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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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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. You can find the book display online or on the 3rd 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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You can find the book display online or on the 3rd floor of the Central Library next to the information desk.

© 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.
You can find the book display online or in the Architecture and Art Studies Department Library.

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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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.

© Spiegelneuronen / flickr, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Small Gardens in Big Cities

This media collection contains literature about urban gardening, including how-to books and information about different urban gardening projects in Berlin.

© 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.

© 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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