Since 2016, the Thuringian university libraries have been working together even more intensively as the "Cooperation Network of Thuringian University Libraries (ThHobi)". This enables them to better meet the growing demands on quality and quantity of services and to create a powerful and efficient infrastructure that develops and maintains services across universities.
The central instance of the cooperation is the Library Service Centre (BSC), which is operated by the university libraries (service units) of Jena and Ilmenau. The Library Service Centre is supported by five working groups, whose members in turn come from all university libraries. The working groups deal with the topics of acquisition and collection management, open access, IT infrastructure, library use and information literacy. In these working groups, representatives of all university libraries look for suitable, often inter-university solutions to current challenges, be it Corona protection concepts, consortia in acquisition or defence against computer viruses.
As a member of the cooperation network, the Cellarius University Library Schmalkalden is also involved in the joint activities and sees the cooperation as a great benefit for the university libraries in Thuringia and for the development of the Thuringian universities in research and teaching.