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How do I use the libraries?

No matter what you study: You will spend a lot of time in libraries. They provide you with the literature you need and are ideal study places too – whether alone by yourself or in a group.

In addition to the University Library (UB), Freie Universität has 15 other departmental and specialized libraries.

Both the University Library and the departmental ones offer guided library tours on a regular basis that you should take advantage of. The dates can be found on the respective library’s website and at the library itself.

To borrow books or manage your library account, you need your Student ID. You can also use the libraries’ online resources and databases off-campus from the comforts of your home once you have set up remote-access to the university network.

Literature research

When researching literature, the library portal Primo is the tool to use. With Primo you can find all of the libraries’ electronic and print media, academic journal collections and articles, book chapters, newspaper articles, websites, etc. The University Library regularly offers training courses on working with academic literature, e.g. literature research, how to cite, and how to use citation programs. You can find the dates on the UB’s website or in the course catalogue.

If you want to know what the other libraries in Berlin and Brandenburg have to offer, you can use the Portal of the Cooperative Library Association Berlin Brandenburg (KOBV) to find more literature and make an interlibrary loan request.