The library will be closed until at least 20 April 2020. No items can be checked out during that time, all items will be automatically renewed until the library reopens.
If you have any queries please consult the FAQ below or email us at bibliothek(at)
Plese note the latest news on the Folkwang homepage.

Online services

The library offers a variety of online services you can use from home. If you have any queries, please email the library at bibliothek(at) We will introduce some of the online services available to you here in a number of DigiTips.

Folkwang members can log into for licensed databases and streaming services.

DigiTip 1: Musical Medicine Cabinet with Naxos (licenced content)

The library has created playlists in Naxos Music Library to boost your immune system. Pleaseg log into with your Folkwang-ID and chose Naxos Music Library (NML) from the list. You will be redirected to the new NML homepage. You can chose Playlists from the tool bar on the left to find the playlist folder "Music against 'The Rona'".

DigiTip 1a: NML Student Account (licenced)

You will find the feature Student / Member Account in the upper right corner of the Naxos Music Library. If you create an account here using your Folkwang email address you can create your own playlists.

A Student/Member Account allows you to also use the NML-App for mobile devices, available for free for Android or iOS.

DigiTip 2: Journals (free)

The Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek (EZB) (Electronic journals library) is a database listing most of the (academic) journals that are available online. A traffic light symbol indicates if you have access to a journal or not. All journals that are available for all are marked green.

You can find journals by title using the EZB search bar. Chose the journal you need and you will be redirected to the journal's homepage where you can access the issues that are available to you.
Owing to the special circumstances surrounding the current Corona crisis, many journals have granted free access for a limited period of time so you will be able to access them even if they are marked red in EZB. The following journals are free for all for at least a month:

> Fontes artis musicae
> Notes for the Members of the Music Library Association
> The Journal of Musicology
> Journals by the University of California Press (available for free until 20 June)

DigiTip 3: Bavarian State Library (free)

The Bavarian State Library (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek or BSB) has a vast variety of free online services, particularly in music. Owing to the current special circumstances the BSB have simplified registration procedures to make their services more accessible.

DigiTip 4: RILM and more EBSCO databases (licenced content)

Apart from access to RILM (Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale) the library offers access to a variety of databases hosted by EBSCO to Folkwang members:

  • _International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text
  • _RILM Abstracts of Music Literature with Full Text
  • _RILM Music Encyclopedias (darin u.a. enthalten das Nachschlagewerk Komponisten der Gegenwart von Munzinger)
  • _The Nation Archive (DFG)
  • _eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)

Please log into using your Folkwang-ID and chose RILM Abstracts of Music Literature from the list (for any EBSCO database listed above). You will be redirected to the EBSCO-toolbar where you can chose the database(s) by checking or un-checking them.
There are a number of tutorials on how to use the EBSCO-search available online:

Please contact the library using the email bibliothek(at) if you have any queries.

DigiTip 5: Digital Concert Hall (free trial and licenced content)

The Digital Concert Hall (DCH) offers access to video streams of concerts performed by the Berliner Philharmoniker. Owing to the special circumstances, the DCH has offered a voucher so you can access DCH content for free for 30 days upon registration:

  • _Visit the Digital Concert Hall homepage

  • _Scroll down to the yellow tool bar and click redeem voucher

  • _Click register now or login, if you already have an account (see last item)

  • _Fill out the form by putting in your name and email address. If you are a member of Folkwang, use your Folkwang email (see below)

  • _You will be sent an email. Please confirm your email address by clicking on the yellow button in the email

  • _You now have 30 days of free access to the Digital Concert Hall

  • _Folkwang members have free access to the Digital Concert Hall through a licence provided by the library. Please use your Folkwang email address to register with DCH. If you are allowed to be back on campus, you should log into your DCH account once to be able to chose to use the Folkwang licence instead of the voucher for unlimited access to DCH content (for as long as you are a member of Folkwang)

  • _If you are already registered with Digital Concert Hall, you can redeem your voucher by entering the voucher code BERLINLPHIL for 30 days of free access to all content

DigiTip 6: BabelScores (temporarily free access)

BabelScores is an online library for contemporary music, providing access to scores, recordings and information on contemporary composers.
For 30 days, BabelScores has granted free access to all content, no registration needed.

