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Central Library reading room

Holdings and Equipment

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 (Abholbereich)

Books requested from the closed stacks are arranged by user number 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

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.

Lounge Library

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


For 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 desks

There are currently 278 reading desks. 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.


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 Stations

There is at least one search station in every single reading room - without need to login.

  • Access the Passau Search Portal (search, request, renewal and reservation functions)
  • Access to databases, e-books and e-journals. Download to a USB-Stick or print on a Campus-Drucker. Copiers, scanners, printers


There ist at least one ZIM-Pool-PC in every single reading room. The PC ist exactly equipped as the devices in the Universities's PC-Pools. Login with ZIM user name.

Scanners and copiers

Scanners and the Microfiche/Microfilm-Scanner are located outside the reading room and  in the Scan-Box, located in the first floor. Printer-copiers are located in the ground floor


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 policy

You 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 policy

Mobile 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

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.



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Michael Lemke
Room ZB 314
Innstraße 29
Phone: +49(0)851/509-1607
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Phone: +49(0)851/509-1618
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