–1992), and the collection of German-language music teaching books since 1750. In the fields of Media and Communication Sciences, the HMTMH and Hochschule Hanover (University of Applied Sciences and Arts) have a joint library at the Kurt Schwitters Forum.

Online catalogue


  • see german site

Licensed databases and other Information ressources

Online catalogue


  • see german site

Licensed databases and other Information ressources



Library management
Phone: 0511 3100-294
Dr. Katharina Talkner

Central Library
Phone: 0511 3100-279/

Library in the Kurt-Schwitters-Forum
Phone: 0511 9296-2640

Library of the Research Centre for Music and Gender (fmg)
Phone: 0511 3100-7334

Last modified: 2024-05-22

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