Learning & Working

Whether it's silent learning in the reading room, lively exchange in the working group, working on a laptop, or writing a Master's thesis in a carrel - the University Library offers you the perfect environment with its spaces for learning and working.


There are approximately 700 workspaces available on the premises of the Central Library. Most of the workspaces are located along the windows near the bookshelves on the ground floor and the 1st floor.

The desks are equipped with individual lighting and electrical sockets. Wi-Fi is available in the entire building.

Reading Room

The reading room is a separate work area from the rest of the open-access area.

The reading room reference desk is located in front of the reading room.

Functions of the reading room:

  • Location for non-borrowable reference works, encyclopaedias and dictionaries for the humanities and social sciences, including theology and law.
  • Workspace for old inventory, valuable and protection-worthy books, maps, manuscripts, machine-written dissertations, which may only be viewed under the supervision of library staff. This applies to volumes from our own old inventory stacks, as well as to the literature obtained via the inter-library loan service which is marked with the restriction: Use only in the reading room.


Functions of the reading room reference desk:

  • Issuing and temporary provision of the literature ordered from our old inventory stacks, to read in the reading room
  • Issuing and temporary provision of the literature ordered via the inter-library loan service, which was designated by the lending library as only for use in the reading room
  • Allocating appointments for using the reader printers (reading, printing and storing of microforms)
  • Acceptance of reproduction orders by staff.
  • Issuing, returning, extensions of keys for study cubicles
  • Issuing, returning, extensions of keys for book carts


You can reach the reading room reference desk at: +49 (0)431 880 -4774


Kiel University Library offers affordable study carrels for individual study. Period of use: 8 weeks.


  • You present a certificate stating your deadline for writing a Master's, state examination or Diplom thesis at the CAU
  • You are a doctoral researcher at the CAU

Reservation is possible at the reading room reference desk


The CAU offers a further possibility for doctoral researchers to obtain a temporary workspace at the university:
the Graduate Center makes desks available on a short-term basis.

Book Carts

Lockable book carts are available in the reading room for storing personal work material.
You can hire them at the circulation desk

Disabled Access

In all matters related to library use, the employees of the Central Library are there for you with help and advice. In libraries that are difficult to access because of their construction (especially for wheelchair users), practical help can be provided by individual arrangement.

  • Disabled access lifts are located in both the middle two blocks between the open-access areas.
  • Disabled toilets are located in both the middle two blocks on the ground floor (pdf) and 1st floor (pdf).
  • Disabled access carrels. Wheelchair users can get a specially-equipped carrel.
  • Extended loan period
    On application, CAU students can obtain a double-length loan period (Application form to print out).
  • Workstation for the blind and visually impaired
    On the ground floor, 3rd block, there is now a Braille-assisted workstation available for the blind and visually impaired. The following programmes are on offer: JAWS, ZoomText and Finereader. You can get the key for the room from the service desk.