Only a very small part of our collections is freely accessible in the reading rooms. The main part held in the central stacks on both sites and in the external storage building needs to be ordered electronically. Our information staff can help you on both library sites or by phone +49 30 266-433888.
Our current conditions of use, house rules and charges and fees apply at all times.
You must own a valid library card to use our services.
Visitors may prepare their stay at the Library without having a library card.
When logging in to your library account, you can check the present status of your orders.
Processing times depend on the time and place of ordering.
You may borrow a maximum of 50 items for offsite use and of 20 items for use in our reading rooms. The pick-up area for external loans is in the entrance hall at Potsdamer Straße. Books borrowed here can also be returned to the other branch.
You may also reserve library items (see your library account).
The reference collections in our reading rooms are not available for loan. These bear the shelf marks HA, HB, HBS, HsLs, OLS etc. in our catalogue.
Some materials deserve special protection and therefore are only available for onsite use in our reading rooms.
If a particular item is not held by our library, you may order it through the inter-library loan.
The initial loan period is 30 days and may be extended.
In accordance with § 5 (3) of our guidelines, users are liable for any damages and losses of media. In this case, please contact the Lending Desk and fill in the form called Loss Statement that may be printed out here.
For questions about this service, please call +49 30 266 433999.