Bielefeld University Library

Services for Users with Disabilities

Access to the Library

The library is mainly located on level 1 of the Main University Building (UHG) and in the Building X. The entrances can be accessed with elevators.

Access to the ground level for wheelchair users: if you want to visit the areas C and U please ask for assistance at the respective circulation desk.

Reference Service

The staff in the Reference Department is ready to help and assist you with your literature searches and with obtaining library items through the interlibrary loan service. They will also supply you with leaflets with useful information for users with disabilities.

Library Cards

Users with disabilities may in certain cases engage facilitated and expanded loan conditions. On presenting a severely handicapped pass and on application they can obtain a special library card. The owner of this card will be granted several automatic renewals and a written notice, if a renewal is not possible. Reservations and interlibrary loan orders are free of cost. If they leave their email address in the loan account, the notice will be sent via email.

Provision of Books for Students With Disabilities

The Reference Department of the Library will gladly assist students with disabilities compile literature. Please submit your requests for literature to the staff of the Reference Department ( The desired boks are then ready for loan or review.


Outside the library, close to the entrances there are lockers for your personal belongings. In order to use them, you need a 2-Euro-coin as deposit.
In front of the entrance U1 on the right lockers 442 and 443 are reserved for users with disabilities. Please get in touch with our staff at the circulation desk in U1.


All of the porvided copy machines are of the same size with a height of 100 cm.

Height-Adjustable Tables

In area D1 (at the glass fa├žade) as well as in area V1 an electrically driven height-adjustable table suitable for disabled users has been put up. Both tables are equipped with a PC.

Especially Equipped Computers

All public computers in the library may be customized for individual use: by pressing particular key combinations you can scale up the font size or use a lens option.

Web Accessibility for Disabled Users

Bielefeld University Library's website is accessible according to the German web accessibility regulation BITV and its equivalence for the State of North-Rhine Westphalia (BGG NRW from 16. December 2003, published in "Gesetz- und Verordnungsblatt NRW", 2003, issue 57, page 766, , PDF file and BITV NRW from 24. June 2004, published in "Gesetz- und Verordnungsblatt NRW", 2004, issue 21, page 339, PDF file).


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