Rare Books Reading Room

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The valuable collection of old and rare books can only be accessed directly in the rare books reading room (usually without special permission). For especially valuable or fragile books, the department decides to grant access on a case-by-case basis after consulting with the user regarding their request. Inter-library loan is only available for prints dating from after 1700; in this case the department decides in each case whether to approve the loan. The same applies to loans for exhibitions. In these cases the department must also determine the level of insurance. For the entire stock dating from before 1850, the department decides whether, and where applicable, to what extent the reproduction of individual prints and parts is possible.

The reading room, which is located on the ground floor and partitioned off from the other reading rooms, also contains a reference section for codicology and the history of books and printing as well as the university archives (in German) library.

One of our main tasks is to support individual users who require advice and special assistance. This includes helping users find items within the stock which may not yet be found via the online catalog, to find volumes of a specific provenance and offering prompt assistance for users who have traveled from far away and only have limited time to use the library.

The Rare Books Reading Room opens five hours longer per week starting from February 2017.

New opening hours:
Mon 10 a.m. - 2 p.m
Tue10 a.m - 4:30 p.m
Wed 10 a.m - 4:30 p.m
Thu 10 a.m. - 6 p.m
Fri 10 a.m. - 2 p.m

Opening hours:

Mon 10 a.m. - 2 p.m
Tue10 a.m - 4:30 p.m
Wed 10 a.m - 4:30 p.m
Thu 10 a.m. - 6 p.m
Fri 10 a.m. - 2 p.m

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If you would like to use the reading room but do not possess a library card for our library, please register via e-mail first.

The stock made available in the reading room may not be photocopied. However, reproductions are often possible and are provided by the photographic department.

UCCard = library card
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