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The University Library belongs to the oldest Protestant University in Germany (founded in 1527) and possesses an extensive historical collection of books and other materials. It is also responsible for the preservation of a number of literary estates, manuscripts and special collections.

The University Library’s holdings encompass more than 4.2 million volumes. You can search for individual titles in the library’s catalogues. Most of the volumes are available in the University Library’s open stacks, the historical collections are stored in closed stacks and about one million titles are available in the branch libraries.

Open Access Holdings

Open access holdings (at the University Library) are available for use during our opening hours (virtual map).

  • Open stacks (Levels 0 - 4): Here you find current research literature from a wide range of disciplines, arranged according to subject. These items can be borrowed. In addition, you find current journals, which are only available for in-house use. Shelf Classification: Regensburger Verbundklassifikation (RVK)
  • Textbook collection (Level -1). Shelf Classification: Regensburger Verbundklassifikation (RVK)
  • Open stacks in compact shelves (Level -1)

Loan Period

Location Mark
Open access holding Loan Period
001 RVK-Open access holding (Level 0 - 3) 2 weeks
003 RVK-Open access holding (Level 0 - 3) no lending
011 RVK-Open access holding Near Middle East Studies (Level 4) 2 weeks
013 RVK-Open access holding Near Middle East Studies (Level 4) no lending
050 RVK-textbook collection (Level -1) 4 weeks
070 Open Stacks in compact shelves (Level -1) 4 weeks

Holdings in Closed Stacks

A major part of the University Library’s collection is stored in closed stacks and is only available on request. Among these items are historic books, manuscripts, archival records and autograph manuscripts, printed dissertations, Marburg diploma theses, maps, large or very small-format works.

Most of our historical books and journals are already listed in Katalog Plus or in OPAC. Titles which are not yet included in these two catalogues can be found in the Index Card Catalogues.
For conservation reasons, books published before 1900, maps or fragile materials are available on request and can only be consulted in the Special Reading Room.