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Reading room for historical holdings and maps

Implementation rules on the usage regulations

Please note that the legally binding version is only in German. This translation aims to help international patrons.

1. Please produce your library card at the desk.

2. Please show all copies and brought along works when entering or leaving the reading room.

3.  As per our usage regulations, coats, hats, umbrellas, bags etc. are not allowed in the service area. Furthermore, food as well as sharp and pointy objects are prohibited in the reading room for historical holdings and maps. Lockers can be found in the hallway to the right of the reading room's entrance.

4. The reading room is a quiet area. Please talk in a whisper and set your mobile phone to silent.

5.  Ordering old and rare prints (16th to 19th century) is done via our catalogue. The titles will be ordered into the reading room on the name of the patron. Manuscripts, incunables or literary remains as well as other special materials from our historical holdings will be booked and provided only after prior written request, if ordering via our catalogue is not possible. Please send your written request at least three days before your planned visit to the reading room to . Up to five objects can be reserved beforehand.

6. Certain objects may have special usage restrictions or may not be usable at all due to conservatory, legal or other reasons. This holds especially true for vault manuscripts, oversized media and certain literary remains.

7. The lent objects are to be used with special care:

  • First-time visitors of our reading room receive a professional introduction in the adequate usage of the holdings. The guidelines of usage by the staff are binding.
  • You may only use pencils for writing. Pens, markers, fountain pens or similar are not allowed. Writing in and on the objects as well as moistening of the fingers is prohibited.
  • Using notebooks and tablets is allowed, if no photos are taken (compare no. 13).
  • Use foam pads and weighted cords for the work with manuscripts, incunables and rare prints as well as with works with fragile bindings. You can get a variety of these at the desk. Forceful opening of tightly bound works is prohibited. Touching the script or decorative elements is not allowed.
  • Only clean hands are allowed when working with historical materials. Cotton, Latex or Vinyl gloves can be borrowed at the desk.

8. Historical holdings and special matierals are only to be used on special reading places.

9. The order of loose pages (e.g. in literary remains or fragment collections) must not be changed. Should you find the order in obvious disarray, please inform the staff immediately.

10. Special examination methods (e.g. for the determination of watermarks) are only allowed after prior authorization by the head of the department historical collections and maps. Appropriate tools, such as luminous foils and UV lamps are provided by library staff.

11. Staff is authorized to check the integrity of objects in the presence of the patron. If reasonable doubts arise in regards of this, the patron account cannot be relieved. If work on the object is paused even for a short time, it has to be closed.

12. The creation of self-made copies of holdings older than 100 years is not allowed. Digital reproductions can be requested via digital photo orders. A request for reproduction can be denied due to conservatory or legal reasons. The provisions of the fees regulation apply as well as the ULB list of fees.