Reading rooms

Learning and Working in the Westfalica reading room
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Reading room areas

Ground floor reading room
Main reading room on the first floor
Westfalica reading room in the adjoining building

Manuscript reading room on the first floor
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Newspaper reading room in the Newspaper Archive
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ULB reading room


You cannot borrow these media, but can only use them in the reading room area.

  • Reference works, bibliographies, manuals, source collections, text editions, legislative compilations and other basic literature.
    The classification system is available in print in the reading room and online, including a display of the works on each subject. The holdings on BIO are located in the group workspace. The literature on medicine and social sciences can be found mainly in the Medical Library / Social Sciences Branch Library.
  • Current journals (unbound issues of approx. 1,750 current periodicals) can be found in the journal boxes.
  • Local and some national daily and weekly newspapers are available in the cafeteria. Older editions can be found in the Newspaper Archive.
  • Course catalogues (printed, also older versions) of the University of Münster, of German and some foreign universities. Most of the course catalogues are available online.
  • Course reserves


  • Approximately 600 workspaces are available during the entire ULB Central Library's opening hours.
    Wi-Fi is available in the entire reading room.
  • Lockers for students and scientists of the University of Münster; keys are available at the counter in the foyer, MonFri from 8 am to 4 pm.
    Rules for using lockers in the reading room
  • Workspace for handicapped people: Optoelectronic reading system – "electronic magnifying glass".
  • Copiers in the copy room on the first floor.
    Information on copying, scanning, printing
  • Textbook sale: in the ground floor reading room you can find discarded older editions of textbooks for sale.


  • Counter in the manuscript reading room
    At the manuscript reading room counter, you will receive books and other media that you have ordered to be read in the reading room, interlibrary loan books that need to be made accessible in the reading room, as well as books and other media that are particularly worth protecting. This includes, among other things, all titles published between 1830 and 1900. Titles published before 1830 can be used in the manuscript reading room.
  • Information
    In person at the manuscript reading room counter
    By email ( or
    By phone: +49 (0)251 83-24072.
    The counter is staffed during the entire opening hours of the manuscript reading room.