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Terms of use

After a 2-year renovation period the circulation desk of the Library of Economics has returned to its final location on the first floor of the building. You can reach the circulation desk via the main entrance of the School of Business & Economics.

The interim reading room is still located in the basement. You have access to 16 study spaces for on-site learning.

Which services of the interim library are provided?

  • Picking up previously ordered items
  • Returning items
  • Registration for library use
  • Use of study spaces
  • Use of electronic resources

Who can use the library?

The library primarily serves the research, teaching and study purposes of the members of the Freie Universität Berlin (FU).

  • For FU students a valid CampusCard is also your user card for the FU libraries.
  • FU staff without a FU user card can create a library card on their own via the ZEDAT-Portal (see Libraries).
  • Furthermore, anyone with a minimum age of 16 years and who is officially registered in Berlin or Brandenburg can apply for a user card at no charge.

Note: the use of certain IT-based services is permitted only to FU members.

Where and how do I get information and advice?

Information and advice is available contact-free from Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. via telephone 030 838 52117, email bibliothek@wiwiss.fu-berlin.de or via a consultation hour (by arrangement).

Borrowing conditions

Who can borrow items?
Anyone who has a valid student ID (CampusCard) from Freie Universität Berlin or user card can request items via the library portal Primo and borrow items.

Which items can be borrowed?
Books and journal volumes marked "Magazin" (stacks) can be requested via the library portal Primo and borrowed.
Books marked as “Lehrbuchsammlung” (textbook collection) can usually only be requested by FUB students.

Which media cannot be borrowed?
Protected books, protected journals and rarities (rare books) cannot be borrowed.

How do I order media?
To order or request media, use the library portal Primo.
Items that are waiting to be picked up will be held available for loan for five opening days at the lending desk.

How long can I borrow media?
The loan period is usually 4 weeks, for textbooks 2 weeks.
The loan period can be shortened for titles that are frequently requested.

How and where can I extend the loan period?
The loan period can usually be extended up to 26 weeks, provided that no other user has requested the item. Usually the renewal is carried out by the user in the library portal Primo in the user account (see Primo Login and My Account). The loan period can also be extended at the lending desk.

How much is the borrowing fee?

Borrowing is generally free of charge. If the loan period is exceeded, a reminder may be sent for a fee (according to the fee schedule).

Terms of use for study spaces

16 individual study spaces are available in the interim reading room.

How are the study spaces equipped?

Desk 1 to 2: single study space with ThinClient research device

Desk 3 to 4: single study space with Windows PC

Desk 5: single study space with Windows PC

Desk 6 to 16: single study space - you have to bring your own laptop / mobile device. Electricity and WiFi are available.

Terms of use of electronic resources

FUB members or users in the FUB libraries have access to licensed e-resources. The terms and conditions of use for e-resources are laid down in the licensing agreements concluded between the Freie Universität Berlin and the providers / licensors of electronic products.

By using the e-resources, users agree to abide by these terms and conditions of use.

Notes: Unfortunately, due to construction work (library renovation), there may be noise pollution. Before you arrive, please bear in mind that the cafeterias only offer limited services or are closed. Please refer to the website of the Studierendenwerk Berlin for more information.

Do you have further questions? Write to us: bibliothek@wiwiss.fu-berlin.de.