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Locations, catalogues, bibliographies and reference works on Theology at the University Library

Locations of Books in Dortmund University Library

Central Library

  • Books
    Shelf marks: Bt (location: 2nd floor); Jc M (location: 3rd floor)
  • Textbooks
    Shelf mark: L Bt (location: Ground floor)
  • Not borrowable
    • Reference works such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, bibliographies and handbooks are usually not borrowable. The same goes for individual copies of much-used texts for research and teaching.
    • Journals
      Shelf marks: ZB, ZBt (location: Basement level 1); current year in room E 1 (location: Ground floor)


  • Books (Short-term loan over-night or weekend)
  • Journals (not borrowable)
    Alphabetical shelving
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Catalogues in Dortmund University Library

Media (books, videos ...)


University Publications

  • Eldorado  Open-Access-Symbol
    Catalogue of Dortmund University electronic publications (mainly theses). Full texts available.

Union catalogues

  • North Rhine-Westphalia: HBZ Collective Catalogue
    Library catalogue for North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate
  • Deutschland: Karlsruhe Virtual Catalogue (KVK)
    KVK is a meta-search interface for library and book trade catalogues throughout the world. It contains more than 75,000,000 book titles.

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Open Access in Theology

Portals and Link Collections

  • Reformed online
    A portal which deals with historical and current reformed protestantism. "Reformed online" is overseen by Stiftung Johannes a Lasco Bibliothek Grosse Kirche Emden and publishes information about and for reformed protestantism worldwide

Religious instruction

  • ReliNet
    Institutes of religious pedagogy of the evangelical churches in Germany
  • Comenius-Institut. Protestant Centre for Research and Development of Education.
    Curricula and media for religious instruction. E-books and materials can be downloaded free of charge
  • rpi-virtuell - Fachportal für Religionspädagogik
    The portal on religious instruction of the EKD expands the first database on religious instruction, reliweb, by various programmes on online assisted cooperation in educational processes
  • Religio - information system on sects, new religious and ideological communities
    Religio provides information on new religious and ideological communities in Germany, Europe and worldwide

Special Subject collections

  • University Library Tübingen: Special subject collection General and comparative religious studies
    Since 1981, the University Library Tübingen takes care of this special subject collection, which amongst others also contains literature on new religious movements.
  • University Library Tübingen Special subject collection Theology
    This special subject collection of the University Library Tübingen ist closely connected with the Subject collection on Religious studies, also containing Bible studies, ecclesiastical history as well as systematic and practical theology.
  • University and State Library Halle/Salle: Middle East including Northern Africa
    Since 1998, the University and State Library Halle/Saale takes care of this Special subject collection, which also contains Hebrew studies.