Our Services for HU First Semester Students

Welcome to the Humboldt University Library! Here we have summarized important information about library use and literature research for first semester and new students.

Guided Tours and Library Courses

Please attend our tours, courses, and webinars to become a library and research expert.

University Library Locations

The university library has 12 locations.

Unfortunately, there is no normal operation at the moment. Please refer to our FAQs for our current conditions during the Corona pandemic and to the respective location pages for current opening hours and terms of use.

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Your Library Card / Library Account

As an HU student, your HU-Berlin Campus Card is also your library card.

 Campus-Card HU-Berlin





Charité members have the status of HU members in the University Library, but must register before using the library for the first time.

Login Procedure in the Library Account

In your library account you see your borrowed books, their loan periods and can extend them. The login is done via our website:



First click on "Login" in the blue box at the top left of the page. You will now be redirected to the login page. There, select the option "HU members" by clicking on the grey box. Log in with your HU account which you also use to log in to Moodle and Agnes.

If you should ever forget your password for your HU account, you can set a new one on the CMS pages.

Internet Access at the HU and Access to the Campus Network

Humboldt-Universität participates in the eduroam initiative. Please contact the Computer and Media Service for information about the WLAN at Humboldt-Universität as well as for information about the setup assistance.

At the public computer workstations, you have full Internet access after logging in with your HU account and also access to online resources licensed by the University Library.

As a member of HU, you can also log into the HU network from home via VPN and thus access the electronic media from there.

Studying On-Site

Workstations are available at all locations, including PC workstations with Internet access.

Please also note our offers for physically impaired persons as well as for parents accompanied by their children.


Bring a padlock (diameter 5-6 mm) with you when you visit the library. Jackets and bags (including laptop bags) may not be taken into the inner areas. Only at a few locations, there are some additional lockers that can be used with the CampusCard.

Eating and drinking

Eating is not allowed in the library. Water may only be carried in transparent bottles. The cafeterias and refectories of the Studierendenwerk are available for food and drinks.

Scanning options

Printing and copying facilities have been abolished at all locations. However, free scanners are available at almost all locations. Please bring a USB stick with you to use them.

Borrowing and Return

The following borrowing periods apply to HU students:

  • Standard loan: 28 days, renewable to 182 days
  • Short-term loan: 7 days, renewable to 28 days
  • Day loan: 1 day (i.e. to next working day), not renewable

You can reserve borrowed media and order magazine stocks in Primus (after prior login).

If you need a medium that we do not have in stock, you can order it via interlibrary loan or suggest it for purchase.

At the self loan machines, you log in with your user number (HUHS barcode on your Campus Card) and a four-digit PIN number.

You assign this PIN yourself in your Primus user account (in Primus click on your name in the upper right corner > "My account" > "Profile/Password/PIN" > "Change PIN/Password").

If possible, please use the self loan and return machines for borrowing and returning media.

Textbook Collection

You will find several copies of important textbooks and standard works of individual subjects in the textbook collection. As an HU student, you can borrow the books for 4 weeks. Reservations and renewals are possible. may only be borrowed by HU members. As a student you can borrow the books for 4 weeks. If there are no reservations, you can renew the loan period up to 84 days.

You will find them in the Grimm-Zentrum on the ground floor on the left side and for the mathematics and science subjects in the branch library of natural sciences.

Literature Research

You can find our electronic and print stocks in the Primus search portal.

We have arranged further search accesses such as regional and national catalogues and databases for you.

If you have any questions regarding literature research, please do not hesitate to contact our service and information desks on site.

Our subject librarians will be glad to provide you with specialist information.

Webinars and Self-Study Offers

Especially for new students, we offer the webinar "Getting Started in the Library". Via Zoom you can get an introduction to library use and you can ask all questions about the library.

Please also note any subject-specific webinars. They will be announced in the "Training" section on the respective subject pages.

At our virtual Coffee Lectures, held every Wednesday at 1 p.m., you will receive brief insights into various topics and tips about the UB and academic work within 15 minutes.

We also offer webinars on topics such as researching databases, UB kompakt, literature management or scientific writing.

Please note that the webinars are generally held in German. If you wish a webinar in English (groups only), please contact fuehrungen@ub.hu-berlin.de.

Our Library Video Tutorials (mostly in German) tutorials provide brief insights into important aspects of library use and research.

How about an interactive tour of the University Library with your smartphone? Download the Actionbound app and get started.

Contact and Help

Do you have any questions, suggestions or criticism regarding the above offers? Please contact us:
info@ub.hu-berlin.de or 2093-99370 .

We are available on site at our service and information desks to answer all your questions about library use. Please refer to the respective location pages for information on opening hours.

For further detailed questions you can use our A-Z.