The Verkehrsverbund Berlin-Brandenburg (VBB) will continue to accept the VBB semester tickets for the winter semester 2019/2020, which expired on March 31, 2020, as a valid ticket for use of the public transportation system. This exception has been extended until June 28, 2020. The semester ticket holder must also carry with them and be able to present a certificate of enrollment for the summer semester 2020.
For first-time students who just enrolled for summer semester 2020, but who have not yet received their semester ticket, they can use their certificate of enrollment for summer semester 2020 in combination with another legal form of identification (e.g., German National Identity Card).
However, Freie Universität is also making sure that all first-time students who are starting their studies in the 2020 summer semester and who are unable to use the CampusCard machines due to building closures on campus will receive their CampusCard by mail. This way, they will also have a valid semester ticket.
You can find more information on the Student Records and Registration Office website:
Tickets must also be purchased for travel if the VBB semester ticket cannot be replaced when lost. There are currently no plans to provide reimbursement for individually purchased tickets, and a certificate of enrollment alone does not serve as a valid replacement ticket. More detailed information is available online in German at https://www.vbb.de/fahrplan/aktuelles/gueltigkeit-von-vbb-fahrausweisen?slug=gueltigkeit-von-vbb-fahrausweisen.
Under the Berlin Higher Education Act, the semester ticket contracts are entered into by the student parliament and the VBB. The Berlin universities are advocating strongly with the VBB and the State of Berlin for more flexible provisions, since the current regulations are burdensome, particularly for first-year students.
Libraries and University Archives
Yes, a few libraries at Freie Universität Berlin are resuming lending services as of May 11, 2020. However, the services are generally only available to members of the university. However, the general public can check out library items from the University Library and the Library of Economics.
The following libraries are open for Freie Universität members to order, check out, and return items:
- University Library (lending services also available to the general public)
- Law Library
- Library of Economics (lending services also available to the general public)
- Library of Social Sciences and East European Studies
- Library of the Friedrich Meinecke Institute (open Tuesday to Wednesday as of July 20,2020)
- Library of the Art History Institute
- Campus Library
- Earth Sciences Library (open Monday to Thursday)
- Philological Library (via the Campus Library)
Meteorological Library (open on Wednesdays and Thursdays)
- Veterinary Library (open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays)
- Library of the John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies (open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays)
Other libraries have special regulations regarding services and opening hours:
- Library of the Institute for Theater Studies
- Library at the Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum and the Biology Library
In preparation, the libraries have taken steps to comply with hygiene regulations, building access limits, visitor traffic paths, and measures to ensure a minimum distance between people.
You can retrieve library items ready for pick-up at the appropriate location during the following times:
- Monday – Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
If you have questions, please contact:
Further information is available on the University Library website: https://www.fu-berlin.de/en/sites/ub/index.html
No, most libraries are only providing lending services that can be offered with minimal physical contact. These lending services with little physical contact are only available to members of Freie Universität Berlin. The general public can now use the University Library and the Library of Economics again. A few workspaces are avaiable for study use in the University Library and the Library of the Friedrich Meinecke Institute and Art History Institute. Other library services such as reading rooms, collections in open stacks, copy machines, scanners, and computer workstations are still off limits for the time being.
Library items must still be ordered through the Library Portal Primo in advance. 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 (with the pick-up code for items from the Law Library) before you come to the library.
You can only pick up an item at the library where it is held. Other pick-up locations are not available. Please wear a protective mask when you enter the library and 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.
The lending period for checked-out items has been automatically extended so that you do not need to return them right away now that the libraries are re-opening (unless it has been requested by another user, see below). Before coming to the library please check your user account in the Library Portal Primo and verify the due dates of your items. If you can, renew your check-outs online. The maximum lending period for items has been extended to one year. You can still request items that have been checked out by others. If someone requests an item that you have checked out, you must return it by the new due date.
The University Archives’ reading room reopened on June 23, 2020, and their collection for on-site use only is now accessible to the public, albeit in a limited capacity and subject to the usual hygiene precautions and physical distance regulations.
Opening hours are Monday to Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Visitors need to make an appointment for a time slot in advance because only one or two people are allowed to use the reading room at a time. Visitors must wear protective masks at all times while in the reading room.
Since July 1, 2020, the University Library and the Library of the Friedrich Meinecke Institute and Art History Institute have made a few workspaces available for study use. As of July 29, 2020, the Campus Library is also providing several workspaces for members of Freie Universität.
Other libraries also plan on making workspaces available soon: the Law Library starting August 7 and the Library of Economics starting August 17. The Library of Social Sciences and East European Studies will also provide workspaces at some point in the near future.
Due to current hygiene measures, there are only a limited number of workspaces available. You must sign up in advance to use them.
More details about the workspaces in the Library of the Art History Institute and the Friedrich Meinecke Institute are available on the library website (in German).
University Sports Center
As of June 2, 2020, the University Sports Center is offering outdoor sports again under special conditions that adhere to hygiene regulations and physical contact rules: https://www.hochschulsport.fu-berlin.de/news/Outdoor-Sportprogramm.html (in German)
Starting August 3, 2020, some indoor sports activities that do not involve physical contact will be offered again – with the necessary precautions of course: https://www.hochschulsport.fu-berlin.de/news/20-07-07-Vorschau.html (in German)
The University Sports Center will continue to offer its alternative online sports program: https://www.buchsys.de/fu-berlin/angebote/aktueller_zeitraum/_UniSport___HOME-Ticket.html (in German)