The entrance to the University Library is barrier-free.
Parking spaces for wheelchair users are located at the side entrance, Ihnestraße 28.
The elevator is also close to the side entrance.
There are special toilets suitable for wheelchair on the 2nd and 3rd floor (1. OG / 2. OG). The keys are available at the Information center or the Reading Room reception.
In the Reading Room there is a carrel specially equipped for blind and visually impaired users.
There is a refreshment room on the 3rd floor (2. OG) of the University Library with machines for snacks and drinks.
There are several Canteens and Cafeterias operated by the Studentenwerk within walking distance as well as a French bakery at the intersection of Ihne- and Garystraße.
The library portal Primo covers the literature held by the Freie Universität Berlin libraries. Furthermore, it contains a mega-index of academic literature – especially articles, mostly available as full texts.
Within the Primo interface, please select either the "Primo" search space (with mega-index) or the "FU Catalog" searchspace (without mega-index).
The University Library is a lending library.
Details for print media in the FU Library System provided through the library portal Primo include library location, call number, and availability for every item in the FU libraries.
More details are to be found on the Circulation Services page.
Mon through Fri 09:00–20:00
Garystr. 39, 14195 Berlin
(030) 838-522 65
The University Library (UB) und the University's central computing services, ZEDAT, jointly offer a program to enhance IT competence, subject literacy and general study skills.
Individual appointments can be made for Coachings that provide assistance in literature search and retrieval for assignments or theses.
Freie Universität Berlin students enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs can earn credits in the Information and Media Skills module within the General professional skills program.
Coats, jackets and bags are not allowed in the Reading Room and the open stacks.
Belongings can be deposited at the coat check in the entrance hall and in the lockers in the Information Center area on 2nd floor (1. OG) and outside the Reading Room on 3rd floor (2. OG).
More information on the coat check page.
Library users can order scans by completing a form on the library portal Primo.
For the time being, digitization is limited to such books as are excluded from self-copying and self-scanning (protected holdings, Reading Room holdings, rare materials, delicate and damaged books).
In other words: This is not an article ordering service
This Reprographics form should be used to order scans or copies of items exluded from self-copying (protected holdings, interlibrary loans); it can handed in at the Reading Room desk.
Please refer to the form for information about fees.
Email contact: email@example.com
Citation-management software can be very useful for your academic writing.
The University Library also offers introductions to citation managers (see Learning).
Information literacy is important in the Digital Age.
Library tours and introductions can be useful in getting acquainted with the Freie Universität Berlin libraries and their spectrum of services. The University Library's course program also covers techniques of literature search and citation management software.
For Freie Universität Berlin students the student card is concurrently the user card for the FU libraries.
External users can obtain library cards at the circulation desks at no charge.
Cards are valid throughout Freie Universität including Charité. They must be renewed from time to time.
There is a guide to the libraries of the Freie Universität Berlin on the Library System website.
The Freie Universität Berlin University Library is located in the south of Berlin in the district of Dahlem. This is the street address:
Location in GoogleMaps.
U-Bahn: Take line 3 to Thielplatz or to Oskar-Helene-Heim
Bus: Take line 110 to Bitscher Str. or to Oskar-Helene-Heim, Expressbus: X10 to Oskar-Helene-Heim
Freie Universität Berlin Students
For logging in, the student number (Matrikelnummer) serves as user number (Benutzernummer), the inital Password is composed of your postal code and the first letter of your street.
For logging in, the library card number serves as user number (Benutzernummer), the inital Password, as a rule, is your birth date in ddmmyy format.
External users with an officially confirmed living address in Berlin or Brandenburg can take media out on loan.
The old subject catalog can be useful as an extra tool besides the library portal Primo in order to search for not-so-current publications by subject. This catalog database makes it possible to search the University Library's holdings up to publication year 1989 by subject headings.
The database is an electronic equivalent of the former card catalog. It consists of digital facsimiles of the catalog cards and an alphabetical index of headings. Die Ordnung der digitalen Katalogkarten entspricht der des Kartenkataloges.
