Digital Library

Digital Library – General Information

The Digital Library of  Freie Universität Berlin includes approximately 1.550 databases (effective from April 2013) and 60.000 electronic periodicals. You will find the following types of databases:

  • Bibliographic databases (bibliographic references, sometimes completed with abstracts)

  • Full-text databases (e.g. e-books, encyclopedias, databases containing periodical articles)

  • Multimedia databases (e.g. films, music)

Access to our licensed electronic resources is only possible for computers within the Free University library system (see Access authorization). Members of the Free University may use their FU account to connect with the campus net via VPN-client.

Research in the Digital Library

Choose Suche in QuickSets to search in several databases at the same time. Select the relevant subject before starting a search with one or more keywords.

To find a specific database use Datenbanken. There you also find a complete list of databases in alphabetic order.

For thematic research use Datenbanken and select with Systematik (DDC) a relevant subject of the Dewey Decimal Classification. With Weitere Suchoptionen you may limit the search by keywords and choose among different types of publication.

You will achieve optimal results by searching with word stems (= truncation):

Example: ameri? will find titles containing keywords as Amerika, American, amerikanisch etc.

This is an easy method to create a list of databases relevant to American studies. For further specification use keywords or DDC subjects.

Click on Information PAIS to get more information about the contents of a database.

In several cases you have to click on SFX-Buttons Sfx to know whether direct full-text access is possible. If it is not available the request may be forwarded to the online catalog of the Free University or to the Zeitschriftendatenbank (ZDB).

For further information please ask reference librarian Angelika Krieser or head librarian Julia Mayer in the library administration (glass door opposite the library entrance).

Please pay also attention to the courses for database training offered by the Universitätsbibliothek der Freien Universität, Garystr. 39.

Saving, Printing, and Downloading


As a registered member of the Freie Universität library system you may use Meine Digitale Bibliothek to save and administer your search results and requests or to set up an individual list of e-journals


Printing texts from the Digital Library is possible with your mensa or copy card. One page costs 5 cent. Please mind the copyright law


Downloading texts from the Digital Library is free. Please mind the copyright conditions in regard to the respective publisher.

More about intellectual property rights.

In case of any technical problems please consult the colleagues at the circulation desk!

Electronic Periodicals

You will find an alphabetic list of all e-journals offered in the Digital Library under E-Zeitschriften. It is searchable with keywords or the International Standard Serial Number (ISSN). For a thematic request please use Fachgebiet or Weitere Suchoptionen. If you are looking for a specific title we recommend you to choose the aspect Titelanfang.

You will be connected to the journal when clicking on Sfx. Via SFX-Service you will get the information which years are available and whether full-text access is possible. Click on the arrows to continue. If there is no digital full-text available please search the online catalog of the Free University (OPAC) for the printed edition.


Research in the Library Portal Primo

Using Primo for your research you may receive printed and electronic media as a result of your request.

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