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Use of the library

First-time users of the library are requested to register themselves with a document of personal identification in the library office (room 65) located on the left hand side at the beginning of the long hallway. This is a one-time procedure: once registered, you have free access to the library without further formalities. We request, however, that you enter your name into the visitors' book located in the foyer leading to the reading room each time you visit.

The well-lit, quiet reading room of the MGH offers library users a comfortable working atmosphere. Should you be using the same books over a longer period of time, ask our library staff about setting aside your reference books in the reading room. Each workplace is equipped with electrical outlets and wireless LAN to facilitate work on laptop computers. The stacks with their collection of ca. 150 000 books are located only a few paces from the reading room. Users have free access to the stacks and may remove books to work with them in the reading room. Please note that the MGH library is a reference library and that it is prohibited to borrow books off the premises. For your reproduction needs, two photocopiers and one book scanner are available for use at the price of 0,12 € per copy or scan in A4 format.

Since there are only a limited number of workplaces in the reading room, use of the library is generally restricted to postgraduate researchers and history students at the end of their studies, for example those seeking a quiet place to work on their final paper. However, exceptions to this rule may be made. If you have inquiries, please contact our library staff.

In the reading room