The library of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is one of the scientific libraries ranked best in Germany. In the library index (BIX) determined annually by the Bertelsmann Foundation and the German Association of Libraries, the KIT library is ranked in third place of 15 in the category of two-shift university libraries with a Central Library and independent institute libraries.
The KIT Library is given excellent ratings for its infrastructure and cost efficiency. Among the criteria for evaluating the performance of libraries all over Germany also are the utilization rate and development potential. With its third place behind the university libraries of Heidelberg and Göttingen, the Karlsruhe Library improved by one place compared to the ranking of last year. “The good ranking of the KIT Library in the BIX above all reflects the extraordinary commitment of the staff,” emphasizes Frank Scholze, director of the KIT Library. The KIT Library comprises both central libraries on Campus North, the former Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, and Campus South, the former university. It has an inventory of two million books and research reports as well as 28,000 journals. “We jointly participated in and designed the successful merger process and reorientation of our information services for research, education, and innovation at KIT during day-to-day business,” says Scholze.
Together with a network of decentralized partial libraries, the KIT Library supplies 25,000 students and 8,000 scientists with information for research and education. The collection of literature focusing on natural sciences and engineering is also available to the interested public. In 2006, the KIT Library opened the first fully automatic 24 hour library in Germany.
Presently, a comprehensive research information system is established at KIT for the documentation of publications, projects, and innovations. On November 22 and 23, 2011, the KIT Library, together with the Institute for Research Information and Quality Assurance and the German Initiative for Network Information (DINI), will organize a workshop on this topic. Experts from several universities and research associations are expected to come to Karlsruhe.
Being “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association”, KIT creates and imparts knowledge for the society and the environment. It is the objective to make significant contributions to the global challenges in the fields of energy, mobility, and information. For this, about 9,800 employees cooperate in a broad range of disciplines in natural sciences, engineering sciences, economics, and the humanities and social sciences. KIT prepares its 22,300 students for responsible tasks in society, industry, and science by offering research-based study programs. Innovation efforts at KIT build a bridge between important scientific findings and their application for the benefit of society, economic prosperity, and the preservation of our natural basis of life. KIT is one of the German universities of excellence.