Subject Holdings in the Jacob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-Zentrum (Print and Online Resources)


The holdings containing disciplinary monographs and periodicals of Educational Science are organized according to the Regensburg Classification Scheme (RVK). The majority of call numbers begin with the initials CP - CX and D. The literature can be found at the following sites in the Jacob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-Zentrum:

  • Textbook Collection (EG): Here you can find several copies of significant introductory textbooks, which can be borrowed by students and staff of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
  • Journal Display Shelves (1. OG): Current and unbound journals are displayed here. The journals relevant to Educational Science are marked with CL and DA. They generally cannot be borrowed.
  • Bound Journal Volumes (2. OG, Area B): Here you can find journal volumes published in preceding years, pertaining to both journals currently running and discontinued. Their call numbers also start with CL or DA 10000. In general, those journals are not for issue either.
  • Subject-related Books (3. OG, Area B, partially 5.OG): These constantly growing holdings consist of monographs, anthologies, and bibliographies. They are systematically shelved according to the Regensburg Classification Scheme (RVK). They are labelled with call numbers beginning with CP - CX and D. These holdings are the central location for current literature in Educational Science. Additional literature can be found in adjacent disciplines, such as Psychology (3. OG) and Sociology (4. OG). Provided the books are not labelled differently, they can be borrowed.
  • Specialized Books belonging to the former institute stock (5. OG, Area A / B): These books are marked according to the former system of the branch library. They are currently being remarked according to the RVK, and subsequently transferred to the third floor (3. OG). Provided the books are not marked differently, they can also be borrowed.
  • Old holdings from the former institute stock (5. OG, Room 4a): These holdings are marked in accordance with the former system of the branch library. They can only be used on site and are therefore not for issue.
  • National and International University Prospectuses: The library offers a comprehensive collection of prospectuses of both national and international universities. For the most part, they are available at open access shelving on the second floor (2. OG). The call numbers vary: some are labelled in accordance with RVK on shelves B2 - B3, others with PA call numbers on shelves D1 - D7.
  • Historical and Scientific Special Collections (6. OG, Research Reading Room): In the Research Reading Room, rare and old editions can be accessed. They are not available for issue.
  • Numerus Currens Holdings (5. OG - 7. OG): There is quite a high number of specialized literature which was acquired at a time when the library did not offer any open access shelving. This literature was only marked with a Numerus Currens (running number) and can still be found this way today. Their call numbers consist of the year, a letter between A and D, and a running number (e.g. 2003 A 3285), they thus do not offer any information about the disciplinary orientation. As a consequence, these books can only be properly researched via catalogue. In the medium term, they will also be remarked according to the RVK classification. The newer holdings (circa from 1978) are usually available for issue.

Some of the above holdings will change with time or be dissolved completely. However, a distribution across several sites will remain. For many subjects of Educational Science we recommend a look at the adjacent disciplines, such as Psychology, Sociology, History, Theology, Philology, Sport Science, as well as Higher Education. Teaching methodologies can also be found in the systematics of the respective subjects-1 and therefore at different sites. The teaching methodology of Biology for example is marked with WB 4049 - WB 4099 and can be found at Campus Nord.


Digitised forms like e-books, e-journalsdatabases and open access, as well as Open Educational Resources (OER) are provided online for registered patrons of the library within the IP area of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. HU students and staff can access these resources off campus as well via VPN.