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Main Reading Room

This contains the registration desk where library cards are issued and renewed. Any fees or charges can be paid in cash at two automatic payment machines.

The issues desk stores any publications ordered from the catalogue, issues them for use in the reading rooms and recollects them.

The information desk is the first port of call for users requiring help or information. The staff will provide assistance on all library-related matters, literature searches, the reference library, electronic publications and much more besides.

The reference library of the Main Reading Room contains roughly 40,000 volumes of general and specialist reference works covering all fields of knowledge.

The reading room computers provide access to the catalogue (available only in German), the full texts of the online resources (such as e-books, music files and digitised content), the e-paper collection and to the Electronic Reference Library (EHB). Electronic publications (CD-ROMs, audio CDs, DVDs etc.) can be accessed on specially designated computers.

Copying and printing facilities are provided. Microfilms and microfiches can be viewed. Free Internet use is available at the fixed Internet terminals and via Wi-Fi on users' own mobile devices.

Hauptlesesaal in der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek in Frankfurt am Main HauptlesesaalFoto: Stephan Jockel, Deutsche Nationalbibliothek

Frequently asked questions on use of the library in Frankfurt am Main (FAQ) (available only in German)

Opening hours:

Reading rooms

Monday - Friday 9:00 - 22:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00

Issues desk

Monday - Friday 9:00 - 22:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Phone +49 69 1525-2510


Monday - Friday 9:00 - 21:30
Saturday 10:00 - 17:30

Information desk

Monday - Friday 9:00 - 19:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Phone +49 69 1525-2500

Further Information

Last update: 19.09.2017

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