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Main Reading Room

General information

The Main Reading Room is situated on level 3 of the main Library building on Fryderyka Joliot-Curie 12 St.

Address for correspondence:
Wroclaw University Library
Circulation Department
Main Reading Room
Fryderyka Joliot-Curie 12 St.
50-383 Wroclaw
phone: +48 71 375 76 03

Opening hours:

October - June
Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
July, September
Monday, Thursday: 12:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Reading room is closed

Rules and conditions of usage of the Reading Room are determined in the Rules of Collection Circulation in the Wroclaw University Library, Chapter 2 – Access to collections in reading rooms.

Reference collection in the Main Reading Room

In the Main Reading Room, two divisions from Free Access are available, i.e.: division A - general works, division Z - book science and librarianship. The entire collection of the National Library series is placed on separate shelves. Other library materials can be ordered from the WUL's main storage and used locally.

Individual work cabins

There are 32 individual work cabins available in the Main Reading Room.

Rules for using individual work cabins.

Order individual work cabin.

Conditions of usage

  1. Who can use Main Reading Room?

    • persons over 18 years old with valid library cards,

    • pupils of high schools – after obtaining the consents of the Director of the Library.

  2. Rules for users of the Reading Room:

    • leaving in the coatroom: overcoats, umbrellas, briefcases, backpacks, bags, laptops’ covers, etc,

    • leaving at the library desk proper document authorizing usage of the Reading Room i.e. valid library card and presenting to the librarian valid identification document with picture,

    • signing in the guest book legibly, to behave quietly, not use cell phones to conduct calls, don't bring and eat food and/or drinks, don’t smoke.

      Attention: library security can remove from the Wroclaw University Library’s building person, whose behavior is in violation of the Rules of Collection Circulation in the Wroclaw University Library or violates generally accepted standards of human intercourse.

      Attention: Wroclaw University Library is not responsible for any private property left unattended by the users.

  3. Library's materials that are available in the Reading Room:

    • publications from the reference collection of the Reading Room,

    • publications from Free Access areas,

    • Library's materials from the Book Storage Department,

    • collections delivered from other libraries by interlibrary lending,

    • materials from reference collections of the departments of general collections,

    • in the Reading Room user can also use his or her own materials, that should be reported to the librarian,

      Attention: the reference collection of the Reading Room is free accessible for users. Library’s materials that are no longer required by user have to be returned to the librarian.

      Attention: Users can carry their own materials to the Reading Rooms only in transparent plastic bags/baskets, available in the Library's Information Point or coatroom. After finishing the work bags/baskets should be returned to the Information Point or coatroom. Bags/baskets serve only for the usage in the Wroclaw University Library.

  4. Ordering materials from storage to the Reading Room

    • Orders for library's materials can be placed from online catalog and from digitized catalogs,

    • User can order five volumes of books on a one-off basis. After exceeding this limitations, subsequent orders may only be submitted after returning all or part of the volumes that have been used,

    • User is obliged to use library's materials only locally in the Reading Room and to return them unchanged.

      Fulfilling orders up to 60 minutes before closing the Reading Room (orders placed afterwards will be completed next day).
      Time for accomplishment of order is about 45 minutes. In the rush hours accomplishment time can be extended.
      Fulfilling orders from departments of general collections form Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

  5. Copying of materials in the Reading Room

    • In the Reading Room the paid self-copying service is available for library’s materials published after 1950,

    • Users can make copies in form of pictures (free of charge) in compliance with the copyright law with one's own digital camera (without flash light), excluding valuable collections and collections in bad state of preservation. Every time the permission from the librarian is needed,

    • Users can place orders to the librarian for paid reprographic services done by Library's Reprographic and Digitization Unit on Fryderyka Joliot-Curie 12 St. Fee for these services is charged accordingly to current price list.

  6. For users in the Reading Room are available:

    • individual work cabins - can be ordered from a computer catalog. Rules for using individual work cabins,

    • computer workstations with the access to the Library's catalogs, inter alia electronic and digitized,

    • stationary magnifying glass for printed materials (for use directly on the user's desk),

    • users’ desks adapted for the disabled people (i.e. using wheelchairs, as well as visually and/or hearing impaired - magnifying glass for text software, lector software and set of headphones). On request Braille keyboard is available, too.

    • in the Main Reading Room is available access to the Wi-Fi (login and password are available from the librarian) as well as Eduroam wireless network. The network is broadcast under the name "eduroam" and provides coverage of the entire Reading Room.
      The Eduroam network can be used by students and employees who have access to the Office365 service. The login data looks the same as the login data to the mail, i.e. name.surname[w] and password.

Prolongation or reservation of library’s materials in the Reading Room

Materials ordered to the Reading Room from storages or reference collections of Library’s departments can be reserved on user's order. Materials not used during three days are sent back to the main storage or proper department of the Library.