Information for first time users

Are you new to the university library of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin? This page intends to give you a quick introduction and the most important information for using the library.

Right of Usage

The university library is a public scientific library. Thus everybody above the age of 16 can register free of charge according to the usage regulations (German pdf). 

For more detailed information, please consult Registration, user card and user account.

Loaning Conditions

The regulations for borrowing literature varies depending on user group and location. HU students and staff have the most extensive loaning conditions, but registered NON-HU members are also entitled to loans. It is only required to show a proof of residence in Germany and to give us your e-mail address.

At many locations, you can borrow books at self-issue machines. There you can also look at your account and pay fees with your MensaCard. For more information, please consult Loaning Details.

HU-Home Zone in the Grimm-Zentrum

Due to overcrowding, we had to establish a HU-Homezone in the Grimm-Zentrum. This way, HU members have a better chance to find a workstation. More details and a longer explanation of this regulation can be found at Regulations for study desks (home zone, break disks).

Entrance to the interior area

Jackets, cloaks, and bags cannot be brought into the interior of the library. This includes laptop cases as well. Eating is not allowed. You are allowed to bring water in transparent bottles, any other liquids are prohibited as well.

Phone calls are prohibited in the entire interior area.

Every branch library has cloak rooms and lockers. At most of the libraries including the Grimm-Zentrum, you will need a padlock or a MensaCard to use the lockers. You will find detailed information at the different location websites.

We offer transparent plastic bags to bring your personal belongings into the interior of the library. You will receive them upon request from the security guards at the Grimm-Zentrum or the respective information desks at the other branch libraries.

MensaCard

All fee-based services (copying, scanning, printing) in the library can be paid with a MensaCard. It can also be used to pay off overdue fines, interlibrary loan fees etc. In the Grimm-Zentrum you can also use the MensaCard to pay at the Cafeteria. Additionally, it can be used for locking the lockers in the cloakrooms, which is free of charge.

You can get a MensaCard in the Cafeteria in the Grimm-Zentrum or at the machine located at the left Cubus. You will have to give €1.55 as a security deposit. The machine only takes notes, so you will have to enter at least €5.00, but you will have a deposit of €3.45 on the card already. The cards can also be acquired at all canteens of the Studentenwerk Berlin. On their website, you will also find further information about the MensaCard.

However, there are also alternative payment options. There you will also find information about the fee regulations for overdue loans.

Computer Usage

Without logging in, the public computers of the university library and the Computer and Media Serivce are very restricted. However, both HU members and registered library users can login with their respective accounts. A more detailed manual can be found at the pages of the CMS at Requirements and Procedure for logging into the public computers (German only).

There is also a pdf containing a short manual for logging in as a NON-HU member (German only).

In order to access the electronic holdings of the library from home, you will need VPN access (German only). This is only available for HU members.

Wi-Fi

The HU Wi-Fi is generally only available for HU members. If you are a member of a different university, you can access the network via eduroam as well, provided your institution also supports eduroam.

The CMS offers further information about using the Wi-Fi at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (German only) and offers help for gaining access to the Wi-Fi (German only).

Contact Information

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.