Tipps für die Digitale Lehre

Für den ungewöhnlichen Semesterstart in dieses Sommersemester möchten wir den Lehrenden an Folkwang ein paar Werkzeuge und Informationen an die Hand geben, die helfen sollen, in neue Formen der Lehre einzutauchen. Die Bibliothek arbeitet emsig daran, Sie auch in Coronazeiten in Lehre, Forschung und künstlerischem Schaffen bestmöglich zu unterstützen. Für Fragen und Anregungen stehen wir über die E-Mail-Adresse bibliothek(at) gerne zur Verfügung. 

E-Learning & Digitale Hochschullehre

Mit E-Learning (Electronic Learning) bezeichnet man weithin das durch digitale Medien unterstützte oder auch vollständig durch Online-Ressourcen umgesetzte Lernen. Das kann von online bereitgestellten Dokumenten, über Lehrvideos bis hin zu interaktiven Plattformen, Foren und Webinaren gehen.

An Folkwang wird E-Learning größtenteils über die Lernplattform Moodle (siehe unten) umgesetzt. Weitere Informationen und Beispiele zum Begriff E-Learning sowie Tipps und Hinweise für die Digitale Hochschullehre finden Sie in der Linkliste:


> Folkwang E-Learning

> Begriff: E-Learning (Wikipedia)

> Begriff: E-Learning (Auszug aus einer Bachelorarbeit zum E-Learning)

> Beispiel: E-Learning (LOTSE, Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Münster)

> Beispiel: E-Learning (Detmold Music Tools, Hochschule für Musik Detmold)

> Hinweise zum E-Learning/Lehre (Hochschulforum Digitalisierung)

> Hinweise und Tools zum E-Learning/Lehre (Pädagogische Hochschule Niederösterreich)

> Hinweise und Tools zum E-Learning/Lehre (Humboldt Universität Berlin)




E-Learning: Moodle

An Folkwang steht Ihnen die Lernplattform Moodle auf vielfältige Weise für die digitale Lehre zur Verfügung.
Lernplattformen (oder auch  Learning Management Systeme, LMS) bieten Funktionen, die es Ihnen ermöglichen, den Studierenden Dokumente bereitszustellen, sich in einem Kursforum mit Studierenden auszutauschen, oder ganze Lehrveranstaltungen interaktiv über das Internet umzusetzen. Über die folgenden Links gelangen Sie zu verschiedenen Online-Ressourcen, die Ihnen den Einstieg in Moodle erleichtern oder den Erfahreneren neue Funktionalitäten eröffnen können:


> Folkwang E-Learning

> Moodle Basisfunktionen (Lehrvideo von RUBeLTeam)

> How to import a quiz from Word document to Moodle (Lehrvideo von FacultyWorkshop) englisch


Für Fragen zu Moodle nutzen Sie gerne die Kontakt-Funktion auf der Folkwang E-Learning-Seite. Natürlich steht Ihnen auch die Bibliothek stets über die E-Mail-Adresse bibliothek(at) zur Verfügung.

Library in times of Coronavirus FAQ

How long will the library remain closed?

The library is closed until further notice, at least until 20 April 2020. Please check this website for updates.

Why is the library closed?

The objective behind the Folkwang University of the Arts' current skeleton services is to reduce social contact and slow the spread of coronavirus. For more information see the Folkwang information page.

Are the library branches in Duisburg and Bochum closed as well??

All branches of the library are closed until further notice.

Is the Duisburg-Essen University Library closed as well?

For information on the Duisburg-Essen University Library please consult their website.

What happens if an item I have is due while the library is closed?

All items will be renewed automatically until the library reopens. Please contact the library at bibliothek(at) if an item in your account has not been auto-renewed. You will not be fined overdue-fees should any new fees arise before the library reopens.

How can I pay my fees?

Please pay your fees after the library reopens. All fees will remain unchanged until then.

Will the fees increase?

No. Until the library reopens, all fees will remain the same as they were on 18 March.

Can I keep DVDs and CDs for longer than a week?

Yes. All items will be renewed automatically until the library reopens.

Can I keep the items from inter library loan (Fernleihe) until the library re-opens?

