Registration is free of charge (for more details see User Card).
If books are not returned by the due date, the user will be sent overdue notices at two-week intervals. Failure to return items will incur the following charges per overdue item:
1st overdue notice € 1.50
2nd overdue notice € 2.50 plus € 1.50 for the 1st overdue notice = € 4
3rd and final overdue notice € 7.50 plus € 4 for the 1st and 2nd overdue notices = € 11.50.
The final reminder is sent by registered mail with proof of delivery. Fines are due on the date the reminder is issued; not the date the reminder is received or the date of the postmark.
If library users lose a book and deliver a replacement to the University Library, they will be charged € 7.50. If a book is replaced by the University Library, the replacement fee is € 15 (plus the price of the book).
The fee for the issue of a replacement for a lost or damaged library card is € 5.
Interlibrary loans are free to FU members of staff. FU students and other registered library users pay € 1.50 for each delivered item.
When due fees and fines reach € 10, the library account will be temporarily blocked.
Fees and fines can be paid in cash at any Freie Universität library Circulation Desk, except at the Meteorology Library, regardless of which library they are due to.
Payments of fees and fines to all Freie Universität libraries can be made by transfer to the following account. But please note that it takes several days before the libraries are informed of payments and can reactivate blocked accounts.
The relevant bank details are specified in the overdue notices.
Berliner Bank, Niederlassung der Deutschen Bank
IBAN: DE67 1007 0848 051 3128 900
Swift Code (BIC): DEUTDEDB110
Payment reference ("Verwendungszweck"): 011/58 Library User Number (absolutely required)
Pay stations need an update and are not working for library fees at the moment (January 2017).
Library fines and fees, that may arise, for example, from reminders or interlibrary-loan services, can easily and quickly be paid at the pay station at the University Library or any other of the pay stations on FU premises. Payment can be made by girocard or cash. Pay stations also allow payment of tuition fees with "HESS" cards.
Please note that pay stations do not allow payment with other cards, such as the MensaCard.