Special Collections Reading Room

12 working places – Wi-Fi – computer working stations provided with internet access – illuminated displays – UV-lamps

Printed holdings published before 1850 are exclusively provided in the Special Collections reading room. Those items can be found in the library's catalog.

Please send your request for use to sondersammlungen@ub.uni-leipzig.de. Please tell us the title as well as the call number of the object you would like to consult. Please let us know the exact period (date, time) when you would like to work in the research reading room. Questions about the holdings should also be sent to the above e-mail address.

Due to the hygiene regulations of the University of Leipzig, it is only possible for four persons to work in the research reading room. We ask for your understanding.

A library card is required, please register online.

The consultation of manuscripts, incunabula, estates, collections of autographs, coins and papyri is possible only by a written appointment.

  • Please contact us at least 48 hours in advance.
  • Documents will be reserved in the reading room for 10 days.

We kindly ask you not to bring food or drinks to the special collections reading room and to use the lockers there to store your bags.


Tours and bookings of the Special Collections reading room for courses are possible upon 

Contact Department Special Collections and Digitization: sondersammlungen@ub.uni-leipzig.de