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Reading Rooms and Workspaces

Main Library

The Main Library has over 350 workspaces in the Reading room (Lesesaal) and 18 workspaces in the Manuscript reading room (Curtius-Lesesaal).
PC workstations are located in the information centre for searching catalogues, databases and the Internet. The information centre at the Main Library also has three group study pods with seven seats each, two wall monitors and jacks for connecting laptops to the monitors. Another 30 group workspaces can be found in the Lerncafé.


MNL Branch Library

The MNL Branch Library offers a number of tables in its Reading rooms and PC workstations for searching catalogues, databases and the Internet. It also has 16 carrels and two group study rooms.



Students and employees of Bonn University can access the Internet on their laptop via WLAN in the Main Library as well as in the MNL Branch Library. Further information regarding WLAN use is available on the website of Bonn University‘s Data Processing Services (Hochschulrechenzentrum - HRZ) at



The Reading rooms in the Main Library and the MNL Branch Library have many chairs for use when reading and offer a non-lending collection of reference works and basic texts organised by subject.


Periodicals and newspapers

At the Main Library, current periodicals are located in display cases in the Reading room. Some periodicals are not put out for unrestricted use. The current issues of  these periodicals are available at the Reading room desk.
Daily and weekly newspapers are located in the newspaper corner.

At the MNL Branch Library, all periodicals published in 1980 or later are available for use in the Reading room on the 1st floor (1. OG) and in the open stacks on basement level -1 (1. UG).


Manuscripts and rare books

The Manuscript reading room in the Main Library was set up for individuals wishing to use manuscripts, old and rare books and any books that were published before 1801.