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Cultural, historical and earth sciences

Departmental Library for Cultural, Historical and Earth Sciences (TB KGG)


All online services are available without restrictions. We recommend that all members and students of the university primarily use our wide range of e-books, e-journals and databases.

In the departmental library, you will find specialist literature on geography, history, cultural studies of East and South Asia, art history, pedagogy and Slavic studies. The entire departmental library collection can be searched via the catalogue.

The shelf marks of these items start with "480/" and "407/". Collections in departmental libraries of the Institute for Art History start with the shelf mark  "490/".

Against the background of the spread of the coronavirus, the Würzburg University Library has implemented the requirements of the Bavarian State Ministry of Science and the Arts to restrict public access and services. We ask for your understanding for these measures in view of the current exceptional situation.

From 02 September 2021: Access only with proof of vaccination, convalescence or testing (3G) / Medical face mask sufficient / Mask requirement at the workplace lifted

  • A vaccination, recovery or test certificate (3G rule) is required to access the Law Library (also for short research, for scanning or for borrowing).
    Please present
    appropriate proof at the entrance inspection and also identify yourself with a photo ID.
    The result of a PCR test (max. 48 hours old) or PoC antigen test (max. 24 hours old)
    and alternatively your valid pupil ID can be presented as negative test evidence.
  • A medical face mask must be worn (cloth masks are not permitted).

Corona test stations in the city of Würzburg

The departmental library will be open again for borrowing media from 15.03.2021.

For the supply of literature the library is open for limited borrowing Mo - Fr 10:00 - 14:00.

The following special conditions of use apply:

Access to the departmental library via Building 2 and Building 3

  • Admission is limited to a maximum number of persons and is regulated by staff of the departmental library.
  • Excluded from entering the library are persons who show symptoms indicating a COVID-19 disease such as cough, sniffles, sore throat, fever (≥ 38.0°C), loss of smell and taste.
  • In the library, the wearing of a medical face mask (surgical mask is sufficient) is mandatory on all traffic routes.
  • Please create your media list with the shelfmarks you need before your visit. Please take the required media from the library yourself.
  • Jackets and bags are not allowed.
  • Please keep the recommended distance of 1,5 m from other people in the entire library.
  • A multifunctional copier and the Book2net scanning station can be used in self-service. Please limit the use of the equipment to a maximum of 30 minutes. Only one person is allowed in the copying room.
  • Please limit your stay in the library to a maximum of 30 minutes.

Priority remains health protection! Please help us with consideration and flexibility so that we can offer this lending service again!

Lending possibilities

Lending for students and city users: maximum 5 books, loan period 14 days

Lecturer loan

  • for lecturers of the institutes involved in the departmental library: loan period 6 months
  • for lecturers of other institutes: loan period 4 weeks

Media with a red shelf mark, such as journals, cannot be borrowed. This also applies to holdings that are particularly worthy of protection for conservation reasons.

A valid user card from the University Library or a student card from the current semester is required for borrowing.

We offer you to check in advance if the books you want to borrow are available, if this is helpful for you. In this case please contact us at unter 31-85525 oder tb-kgg@bibliothek.uni-wuerzburg.de.

Book return:

Books borrowed from the departmental library can be returned to the departmental library or you can use the book return box in the Main Library; it is open around the clock. Please send returns by post as a package to: Teilbibliothek KGG, Philosophiegebäude, Am Hubland, 97074 Würzburg. The date of receipt by us is decisive for the timely return of the item.

Further information on the current situation

The departmental library is a reference library, which means that items can usually only be used on site. All lending conditions (weekend and overnight loans) are summarised on a separate page.
There are special regulations for borrowing tests.

More information on further lending conditions can be found in the Guidelines on the use of departmental libraries (PDF, 124 KB). You will find a large collection of study-relevant literature available for loan in the Hubland Main Library.

Study desks

A total of 170 study desks are available. There are eight research PCs with Internet access. 116 study desks are equipped with sockets. A height-adjustable desk for ergonomic work can be find on the ground floor.


Access to specialist databases for literature searches, Internet access, Wi-Fi, multifunctional copiers, Book2net scanning station

Digitised card catalogues

Part of the Slavic studies collection has been archived with shelf marks beginning ‘102/’ and indexed in a digitised card catalogue (PDF, 12,30 MB). Literature on the politics of the states in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union has been archived with shelf marks beginning "97/" and can be found in a digitised card catalogue (PDF, 65 MB).These items can be ordered from the University Library catalogue using the "Offline order" button.

Cloakroom / Lockers / Permanent lockers

Jackets, bags (including laptop bags) and food may not be taken into the departmental library. Lockers are available to store your belongings. You will need a padlock (shackle thickness 6–7 mm) to use the lockers. Permanent lockers are also available in the departmental library.

Study desks accessible for wheelchair users can be found on the first floor and basement level of the library. The connection between the two floors is not wheelchair accessible (winding staircase). However, there is a separate entrance to the basement; please contact the library staff if you need assistance.

Further information can be found on the webpage of KIS (Kontakt- und Informationsstelle für Studierende mit Behinderung und chronischer Erkrankung).

Department head and subject librarian

Dr. Anne Schmid

Subject librarian for Ancient Near Eastern studies, Archaeology, Art, Cultural Studies of South and East Asia, Egyptology and Slavic Studies
Building: Z4, Hubland Süd (UB)
Room: 011


Marcelina Jaeger

Building: PH1, Hubland Süd
Room: 6/U/3b

Karin Neeser

Building: PH1, Hubland Süd
Room: 7/E/19

Bettina Schmidt

Building: PH1, Hubland Süd
Room: 6/U/3b

Wolfgang Schmitz

Building: PH1, Hubland Süd
Room: 7/E/20

Bernhard Werner

Building: PH1, Hubland Süd
Room: 6/U/3b

Additional subject librarians

Dr. Viola Hämmer

Subject librarian for Pedagogy, Psychology and Media Communications
Building: Z4, Hubland Süd (UB)
Room: 022

Christian Malzer

Subject librarian for Ancient History, History and Manuscripts and Old Book
Building: Z4, Hubland Süd (UB)
Room: 109

Barbara Welge

Subject librarian for Biology, Earth Sciences and Sports
Building: Z4, Hubland Süd (UB)
Room: 025

Get in touch with us at any time, in writing, by telephone, by e-mail or via our contact form.