Studying in the University Library

Study rooms & workspaces & everything that should make studying on site easier for you.

Study rooms & Workspaces

At both the City Center and Vaihingen location we offer you workspaces for research at which you can search in library databases or use electronic media. For most offers you need your login data (University Library user code + password).

Please note that the workspaces are only activated for the offers mentioned above. We cannot offer you free internet access.

Currently, a registration and a 3G certificate (vaccinated, recovered, tested) are required for the use of library computers. You can register here.

At both the City Center and Vaihingen location there are individual workspaces in the reading room area available that you can use.

Please take note: 
Most users want to use these workspaces to concentrate on their studies. Therefore, please respect this and maintain silence in the reading room. For group studies please use the workspaces in the entrance area or the Learning Center, additionally in Vaihingen also the Mathematics and Physics Libraries. Thank you very much.

  • WiFi: yes
  • power connection: mostly
  • group studies: no
View of the Learning Center in Vaihingen
Learning Center in Vaihingen

A study environment with group study workspaces and presentation rooms.

The new, modernly equipped study environments at both the City Center and Vaihingen location allow team and project work in the reading room. You will find there

  • workbays with acoustic and optical separation with integrated whiteboards for small groups
  • lounge furniture for relaxation
  • group study rooms for discussion and presentation of joint work; they may be used without a reservation and are equipped with whiteboards and (mobile) monitors 
  • lockers for longer-term storage of study materials

Following applies:

  • WiFi: yes
  • power connection: yes
  • group studies: yes
  • (only) soft speaking allowed

There are several lockable carrels, equipped with desk, chair, and desk lamp, available at the City Center location. They can be rented free of charge for 1 month.

At the moment, the lockable carrels are not accessible due to construction work!

Due to the limited number of carrels longer waiting periods are occasionally possible. For inquiries please turn to the Circulation desk City Center: Tel.: +49 711 685-82224.

There are several study cubicles available on the 2nd floor of the reading room at the City Center location. The cubicles provide an undisturbed studying environment. They can be occupied without a registration and are not lockable.

  • WiFi: yes
  • power connection: no
  • group studies: no
Parent-Child Room with Diaper-Changing Facility
Parent-Child Room

In December 2017, parent-child rooms which are available to all users of the University Library for the self-organized care of their children have been established at both the City Center and Vaihingen location of the University of Stuttgart Library. The parent-child room can be used in case of child care emergencies on short notice.

Beside being available for nursing or changing the child, the room may be used for studying and working while caring for the child in a child-friendly environment. For this purpose it is equipped with a worktable and the KidsBox. The KidsBox is a mobile nursery for children up to primary school age. It contains books and toys, a travel crib, mattresses for the floor, and a hook-on high chair which can be attached to the own worktable. A small desk with a stool is also available for older children.

There is no entitlement to the room, a certain time, or a preference of certain people. At present, a registration for the rooms is not required. If you use the room, you automatically agree to the Terms of Use (DE) displayed in the room. 

You will receive a key for the parent-child room and the KidsBox Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Saturday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. against a deposit at the respective circulation desk.

Video conference room in the University Library Vaihingen
Video conference room Vaihingen

The University Library has a video conference room at the Vaihingen location that university members may use by arrangement.
If you wish to use the room, you can reserve it through the Information Desk Vaihingen (Tel.: +49 711 685-64044) or the Digital Services Vaihingen (Tel.: +49 711 64801). In case you need technical support, you will also receive further information there.

Detailed Information on the Video Conference Room Vaihingen. (DE)

There is another video conference environment with limited accessibility available at the City Center location. It may only be used on demand. For inquiries please contact the Digital Services Department of the University Library.

During the building opening hours of the University Library, City Center location, students of the University of Stuttgart have the opportunity to work at one of 40 workspaces that the IZUS-TIK (Technical Information and Communication Services) operates in the Information Center (1st floor).
You can find information on using the University Library PC pool on the websites of the IZUS-TIK.

Earplug Dispenser
Earplug Dispenser
Parent-Child Room with Diaper-Changing Facility
Parent-Child Room

Study Environment

Daily Lockers
You can find daily lockers for short-term use during the day in the respective entrance area. You will need 2 x €2 as deposit. The terms of use (DE) for the daily lockers can be found here.

Monthly Lockers
You can find lockers for longer-term use in the respective Learning Center. You may use these lockers free of charge for 1 month. If you are interested, please register.

