Dos and don’ts – please take note!

The University Library is a very special place of learning. Please help us to maintain this unique atmosphere. Make sure you are a considerate and active member of this new learning environment and help to keep the spirit alive in the building.

Studying and reading

Please lock jackets and bags in the cloakroom lockers in the foyer. These items are not allowed to be taken into the reading rooms.

The reading rooms are quiet zones. You can chat and work in groups in the parlatory. Please remember to be considerate of others in this area, too. 

Reserving places to work is very unfair and thoughtless. Please keep this in mind and be fair. 

We ask that you clear up after yourself when you leave.

There are plug sockets in the bases of the brown seats. Please use these sockets to avoid creating tripping hazards in the form of cables lying around on the floor.

Service animals such as guide dogs for the blind are allowed in the library. No other animals are allowed in the building.

Small baskets are placed by the cloakroom lockers. They can be used by all visitors.

Break timer


Um zu verhindern, dass Arbeitsplätze unberechtigt reserviert werden, bietet Ihnen die UB in lernintensiven Phasen die Pausenuhr an.


Das Prinzip der Pausenuhr entspricht dem einer Parkscheibe. Beim Verlassen des Arbeitsplatzes stellen Sie bitte die aktuelle Uhrzeit ein. Anschließend haben Sie maximal 60 Minuten Zeit für eine kurze Pause. Danach können der Platz von anderen Nutzer*innen belegt und vorhandene Arbeitsmaterialien zur Seite geschoben werden. Bitte beachten Sie auch, dass PC-Arbeitsplätze generell nicht reserviert werden können.


Sie finden die Pausenuhren in Aufstellern gegenüber den Aufzügen in den Lesesälen und an unseren Informationsschaltern. Bringen Sie die Pausenuhren nach Nutzung bitte wieder dorthin zurück.


Bring them back! Please return books from the circulation area that you are not using to the return terminal (floor -1) or place them on the return shelf.

Give them back! Don’t forget about borrowed books – it can be costly!

Put them back! The books in the reading rooms with the two-tone labels are there for all library users. Please always put them back on the shelves. 

Take them back! Please take books reserved in the reading rooms back to where you found them.

Tactile guidance system

Three guidance lines in the floor help people with visual impairments to find their way from the entrance at the Café Libresso along the lockers to our service desk.

Please keep the lines clear of obstacles.


Fizzy drinks, cheese sandwiches – or any food, for that matter – and books are not a great mix. As such, the café is the only place in the library where food and drink can be consumed.

The only exception is water, which can be taken into the reading rooms and parlatory in transparent bottles.

Café Libresso is the perfect place to eat, drink, chat and laugh in the University Library. Please help us keep the atmosphere relaxed for everyone by returning your cutlery and crockery as you leave.

Nobody wants to study sandwiched between pizza boxes and Asian takeaway tubs.

So please always purchase your meals from Café Libresso. In an effort to cut down on waste, other food must not be brought into the University Library.

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