The special collections reading room is on the fourth floor. You can access it via the lifts in the reading room area.
Please lock jackets, bags and food in a locker in the foyer before visiting the special collections reading room, as they are not allowed to be taken into the room.
The workstations and the book collections placed here are available to use at any time when the special collections reading room is open.
There are various ways to reserve items, depending on the groups of holdings. We provide information on how these media can be used in the “Special collections” section of our website.
The special collections reading room primarily provides workstations for library users to view the holdings in the special collections. Plug sockets for laptops; microfiche and microfilm equipment; and access to Katalog plus as well as online databases, subject-specific resources and special catalogues are available here. An extensive reference library with special catalogues in print format and reference works on codicology and the history of books and libraries (shelf mark group: LS: Buch) are included in the special collections reading room’s holdings.
The collection in the special collections reading room (special catalogues, reference works on codicology and the history of books and libraries) is systematically arranged within the LS: Buch shelf mark group.