At the moment, the monthly lockers are not accessible due to construction work!

Registration Locker City Center
Registration Locker Vaihingen

Lockable trolley at the City Center location
Lockable trolley

At the City Center location you can find lockable trolleys in which you can keep your study materials and move around the reading room.
They can be rented free of charge for 1 month.
Due to the limited number of trolleys longer waiting periods are occasionally possible.

At the moment, the lockable trolleys are not accessible due to construction work!

If you are interested, please register: Registration Lockable Trolley City Center

To avoid long time blocking of workspaces and support fair cooperation, you can find so called time-out disks in both reading rooms. The time-out disks work similar to the known parking disks and are displayed at different spots in the reading rooms.
Please use a time-out disk if you want to leave your  workspace in the library for a short break.

The following regulations apply to the use of the time-out disks:

  • You can find the time-out disks on the different levels in the reading room.
  • If you want to work in the library, take a disk to your workspace.
  • If you leave the workspace, for a break, to search for literature, to make copies etc., please set the disk to the current time and leave it clearly visible on the table.
  • Maximum break time is 60 minutes.
  • Time-out disks may only be used after 9 a.m.; disks laid out earlier are not valid.
  • Workspaces that have no disk, an expired disk, or a disk set incorrectly can be taken over by other users.
  • Please put the time-out disk back into the designated display stand after use.

If there is no workspace available in the library, you can push material aside or deposit it in a plastic basket next to a table if it has no disk, an expired disk, or a disk set incorrectly. You can then use that workspace. There is no liability for items left at a workspace.

The time-out disks are meant to prevent workspaces being blocked with material for hours, thus not being available to other users.

Please follow those rules for the benefit of all users.

For suggestions or critique please contact: Ask A Librarian

General assistance and advice

  • City Center location: Unfortunately the building at Holzgartenstr. 16 is not fully accessible, the passenger elevator is not open to the public. The information desk / circulation desk / reading room are on the 1st floor. If necessary, please request assistance in accessing the library via the marked telephone in the entrance area.
  • Vaihingen location: Unfortunately the building at Pfaffenwaldring 55/57 is not fully accessible, the passenger elevator is not open to the public. Information and circulation desk, however, are on the ground floor, if necessary, please turn to the employees there.

Accessible entrances

  • City Center location: The main entrance to the library is wheelchair accessible. If you need assistance in accessing the 1st floor (circulation desk, information desk, reading room, research computers, TIK helpdesk), you can ask for help via the marked telephone in the entrance area.
  • Vaihingen location: There is an accessible entrance next to the two revolving doors.

Wheelchair accessible research computers

  • City Center location: In front of the circulation desk on the 1st floor you can find wheelchair accessible workspaces for students (University Library PC pool) and a wheelchair accessible research computer of the University Library. In the reading room there are wheelchair accessible research computers for using the electronic services of the University Library.
  • Vaihingen location: In the entrance area there are wheelchair accessible research computers for using the electronic services of the University Library.

Workspace for the visually impaired

  • City Center location: For the visually impaired there is an electronic workspace with special equipment available for the scientific research in databases and on the internet. It is a PC that is equipped with the magnification software ZoomText with integrated voice output, a 27“ monitor with swivel arm, a large print keyboard and a video magnifier.
  • If you wish to use the workspace, please turn to the information or circulation desk. Advance registration is not required.

Accessible toilets

  • City Center location: An accessible toilet is located in the passage opposite the main entrance.
  • Vaihingen location: An accessible toilet is located outside the library in the Natural Sciences Center I (NWZ I), on the left next to the side entrance.

You can find a microfilm/microfiche reader at both locations.

The device enables you to read and scan microfilms or microfiches on site and to save the created PDF files directly to a flash drive. Direct printing or sending of the files is not possible. In order to register for the use of the reader, please turn to the circulation desks: City Center Tel.: +49 711 685-82224 / Vaihingen Tel.: +49 711 685-64096.

The earplug dispenser is located at the entrance of the respective reading room. One set of earplugs is €1.

The Studierendenwerk Stuttgart has installed a drink and snack vending machine on the ground floor of the University Library City Center. You can get snacks, sweets, coffee, and drinks for the small hunger and the big thirst here. 

Impressions: Workspaces in the University Library

 

Ask a Librarian

 

Information Desk City Center

Holzgartenstraße 16, 70174 Stuttgart

 

Information Desk Vaihingen

Pfaffenwaldring 55, 70569 Stuttgart

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