Research Reading Room

The research reading room on the 6th floor of the Jacob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-Zentrum provides 57 workplaces for readers. Reserved books that are placed in the research reading room, e.g. rare books, special collections and books from the History of Science subject, may only be used under supervision of a member of staff.
Rare books have to be ordered via Online catalogue. The book or microform catalogues may be helpful if an item cannot be retrieved in the Online catalogue.

There are special workplaces for scientists, staff and postgraduate students of the Humboldt University.

Visiting scientists are requested to make an advance reservation at .

The regulations for study desks (HU home zone) apply for the desks in the open access area of the 6th floor.

Opening Hours

Research reading room reopend from 04.06.2020


Monday - Wednesday              10:00 - 14:00                         
Thursday 14:00 - 18:00
Friday  10:00 - 14:00      
Saturday closed



Please Note: The Research Reading Room is currently only accessable with an appointment and booking confirmation. If you want to use a book that has to be used in the reading room you can place an order via Primus. We will contact you with further information and offer you free time slots as soon as your book arrived. You will need to show your booking confirmation at the entry of the Grimm Zentrum to enter the building. Please contact us via with further questions or if your desired book cannot be ordered via Primus.

Please check the current rules and restrictions of the library or the FAQ for further information.

Ordering Books

Books from the rare and special collections that are ordered before 7 a.m. will be placed in the research reading room by 10 a.m. Please consider that books that are ordered after 7 a.m. on Friday will not be available until Monday at 10 a.m. Some orders cannot be placed in the reading room before 3 p.m. for technical reasons.

Please note that orders may be delayed due to the limited services

Please contact the departement via if you have any questions concerning the ordering process.

Reading room collection

The open stacks of the research reading room have been set up on the sound basis of  the old University Library holdings and focus, in the widest sense, on 19th century cultural and social sciences and humanities. Highly utilised periodicals beyond the 19th century which are damaged as well as books and journals of the former History of Science Branch Library which have not been reworked yet are part of the reference collection.

Reader Services

Items at the Research Reading Room are for reference only.

Single pages may be scanned after consulting the supervising librarian and print-outs have to be paid by Mensacard.

Please bring your own USB flash drive and white gloves for the use of the special collection items.