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Workplaces and Workspaces

Reading Roomsto top

Central Reading Room

With 200 workplaces, the central reading room constitutes the centerpiece of the Central Library. If you are looking for especially quiet zones, feel free to proceed to our laptop free areas.

The collections are located in the racks and are freely accessible. In the room, two circular stairs lead to the racks of the upper gallery. The doorways to the central reading room are located on level -2.

The collections in the central reading room are arranged according to the Regensburg Classification Scheme, RVK):

  • Reading room reference section
    e.g. general reference works, lexicons and encyclopedias; RVK class F - Classical Philology; Byzantine Studies; Middle Latin and Modern Greek Philology; Modern Latin.

Reading Room

Another reading room on level -2 offers 50 places in a quiet atmosphere. This reading room is accessible during the opening hours of the central library.

Special Collections Reading Room

Especially valuable and fragile works of our collections are handed out in the Special Collections Reading Room on level -1. The use of maps is possible in the map reading room on level -2 of the central library.

Group Working Roomsto top

If you would like to work cooperatively with other persons or if you are looking for presentation facilities for your working results you can reserve one of the group working rooms in the Central Library as well as in the Branch Libraries of Education, Law, Forestry and Medicine.

For all parents we offer the group working room 0.41 in the Central Library. It is equipped with a selection of toys for children and a computer for parents. In the entrance area of the Branch Library of Education, another parent-child-zone is to be found, as well as a chill-out area. In the Branch Library of Medicine, there is an area for children equipped with toys and a play pen.

For the very small ones, you will find a changing table in the disabled toilet facilities on level 0 of the Central Library. In the Branch Library of Forestry, a changing table is also located in the disabled toilet facility on the ground floor of the Rossmaessler-Building.

Makerspaceto top

Located in the Departmental Library DePunct, the SLUB's Makerspace is an open room for new ideas and do-it-yourself projects. You can test new technologies such as 3D printing or laser cutting, or consruct models and prototypes.

Carrelsto top

For the work on a scientific final paper it is possible to reserve a carrel for a period of 3 months. This service is free of charge.

Internet Workstations and Media Playerto top

At our public computer workstations you can use our electronic services or the Internet. The workplaces offer ports for USB flash drives, so you can save your search results or full-text downloads. In addition, the workstations are connected to our in-house printing service ACRIBIT Copy Shop.

A specially equipped workstation for the blind or visually impaired is available in the Central Library (room 0.44).

For playing movies or acoustic media there are respective stations located near the Information Desk Music and Media Center on level -1 in the Central Library.

Bibosphäreto top

With the friendly assistance of the Ostsächsische Sparkasse Dresden, we introduced this rest and chill-out area in the Central Library in 2013. The concept of the Bibosphäre was deveoped by the Dresden design business neongrau. The seating furniture comes from the Polstermöbel Manufaktur Sebnitz. In perspective, the Bibosphäre will also  serve as a space to get to know the latest media concepts and reading devices.

Room of Silenceto top

At the end of 2015 we opened a room of silence at our library. This room is a place for all users who are searching for distance from everyday life and want to meditate or pray. Whether prayers or silent meditation without any religious background - the room of silence is open to all who need a moment of silence in the everyday noise and business.


Users of the room should adhere to some rules to guarantee the proper "working" of the room.

  • Please keep quiet within the room.

  • This is a space open for all who want to relax, pray or meditate.

  • Tolerance, consideration and acceptance are the principles of use.
  • Working, eating, drinking and sleeping is not allowed in the room.

The room of silence is located in level 0 of the Central Library, in room 0.65. The room is deliberately designed in a neutral way so that it is possible for everybody to make it one's own retreat. It is open daily during the opening hours of the library.