Central Library reading room

Central Library reading room

The Central Library reading room

Innstrasse 29
94032 Passau
Phone: +49 851 509 1610
Opening hours

Map: all reading rooms
Photos and floor plans (Flickr)


Reading room:
General reference works (11/AE-AZ), specialist reference works and compendia (11/B-Z), textbook collection (17/A-D,F,L,M,N,R,Z)

Book Tower:
History (50/N), Political Science (51/MA-MM), Sociology (52/MN-MW), Geography (53/R), European Ethnology & Folkloristics (54/LA-LC), Southeast Asian Studies (55/RA,RR,RX), Classical Philology (63/F), Slavic Studies (67/K), Psychology (71/CL-CZ), Pedagogy/Education (72/D), Musicology (73/LD, LP-LZ), Art History (74/LD, LH-LO), Sports (99/Z)

Theology (75/B), Philosophy (70/CA-CI)

Collection area:
Books requested from the closed stacks are arranged by user name and must be checked out at the borrowing desk.

Check-out desk:

  • Borrowing desk for all items from the Central Library
  • Pick-up of interlibrary loans
  • Pick-up and payment for interlibrary loan photocopies

Short-term loans for use in the reading rooms against deposit of library card or student ID:

  • Interlibrary loans with restriction 'for reading-room use only'
  • 'Frequently used literature' reserve collection

Reserve collections for subjects covered in the Book Tower and in the basement are located in the new learning area at the entrance level.

Editions from the current year are located in the journal trays in front of the Library Lounge; bound annual volumes can be found in the shelves in the reading room or in the Book Tower.

New acquisitions:
Lists of newly acquired books, e-books and the tables of contents of selected journals can be found under new acquisitions.

Lounge Library:
Daily and weekly newspapers, fiction and non-fiction, crime novels, travel guides (shelf marks starting with 14/O).

InformationFor enquiries related to the library, literature search, book locations, borrowing rules, interlibrary loans or our electronic services or library cards, contact the Central Information Desk.
Reading desksThere are currently 278 reading desks. 12 of which are located in the notebook-free zone in the gallery (west wing). Visit the Library Lounge or the group study room on the entrance level - there is space to study, work or collaborate.


Wi-Fi access is available in the Central Library and all other reading rooms.

Accessing the network with a mobile device

Access Problems: ask ZIM-Support, building Informatik/Mathematik, Room 136.


17 reading desks in 10 lockable cubicles in the west and east galleries. Reserved for postgraduates (doctoral and postdoctoral researchers) – registration is required. For more information and to have the keys issued to you, contact the check-out desk on the ground floor.

Postgraduate carrel regulations (German)

Search stationsFour terminals with:
  • InfoGuide research portal (search, request, renewal and reservation functions)
  • Union Catalogue of the Bavarian Library Network
  • Access to databases and e-journals

and two Internet-enabled PCs.

Scanners and copiers

Printer-copiers, some with scanning equipment (collection area)
Microfilm scanner (room ZB 108, door to the right behind the returns desk)
Scan_Box (room adjacent to the reading room)


There are 326 electronically operated daytime lockers. You need your Mensacard to use these. Like the coin-operated lockers, they are free to use. However, to discourage permanent use of these lockers, you will be charged a minimum of 5 euros if the locker is not emptied by the closing time of the relevant reading room.

How to use the lockers and locker regulations

Longer-term lockers for students writing their dissertation or thesis are available free of charge but in very limited supply. More Information.

Bag/rucksack policyYou may not take any bags or rucksacks/backpacks, etc. into the reading room. What kinds of bags are permitted in the reading rooms?
Mobile phone policyMobile phones must be set to 'silent mode' while in the library. You may not make phone calls or listen to voicemail messages. You are allowed to receive text messages, but only with the phone set to 'silent mode' (i.e. no acoustic notifications). Non-excessive use of your mobile phone is permitted in the Library Lounge, as long as you keep the noise level to a minimum. You may use your mobile phone as normal in the specially designated mobile phone area in the Central Library ('Handy-Zone'). This area is located behind the Scan_Box.
Food and drink

You must not consume food or beverages in the reading room. However, you may bring drinking water onto the premises in a transparent, sealable glass or plastic bottle.

Behaviour while in the library

Library regulations 

Break discs ('Pausenscheibe')Break discs should be set to indicate when you leave your desk and intend to return later on. If you do not return within the next 60 minutes, or if you do not leave a break disc indicating when you left, other users have the right to use your desk space, see Desk reservation discs to prevent permanent desk occupancy
Library regulations

The relationship between users and the library is governed by the General Regulations on the Use of the Bavarian Public Libraries.



Michael Lemke
Michael Lemke
Raum ZB 314
Innstraße 29
Tel.: +49(0)851/509-1607
Fax: +49(0)851/509-1602
Sprechzeiten: Nach Vereinbarung
Ingeborg Roswitha Hopper
Raum ZB 113
Innstraße 29
Tel.: +49(0)851/509-1631
Fax: +49(0)851/509-1602
Sprechzeiten: Di - Fr 8.00 - 13.00 Uhr