Access and Use

The ithf libra­ry is a sci­en­ti­fi­cal­ly spe­cia­li­sed libra­ry open to the public. It is acces­si­ble to all inte­res­ted visi­tors during its hours of ope­ra­ti­on.

Library use

• The libra­ry is open Tu-Fr from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cur­rent infor­ma­ti­on on the ope­ning and clo­sing times can be found in the menu on the left under “Ope­ning hours”.
• When ent­e­ring the libra­ry, the hygie­ne rules must be obser­ved. You must wear a mouth and nose cover.
• During ope­ning hours orde­red books can be picked up, as well as bor­ro­wed media can be retur­ned. It is not pos­si­ble to use the library’s pre­mi­ses in per­son.
Here you can find out how to order books via the online public access cata­log (link).
• Libra­ry staff reser­ve a 48-hour book qua­ran­ti­ne for retur­ned books. Your media will the­re­fo­re disap­pe­ar from your user account 48 hours after return. The­re are no dis­ad­van­ta­ges for you.
• Max. 2 libra­ry users in the libra­ry at the same time.
• It is not pos­si­ble to use the work­sta­tions and the rese­arch PC.
• The sani­ta­ry faci­li­ties are not avail­ab­le to the public.
• The copier is not avail­ab­le. Wit­hin the frame­work of the app­li­ca­ble copy­right law regu­la­ti­ons it is allo­wed to take pri­va­te, non-commercial pho­to­graphs with smart­pho­nes, digi­tal came­ras, etc.


Bor­ro­wing items at the libra­ry is free of char­ge and pos­si­ble upon pre­sen­ting a libra­ry card which can be app­lied for in the libra­ry.

The loan peri­od is four weeks. You can extend the peri­od through your online user account.

The libra­ry mate­ri­als are free­ly acces­si­ble and can, for the most part, be bor­ro­wed after you pla­ced an order in the online public access cata­log.
Jour­nals and sequels can not be bor­ro­wed.

Applying for a Library Card

To app­ly for a libra­ry card, you need to com­ple­te and sign an app­li­ca­ti­on form. Plea­se give a valid email-address, if pos­si­ble.

A per­so­nal ID, an EU per­so­nal ID or a pass­port and con­fir­ma­ti­on of resi­dence in Ger­ma­ny (if no Ger­man address is spe­ci­fied in the ID) is requi­red.

Upon sub­mis­si­on of your signed app­li­ca­ti­on form, you will recei­ve a libra­ry card.
With your signa­tu­re you agree to the Rules Gover­ning the Use of the ithf Libra­ry .

Opening hours

Tues­day – Fri­day: 10 am – 1 pm

We recom­mend to make sure that the libra­ry is actual­ly open:
+49 (0)40 / 29 81 37 1 – 11

The libra­ry is clo­sed on ger­man legal holi­days (Ham­burg) and on the days bet­ween Christ­mas and New Year.


Institute for Theology and Peace – Library

Her­ren­gra­ben 4
20459 Ham­burg