When searching for literature by subject, please use the library portal Primo first. In many cases, datasets in Primo for literature published before 1990 also contain subject metadata because datasets are continuously updated through library collaboration.
The Freie Universität Berlin is a signatory of the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities and is a cooperating institution for Informationsplattform Open Access.
Find more information on the Library Systems open-access pages.
Approximately 200,000 of the books acquired during the last 30 years are shelved in the open stacks area. You can retrieve these yourself and take them to the circulation desk to have them checked out.
In the open stacks books are not shelved by classification. Therefore, the open stacks are not useful when you intend to browse literature by subject area. You will want to go to the open stacks when you have found a book listed in the catalog and want to retrieve that book yourself; you will find it according to its shelf number as specified in the catalog.
In order to log in to the library portal Primo, you will need your user number, or student number, and a password (see: Login, User Account).
The password initially received should be replaced by an individual password. The password change has to be done in the FU-OPAC user account.
Should you have forgotten your password or should there be a problem with the automatically generated password for Freie Universität Berlin students, you can turn to the Circulation Desk for a new password – which you will only receive on presentation of an official document of identification.
"Permalink" is a portmanteau word made up of "permanent" and "hyperlink." A permalink URL is stable, as opposed to potentially unstable URLs in a browser address bar, which may contain such elements as session IDs, which lead to the address becoming invalid after a while. Find more information about how to use permalinks in Primo.
The University Library's Reading Room provides sources for all academic subjects, but with emphasis on Humanities and Social Sciences. Here you will find printed reference materials that are excluded from loan.
The KOBV is the Berlin-Brandenburg library network. On the KOBV portal you can find out which libraries in the region have a book you may be looking for.
Since the KOBV is the instituion through which interlibrary loans are processed, you can place your orders for inter library loan on the KOBV portal.
Teachers can select important sources for their courses; these titles will then be temporarily excluded from loan and placed in the Reading Room to maximize availability for course participants.
Returning Freie Universität library holdings is possible at all circulation desks in the Library system except the combined circulation desk of the Library at the Botanic Garden and the Biology Department Library. Interlibrary loans have to be returned at the University Library always.
Outside the University Library's opening hours, items can be returned to the book drops next to the University Library's entrance (Garystr. 39).
School students can use the University Library if they are at least age 16.
Adolescents (16 to 18 years of age) will receive a special form to apply for a usercard that has to be signed by their legal guardian.
Teachers can make appointments for classes or (honors) courses to be introduced to using the Library and to searching literature. Please contact the Information Center.
Are you a school student in Berlin or Brandenburg and do you need to write an assignment, give a report or prepare a fifth examination component? – Then this is for you.
The University Library provides a large selection of licensed databases, databases in testing, e-journals, and e-books for the Freie Universität Berlin members and for the users of its libraries. Because of the terms of the licenses access is restricted to devices within the Freie Universität Berlin network.
The University Library's Undergraduate Text Book Collection (Lehrbuchsammlung, LBS) provides multiple copies of both introductory text books and basic literature in a wider sense as well as highly demanded literature from these fields:
The Theses Department (Hochschulschriftenstelle) collects the copies of doctoral theses written at Freie Universität Berlin that candidates are required to submit according to the regulations concerning doctoral graduation.
The Theses Department also assists doctoral candidates in dealing with the regulations concerning the submission of theses in electronic format.
The University Bibliography lists the publications authored by Freie Universität Berlin members.
There is a special system in place for the self-recording of publications (Selbsterfassung der Publikationen für Angehörige der Freien Universität Berlin, SEP).
The University Library runs a document server for University members to store publications on and, on a separate server instance, a repository specifically for doctoral theses.
User accounts in the library portal Primo show items ordered, items ready for pickup, and reserved items. Fees or fines, if applicable (as for over-due loans), and interlibrary loans ordered and delivered are also indicated.
The Freie Universität Berlin Library System – coordinated by the University Library – trains both Fachangestellte für Medien- und Informationsdienste for archives and libraries and academic librarians.
Internships are available for trainees and students in specific programs.
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