The Library of Sports and Exercise Sciences of the University of Münster primarily serves to provide information for students and lecturers of sports and exercise sciences at the University of Münster, but as a public institution it is of course also open to all other people interested in sports and exercise sciences. It is a specialist library with holdings of about 45,000 media and over 70 current journals. About 500 books and media are acquired annually.

Lending (loan period: 2 weeks) is one of the library’s most important services, with over 15,000 loans per year.

Due to a limited library budget it is not possible to acquire all new publications in the field of sports and exercise sciences. An attempt is made to buy the most important German and international textbooks. The main focus of the library holdings is in the fields of sports history, sports psychology and sports practice.

The library’s media are systematically arranged according to subject areas and are freely accessible.


The Classification

For a better overview, we have divided the in-house classification into a version with just the main classes and a  complete version with all sub-items.

An explanation of the structure of the signatures and the systematic search can be found in our special information sheet.

Special Media and their Features

Audiovisual Media

DVDs, CD-ROMs and other media or accompanying materials for books are not placed on the shelves, but are stored in special cabinets at the issue desk. Like books, they can be searched in DISCO or the ULB catalogue and can usually be borrowed. If you are interested please inquire at the issue desk, stating the respective shelfmark.


All journals are listed in the ULB catalogue and DISCO. In addition, you will find an alphabetically sorted list of our journal holdings here. Please not that not all journals are available in full. Our journals are generally not borrowable.

Current issues of journals are kept in the journals display at the information desk before they are bound to volumes and can be picked up there for copying and scanning.

E-Books and E-Journals

The Library of Sports and Exercise Sciences has also been buying e-books and e-journals for several years. The purchase is categorically done as a campus license, which means that not only the Institute of Sports and Exercise Sciences but the entire campus of the WWU has access to the e-books and e-journals. This principle is applied throughout the WWU in order to be able to use the media in an interdisciplinary way.

All digital media are searchable via DISCO and the ULB catalogue. A large part of the digitally available articles can also be searched via DISCO. Please note: The use of a location filter (e.g. restricting DISCO to the location Sports and Exercise Sciences) suppresses the display of the e-media.

In order to use the full texts from e-media and databases outside the WWU network, you also need to install the VPN client.

Books and Journals in the Archive

Books and journals in the library’s archive are separated on the basis of their age or condition. They can be used within the library during opening hours. Borrowing is generally not possible. Copying and scanning may be possible in individual cases. Please ask at the issue desk if necessary.

Module Literature and Reserved Reading Shelves

The basic and exam literature for the subject of sports and exercise sciences is always made available in the library in several copies. One copy of each title is located on the shelf for the module literature in the group study room and cannot be borrowed. This ensures that at least one copy of the most important books is always available in the library. In the ULB catalogue the corresponding volumes are marked with the note “Modul-Lit.” On the shelf a so-called deputy refers to the special location.

The basic literature for individual courses is compiled in the Reserved Reading Shelves. These books cannot be borrowed. As a rule, additional copies are available for loan. On the shelf a so-called deputy refers to the special location.

Course-accompanying Media

Media provided by the lecturers for specific courses, such as videos on sports practice or internal scripts for downloading, are made available on the media PC in the large group study room.