Ordering items from the collections of the German National Library for consultation in the reading rooms
Use the Catalogue to search for all resources.
Physical resources (such as books, magazines, CD-ROMs ...)
are ordered using the “Bereitstellung in …” link. After a processing period, the resource can be borrowed from the issues desk and viewed in the reading rooms.
Digital before printed
The holdings of the German National Library include a large number of works that are available both in printed form and in an identical online edition.
All online resources (= term used in catalogue for this material type) can be viewed directly by clicking the links "Archivobjekt öffnen" or "Medium öffnen" in the catalogue on our reading room computers, with no waiting times or order deadlines. In most cases they also can be browsed using full-text searches. Using these resources helps to preserve the printed copies.
Both the electronic reference library (EHB) as well as extensive open access holdings can be accessed directly during opening hours in the reading rooms, without the need to order in advance.
Online publications (e-books, e-journals, e-papers, digitised texts ...)
The German National Library is entrusted with the task of collecting publications in all forms. These include both physical publications in paper form, as well as microforms, audio recordings and publications on electronic data storage media, and online publications.
Examples of online publications include e-books, online theses, e-papers, e-journals, articles, digital copies, audio CDs, audio books and archived Web pages. These can be searched immediately in the catalogue and on the reading room computers upon receipt, and some are also freely accessible worldwide.
Processing times in Leipzig
All orders received before 14:00 are processed until 14:00 on weekdays (except Saturdays). It takes approximately 3 hours for the orders to be processed. Resources ordered after 14:00 are generally available from roughly 11:00 the following morning (except Saturdays). On account of their being held in different stack areas and parts of the building, it may take up to one working day to issue journals.
Use of sound recordings on Saturdays: vinyl records, gramophone records and other non-digital media must have been ordered before Thursday 14:00..
Processing times in Frankfurt am Main
All orders received before 14:00 are processed at hourly intervals from 8:00 until 14:00 on weekdays (except Saturdays). It takes approximately 3 hours for the orders to be processed. Resources ordered after 14:00 are generally available from roughly 11:00 the following morning (except Saturdays).
Further Instructions for Ordering
No more than 10 resources may be reserved for user at one time. Resources not used within one week are then returned to the stacks.
Monographs which have already been loaned can be reserved. It is not possible to guarantee the provision of journals, loose-leaf works and other special materials, as they may already have been requested by other users or be required for official purposes. Please note the instructions on the order pages.
Use of the German National Library’s reading rooms requires a qualified research or professional interest.
An extensive reference library is freely accessible in the various reading rooms during opening hours; these works do not need to be ordered in advance.
- Information Leipzig (Phone: +49 341 2271-453)
- Information Frankfurt am Main (Phone: +49 69 1525-2500)
Last update: 01.03.2017