Yes. All items will be renewed automatically until the library reopens.

Can I check-out new items?

No. Circulation is supended until the library reopens.

Can I request items from other libraries via inter library loan?

No. Inter library loan is suspended until further notice. Please contact us using the email bibliothek(at) if you have any questions.

Can I return items I don't need any longer?

Yes. You can return items using the postal services. However, all items will be renewed automatically until the library reopens, so you may keep them until then and return them in person.

My library card needs to be renewed (verlängert). Do I need to return all items on loan?

No. Please email us at bibliothek(at) with your name and libraryID (on the back of your library card, starting with "E", on your preliminary paper card with "$MHE"). We will renew your account and all items until the library reopens.

I will no longer be a student after the end of March (Exmatrikulation). Can I still use the library?

You can continue using the library until it reopens. If you wish to continue using it after that, you can register as an alumni user. See Allgemeine FAQ for more information or email us at bibliothek(at)

Does the library have online services I can use?

Yes. The library offers a variety of online services and content. Some of the databases and streaming services are listed below. You can log into licenced databases using your Folkwang-ID at

Can I use the library's databases and streaming services that need log-ins (e.g. Oxford music online or Naxos Music Library) from home?

Folkwang students and staff can access licenced databases from home via using their Folkwang-ID.


MGG online

= Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart online

  • Deutschsprachige Enzyklopädie der Musik

Oxford Music online

  • Plattform für englischsprachige Lexika der Musik
  • Enthält u.a. Grove Music online

RILM Music Encyclopedias

  • Sammlung von internationalen Enzyklopädien und Lexika der Musik
  • Enthält u.a. Fétis, Eitner, Handbuch der musikalischen Terminologie, Riemann, Komponisten der Gegenwart

Brockhaus Wissensservice

  • Plattform für deutschsprachige Allgemeinenzyklopädien und Lexika
  • Umfasst u.a. Brockhaus Enzyklopädie und Harenberg Kulturführer

Medienwissen Brockhaus

  • Aktuelles Wissen zu digitalen Medien, basierend auf der Brockhaus Enzyklopädie

Unterrichtswissen Brockhaus

  • Unterrichtsbegleitende Material- und Ideensammlung zur gymnasialen Sekundarstufe I+II

Munzinger Personen

  • Internationales biographisches Archiv


  • Internationales biographisches Archiv zu Personen der Popmusik

Kritisches Lexikon zur Deutschsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur

  • Lexikon zur zeitgenössischen deutschsprachigen Literatur seit 1945

Kritisches Lexikon zur Fremdsprachigen Gegenwartsliteratur

  • Lexikon zu zeitgenössischen Schriftstellern der Weltliteratur


RILM Abstracts with full text

  • Internationale Bibliographie der Musik, ergänzt durch 200 Volltextzeitschriften

International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance

  • Internationale Bibliographie zu Theater und Tanz, ergänzt durch 140 Volltextzeitschriften und 450 Nachschlagewerke im Volltext

Neues Handbuch Hochschullehre

  • Volltextdatenbank zum Lernen und Lehren an Hochschulen

Handbuch Qualität Studium und Lehre

  • Volltextdatenbank zum Lernen und Lehren an Hochschulen

DUZ - Deutsche Universitätszeitung

  • Online-Zeitung mit Informationen über nationale und internationale Hochschul- und Wissenschaftspolitik


Naxos Music Library

  • Online-Bibliothek für Tonträger im Bereich klassische Musik

Naxos Music Library Jazz

  • Online-Bibliothek für Tonträger im Bereich Jazz

Naxos Music Library World

  • Online-Bibliothek für Tonträger im Bereich Weltmusik

Naxos Video Library

  • Online-Bibliothek für Videos in den Bereichen Konzert, Oper, Ballett und Musikdokumentation

Digital Concert Hall

  • Konzerte der Berliner Philharmoniker (live und archiviert), ergänzt durch Konzertdokumentationen, Interviews und Dokumentarfilme

Naxos Spoken Word Library

  • Hörbuchportal für englisch-, deutsch- und französischsprachige Literatur mit Klassikern der deutschen, britischen, amerikanischen und französischen Literaturgeschichte.