Scientific Library

The DWA library is unique in its field. As a specialised library with an individual range of services, it offers an extensive pool of knowledge for specialised staff, executive personnel and  junior staff in water management.

Since 1985 the DWA library has been collecting specialist books and articles on all relevant water management related topics, furthermore, it contains over 3,000 older publications.

The DWA library provides bibliographic references to the following topics:

  • Water management
  • Wastewater engineering
  • Hydraulic engineering
  • Water protection
  • Hydrology
  • Wastes and soil

Visitors can use the reference library free of charge.

Our service for you

Literature Database

The catalogue of our library, the DWA literature database, contains approx. 57,500 references and is available free of charge to DWA members in the member's area of the DWA homepage. Non-members can subscribe to an access. The bibliographic data of

  • books
  • scientific series
  • so-called "grey literature" such as conference reports or publications by associations and authorities
  • journal articles and
  • online-ressources

can be researched in the literature database. The individual catalogue entries are divided into:

  • title data (title, author or publisher, place of publication, publisher and year of publication as well as source on the Internet, if applicable),
  • description of title (publication form, keywords that reflect the content of the document and facilitate research and, if necessary, abstracts and file attachments)
  • inventory data (signature and availability in the DWA library in Hennef),
  • notes (additional information on publications)

Hyperlinks in notes now clickable

For many newer catalogue entries, a link to the full text of the respective source is provided in the notes. Now these links are directly clickable.

Linking of DWA-Publications with DWA-Shop

A link to the DWA-Shop is offered for those publications, which are currently also offered in the DWA's publishing programme.

Research Service

If you do not have the time to search the DWA Literature Database for suitable references, you can order a search.

The prices are calculated according to effort. Members pay a reduced fee for the ordered literature search.

Copy Dispatch

If you are unable to obtain journal articles, articles from scientific series or excerpts from specialist books yourself, you can order the desired pages from the DWA Library. Whole books, complete seminar volumes and available DWA publications will not be copied.

The dispatch of copies will be charged - irrespective of a DWA-Membership - according to extent.

Visitor Desk

The DWA Library is a reference library. For visitors - also for non-members - it is accessible free of charge. The library is open Tuesdays to Thursdays from 9.00 am to 3.00 pm and Fridays from 9.00 am to 12.00 pm. Please arrange an appointment.