What makes the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin a top address
for fellows of the ZMO is that it provides access to most electronic
resources in Berlin (to some of them you have access from outside
with your user number and password), that they offer the longest
borrowing period (limited to four weeks), and that all resources
of interest to us are availlible at one location: Haus Potsdamer
Straße, close to Tiergarten (Potsdamer Straße 33).
At the two Berlin universities, in contrast, most books are divided
into small departmental libraries.
The Staatsbibliothek in Potsdamer Straße, for example,
A library card can be obtained at the lending department (Leihstelle)
on the ground floor (opening hours Mo-Fr: 9-20.30, Sa: 9-16.30).
A monthly card costs €10, an annual card €25.
For admission you need an identity card (or passport) and a registration
card. Citizens of the European Union need proof of residence in
Germany. Citizens from countries outside the EU are kindly requested
to present the following documents for registration:
- passport / identity card
and to borrow books you will also need:
- police confirmation of course registration
- residence permit for at least three months or confirmation of
enrolment at a German university.
You can also print out and complete the application
form at home and bring it to the library.
You can use the electronic resources of the Staatsbibliothek
at the Elster
portal. If they are marked "remote access" or with a
yellow traffic light, access is only possible in the Staatsbibliothek
green = free access
yellow = access in the Staatsbibliothek building only
red = access with charges
You can search for arabic manuscripts in the Staatsbibliothek
at ZMO with the printed catalogue Verzeichnis der arabischen
Handschriften of Wilhelm Ahlwardt (10 vol., Berlin
1887-1899, call 51/1501 a-k).
of the Freie Universität Berlin
What makes the University Library of the Freie Universität
Berlin (FU) interesting for us, is for example, that inter-library
lending via online catalogue is free of charge to registered FU
members and costs only € 1.50 for non-members. Even more
important is that FU staff members and students off campus also
have access to all FU electronic resources. An account
at ZEDAT, which can be availed of by all members of the FU
is the precondition. The Internet is then accessed via ZEDAT-Dialup.
You can also use the Internet through another provider if you
have registered the FU-proxy
on your browser or installed VPN-Client (Virtual Private Network).
When you log in through your ZEDAT Account (Dialup, VPN, FU-Proxy)
your computer has an IP-number from the FU campus. However, an
analog service of the Berlin Humboldt University (HU) is more
convenient for us, since it only requires a HU guest or member
account and an updated web browser such as Internet Explorer and
not the admission by a proxy server or the installation of a client
software required by the FU (see paragraph 3 below). The main
gateway for digital resources at the FU Berlin (for example, library
catalogues, databases or digital collections) is the Library
Admission: a valid student card serves as a library card for
students enrolled at the FU Berlin. Residents of Berlin and the
State of Brandenburg are eligible for a library card free of charge
on production of a German identity card or foreign passport and
the form issued by the registration office in Berlin or Brandenburg.
All other users can obtain a guest library card that enables them
to order books for the reading rooms only.
2. 1. Library
of the Otto-Suhr-Institut für Politikwissenschaft (OSI) and
the Institute für Soziologie und Ethnologie
Ihnestaße 21 (all monographs of the Institut für
Soziologie are in the Osteuropa-Institut/OEI in Garystraße
The library is open to the public.
Library topics: political science, gender studies, Middle Eastern
and African politics, and sociology and cultural anthropology.
2. 2. Library
of the Seminar für Semitistik und Arabistik
Opening hours: Mo-Do: 9-16, Fr: 9-14, and by appointment.
The library is open to all members of the Freie Universität
Berlin. It is not possible to take books out on loan.
Library topics: Semitic and Arabic Studies.
2. 3. Library
of the Instituts für Islamwissenschaft
Opening hours during the lecture period: Mo-Do: 10-12 & 14-17,
Opening hours during the semester break: Mo-Do: 10-12 & 13-16,
The library can be used by all members of the Freie Universität
Berlin but there are restrictions on taking out books on loan.
Library topics are the Middle East and Turkey (19th and 20th century),
Arabic literature, modern Turkish literature, Ottoman history
of the Humboldt-Universität
Library: Hessische Straße 1-2
For our purposes the University Library of the Humboldt-Universität
zu Berlin (HU) provides the best service in terms of convenient
use of electronic resources externelly (e.g., from computers at
ZMO). The so-called VPN-SSL-Gateway
provides safe access
to the HU network. All you need is your account as a member
or guest of the HU and an updated web browser, e.g., Internet
Explorer. In contrast, access to the network of the Freie Universität
Berlin (FU) requires admission via the FU proxy server or
the installation of a special client software (see paragraph 2).
The University Library of the Humboldt-Universität zu
Berlin (including the Central University Library and all branch
libraries) is open to the public. Registration or permission is
not necessary in order to use the reading rooms of the Central
Library and the holdings in the open stacks. However, if you need
to order books from the closed stacks or wish to take media out
of the library, registration is required. Students of the Humboldt-Universität
are automatically registered. Their student card serves as a library
card and no further registration procedures are necessary. All
employees of the Humboldt-Universität as well as anyone
with an officially verifiable address in Germany will be issued
with a library card on application. Library cards are issued by
the lending department of the Central Library as well as by many
of the branch libraries. Those who have no official address in
Germany can obtain a reading room card (Lesesaalausweis). This
permits the ordering of books from the closed stacks for use in
the reading room only. To apply for registration at the University
Library please bring either your identity card or your passport
and a "Meldebescheinigung" from your regional citizens
registration office. You will then be asked to fill out a registration
form and be issued with the library card immediately.
3. 1. Zweigbibliothek
Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften
Invalidenstraße 118, entry also by Schlegelstraße
3. 2. Zweigbibliothek
Mohrenstraße 40/41, to the left on the ground floor.
Further information on library services at ZMO and in Germany
can be obtained from our "instruction" website Library
travel (in German).
Have a good time!