Our services for HU staff
Supplying information to researchers and teachers at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin is one of our vital tasks. We would like to present some key information for our scientists and academics here. If you have any questions, suggestions or comments, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Library card for HU scientists and academics
As a scientist or academic at HU, you will receive an orange user card. To register, you first need to activate your library user account via an "Opt-In form" (German only). This only works within the HU net.
Please also fill in a registration card at one of our service desks and present this together with your ID card or passport with proof of residence. In case you are not registered in the central address file of HU (ZIS), please provide your working contract. You will then receive your orange library user card.
Professors can be issued primary and deputy library cards. This enables them to authorise people to borrow items on their behalf. However, they remain responsible for all loans.
The following loan periods apply for our scientists and academics:
- Standard loan: 56 days, can be renewed to 182 days
- Short-term loan: 28 days, can be renewed to 182 days
- Day loan: max. 28 days
- Items from the textbook collection: 56 days, can be renewed to 182 days
- Lending limit: 100 items
Shorter loan periods apply in the Law School Library.
If you exceed the loan period, you will have to pay late fees.
Our scientists and academics can order media for inter-library loan in the following ways:
You will find information about inter-library loans and document delivery here. As an HU scientist or academic, you can order up to 150 items via inter-library loan. You will not be charged any fees.
In addition to inter-library loans through the University Library, you can also use the SUBITO commercial document delivery service. Please note our special conditions for SUBITO orders placed by HU staff. As an HU staff member, you can place SUBITO orders at the University Library’s expense provided that the item you have ordered is not available in the University Library collection.
HU home zone rules in the Grimm-Zentrum
Floors 1-5 in the Grimm-Zentrum contain reading room spaces that are reserved for HU students and staff from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Please leave your orange library card clearly visible on the table, and use the break timer if you wish to step away from your work station.
Access to electronic resources for HU scientists and academics
As a member of HU, you have access to our electronic resources (e-books, e-journals, databases, etc.) through your library account or CMS account. You can also use a VPN to connect to the HU network from home and access the electronic media it provides.
The library can also use funds from fundraising or third parties to purchase materials for the library collection that you can keep for an extended period of time. However, the university retains ownership of these items. They are part of the University Library collection and can be searched for in the catalogue. Please list a contact person in case another user is interested in the item. Personal reserve materials should not amount to more than 100 volumes. Please contact your subject consultant if you are interested in building a reserve of personal materials.
We would be happy to set up course reserve materials at your request and make them available to your students at a central location. In the branch libraries, please contact the library staff in good time to find out about the procedure they use. At the Grimm-Zentrum, please send the relevant list of literature to email@example.com by 15 March (for the summer semester) or 15 September (for the winter semester). Further information about course reserve materials at the Grimm-Zentrum is available here.
Items financed using funds from fundraising or third parties are purchased and processed at the library location where your department is based. It is up to you to decide whether the items purchased should be considered in your personal reserve materials or made available in the relevant library.
The e-doc server enables HU members to publish their scientific work on an open access platform.
Digitisation orders ‘eod – e-books on demand’
We are happy to create digital reproductions of works that no longer copyrighted and make them available to you as e-books via our eod service. This service is subject to a fee. For digitisation orders, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ongoing research infrastructure projects at the University Library
The University Library is currently working on the following projects to improve the research infrastructure at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The German Research Foundation (DFG) funds the projects:
- eDissPlus: Electronic Dissertations Plus
- Fu-PusH: Future Publications in den Humanities
- Digitising Core Ethnological Journals
The University Library is working closely with the Computer and Media Service to develop the research infrastructure at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Here you will find all relevant information relating to the topic of research data, together with our contacts.
‘Guide to the University Library and Computer and Media Service’ for new staff at Humboldt-Universität (PDF)
If you have any questions, suggestions or poblems with our services, please contact: