Scandinavian Studies

Information about the Holdings

The foundation of the library of the German Seminary in 1887 laid the foundation for the Nordic holdings of the university library.

Since the establishment of the Department of Northern European Studies in 1994, the holdings of Scandinavian Studies are being fostered even more. This department emerged from a fusion of Scandinavian Studies at Freie Universität and of Nordic Studies at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and subsequently led to the fusion of the associated library holdings.

The holdings of Scandinavian Studies in the Branch Library of German Studies / Scandinavian Studies currently amount to 60,000 media. These holdings contain literature on Finnish Studies and on Scandinavian languages, as well as the corresponding literatures. They are complemented by media on regional history, politics and culture.

There is countless media in the Branch Library, however the Jacob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-Zentrum also shelves holdings pertaining to Scandinavian Studies. In addition to print books and journals, there is also many electronic resources available for peruse. Please consider that on private computers, these resources can only be accessed either via eduroam within the university network or via Open VPN from home.

view of library shelves, an image of a troll is layered above the image half-transparently

Troll in a forest of leaves
photo: Jörg Plönzke


Access to e-books and e-journals can be gained via the search portal Primus and via the Electronic Journals Library (EZB) displayed below. Important databases can be found via the Database Information System (DBIS) which is also linked below. In addition to that, the page Online Information Sources on Scandinavian Studies provides references to other research possibilities.

Further information about the on-site holdings can be found at Subject Holdings.

Online Resources