When you are working on a presentation in a group, you need a different type of working environment from when you’re concentrating on a text on your own. The university library therefore offers different types of working areas:
You can choose between reading and computer areas. The university library also has areas and rooms for group work.
7 height-adjustable tables are designed to facilitate accessible working.
The media library also offers 4 special multimedia work stations, where you can use all types of non-print media in a secure area.
So that students writing their Doctoral dissertations don’t have to carry all of their work papers around with them all the time, we offer 4 “Study buddies“, in which they can store and lock away the media they have borrowed and their work papers for a defined period of time.
The 4 reading room areas have a total of 300 work stations. These work stations provide a calm, concentrated environment for learning. They are designed to be used while researching and working with literature in the library.
Water can be brought in if it is in a sealable transparent container. Food and other drinks are not permitted.
PC work stations
All of the university library’s reading rooms have PC work stations.
For “catalogue research” in the online catalogues of the university library, a total of 16 work stations are available, distributed between all reading rooms. You do not need to log in to access these online catalogue computers.
Furthermore, the library offers users 22 “PC work stations” with internet access and the usual Windows environment. The majority of these computers can be found on both floors in the new building (“cube”). If you wish to use these computers, please log in with your AAU user ID. You can save data that you create or edit on the PC on your USB stick.
The library currently offers the following options for group work:
Two group work rooms can be booked up to a maximum of 3 days in advance by putting your name in the list on the door of the room. The smallest room, which accommodates a maximum of 8 people, is located on the first floor (level 2) in the new building (B.2.09).
A new, larger group room for a maximum of 12 people, is located on the second floor (level 3) near the semester collections.
An open area for group work is also available near the info desk on level 3.
Another option for group work is found in the European Documentation Centre (EDC) area, located on floor 2, on the east side of the journal reading room.
People have individual requirements for their working environments. The library therefore offers various services in order to meet these requirements:
Height-adjustable work stations: On each reading room level, you will find multiple desks that are height-adjustable at the touch of a button. These work stations are marked as “Height-adjustable work stations”. The up/down buttons are located on the right underneath the tabletop. The tabletop can be adjusted so that it is possible to work standing up.
Screen reader: There is a screen reader, which can magnify and read out print medium, on level 3. Operating instructions are attached to the screen reader.
Workspace for blind and visually-impaired library users: On level 0 (room B.0.08), there is a workspace equipped with various assistive technologies (Braille displays, screen readers etc.), which enables blind and visually-impaired library users to carry out their own literature research, to digitise literature or to use the university’s digital services in a way that is as accessible as possible.