Using the reading room during the Corona pandemic

Following the measures taken against the spread of the Corona Virus, the ULB services can only resume gradually.

Current situation regarding the use of the ULB reading room:

  • Reading and learning: Students and scientists of Münster University can book individual seats in the main reading room or the Westfalica reading room and use them following special hygiene rules – see below for more information.
  • Books whose use is restricted to the reading room: Consulting media ordered from such collections is only possible in the research room – see the section “Orders – hold requests” in the FAQs.


You can book a seat in the Central Library's reading room and in other libraries [de] of the University of Münster via the Seat Reservation Service. Seats in the main reading room can be booked Mondays to Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., in the Westfalica reading room Mondays to Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can book one time slot per day and three short slots or one long and one short slot per week. (In other libraries of the University of Münster different times and conditions apply; you will see the details in the Seat Reservation Service). You can book seats up to 7 days in advance.

Seats available in short term can be booked “last minute” from one hour before the time slot starts, even if your reservation budget per day or per week is already exhausted. In case you cannot use a reservation you can easily cancel it; if you cancel up to 24 hours before the start of the reservation, you can use this “slot budget” for a reservation on another date.

To use the Seat Reservation Service, you need a valid WWU ID or corresponding ID obtained at the library card desk (Bürgerkennung [de]) and a valid ULB library card (A, B, K or X). If your student ID card is not yet activated for using the ULB, you can simply start the activation process online. You will receive a message to your Münster University email address when the activation is complete. Please note: For the Seat Reservation Service, the newly activated card can only be used the day after activation, since the data transfer from the loan system to the Seat Reservation Service only occurs once a day.

Access to the reading room

Directions to the reading room [de]

  • Access to the reading room is only possible with a valid seat reservation.
  • Access is only possible during a limited time period.
  • Please identify yourself at the entrance control with the ULB library card you registered during the reservation.
    Alternatively, you can use the so-called "Self-Check-in" on your smartphone shortly before the start of your booked time slot. You will receive further information on the "Self-Check-in" in the confirmation email sent to you after the reservation.
  • You can enter the reading room with your jacket and your bag, as the lockers are unusable. Please deposit umbrellas and similar bulky items when registering in the research room. The ULB is not liable for your personal belongings.
  • Please only use the seat you reserved. The redistribution of chairs or exchanging seats with other persons is not permitted.
Seat plan in the main reading room: Numbers above 300 to the right of the stairs (clockwise), from 200 straight ahead, everything below to the left of the stairs

Behaviour in the reading room

  • Please follow the usual hygiene rules (keeping distance, sneezing and coughing etiquette, washing your hands).
  • Please wear a mask covering mouth and nose when walking through the library (the way to your seat, the staircase, the way to the toilets). You can take off the mask when sitting at your seat.
  • The cafeteria is available for breaks. Please keep the necessary distances. The traffic areas (corridors, foyer, stairs) are no place to linger.
  • Drinking from leak-proof and reclosable bottles and mugs is permitted as usual; eating is not permitted.
  • We cannot offer information services or hand out media whose use is restricted to the reading room.

Leaving the reading room

  • You can leave the reading room at any time. When you re-enter within the booked time slot, you must register again at the terminal in the foyer with your ULB library card or show your online ticket ("Self-Check-in").
  • Please leave your seat quickly at the end of your reservation period so that cleaning for the next users can be carried out.

Further information

  • The reservation data will be kept for at least four weeks.
  • In case of misconduct, the ULB reserves the right to exclude users from the possibility of booking seats.