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Book Displays

Hybrid book displays

You can view and borrow media from both the hybrid book displays in the library as well as the digital displays in the Primo Knowledge Portal, where additional online resources about each topic have also been compiled. 

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100th Birthday of Walter Höllerer

Walter Höllerer (b.19.12.1922) taught as professor of literature at TU Berlin from 1959 until 1988. As a dedicated advocate and teacher of literature, he was particularly interested in modern poetry that seeks to include the spirit of the age of technology in literary discourses. He founded two literary journals Akzente and Sprache im technischen Zeitalter and also established the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin to provide a discussion forum for authors as a way to counter the isolation of West Berlin. In the early 1960s, he initiated and hosted a literary television broadcast screened on Sender Freies Berlin, at that time still very much a novelty. He also organized a series of events at TU Berlin for his students dedicated to literature in the age of technology to which he invited a number of distinguished international authors including Ingeborg Bachmann, John Dos Passos, Henry Miller, and Natalie Sarraut. As an author, Höllerer also wrote numerous poems, the novel Die Elephantenuhr and the comedy Alle Vögel, alle. He also had a strong interest in semiotics (the language of signs) and was a member of the authors’ group Gruppe 47. The Höllerer Lecture series has been held annually at TU Berlin since 2007. True to the spirit of Walter Höllerer, these lectures discuss language and literature in the context of current technological developments.
Walter Höllerer would have been 100 on 19 December 2022. To commemorate his anniversary, we have put together this small selection of literature from the holdings of the TU Berlin University Library.
Feel free to browse these works and borrow any items that interest you. You can find the book display online or on the 3rd floor of the Central Library next to the information desk.

© R. Fischer, UB TU Berlin, CC BY 4.0

Turning Old into New – Sustainable Building

Saving resources and re-using existing (building) materials? Sounds like a great idea! Our current book display featuring items from the Architecture Department Library tells you everything you need to know about adopting sustainable building. Come take a look on the first floor across from the service desk of the Architecture and Art Studies Department Library.

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Women in computer science

The mathematician Ada Lovelace was an important contributor to the development of computer science in the 19th century. She is regarded as the world’s first computer programmer. During World War II, it was almost exclusively women who worked as programmers, leading software development to be considered a women’s profession. Over time, the proportion of women in computer science careers has changed. Like many other technical fields, computer science is currently dominated by men, both in academia and industry. However, even today the percentage of women in computer science varies greatly from country to country. Here you’ll find a selection of media written by female computer scientists. You can find the book display online or on the 1st floor of the Central Library next to the information desk.

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Renewable Energies

In Germany, all nuclear power reactors are to be shut down by the end of 2022. But how can it be ensured that energy consumption will be covered? Germany is aiming for a sustainable energy supply. This means using an increasing amount of renewable energies - making the energy "clean" - and at the same time contributing to improving the climate.
This book display contains a selection of literature presenting the different renewable energies. You can find the book display online or on the 2nd floor of the Central Library next to the information desk.

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Many people are concerned about the situation in Ukraine and there is a great need for reliable information. To help meet this need, we have put together some titles from our holdings dealing in a narrower or broader sense with the ongoing war in Ukraine as well as its background. We are also presenting some literary works by contemporary Ukrainian authors. Unless otherwise stated, printed books can be borrowed as usual.
You can find the book display online or on the 3rd floor of the Central Library next to the information desk.

Digital book displays

Digital book displays are temporary reading lists about a topic. These include both digital and printed literature available through the TU libraries and contain full title descriptions, location details, and online access information. The digital book displays can be found in the Primo Knowledge Portal under the heading Collection Discovery.

© T. Katzmareck, UB TU Berlin

How to Survive a Digital Semester

How can you make sure you not only survive but succeed during a digital semester? Our media collection provides online resources about digital work, self-organization, and digital communication.

