→Corona-Checklist for the library←

  • Please visit the library only when necessary and use our →online services
  • Wear a mouth-nose-covering for the duration of your visit and keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres to others
  • Please register with security staff near the etrance (on the right) when you come in
  • You receive a registration-ticket from staff at the entrance. Please check-out the ticket as you would a book and return it when you leave for the electronic contact-tracing in the library.
  • For technical reasons you may be asked to sign the list at the entrance after 4 p.m. to register. Please keep your Folkwang Card ready.
  • If you have any queries concerning the library, please send us an email at bibliothek(at)

Opening- and service hours

Please check the →library homepage for current opening hours. Note, that these may change on short notice depending on the state of the pandemic. The library is open to Folkwang members, associates and alumni.


The library remains closed for non-members/associates.

Entering the library & using work stations

Folkwang members (students and staff) and associates (e.g. former professors and alumni) may visit the library and use its facilities. The library remains closed for non-members until further notice.


Please keep your mouth and nose covered for the duration of your visit and register with security staff at the entrance first. Keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres to others whenever possible.

You are welcome to use the disinfectant provided for your hands.


We have implemented a ticket system to use the library. Tickets are available only from the security desk at the entrance and need to be checked out at the self-check-out machine and returned at the end of your visit. 


The 30 minute ticket allows you to remain in the building and browse the collection, return or check out books for up to 30 minutes. Please keep at least 1.5 metres between you and others.


There are work stations in the library that can be booked with a work station ticket (Arbeitsplatzmarke). If you need to use a computer to print, please book a computer work station.

Reading lists (Semesterapparate)

The Semesterapparate can be found in their usual location in the reading room. You may check them out for up to 1 week if you are attending the seminar it is provided for.


Online-Semesterapparate (i.e. book lists) are available for some courses in the virtual library on the Folkwang e-learning platform (Moodle).


Teachers who would like to set up a Semesterapparat (online or traditional) for a course, please complete the form and send it to bibliothek(at)

Scan, print, copy

Only one person is allowed at any time in the copy room.

If there is a queue, please wait outside the copy room and keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres to others.

There are 4 work stations with computer and internet access. If you wish to print a document from the internet you need a work station ticket for one of those (please enquire at the security desk).


You can top-up your library card at the machine in front of the AStA-Café using cash.

Borrowing & fees

Please cover your mouth and nose during your visit and register with security at the entrance first.

To borrow or return items or pay fees you need a browsing ticket, valid for 30 minutes. The ticket must be booked on your library account for the duration of your visit. Please use the self-check-out machine to book and return the ticket.

You can use the self-check-out machine to issue or return items. You can renew (verlängern) items online up to six times at the moment (unless someone else put a hold on them). DVDs and CDs cannot be renewed but may be checked out for four weeks.

Fees may be paid in cash at the issue desk.


The library remains closed for non-members until further notice and you may only return items to the library using the basket at the entrance.


Please contact the library by email if you have any problems or queries: bibliothek(at)

First steps

Welcome to the library, the central place of learning at Folkwang. It offers its users - be they Folkwang members, alumni or guests - support for ther studies, research projects, teaching effords and general learning endeavours.  The library team is happy to answer your questions and help you find music, literature and information of all kind.

Opening and service hours

During opening hours, the local collection and facilities are available to all visitors. Opening hours vary at different locations and are different during term time (lecture period/Vorlesungszeit) and in between terms. Some library services are only available during service hours. Please check →Visiting the library for further details. You will find current opening and service hours on the →Library Homepage.

Visiting and using the libary

Your are welcome to come visit the library during →Opening hours, no registration needed. The library at the Folkwang Theatre Centre in Bochum is only open to Folkwang member. Please note the following information.

Bags & personal items

Please store your bags in one of the lockers near the entance for the duration of your visit. You may  take your instrument cases into the library.


Larger items and instrument cases may also be stored at the issue desk, please speak to a member of staff. 

Keep calm (Shhh...)

Please be mindful of other visitors, particularly those who are sitting in the reading room, and do not run in the library. We ask to to keep conversations low and to a minimum.


Headphones can be borrowed at the issue desk.


We ask you to take phone calls outside the library and switch it to silent mode whilst you are in the library.

Food and drink

You are allowed to take water bottles into the library but we ask you to enjoy meals and other beverages outside the building. 

Photos and film

To photograph or film inside the library building you have to adhere to the rules set by the EU data protection regulations and need permission by the Folkwang University of the Arts. Please complete the permission form in Documents (on the right) and send it to presse(at)

Information about the building

You can find information about the new library building on Essen-Werden campus (opened 2012) under  →The library building.

Guided tours

We offer regular tours of the library on Essen-Werden campus. Please see →Tours and tutorials

for more information.

Reading room

The work stations in the reading room are open to all visitors. However, if it is very busy during exam time, we may remove your personal items to make room for others, if you leave your place for more than 30 minutes. See A-Z: Pausenuhr for more information. You can pick up your things at the issue desk.

Infrastructure / facilities

Depending on the library branch, we offer access to a different set of facilities like printers, scanners, computer work stations, copy machines, phone chargers, head phones or record players. Please see →Visiting the library  and →A-Z for more information.


There are computer work stations with internet access available on Essen-Werden campus. For more information, see →A-Z: Computerarbeitsplätze.


We provide WiFi access to the internet via →eduroam on all campuses.

Library card

In order to borrow items from the libary, you need a library card (→Bibliotheksausweis). Folkwang members can register their Folkwang card as a library card during service hours in the library on Essen-Werden campus. Non-members can register with the library for a registration fee of EUR 10.00. Please register at the service desk during service hours (see A-Z: Anmeldung and A-Z: Bibliotheksausweis).

Borrow items

For the lending services the library has set a few rules and conditions (→Ausleihkonditionen and →Leihfristen). Only registered users can borrow items from the library (see →Bibliotheksausweis). There are self-check-out-machines in every library branch.

Request items

If you are a registered library user, you can put a hold ("reserve", see →vormerken) on items that have been checked out by someone else or request books from other libraries using the inter library loan service (→Fernleihe).


Some items (e.g. large format, rare books or older journal issues) are held in reserve ("archive" or Magazin) and may be requested using the catalogue (→Magazinbestellung).


If you are missing important items that should be added to the collection, you can place an acquisition request (→Anschaffungsvorschläge).

Lending period

There are certain rules and conditions in place for our lending services (→Ausleihkonditionen and →Leihfristen). Please note that there are fees for overdue items (→Gebühren).


All fees are set by the →Gebührenordnung der Bibliothek der Folkwang Universität der Künste.

Terms and conditions

All terms and conditions to visit and use the library are set in the Benutzungsordnung. Please note that all visitors accept these conditions by entering the building.


Benutzungsordnung (PDF)