Architecture - Databases, Links and Journals

Please find these in the Digital Library (Digibib). In order to use these services, you need to log in at a computer at the FH Aachen, or use VPN.

Databases ; E-journals

Important Databases:

  • RSWB - Literaturhinweise zum Planen und Bauen
    Bibliographic references to German and international publications on architecture and civil engineering. Monthly updates for 1.5 million bibliographic references.
  • DIN-Perinorm
    All valid German Standards and References of International Standards


is the joint library catalogue of the RWTH Aachen, the Forschungszentrum Jülich  and the FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences.



ACS American Chemical Society (Journals)

All members of the Aachen University of Applied Sciences have online access to the full texts of the approximately 40 e-journals published by ACS.

In order to read these journals, you either need an IP no. of the FH Aachen or you log in via VPN (Virtual Private Network) .   

You will find a complete list of available titles at .

You can make an enquiry with help of a search mask. Usually, the journals are visible in both HTML- and PDF-format. For the PDF-format, you will need the Adobe Acrobat® Reader which you can download on the internet, free of charge.

By the way: In the digital library (DigiBib), under e-ressources - electronic journals, you can read the full-text version of thousands of scholarly journals .

[Start] Electronic Journals

[Start] ACS American Chemical Society




Library of the FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences
Eupener Str. 70
52066 Aachen

Phone: +49.241.6009 52057 
Fax:     +49.241.6009 52287

Library executive board:

Library Director
Ms Andrea Stühn
stuehn(at) +49.241.6009 52066

Assistant Head of Library
Mr Klaus Thormann
thormann(at) +49.241.6009 52065


Staff: see People

Change of Address

In order to receive your mail in due time, please inform us about any change of address. This applies to your e-mail address as well.

You can change your e-mail address in the Online-Catalogue (OPAC) .


Library News

For the latest news from the library, information and short-term changes, please click Library News.


Allgemeine Hinweise zur Benutzung der Schließfächer der Hochschulbibliothek der FH Aachen


Descriptions of how to get to the different branch libraries  [German only]:

Eupener Str.


Library Card

  • Students of the FH Aachen can use their FH Karte as a student identity card, as a library card and as a payment card for the dining halls and cafeterias. 
    Both basic and further information about applications, terms and conditions can be found  in the info sheets "Information about the FH Karte" [PDF] and "Legal Information about the FH Karte" [PDF].
    Former (regular) library cards and account numbers remain valid until the respective FH Karte has been activated.
    Frequently asked questions about the FH Karte will be answered in the section FAQs FH Karte.
  • Staff members and professors of the FH Aachen can activate the FH card for employees as a library card via the service page 
  • Students of RWTH Aachen and residents of the Aachen-Jülich region can also register by presenting a valid identity card.

You can use your library card/FH Karte to borrow media in all branch libraries of the FH Aachen, to order media from other branch libraries to the one you are frequenting, to place holds on currently unavailable books, to check your account and to extend loan periods.

Logging on to your library account and borrowing media at the self-service check-out machine requires a password. The default password is your date of birth in the form DayDayMonthMonth. Your user number is displayed below the barcode of your library card or above the barcode of your FH Karte.

Each initial library card is free of charge. For a replacement card, the library charges an administration fee of 10.00 EUR. Please notify the library staff immediately if you have lost your library card. Your account will then be locked until your card has been found or replaced. Should you require a replacement FH Karte, you can order it – also subject to a certain charge - using the "Services" ( page. Once you have locked your FH Karte, it can only be unlocked again by the staff of the "Services" team. 

Purchasing Suggestions


If you think that something is missing from our library collection, please let us know. You are welcome to make purchasing suggestions regarding the acquisition of  new (text-)books and other media (videos, CD-ROM etc.) [go to the form ].

There are different ways to do this:

  • personally and traditionally - please hand in your purchasing suggestion at one of the branch libraries.
  • electronically, directly from your work place – go to our homepage and fill in the form.

Unless the book is already available or the order is already pending, the required title will be procured in line with our aquisitions policy statement and, if desired, will be reserved for you. If the title is already available, our staff will  contact you and reserve it for you.

Tips for professors and members of staff

Before making an order, please take into consideration whether this title is listed as a study essential in your list of required reading. If so, we will have to obtain multiple copies to be used as course books. We would appreciate you sending us lists of required or recommended reading for your lectures and courses in due time before the beginning of the term. Then we can take care of acquiring these titles in time.

As we don't always have a sufficient number of copies of relevant titles in stock, we would like to offer you the opportunity to compile reserve collections in the library.

Books that are in high demand for either a course or a lecture will be shelved separately under your name and will be excluded from general lending for the duration of the course. Each participant of the course will then have the opportunity to use the literature (to read it and copy parts of it).

What is obtained, what isn't?

The university library exclusively acquires media that is required for teaching, studying, research and development, creative assignments and advanced vocational training of the branches of study represented at the FH Aachen University of Applied Sciences.

In principle, we obtain any information medium. By preference, reference works or databases are acquired as CD-ROMs. These can be used by way of the central CD-ROM network on the entire campus, or by way of dial-up access directly from home.

The library does not acquire:

1. Literature for official purposes of university, faculty or project administration.
2. Teaching materials, software.
3. Instruction manuals, catalogues of goods as well as popular scientific and belletristic literature, unless a certain title is needed for lessons, study or research purposes.

4. Print editions of reference works which are available campus-wide in electronic form.

We will, however, help other university departments and offices acquire afore-mentioned materials, as we get a 5% library discount according to the Fixed Book Price Law.


Feedback form
Contact form introductory sessions

Please address all questions with regard to media circulation (borrowing or renewing items) to your branch library or use online renewal .

