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Using local / regional libraries

Kooperativer Bibliotheksverbund Berlin-Brandenburg (KOBV)

The KOBV provides a portal to search most academic libraries in Berlin and Brandenburg, including BI, at the same time.

KOBV Catalogue

Freie Universität (FU)

Those officially registered in Berlin or in Brandenburg can obtain user cards at no charge on presentation of identification (Personalausweis; or passport in combination with official proof of residence (Meldebescheinigung)). More information can be found on their website.

FU Catalogue
FU Research Databases

Humboldt Universität (HU)

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Any resident of the Germany who is at least 16 years of age may register to use the libraries of Humboldt University free of charge. For more information see, click here.

HU Catalogue
HU Research Databases

Kunstbibliothek – Staatliche Museen zu Berlin

Library cards are issued during opening hours at the entrance control or at the bibliographic information desk in the reading room.

After presenting an official form of identification (identity card or passport, but not a driver’s licence or student ID) the user receives a library card permitting them to use the library.

For more information, see the website of the Kunstbibliothek.

Kunstbibliothek Catalogue

Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (StaBi)

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When you register for the first time you can do it either online or in person at one of our registration counters in either Haus Potsdamer Straße (Leihstelle) or Haus Unter den Linden (Bücherausgabe). If you register online, you will receive a preliminary library card number with which you can already use our electronic resources.

Please observe: when you receive a library card number after an online registration, you can order items only during the first seven days.

When you visit the library for the first time, please register for a regular library card in order to also be able to use the library‘s WiFi.

The StabiOnline service is not renewable. If you do not have a regular library card issued within six weeks, your authorisation to use electronic resources will also expire.

Registration is free of charge.

StaBi Catalogue
StaBi Research Databases

Technische Universität Berlin (TU)

Students can register online to use the libraries of the TU. There is currently no registration fee. Upon registration students can borrow books and take advantage of electronic resources. Click here for more information.

TU Catalogue
TU Research Databases

Universität der Künste Berlin (UdK)

A Technische Universität library card (see above) is valid at the libraries of the UdK Berlin.

UdK Catalogue
UdK Research Databases