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Working in the Special Collections Reading Room

The Special Collections Reading Room ...

... is the reading room for our holdings that are particularly worthy of protection. There you will find an extensive reference collection with reference works and literature on manuscript studies, historical ancillary disciplines, book and library history, Franconian history and culture.

When working in the Special Collections Reading Room, there are some special considerations for you:

Before you visit

You must have a scholarly reason for viewing our special collections. Despite your academic interests, the use of certain parts of the collection (such as manuscripts, early printed books, graphics and personal papers) may be restricted or prohibited for conservation, legal or other reasons.

For the most valuable items from the collections we require a written application (PDF, 363 KB) and present your ID or passport.

You must leave your jackets and bags (including laptop bags) in the cloakroom on the ground floor. Drinks (including water) are not permitted in our reading room.

Working in the reading room

Please enter your details in the visitors’ book by the entrance every time you visit. You are generally only permitted to have one item at your desk at any time. If you wish to take notes, you will need to use a pencil. You may not take photos or scan items yourself – we will do it for you.

The reading room is monitored by video.