If a book, journal, or journal article is not available through the catalog or through Primo, you can try to obtain it by interlibrary loan from another library in Berlin, Germany, or outside Germany. Interlibrary loans are delivered to the University Library.
To place an interlibrary-loan request, you need a valid library card.
Alternative procedure for journals (both for whole volumes and for articles): Starting out from ZDB:
Another very easy way to obtain journal volumes and articles is to request them directly from ZDB (Zeitschriftendatenbank). In the record view for the desired title click on the request button. Select the KOBV delivery service. Continue in the same way as described above.
Costs for Interlibrary Loan Within Germany
Please pay fees in cash at the University Library Circulation Desk.
Literature that is not held by the Freie Universität Berlin libraries can be either requested through interlibrary loan or suggested for acquisition.
In order to make a purchase suggestion, you need to log in first. In Primo, there is a link to the purchase-suggestion form under every result list. In order to use this form, you need a valid library card or student card as well as an e-mail address.
Please note that publications should not be suggested before they have come out. An additional copy of a work that is already available at the Freie Universität Berlin will be acquired only in exceptional, substantiated cases (for example, if there are several hold requests or if items are not accessible, "Keine Einsicht" etc.). Please note that, in the case of dated literature, acquisition can be impossible.
You will be informed by e-mail when a decision has been made whether to acqire the suggested work or not. When the desired work is acquired, it will automatically be delivered to the Circulation Desk for you to pick it up, unless the item is excluded from loan. In the latter case, you will be informed of the item's shelf number and location.
Members of the institutes please refer to the librarian in charge of your subject.