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Herman Bang

Celebrated as an author and journalist, persecuted as a homosexual: Herman Bang (1857–1912) is now regarded as one of the most important representatives of literary impressionism. In his native Denmark, he was subject to ridicule and hostility during his lifetime. He found an artistic exile in liberal Berlin at the turn of the century.
We have compiled literature about and by Herman Bang to accompany the exhibition "Herman Bang and his Fasanenstraße island - a Dane in Berlin."

© R. Fischer, UB TU Berlin, CC BY 4.0

Building with Wood

Building with wood encompasses a variety of approaches and options. Together with our books, we dive into the world of timber construction. In this collection, you will find both digital and printed literature.
We also invite you to take a look at the book display at the Architecture and Art Studies Department Library.

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Homosexuality Around 1900

During the time of the German Empire, homosexuality was socially frowned upon. Section 175 of the German Penal Code, introduced in 1871, (re)criminalized sexual acts between men. At the same time, a social movement advocated for the liberalization of homosexuality. During this turbulent time, the Danish writer and journalist Herman Bang also lived in Berlin, where he found greater freedom as a homosexual man than in his own country. On the occasion of the exhibition "Herman Bang and his Fasanenstraße island - a Dane in Berlin," we have compiled literature related to gender discourses at the turn of the century.

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The "New Right"

In this collection we have put together literature examining the aspects and topics of the "New Right" such as anti-genderism, conservative revolution, and online culture wars.

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Climate Change: A Global Challenge

In this virtual collection, you will find media about the causes and consequences of climate change as well as various solutions to counteract climate change.

© R. Fischer, UB TU Berlin, CC BY 4.0


On occasion of Skyscraper Day on 3 September, you can read up on all forms of skyscrapers in our digital literature. Be amazed at the design and construction of these impressive buildings that reach for the sky.

Thementisch Hesse © T. Katzmareck, UB TU Berlin, CC BY 4.0

Hermann Hesse

Hermann Hesse is one of the most celebrated German authors of the 19th and 20th centuries. 2022 marks the 145th anniversary of the birth of Hesse, who died 60 years ago. He is best known for his novels Demian, Steppenwolf, Narcissus and Goldmund, and The Glass Bead Game. Recurring themes in his work are self-knowledge, the search for self and faith. This questioning of one's own identity, spirituality and religion is most clear in his work Siddhartha, which was published exactly 100 years ago.
In addition to novels, Nobel Prize Laureate Hesse also wrote many poems, which were later set to music as songs. He also painted and drew thousands of watercolors and maintained a lively correspondence with famous personalities and friends including Thomas Mann as well as his readers.

© Architekturmuseum TU Berlin, Inv. Nr.: 46762


For centuries, castles have served to protect people, and to this day it is impossible to escape the diversity and fascination of these early, imposing buildings. If you want to be carried away into the world of castles and marvel at the most diverse buildings, you don't have to travel across the country to do so - a trip to the Departmental Library of Architecture is absolutely sufficient for a journey of thoughts and images. The first stop is the beautiful wooden castle in the middle of the (book) forest on our current book display, the sight of which immediately starts a little story in your head.

© N. Malige, UB TU Berlin

Digital Worlds

This collection gives you an overview of the many areas in which digital technologies are used and influence our lives. The literature encompasses visions, current trends, and also critical debates.

© R. Fischer, UB TU Berlin, CC BY 4.0

Holiday in Your Mind

This year you can travel without city trips and museum visits. Just stick your head into digital books. Be inspired and be amazed.

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Career entry and career planning

Are your studies coming to an end or have you recently graduated and are wondering what comes next?
This media collection provides a selection of guides on career entry and career planning in academia and business or as a freelancer.

© R. Fischer, UB TU Berlin

Medieval Architecture

In this media collection you will find a colorful mix of online resources all about the architecture of the Middle Ages. From a dictionary of castles, palaces, and fortresses to the church of San Zaccaria in Venice, it's all here.

© R. Fischer, UB TU Berlin


This media collection offers you a selection on the subject of iconography, a method for determining and interpreting motifs in the visual arts.

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Mental Health

We have put together several resources on the topic of mental health, including the background and underlying causes, strategies and resources, and mindfulness and awareness.

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