Main Library (Linguistics and Literary Studies, Humanities)

Opening hours: Circulation services, reading rooms
  Mon - Fri            08:00 - 22:00 (user registration until 18:45)
  Sat, Sun             09:00 - 19:00
  closed on public holiday
  Media from the closed stacks can usually be collected the same day, if ordered until 17:00 (Mon-Fri).
  Special reading room
  Mon - Fri            08:00 - 19:00
  Reading room for microforms
  Mon - Fri            08:00 - 22:00 (Assistance with the readers for microforms only until 18:45)
  Sat, Sun             09:00 - 19:00 (No assistance possible)
  closed on public holiday

For current opening hours during the lecture-free period or on public holidays, please see the news on the homepage!


Studying & Working

In the Main Library there are 361 workspaces, including
  • 1 group study room with 44 workplaces
  • 30 computer work stations.
Students who are currently working on their thesis or another paper can apply for one of our 30 lockers for long term use.
For information about printing, copying and scanning in the library please check this site. For an overview on how to connect to the university's network please click here.
We have divided the reading rooms in the Main Library into green, yellow and red areas. Coloured signs and posters on the doors of the reading rooms explain in which part of the library groupwork is allowed and where there are single work stations for work in silence.
At one glance you can check by the colours what is allowed in which area: discussions in groups, working with your laptop and quiet conversations and which area is for retreat in order to work and read in silence.
You would like to work as a group or discuss a presentation? The room for groupwork is located on the groundfloor next to the textbook collection. This room is labelled with a green sign.
You would like to study in a pleasant environment at a single work station? In the yellow area, quiet conversations and laptops are allowed.
You would like to study in a calm environment without being disturbed by the clattering of keyboards or the whispering of other people? The area for silent study is on the top floor of the Main Library, near the carrels for doctoral candidates. Please do not use any laptops there. You will recognise the area for quiet study by the red sign on the door of the reading room.
Make sure to set your mobile phone to mute while in the library. Please do not make phone calls when in the reading rooms. Use the lounge instead. Also note that eating and drinking other beverages than water in clear plastic bottles is not permitted. If there are any questions, please contact the staff at information desk or circulation desk.

Library tour

Information on library introductions and courses can be found on our homepage Library Introductions and Other Courses.
For an English guided tour please contact us via e-mail: