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Information on Lending Services / Closing Times at Turn of the Year 2021/2022

The libraries are now providing lending services again.

The libraries are now providing lending services again.

The libraries at Freie Universität Berlin will resume lending services for members of Freie Universität. External users also have the opportunity to lend media at some library locations! You have to wear a FFP-2 mask permanently in all areas of the respective library locations of Freie Universität, including the workstations in the reading rooms.

News from Dec 13, 2021

The libraries of Freie Universität will remain closed during the plant holidays from December 23, 2021 up to and including January 2, 2022. Please note that some locations have extended closing times beyond the plant holidays (see below).

Orders for available media from stacks and interlibrary loan orders are not possible from 12/22/21 (noon) – 01/02/22 (company holiday) (scan / digitization orders are only possible until Tuesday, 12/21/21, 3:00 p.m.!). Please note that the extended closing times of some locations can lead to delays in processing orders.

Currently, the following libraries are open for ordering, checking out, and returning library items with little physical contact:

Library
(Closing Times)

Comment

University Library
(Dec 23 – Jan 2 closed)

Also open for external users
Botanic Garden/Botanical Museum (BGBM)
(Dec 23 – Jan 2 closed)
Special regulations apply to this library location
Campus Library
(Dec 23 – Jan 2 closed)
  • Open for FU members
  • Special regulations for external users
Economics
(Dec 23 – Jan 2 closed)
Also open for external users

Earth Sciences
(Dec 22 – Jan 2 closed)

  • Open Monday to Thursday
  • Also open for external users
Friedrich Meinecke Institute/Art History Institute (FMI / KHI)
(Dec 23 – Jan 2 closed)
Open for FU members

JFK Institute for North American Studies
(Dec 20 – Jan 2 closed)

Also open for external users
Law Library
(Dec 23 – Jan 2 closed)
  • Special regulations apply to this library location
  • Also open for external users
Meteorological Library
(Dec 22 – Jan 11 closed)
  • Open Wednesday
  • Also open for external users
Philological Library
(Dec 23 – Jan 2 closed)
Also open for external users
Social Sciences and East European Studies
(Dec 23 – Jan 2 closed)

Also open for external users

Theater Studies
(Dec 20 – Jan 2 closed)
Also open for external users
Veterinary Library
(Dec 23 – Jan 2 closed)
  • Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • Also open for external users

In preparation, the University Library and the departmental libraries have taken steps to comply with hygiene regulations, building access limits, visitor traffic paths, and measures to ensure a minimum distance between people.

Are all library services available for use?

  • Lending services with little physical contact are only available to members of Freie Universität Berlin and/or external users (see above for more details).
  • Other library services such as reading rooms, copy machines, scanners, and PC work stations are also offered. Details can be found on the pages of the relevant libraries.
  • The Registration of Workspaces is allowed! Please refer to our Library Guide Information Page.

What do I need to do to get the library item I need?

  • All items must be ordered in advance using the Library Portal Primo. You will receive email notification when your items are ready for pick-up.
  • Please wait until you have received the pick-up notification for your items before you come to the library!
  • Different pick-up locations are available, except items from the Campus Library, JFKI Library and Philological Library.
  • You have to wear a medical face mask or FFP-2 mask when you enter the library. In some libraries, the mask can be removed at the workplace.
  • Please keep an appropriate distance between yourself and others. Only a limited number of people will be allowed to enter the library at a time.
  • Please try to limit your time in the library as much as possible.
  • Disinfectant will be provided.

What about library items that I have already checked out?

  • The lending period for checked-out items has been automatically extended so that you do not need to return them right away now (unless it has been requested by another user, see below).
  • The maximum lending period for items will incrementally be shortened from 12 months to 6 months beginning on October, 18th.
  • You can still reserve items that are currently checked out by others. If someone reserves an item that you have checked out, you must return it by the new due date.

How do I return library items?

  • You can return library items at any of the library locations that are now open. Please use the book drops located at the libraries’ entrances.
  • Returns by post are also possible.

What other services are the libraries at Freie Universität offering at the moment?

Please check the opening hours of the individual libraries.

If you have questions, please contact:

Email: auskunft@ub.fu-berlin.de, Telephone: (030) 838-511 11 (Information Center)
Email: ausleihe@ub.fu-berlin.de (Circulation)

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