University Library A to Z
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.
The Freie Universität Berlin libraries share a blog called Biblioblog.
Biblioblog covers important dates, library themes in general and – very important for staying up tp date – newly licensed databases and databases in testing.
As of 2017, the student cards will be replaced by the Campuscard.
On the first floor of the University Library, an output machine for creating the Campuscard and a second device for validation are set up. The validation has to be done every semester.
Freie Universität has compiled an overview of the locations of Campuscard machines. Here are the times when the devices are accessible and when there are caregivers to help with the creation and validation.
In the UB a supervisor is available Mon-Fri from 12:00-14:00.
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
- Library cards are issued to external users and guests including the initial password for login to the library portal Primo, the Digital Library and computers in the Freie Universität Berlin libraries.
- Replacement library cards are issued.
- Reports of loss concerning student cards and library cards are registered and cards blocked in order to prevent unauthorized use.
- Changes of address are registered. (FU students can change addresses themselves in their user acounts; a link to the student administration site is provided in that context.)
- New passwords are issued (on presentation of Personalausweis or Passport, in case a password has been forgotten).
- Items retrieved from the stacks are handed out (see: Circulation).
- Books retrieved by users from the open stacks are checked out (see: Circulation)
- Interlibrary loans are checked out, unless the loan is restricted to the Reading Room (see.: Circulation)
- Books are taken back. (Outside the Circulation Desk hours, items can be returned through the book drops next to the University Library's main entrance, Garystr. 39. Items returned through the book drop will be checked in on the next opening day.)
- Charge of over-due fines (see: Fees).
- Charge of interlibrary-loan fees (see: Fees)
- Exclusion of users form library services and readmittance.
- Management of cases of loss or damage of items.
Citation-management software can be very useful for your academic writing.
The University Library and the University's central computing services, ZEDAT, jointly provide campus licenses for two state-of-the-art citation managers: Citavi and EndNote.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
The number of electronic Media licensed by Freie Universität Berlin – e-books, e-journals and databases – is increasing.
Guests also have access to electronic media in the Freie Universität Berlin libraries.
Citation-management software can be very useful for your academic writing.
The University Library also offers introductions to citation managers (see Learning).
The Information Center is the Library System's central information desk for all sorts of questions concerning literature.
The Information center can refer you to specialists within the University Library or to the Information Desks in the department libraries when applicable.
Through interlibrary loan the University Library can procure items or article copies for registered users from other libraries in Berlin, Germany and abroad. Fees may apply.
This service requires a valid FU student card or an FU library card.
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.
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 Freie Universität (former 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.
Would you like to know what Freie Universität and Charité libraries have been buying lately?
Go to the New Acquisitions page , where you can look up books that have been acquired by Freie Universität libraries and Charité during the last 14 days.
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.
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.
The Publishers' Bindings Database (VerlagsEinbandDatenbank, VED) is a model, sketch, or proposition for a publishers' bindings database covering the German-language territory, i. e., a database listing the book covers which were produced by machine or by industrial processes between 1850 and around 1930.
The VED was set up as a retirement project at Freie Universität Berlin University Library by Doris Fouquet-Plümacher; it has been online since 2008. The final version (May 2013) covers 700 publishers' bindings corresponding to 935 books, predominantly from the University Library's holdings; the Kleist editions, however, that are documented in the database belong mainly to Kleist-Museum at Frankfurt on the Oder.
As concerns the VED's structure, bindings and books are stored in separate datasets and arranged in record sets for perspicuity. Every binding record contains a picture of the cover and one of the endpaper (not, however, if it is monochrome). Every binding record has at least one book record linked to it and – in cases where the same binding was used for more than one edition – more than one book record. Search parameters are publisher, author, title, bookbindery, artist, style, motif, material, etc.
Is there a book, a journal, a database that you think the University Library or one of the department libraries should consider acquiring?
Although we may not be able to fulfill every request, we appreciate your suggestions.
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 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.
The University Library runs Refubium - Freie Universität Berlin Repository where open-access documents can be stored on.
Find more information on the Library Systems open-access pages.
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.
According to a definition by the Alliance of German Science Organizations, research data are data "that arise in the course of scientific projects, for example, through digitization, source research, experiments, measurements, studies or surveys."
To support Freie Universität researchers in the management of research data, Freie Universität Berlin offers various services and consulting options. A central service of Freie Universität Berlin for research data is Refubium, the institutional repository on which University members can publish their research data.
... English pages in progress!
Returning Freie Universität library holdings is possible at all circulation desks in the Library system. 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.
To the University Library With Your School Class?
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:
- Language and Literature
- Social Sciences
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).
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.
Source: Anmelden, Benutzerkonto
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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