Our Services for HU PhD Candidates

This page presents our special services for PhD candidates of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. If you retain a PhD position, usage conditions for HU scientists and academics apply to you.

Lockable Book Trolleys

The following Branch Libraries offer lockable book trolleys for PhD candidates. More information about the usage of the trolleys can be accessed by clicking on the pdfs and pages linked in brackets.

Unfortunately, the Grimm-Zentrum currently does not offer this service.

Study Desks for PhD Candidates

The Research Reading Room in the Grimm-Zentrum offers 20 study desks reserved exclusively for HU staff, scientists, and PhD candidates. There, as well as in the entire Grimm-Zentrum, the regulations of HU home zone apply.

The following Branch Libraries offer study carrels for PhD candidates for the duration of a month or longer. More information about the usage of the carrels can be accessed by clicking on the pdfs and pages linked in brackets.

Furthermore, the Humboldt Graduate School offers study desks at an office in Luisenstraße 56 (Campus Nord) to any candidates who do not have an individual workplace in their faculty or department. This offer can be used for three months at maximum. For more information, please access "Temporary Workspace for Doctoral Candidate- of Humboldt-University".

Digitisation Order "eod - e-books on demand"

icon reading "eod eBooks"

All works that are free of copyright can be ordered for digitization. The university library creates digitizations with their eod service and makes them available to you as an e-book. This service is subject to charges. If you wish to order a digitisation, please contact ub.digitalisierung@ub.hu-berlin.de

Publishing Electronically

The edoc-server is available to you as an HU member for publishing your scientific papers in open access.

Research Data Management

The university library is working closely with the Computer and Media Service to establish a research data infrastructure at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. On the research data management website you can find all the relevant information as well as contact persons.

Theses Collection Point

The Grimm-Zentrum has a theses collection point. Here you can submit your dissertations.

Humboldt Graduate School

The Humboldt Graduate School opens courses within the Last-Minute-Programmes to PhD candidates that are not members of the HGS programmes. A participation fee needs to be paid. You can find these offers in the brochure "Training, Coaching, Mentoring" (pdf).

Reference Management

The university offers campus licences for Citavi and Endnote. You can download these programmes from our download centre. There you can also inform yourself about the capacities of these and other reference management programmes.

Alternatively, the CMS offers more extensive manuals in German for EndNote and Citavi.


If you are new to Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin or if you want to refresh your research skills, we recommend to attend one of our library courses and webinars.

Contact and Help

Do you have any questions, suggestions or criticisms regarding the services listed above? Please contact us at: info@ub.hu-berlin.de.

For more detailed information you should also consult the A-Z.