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Your password for the online catalogue (OPAC), interlibrary loan, and the digital library (DigiBib) consists of the first four digits of your date of birth (DayDayMonthMonth)

Example: You are born on 24 December. Your password is 2412 .

We recommend that you change the default password. You can change the user data and the e-mail address yourself.

  1. Start "
  2. Log on. You will find your user number on your library card. Your default password: Date of birth (DDMM)
  3. Select "Account" and "User details" and "Change password"
  4. Choose a new password (4-12 characters) and confirm your new password. 
  5. Click the button "Change password" to activate your new password.

Patent search

Patent search

Do you have an idea for a product? Are you looking for a product idea? Then you need to look into the ideas others had in that field and search for similar inventions.

For the first search, we recommend two freely accessible databases, which can be found in the Digital Library “DigiBib” in the list of databases in the category > Standards, patents, regulations:

Detailed information on the disclosure of inventions and the patent strategy of the FH Aachen are available at the websites of the Innovation transfer (IVT) of the FH Aachen.Aachen

The Patent- und Normenzentrum of the RWTH Aachen (PNZ) offers a range of services to members of the FH Aachen.
[Flyer (German):  

Homepage (German):].

Patents, Standards and Regulations

Patents, Standards and Regulations

Patents, standards and regulations can be found in our digital library (Die Digitale Bibliothek). You have access to all valid German standards with full text and references to international standards. 

Check-out our German YouTube-Screencast in order to learn how to search DIN- and VDI-standards by topic or keywords.

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

[To start the German Standards database DIN Perinorm]
[To start the overview in the digital library ]

Personal and laboratory reserve collection circulation policy

Personal and laboratory reserve collection circulation policy

"The personal reserve collection of full time professors, research associates and teachers for special tasks can include up to 100 media. A time limit of loan period does not apply."

The loan period shall be shown as 31.12.9999, (in accordance with § 11 Verwaltungs- und Benutzungsordnung)

Regulations of administration and use,
§ 11 Personal reserve collections and laboratory reserve collections

(1) The personal reserve collection of full time professors, research associates and teachers for special tasks and members of the University Council (Hochschulrat) can include up to 100 media. A time limit of loan period with regard to reserve collections does not apply.

(2) The personal reserve collections shall remain right of property of North Rhine-Westphalia and are therefore part of the library and listed in its catalogues.

(3) Media of personal reserve collections of professors, research associates and teachers for special tasks and members ot the University Council (Hochschulrat) have to be at other user's disposal. In case a medium forming part of a reserve collection is requested for borrowing, the respective holder of the reserve collection will be contacted by the library administration in order to return the media within a period of ten days. The media will then be lended to the requestor, the maximum loan period is four weeks. Upon return of the media, the owner of the reserve collection has a four week time limit to re-order the media for his reserve collection. If the holder of the reserve collection fails to return the media within ten days, the clause of § 6 of this regulations apply with regard to the missed deadline.

(4) Standard works, spreadsheet books, reference works etc. that are constantly being needed by the respective holders of the reserve collection are excluded from the above mentioned regulation. In case such medium has been requested by another authorized user, the holder of the reserve collection is obliged to provide the medium for insight within ten days.

(5) Apart from reserve collection, you have the possibility to borrow media into a laboratory collection or a similar facility's media collection. A laboratory collection are media at a special location that has to be accessible to many professors, research associates, teachers for special tasks and students at any time. A personal liability of particular users is not given. For the right of access to the media, the regulations are similar to those cornerning the standard works, spreadsheet books and reference works of personal reserve collections. A laboratory collection can include up to 100 media and has to be registered with the library administration under both a filing name (e.g. Laboratory collection "Construction") and the name of the head of laboratory.

Persons in charge

Persons in charge

Please see Contacts

Telephone Directory

Telephone Directory

... of the library: Please see Contacts

Printouts of websites

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 (depending on the ink consumption). You can pay at every circulation desk of the library.



In the course of recent developments in the information technology, new ways of supplying scientific knowledge have been evolved.

The library of the Aachen University of Applied Sciences has realized different ways of electronical publication methods:


Central bibliography of all professors of the FH Aachen

Online Publication-Server (OPuS)

RTejournal - Forum für Rapid Technologie

Purchasing Suggestions

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.