University library of the Free University of Berlin

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University library of the Free University of Berlin
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University library of the Free University of Berlin

founding 1952
Duration approx. 2,500,000
Library type University library
place Berlin coordinates: 52 ° 26 '53.2 "  N , 13 ° 16' 38.8"  EWorld icon
management Andreas Brandtner

The university library of the Freie Universität Berlin (UB) in the Berlin district of Dahlem is one of the central facilities of the Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin). Together with 15 departmental libraries (excluding Charité - Universitätsmedizin) it forms a cooperative library system that has a total of eight million media units. As a scientific universal library, it provides literature for research, teaching and study. The use of the library and all services are open to all scientists, students and interested citizens.


The university library was founded on March 1, 1952. The founding director and long-time head of the library was the Germanist Wieland Schmidt .

In 1954 the library got its own building (architects: Franz-Heinrich Sobotka and Gustav Müller ). The construction costs for the building named " Henry Ford Building" by resolution of the Academic Senate and for the university library connected to it were borne by the American Ford Foundation .

After a difficult early years with a low budget for acquisitions, the University Library's holdings were expanded thanks to the recommendations of the Science Council . From 1965 to the end of 1994 the University Library also had the function of a deposit copy library for publications published in West Berlin . In 1967, with the help of the Volkswagenwerk Foundation, a textbook collection was set up in which the first electronic loan system was used as early as 1973. In 1976 a second magazine tower was completed to accommodate the steadily growing inventory. In 1999 the Academic Senate passed new library regulations in which the university's library system was redesigned in the sense of a “centralized decentralization at the middle level” and the tasks of the university library were redefined. One of the main tasks of the university library today is the provision of electronic media .

Another main task of the UB is the provision and support of the library information system ALEPH as well as the digital library and the library portal Primo for the entire library system. The Primo Discover and Delivery System gives users access to a mega-index with over 900 million titles of externally hosted academic research literature.


The university library is the central lending library of the Free University of Berlin. From a total of more than eight million media units at the Free University of Berlin, around 2.5 million media are in the university library. It is literature from all scientific disciplines.

The library's range of electronic media includes over 60,000  e-journals , 620,000  e-books (including DFG national licenses ) and 1,600 databases. Most of these are purchased across universities by the Friedrich Althoff Consortium (FAK).

A special focus of the collection was and is the literature on research on socialism . The basis for this is the special collection of the Silesian industrialist and social democrat Max Stein (1871–1952), the so-called "Library Stein". In 1979 the collection of the Berlin socialist Alfred Weiland was added.

A number of scholarly libraries have also been added to the holdings, including those of the historian Friedrich Meinecke , the theologian Helmut Gollwitzer and the Romanist Walter Pabst .

The library has the status of a “United Nations Depository Library” (since 1956) and a European Documentation Center (since 1963) and collects the publications and documents of the United Nations and the European Union / European Community .

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  1. a b History at a glance at (accessed on May 7, 2012).