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We would like to introduce ourselves:

HEBIS – service for libraries and their patrons

The Hessische BibliotheksInformationsSystem HeBIS is the electronic information and service union of academic libraries in Hessen and parts of the Rhineland Palatinate and is one of the six regional library unions in Germany. The organisation of HeBIS is integrated in the university structure of the State of Hessen. Central organisation is at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main along with the UB Johann Christian Senckenberg.

The organisational unit HeBIS-Verbundzentrale (HeBIS VZ) serves as library service centre and realizes technical services for the union.

HeBIS is based on a central union database in Frankfurt am Main with six local subsystems (at the Universities and Technical Universities in Darmstadt, Frankfurt am Main, Giessen, Kassel, Marburg, Mainz) equipped with the internationally widespread software from PICA OCLC.

The spectrum of the participating organisations is broad. University and technical university libraries, institutes and special libraries, state and city libraries have all joined up with HEBIS in order to carry out their tasks more efficiently by using a central service.

HeBIS started production at the beginning of 1987 as a straight online catalogue union. Since then all tasks and aims have hugely expanded. Today HeBIS provides a complete service for libraries and patrons with all functional moduls for an efficient library organisation / adminstration based on international standards.



Catalogue search

Aufzählungszeichen blauer PfeilHeBIS Discovery System (HDS)

Innovative online catalogue for the HeBIS member libraries including a resource discovery service 

Aufzählungszeichen blauer Pfeil HeBIS-Portal

German-wide catalogue search with integrated borrowing and interlibrary loan function

Aufzählungszeichen blauer Pfeil Other HeBIS catalogues

HeBIS union catalogue and special collections 

Any questions? Just get in contact with us!


c/o Universitätsbibliothek Frankfurt am Main
Bockenheimer Landstr. 134-138
60325 Frankfurt am Main


Tel.: 069/ 798-39205
Fax: 069/ 798-39380


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