Central Library

Jakob–Welder–Weg 6
Building number 1131

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Campus Map

Enlarged image section of the campus map indicating the wheelchair accessible entrances to the building. Linked picture PDF is not accessible.


The central library is in the central part of campus between the Georg-Forster-Building and the “Altes ReWi”.


The library’s main entrance isn’t fully accessible. While there is a ramp leading up to it, as you can see on the photo, there is a revolving door. It is possible to enter through the side doors, but not autonomously. You would have to ring and wait for someone with a key to open.

The fully accessible entryway is through the Georg-Forster-Building (indicated on the picture above). The way is signposted and a guidance system for the blind also leads the way.


The ramp has a low gradient and is easily passable by wheelchair.


The lift is only accessible by asking an employee to let you through the employee only section. The lift itself is for freight and as such unsuitable for wheelchair users. The control panel is too high and the emergency telephone unreachable from a wheelchair. The doors are only 80 cm wide and thus too tight for motorized wheelchairs.

Accessible Toilet

The accessible toilet is on the second floor inside the gents’ room. You need a EURO-key to enter.



It is a good idea to know the signature of the required books in advance. You can find these online at http://opac.ub.uni-mainz.de/ . Inside the library there are a lot of desktop computers for free usage. They can be used as a workplace or to research books. The tables these computers stand on are accessible by wheelchair.

With the book’s signature you can inquire at the information desk exactly where the book is located. The different halls of the library and most bookshelves aren’t accessible by wheelchair, it is therefore impossible to navigate the central library by oneself. We offer to retrieve any book you may need. Just contact us and we can get it for you. Even for those books you have to electronically order because while the desk on which the order panel stands is accessible by wheelchair, the panel to enter signature and login data is too high.

The reading room and the copy / scan room are accessible with a wheelchair. The space between bookshelves may be too narrow for larger wheelchairs.