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Reading rooms

Bonn University and State Library offers reading rooms with a quiet working atmosphere in its branch libraries. The desks in the general reading rooms are accessible during regular opening hours. Researchers will find especially quiet working conditions in the Curtius reading room in the Main Library.

The reading rooms are situated on the ground floor of the Main Library and in the Branch Library MNL on the 1st and 2nd floor. The reading rooms are accessible during the whole opening time. They offer over 600 individual working stations, partially with power and network connection. The collections in the reading rooms are not available for loan.


In the reading rooms, you will find dictionaries and encyclopaedias, reference works, legislative texts, legal commentaries as well as introductory literature, arranged by subject. All books in the reading rooms are recorded in bonnus and marked with the location "reading room".

Journals and Newspapers

The journal issues of the current year can be found in the cupboards in the Main Library's reading room and are available for viewing. The bound issues are in the open stacks and can be viewed on the library premises or requested to the reading room or they are situated in the closed stacks and can also be requested to the reading room.
German and foreign daily and weekly newspapers (in German) are available in the newspaper reading corner.

The medical journals as well as those from the fields of natural sciences and agriculture from 1980 onwards, are freely accessible in the open stacks or in the journal reading room on the 1.floor of the MNL Branch Library. They can be viewed on the library premises or copied there. In some disciplines, current issues are, however, only available in electronic form. All pre-1980 issues are situated in closed stacks and can be requested to the reading room.

Media issue desk in the reading room

Some media items cannot be checked out for home use at all, but can be requested to the reading room. You can receive these media items on the presentation of your library card on the usual borrowing terms.

  • Books that were published between 1800 and 1900 or are worthy of protection for other reasons
  • Microfilms
  • Microfiches
  • Loose-leaf collections
  • Unbounded fascicles
  • Journal volumes, that are situated in the closed stacks and have to be requested
  • Books delivered through interlibrary loan (in German), if the supplying library imposed this restriction

Reader devices and scanners are available for the use of microforms.  If you need instruction on the use of the devices, please arrange an appointment with the reading room team.

Curtius reading room

The Curtius reading room is situated on the second flor of the Main Library with 19 reader spaces. Bequests, manuscripts, incunabula, rare books, old prints of the ULB up to the publishing year 1800 as well as all interlibrary loans until the publishing year 1900 are made available for use in this special reading room. Additionally, there is a permanent collection on the history of books and the library consisting of about 5.000 volumes.

The Curtius reading room is open to users of old holdings and special collections as well as to scientists who need quiet working conditions for their research. The special regulations concerning the opening times, the use and the reproduction of old and special collections must be observed.

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