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Use of the Reading Room due to Corona / Covid-19

Due to the protective measures taken in connection with SARS-CoV-2, the following restrictions apply:

  • Pre-registration and admission: Access to the reading room is only possible for members of Heidelberg University after prior registration. Please confirm the pre-registration at the entrance with your student ID or Service Card.
  • Number of visitors: the number of users is limited per floor. Access is organised via a system of seat cards, where each visitor takes a seat card when entering the building, which they must return when leaving. The upper limit is 180 people.
  • Media: External users are allowed to use books which can only be ordered to the reading room in the area of the service desk and to borrow bound journals with the signature “ZSA” and receive scheduled access to the reference collections.
  • Length of stay: the maximum amount of time per stay is limited to 4 hours.
  • Outerwear: For the time being, outerwear such as jackets and coats are permitted. Non-transparent rucksacks and bags are still not allowed.
  • Copy rooms: the copy/scanner rooms may only be used by one person at a time.
  • Group study rooms: the group study rooms remain closed.
  • Leaving the reading room: You must return used books from the reference collections yourself. All personal belongings should be taken with you eyery time when leaving the reading room. After logging out, a new pre-registration is possible after 30 minutes.
  • Safety instructions: In the reading room the wearing of a face mask which covers mouth and nose is obligatory. Please keep a minimum distance of 1.5 metres from other people in all areas. The regulations relating to the Corona ordinance of the state of Baden-Württemberg in its current version will apply.
  • Data collection about your stay in the reading room: According to the Corona Ordinance on Study and Art and the current version of the Corona Ordinance of the State of Baden-Württemberg, the University Library is obliged to collect data from visitors and users in order to be able to trace any possible routes of infection. The data will be destroyed after 4 weeks.

These restrictions also apply to our reading room in Neuenheim with minor adjustments concerning e.g. the number of available desks.

For further questions please contact us via E-mail to Brief Lesesaal Altstadt or phone 54-2385. For questions regarding our reading room in Neuenheim please write to Brief Zweigstelle Neuenheim or phone 54-4272.

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