Reading room & study environment

Service category: Library Use

Reading room & study environment are a central service of the libraries. Library stocks are readily accessible in the reading rooms, in the stack of the Central Library (BZ) and in the library at Helmholtzstrasse (HH). Media of all kinds and on various areas of expertise are offered in open-stack format in two locations (BZ and HH). A general stock of monographs and textbook collections are available in systematic arrangements (BZ), including several copies of all important textbooks for each subject at Ulm University. The libraries also hold special Semesterapparate (semester-relevant text collections for certain lectures, BZ + HH) as well as the collection Studium Generale (extracurricular presentations that are open to everyone, BZ).

Reading areas and work stations are available in the buildings in all openly accessible areas. They can be found in the reading rooms, the stack areas, as well as work cubicles and group work rooms. 'As place of study' the library also offers electronic work stations for collective and interactive studying in small groups. These facilities provide large monitors and numerous opportunities to connect mobile devices.

Service features

  • reading room assistance (e.g. information desk, assistance with devices like photocopier, printer, scanner, microfiche scanner)
  • independent access to media in the open-stack stocks
  • reading spaces and work stations (incl. power sockets and sometimes reading lamps)
  • work cubicles (reservation necessary)
  • group work rooms with multimedia equipment (e.g. wall screens)
  • research PCs (kiz account necessary)
  • supervised scanners
  • microfiche readers and micro film scanner
  • WLAN throughout the entire reading room (kiz account necessary)
  • designated laptop-free zone
  • lounge area with children's corner
  • earplug dispenser

User groups

All individuals and institutions who are eligible to use the kiz services (see terms of use). If the maximum capacity is reached (but also generally), certain service features (esp. the work cubicles and group work rooms) may be limited to members of the University.

Service hours

This is an overview (pdf) of the opening hours of the Central Library incl. reading room.

Application modalities

This service is available to eligible users without requiring a separate application. Work cubicles and group work rooms must be pre-booked for the desired time slots. This requires both kiz account and affiliation/membership with the University.


This service is free of charge.

Communication and Information Centre (kiz)

Please contact us if you have questions or problems related to the kiz services:

Office hours
Monday - Thursday
09:00 h - 12:00 h and 13:00 h - 15:30 h

Friday 09:00 h - 12:00 h

+49 (0) 731 / 50 - 30000

+49 (0) 731 / 50 - 1230000

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