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Use and research

The University Archives is a public archive within the meaning of the North Rhine-Westphalian Archives Act and is open to the public free of charge. General information on the use of the University Archives can be found in the Archive Regulations of Heinrich Heine University (HHU).

On-site use is possible during opening hours and by prior appointment.

Enquiries about the use of the archives and its holdings can be made to the archives team by email, post or telephone. Digital photographs of archival material for private use can be taken free of charge in the reading room on request. It is also possible to have high-resolution reproductions made (see ULB's fee regulations).

Before visiting the archives

There are usually three questions at the beginning of an archive search: What am I looking for? What information do I already have? Where can I find more information? The more specific you can be and the more information you can provide, the better we can help you with your research.

You can use the online holdings overview to get a first impression and prepare for your visit to the archives. In the archives you can also use finding aids to find out more about the holdings. Some finding aids are accessible online. The staff of the University Archives will be happy to advise and assist you in your research. In order to be able to present you with the relevant records during your visit, it is advisable to contact the archives in advance and announce your visit, stating your request.

Possible protection periods on archival records may stand in the way of use. We will be happy to advise you on a case-by-case basis.


If you wish to cite records from University Archives Düsseldorf, please use the following template:

Düsseldorf University Archives (or the abbreviated form: UAD), Best. x/xx, No. xxx.

If necessary, add the page number or title of the individual document to which you are referring.

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