A Concise User’s Guide
Contacts: Garystrasse 39, 14195 Berlin (Dahlem), Germany
Tel.: (030) 838 54273 (Information Center), 838 54224 (Secretary’s office), Fax: (030) 838 53738
Public transport: Underground line 3, Bus M11 or 110 to Thielplatz
Wheelchair access: The side entrance in Ihnestrasse 28 has an automatic door opener and the lift there is
equipped for users with special needs.
Information Center (Informationszentrum) (1st floor)
Open Mon – Fri 10.00–19.00 hrs,
Tel.: (030) 838 54273, Fax: (030) 838 53738, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is the place to ask questions. You can get help with the catalogs, verification of bibliographic details, help
with reference literature, and general questions about library facilities. There are PCs for searching digital
resources (e.g., databases, digital fulltexts, and e-journals) and with Internet access for registered users.
Circulation Department (Leihstelle) (1st floor)
Open Mon – Fri 10.00–18.00 hrs, Thurs 10.00–19.00 hrs.
Tel.: (030) 838 52265, Fax: (030) 838 55202, Email: email@example.com
Borrowing: All items, except from open stacks, must be ordered via the FU Catalog.
Returns: Return items to the Circulation Department during opening hours; when it is closed items can be
returned via the book drop at the main library entrance.
Open Book Stacks (Offenes Magazin):
Open: Mon – Fri 10.00–17.45 hrs, Thurs 10.00–18.45 hrs.
Approx. 400,000 titles of newer literature (received since 1979) on all subjects for self-service loan (call
numbers, e.g., 18/--, 14/--).
Closed Stacks (Magazin): Quick order via FU Catalog. Books ordered before 15.30 hrs — on Fridays before 14.30
hrs — will be delivered within 45 minutes. Items from external repositories can be collected the day after they
are ordered at about 12.00 hrs. Items are kept for 5 opening days for collection.
Admission: A valid student card serves as a library card for students enrolled at the FU Berlin. Residents of
Berlin and the State of Brandenburg are eligible to receive a library card free of charge upon production of a
German identity card or foreign passport and the form issued by a residents’ registration office of Berlin or
Brandenburg. All other external users receive a guest library card to order books for the reading rooms only.
Loan period: The loan period is 4 weeks. Items may be renewed via the FU Catalog, providing they have not
been reserved by another user.
Undergraduate Collection (Lehrbuchsammlung) (1st floor, via Open Book Stacks)
Open Mon – Fri 10.00–17.45 hrs, Thurs 10.00–18.45 hrs.
About 40,000 textbooks (several copies of each title) in classified order in open access are available for self-
service loan. For registered FU Berlin students only.
Library Catalogs at the Freie Universität Berlin
FU Catalog (FU-Katalog):
Contains all books and monographs held by FU libraries published since 1990, a selection of older monographs
held by FU libraries (the remainder can be found via the card catalogs or image card catalogs), and all journals,
e-resources (databases, e-books, e-journals). Searches (formal or subject retrieval) are free to everyone. All
registered users of the library can order, renew, and reserve items using their user-number and password.
Interlibrary loans via FU Catalog are free of charge to registered FU members; €1.50 to others.
Card Catalog (Alter AK)
The majority of older books (published pre-1990) held by FU libraries are still listed in the old alphabetical
catalog, but most of the important items are now in the FU Catalog. Thus when searching for items published
prior to 1990, it is necessary to check both catalogs. You may also call the Information Center to check.
Old Subject Catalog of UB Books (Alter Schlagwortkatalog)
Internet image catalog. Subject retrieval of the pre-1990 monographs of the UB only.
Digital Library (Digitale Bibliothek)
Gateway for digital resources, for example, library catalogs, databases, and digital collections. Many of the
resources can be retrieved simultaneously (meta search) - most of them are licensed for walk-in users or FU
The SFX linking tool makes finding full texts or holdings of libraries easy.
Personal services, such as saving records found, building lists of e-journals or databases on the server, are
available to all FU members. Same login as for the FU Catalog.
Reading Room (Lesesaal): (2nd floor)
Open Mon – Fri 9.00–20.00 hrs. Tel.: (030) 838 54285, Fax: (030) 838 53738,
About 80,000 volumes of reference works and basic information literature in all subjects are located here in
classified order. A number of PCs are available for internet and CD-ROM searches in the main reading room;
Plug-in points for laptops; special computer-free quiet area. A cubicle with assistive technology is available for
blind and sight-impaired users.
Documentation Center UN-EU: (2nd floor)
Mon – Fri 9.00–20.00 hrs. Tel.: (030) 838 52399, Fax: (030) 838 52067,
The UB is a depository library for publications of the United Nations and the European Union.
Information desk is open Mon 14.00–18.00 hrs and Tues – Fri 10.00–13.00 hrs.
Open Periodicals Stacks (Zeitschriftenfreihandmagazin/ZFM): (3rd floor, via reading room)
Open Mon – Fri 9.00–20.00 hrs
Contains most important periodicals arranged by call numbers; humanities, law, and social sciences since 1945,
natural sciences since 1980. It is possible to borrow volumes.
Current Issues of Journals (Zeitschriftenauslage): (2nd floor, access via reading room).
Open Mon – Fri 9.00–20.00 hrs.
Contains all journal issues of the current year in an open access area and for use in the reading rooms, plus
newspapers of the last 7 days.
Photocopying machines are located at various places in the UB for your convenience. also for printing from the
electronic resources and the Internet. Computers have ports for downloading onto USB flash drives.
Guided Tours & Introductory classes
During term time there are guided tours every two weeks on Wednesday at 11.00 hrs. Meeting point: Main
entrance hall of the UB; duration: about 90 minutes (including how to use the FU Catalog).
Private tours for groups can be organized on request. Call (030) 838 52062 for dates. Introductory Classes are
held regularly. For the schedule please refer to our library homepage.
There is also a Virtual Tour of the library: http://www.ub.fu-berlin.de/en/service_neu/fuehrung/virtour/