Individual workstations

Please feel free to use our individual workstations on the ground floor of the 3rd segment and on the first floor of the 1st to 3rd segments in two sessions Mon-Fri from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. as well as in one session Sat from 11 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. (except public holidays). The use of our non-lending collections is limited to the areas and thus to their sessions.

To meet varying user requirements,

  • the individual workstations on the ground floor of the 3rd segment are allocated by prior online reservation only and
  • the individual workstations on the first floor of the 1st-to 3rd segments are available for spontaneous use without prior online reservation on a "first-come-first-served" basis.
     

Please note our regulations and information.

Individual workstations on the ground floor of the 3rd segment: Mandatory advance booking and location

Mandatory advance booking

  • Please book your desk up to 8 days in advance free of charge using our online workstation booking system - available in German only. You will then receive a booking confirmation with a ticket attached.
  • On admission to the Central Library, please either show your printed ticket or have it ready on your smartphone. You will not be allowed to use a workstation without a ticket.
  • Please use the system to cancel your reservation if you do not wish to use it. In doing so, you give other users the chance to use previously booked-out workstations. Whenever workstations are fully booked for a session, users can register on a waiting list provided by the system. Should a workstation become available again due to a cancellation, users on the waiting list will be notified in the order of their registration and can make a reservation.

Location

Ground floor, 3rd segment (125 workstations)
  • Reading room: 66 seats, partly with electricity supply
  • Large room adjacent to the reading room: 52 seats, partly with electricity supply
  • Group room 6: 7 seats, partly with electricity supply
Ground floor, 4th tract (19 workstations)
  • Group room 2: 10 seats, with electricity supply
  • Group room 3: 5 seats, with electricity supply
  • Group room 4: 4 seats, with electricity supply

Individual workstations on the first floor of the 1st to 3rd segments: "First come, first served" basis and location

"First come, first served" basis

  • The workstations are available on the respective opening day without prior online reservation. When all seats are taken, no further workstations can be offered.
  • The use of workstations marked by barrier tape is not permitted.

Location

First floor, 1st to 3rd segments (58 workstations)
  • Respective window front: 17 seats, with electricity supply
  • Respective inner courtyard: 2 seats (1st and 3rd segments) or 3 seats (2nd segment)

Mandatory book basket and colour system based access control

  • When entering the building, please take one of the black book baskets (for the use of workstations on the first floor of the 1st to 3rd segments) or red book baskets (for the use of workstations on the ground floor of the 3rd segment) provided in the entrance area with you. Once all black or red baskets have been issued, no further patrons can be admitted to use the respective workstations.
  • Users of the workstations on the first floor to the 1st to 3rd segments please inform our security guard which of the three segments you would like to work in. They will then receive a sheet of paper in different colours for each segment, with the current date and usage session information inserted in advance. Once you have taken your chosen seat, please enter your name and contact data as well as your workstation number (given on your desk) on this sheet of paper. - This procedure also applies to users on the ground floor of the 3rd segment.
  • When temporarily leaving the building during your session, please take your book basket with you so that our security guard can see that you are authorised to use your workstation.
  • When finally leaving the building at the end of your session, please return your book basket to the entrance area and scan your CAU card or user ID again. Please also return your coloured sheet of paper. Users without a CAU Card or user ID are requested to put the second sheet of paper issued to them on entering the building, together with their contact details and the time at which they leave the building, into the locked box provided.

Use

  • Please feel free to remove your face mask when working at your desk.
  • Desks are provided for individual work only. One person is allowed per desk. The desks are permanently installed or assigned fixed positions by markings on the floor and may not be moved. Chairs may not be moved.
  • Once you have taken your seat, you may not change it again within a session.
  • On weekdays, desks cannot be used by the morning session through on to the afternoon session.
  • Each workplace is cleaned in the morning before use. Should you wish to clean your workstation yourself at the beginning of the second session, please use the spray bottles with soap solution provided near your workstation, moisten the paper towels provided and wipe your work station surface with them.
  • Should you use our non-lending collections, please put your books onto one of the designated return desks near your workstation (ground floor of the 3rd segment) or on the yellow shelves in the bookshelf areas (first floor of the 1st to 3rd segments) after use so that they can be returned to their shelves by library staff.