Our special collections such as old prints and statistical yearbooks are also available in digital format.

Browse through our digital collections and through the history of the historical collection (in German).


The University Library does its best to digitize the relevant historical books and to make them also available in digital format. Before you order a book in the Primo catalog, please check if the book is available as digital object.

We digitize historical books in accordance with the latest standard and the recommendations of the German Research Foundation (DFG). If possible, we also create searchable text.

The digitized historical collections of the library of the University of Mannheim can be used without asking permission (Public Domain Mark 1.0).

Digitization service

For old prints which have not been digitized, we offer a digitization service against payment of a fee. The digital objects are made available in the digital collections free of charge.

Using old prints

You can order the historical books via the Primo catalog and access them in the special collections reading room in the InfoCenter. Due to conservation reasons, it is not possible to borrow historical books or to place an interlibrary loan request for such books.