+49.241.6009-52057 Information
+49.241.6009-51104 Bayernallee
+49.241.6009-51507 Boxgraben
+49.241.6009-52050 Eupener Str.
+49.241.6009-53414 Jülich
+49.241.6009-52056 Fees and reminders
+49.241.6009-52067 Library management Mrs. Andrea Stuehn

Request for a library card

  • Students of the FH Aachen:  The "FH Karte" is your new student identity card, which serves as library card and prepaid card for cashless payment in the canteens (Mensa) and cafeterias as well. An overview about the functions and conditions of the FH Karte is given in the information sheet and legal information (in German only)

  • As an employee or professor of the Aachen University of Applied Sciences you can also register online [Form].  

  • Students of RWTH Aachen and residents of the Aachen-Jülich region can also register by presenting a valid identity card.

Request to waive overdue fee

As per § 10 (2) of the Gebühren- und Entgeltordnung der Hochschulbibliothek  a fee could exceptionally be reduced or waived in case its charge would mean a particular severity.

To the form

Best method to avoid fees: return your books in due time.

Architecture - databases, links and journals

you find all the above in the digital library (DigiBib).

This service is exclusively for members of the Aachen University of Applied Sciences (campus-wide or via VPN )


Databases  [there you will find more technical rules]

Important databases: 

  • RSWB - references to planning and building
    Bibliographic references in German and international publications on architecture and civil engineering. 1.5 million bibliographic references to a monthly update
  • DIN-Perinorm
    all valid german standards
  • WEKA Business Portal
    includes "Bauordnung im Bild NRW;; Bauschäden und Baumängel; Bodenschutz und Altlastsanierung, Brandschutz im Bild, ENV im Bild, STLB-Bau - Dynamische Baudaten , Wasserrecht in der betrieblichen Praxis" (only in german)


Branch Library Architecture and Civil Engineering

Bayernallee 9 - Room 00111- D-52066 Aachen - Germany
Phone: +49.241.6009 51104 
Fax    : +49.241.6009 52287

E-Mail: bibliothek(at) 
How to get there [German only]

Collection: 37,000 volumes, 136 print journals and other periodicals
Reading room with 54 seats, 16 computers for general use, scanner and photocopier available.

Special features: Collection of 19th century portfolio editions, use on request.


A tour of the FH Aachen branch library Bayernallee on YouTube:

GHBS Aufstellungssystematik

Die Medien sind in den vier Bereichsbibliotheken nach Sachgebieten geordnet.

Diese systematische Aufstellung ermöglicht Ihnen, thematisch zusammengehörige Literatur an einer Stelle in den Regalen und im Online-Katalog zu finden. 

Die Systematik ordnet alle Sachgebiete vom Allgemeinen zum Besonderen. Es wird die GHBS - Aufstellungssystematik der Gesamthochschulbibliotheken des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen - verwendet.

Ausführliche Informationen hat das Hochschulbibliothekszentrum des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen zusammengestellt.


Ausbildung - Auszubildende

Wir suchen noch Auszubildende für das Ausbildungsjahr 2018

(Kennziffer: 21-889) 

Fachangestellte/Fachangestellter für Medien- und Informationsdienste Fachrichtung Bibliothek

Die Stellenausschreibung finden Sie in unserem Stellenportal:

Bewerbungsfrist: 18.05.2018

Für Rückfragen steht Ihnen Frau Preibisch-Cetiner (Tel.: 0241 / 6009-52061) gerne zur Verfügung.

Printouts of websites

Laser printers are connected to the computers for general use in the library. The printouts are with costs. A printout costs 4 cent/page black/white. Colour printouts costs between 5 cent/page and 30 cents/page (share on the colour). You can pay at every circulation desk of the library.





Sie haben hier die Möglichkeit, sich mit einem Bestellwunsch oder einer Frage an unsere Mitarbeiter zu wenden.

Was möchten Sie tun?

  • Eine Fernleihbestellung aufgeben. [weiter]
  • Einen Anschaffungsvorschlag machen. [weiter]
  • Eine Frage an die Bibliothek stellen. [weiter]

Fragen zu Ausleihen oder Verlängerungen bitte immer an Ihre Bereichsbibliothek oder nutzen Sie die Online-Verlängerung  . 

weiterführende Links:

Borrowing Media

Members of the FH Aachen, students of the RWTH Aachen and interested residents of the Aachen-Jülich region may borrow media. You have to register before you using the four branch libraries. [Please see Registration]

As a general rule, loans are free of charge. Fees will be charged if items are overdue - irrespective of a reminder -

Please also see  Extended Loan Period for Graduates

Please see also Library Card 

Ausschluss von der Benutzung

§ 14 Verwaltungs- und Benutzungsordnung  [Download PDF]

(1) Wer gegen die Benutzungsordnung verstößt, kann durch die Rektorin oder den Rektor auf begründeten Antrag der Leiterin oder des Leiters der Bibliothek zeitweise oder dauernd, teilweise oder vollständig von der Benutzung der Bibliothek  ausgeschlossen werden. Alle aus der Benutzungsordnung erwachsenen  Verpflichtungen bleiben auch nach dem Ausschluss bestehen. 

(2) Gegen den Ausschluss kann im Rahmen der Vorschriften der Verwaltungsgerichtsordnung Widerspruch eingelegt werden.


Exclusion from commitments

§ 16 Verwaltungs- und Benutzungsordnung [Download PDF only in German]

Before leaving the Aachen University of Applied Sciences for good, all members and affiliated have to prove that the have no commitments against the library. For Jülich department, the a.m. applies to central library of the Research Centre Jülich respectively.