Welcome to the Book Studies Library in Münster!

The Book Studies Library is a highly specialized collection comprising of about 9,000 volumes. It is open to all students at WWU.
As part of the restructuring under the new direction of Prof. Norrick-Rühl, we are currently updating the Book Studies library! Book suggestions can be made to Frau Hötker-Bolte.

In due course, we will make information on new acquisitions available here.

The library will be closed from December 21, 2020 to January 8, 2021

  • Using the Library

    Using the Book Studies Library under Corona restrictions

    The library is operating under restrictions due to the pandemic. All of the information on the WWU under corona restrictions can be found here.
    As of August 2020, we are offering the following services to offer access to our library:
    - Borrowing books: You can order books and check them out for a week
    - Library use: Starting from August 5, 2020 you can use the library after pre-booking a timed slot and workspace through the ULB system

  • Borrowing and Returning Books

    Borrowing and returning books from May 18th onwards:
    Book Studies Library

    From May 18th you can order books from our library; you can borrow these books for a week. Due to the off-site location of the Book Studies Library, we can only process orders once a week. Thank you for understanding!
    We are grateful that we are able to offer you this service thanks to collaboration with the English Department Library.


    For books from the Book Studies Library, pick-up and drop-off will be at the lending desk in the entrance area of the library (1st floor) of the English Department during the drop-off and pick-up opening hours: Mondays and Thursdays between 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm.

    How do I borrow books?

    • Please download the order form, fill in the blanks for the books you wish to borrow, and send the form to bibles@wwu.de
    • Orders sent in by 3:00 pm on Tuesdays can be picked up on Thursdays (or up to 2 opening days later, i.e. please pick up your ordered books by  Thursday after ordering).
    • You can order 5 books a day, the loan period is one week starting from the date of pick-up.
    • The books you ordered will be kept on hold for three opening days.
    • In the event that books you ordered are already on loan by somebody else, we will inform you when to order them again.
    • Journal volumes are excluded from loan. Please contact us via e-mail (hotkerb@uni-muenster.de) in case you are looking for journal articles. Please first check if you have online access to the journal in question. Nota bene: due to COVID-19, several large journal publishers have made their content available free for a limited time.

    How do I return books?
    • You can return books at any time during the opening hours at the pick-up/drop-off point on the ground floor.
    Please note these important guidelines
    • Due to the Corona Protection Regulations of the state of North Rhine Westphalia (see e.g here) we have to register your visit to the English Department. Please have your WWU ID, your matriculation number, or your ULB library card number ready for this. Without registration we are not allowed to serve you.
    • Please keep physical distance to other users and the library staff when in line and picking up/dropping off books. Please wear a face mask, and please practice coughing and sneezing etiquette.
    • Please be aware that there might be waiting times at the collection point. And, as usual: Please follow the instructions of the library team. Thank you!
    If you have any questions regarding this service for the Book Studies Library, please contact Birgit Hötker-Bolte via email: hotkerb@uni-muenster.de.

  • Library Research

    Library use for research purposes after pre-booking via ULB system

    Our library re-opened on August 5. You can reserve a seat in the library via the ULB seat reservation service. Bookable time slots are Tuedays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 10:00-11:30, 12:00-13:30 & 14:30-16:00.

    An overview of the workplaces in the library can be found here (library floor plans, © Michael Erwig 2020, for Book Studies/WWU).

    You can reserve one time slot per day and two per week. Bookings can be made up to 7 days in advance.

    Short-term vacancies can be booked “last minute” from one hour before the start of the reservation, even if you have already exhausted your allowance of one reservation per day or two per week. If you are not able to take advantage of a reservation, a cancellation is possible; if you cancel up to 24 hours before the start of the reservation, you can use this “time credit” on another date.

    In order to use the seat reservation service, you need a valid ULB user card. For more information on the system, see the ULB pages.

    When you arrive at the library, please disinfect your hands before undertaking anything else. Please lock your jacket and bag in one of the available released lockers. Then identify yourself to the supervisor with the ULB user card that was provided when the reservation was made. Alternatively, you can use the “Self-Check-in” function on your smartphone shortly before the start of your booked time slot. You will receive information on this in the confirmation e-mail after the reservation.

    Please observe the following rules onsite – we need to work together to keep the library as open and accessible as possible!

    When entering the library, please use the disinfectant provided to clean your hands.
    Please use only the reserved seat. The redistribution of chairs or exchanging seats with other people is not permitted.

    Please wear a non-medical mask whenever moving about the library (on the way to your seat, in the corridors and stacks, on the way to the restrooms). You do not have to wear a mask at your reserved seat.

    Please observe the usual rules of hygiene (distance of 1.5m, hand hygiene, sneezing into your elbow, etc.).

  • Book Studies Library Terms of Use

    The "Book Studies" library is a reference library, i.e. the books cannot be borrowed (this applies to weekends as well). Scans and copies can be made at the library's own copier (operated with your MensaCard).

    Research computers
    For research in the university catalogues (OPAC etc.), students have a total of four computers at their disposal, three of which can also be used for Internet research.

    Rules of conduct in the library
    Coats and bags must be deposited in the vestibule or in the lockers before entering the library.
    Food and beverages are not allowed in the library rooms.
    Smoking is also strictly prohibited in the library rooms.
    Please present any materials (especially your own books or books from other libraries) to the person at the library information desk when entering the library.