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Usage in the Special reading room

Do you want to use ULB’s collections or other in-house resources? Then visit the Special Reading Room on the first floor. You’re able to consult manuscripts, incunabula, old prints (published up to 1850), private collections, maps, posters, the Thomas Mann Collection and other collections here.

We can also make our closed stack collections and interlibrary loans that cannot be borrowed available to you here.

View the latest issues of daily newspapers and e-books that ULB receives as deposit copies at the electronic reading station.

It is possible to book a study space in the Special Reading Room to use interlibrary loans that cannot be borrowed as well as old collections, rare books or resources from private collections. Book a study space

A large portion of the Thomas Mann collection is housed in the Special Reading Room, as is the literature relating to our manuscripts and old prints. There is also a large collection of facsimiles of manuscripts and old prints.

At its electronic reading station ULB offers access to digital collections that are protected by copyright and therefore are not freely available online.

You’re able to consult the following media:

  • electronic daily newspapers published in the Düsseldorf administrative region after 2010. The individual issues become available eight days after publication.
  • e-deposits of e-books and e-journals published by publishers based in the Düsseldorf administrative region
  • digital copies from collections subject to copyright, e.g. posters

You can print these holdings in black and white at the electronic reading station. For copyright reasons, it is not possible to download resources or to send them as PDF files.

Browse our holdings: e-deposits             e-papers

We can gladly reproduce resources for you should you require high-resolution digital resources for your publications. Please submit a reproduction request. We’d be delighted to receive a copy of your publication.

Reproduction request form


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