Collection of theses

From its foundation until 1998 the university library collected theses from German-speaking countries. The theses may be ordered via the Online Catalogue and Primus.

The foundation of an association to support the exchange of theses in the early 19th century made it easier for the university to acquire and exchange theses. A few years later a rule was passed to make sure that every student at Prussian schools and universities delivers a copy of the thesis to the library. Since 1885 this rule is valid for other universities in Germany as well.
It covers all kinds of theses, rectorate speeches and other academic writings.

The collection also contains items from France, the Netherlands, the USA, Switzerland and Scandinavian countries.

Using the Collection

Theses may be ordered from stack via Primus or the Online Catalogue and may be used inside the Grimm-Zentrum. Some books may be available for loan.

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  • Rudi Möbus, Die Arbeit mit Hochschulschriften in der Universitätsbibliothek Berlin in Vergangenheit und Gegenwart, in: Beiträge zur Arbeit der Universitätsbibliothek in Vergangenheit und Gegenwart, Berlin 1980, S. 83-97
  • Erich Stietz, Die Schulprogrammsammlung in der Universitäts-Bibliothek Berlin, in: Aus der Arbeit der Universitätsbibliothek, Berlin 1971 (Schriftenreihe der Universitätsbibliothek Berlin 7), S. 23-33