Using the Library

Central Library closed from July 26 to August 8, 2021

Due to necessary maintenance and repairs, the Central Library will be closed as a learning space from July 26 to August 8, 2021.

During this time, seat reservations or picking up of books will not be possible and new library cards will not be issued. Book returns will be possible during the opening hours of the building.

COVID-19 hygiene and safety requirements

When do I have to wear a mouth and nose protector?

  • When entering the library building until reaching your study place (incl. group workrooms and carrels).

  • When leaving your study place.

  • When collecting books at the library front desk.

  • When a library card is issued at the library front desk.

This applies to all 3 library branches (Central Library, Library for Law, Library for Social Sciences).

One of the following proofs must be presented to enter and remain in WU buildings.

Library Services

Important information for external library patrons

Seat reservations are possible. For the reservation you need a valid library card. If you do not have a library card yet, please register for an appointment to receive your library card first.

3 Locations

Library Card & Access

You need a WU student ID card or a library card to enter the libraries and borrow materials.

Books, Periodicals, and Electronic Resources

The WU University Library's collection includes printed books and journals, eJournals, and eBooks. Please use the WU Catalog to perform searches of the University Library's holdings. The library also offers access to databases covering academic publications, statistical data, and industry, market, and company-specific information.

The WU University Library's collection of printed volumes is stored at three branch locations that focus on different topics and disciplines.

Please see our pages on borrowing items for more information on the rules and regulations governing the use and circulation of library materials.


Before entering the libraries, please store your jackets and bags in the lockers provided.

In the Reading Rooms

Smoking (including eCigarettes) and eating are prohibited in the user area of the WU University Library.

Any beverages brought into the library must be in resealable containers. Beverage containers must remain sealed at all times during transport and storage.

The use of mobile phones is allowed only in designated areas.

Study Areas

A total of 1,500 self-study workplaces are available in the Central Library. Different types of workplaces are available for different studying requirements. The library has quiet zones, areas for communication or group work, project rooms (online booking and room use for WU students only), and the Newslounge.

Break timer discs

If you take a break, please get a disc and set it to show the time when you left your workplace, then put it on the desk so that it’s clearly visible. Your workplace will remain reserved for a period of 60 minutes. If you’re not back after 60 minutes, other library users can put your books and items aside and take the workplace. Workplaces without break timer discs are also free for other library users to occupy.

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