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If you miss a book in our holdings, you can place an acquisition request here. All suggestions will be reviewed according to our collection profile. You will receive notice of the decision via email.

You can return every book that you lent from the FU library system at the JFKI library.

Interlibrary loan books are excluded – they have to be returned at the University Library.

Reading Room

Reading Room

Workspace

Workspace

In the reading rooms are 20 computers with internet access. Those require users to log in using their library account. Students have to use their Zedat credentials. You can print and save data to USB disks on all work stations. It is possible to access electronic ressources lincensed by the FU from these workstations.

Additionally there are 16 computers located in the course room that require a Zedat-Account to login. They can be used when there are no events scheduled (see calendar) and offer the following software:

  • Microsoft Office (Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint, Publisher, Word)
  • PDF Creator
  • VLC Media Player
  • Windows Media Player
  • CDBurnerXP
  • GIMP
  • Ghostscript
  • Browser: Mozilla Firefox

In the library you can copy, print and scan materials to A3 or A4, in black and white as well as in color. You need your Campuscard or a MensaCard which is available - also to guests - at every FU dining hall. The card works with every Ricoh machine on campus. The closest Mensa (dining hall) to the institute is the

Haupt-Mensa, Otto-von-Simson-Str. 26, 1st floor
Opening Hours:  Monday to Friday   8 am to 5 pm

price list -

Furthermore the library has two microform scanners and a flatbed scanner which can be used free of charge. A MensaCard is not required.

Course Reserves

Course Reserves

Materials in course reserves can be read in our reading rooms anytime.

Course Room

Course Room
Image Credit: Bernd Wannenmacher

There are 16 computers located in the course room that require a Zedat-Account to login. They can be used when there are no events scheduled (see calendar) and offer the following software:

  • Microsoft Office (Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint, Publisher, Word)
  • PDF Creator
  • VLC Media Player
  • Windows Media Player
  • CDBurnerXP
  • GIMP
  • Ghostscript
  • Browser: Mozilla Firefox

Wheelchair users can use the back entrance (on the parking lot) at the corner of the building. Please ring the bell to inform the staff.

In the library there are elevators and restrooms for wheelchair users.

  • Reading rooms with 70 places for individual study, 20 with computers for accessing the internet and electronic resources, 1 silent reading room
  • Multimedia room for VHS tapes, DVDs or audio material
  • Copy and printing machines (to be used only with Campuscard or MensaCard)
  • Reading and copy machines for microforms
  • Overhead-Scanner (to be used only with Campuscard or MensaCard)
  • Wireless-LAN for FU-members
  • Computer room for FU members with 16 computers (access to the internet and current Office installations)
  • Group study room

The use of the library is free of charge. Fines are charged for overdue media, lost media and lost library cards. There is also a fee for interlibrary loans.

More information: Fees and Fines


You are not allowed to bring food into the library. Drinks are only allowed in resealable containers.

There are two group study rooms in the library. They can host groups up to eight persons. Both rooms are equipped with witheboads.
The rooms can be reserved at the circulation desk. They are open for spontaneous use when there is no reservation.

Questions concerning the library can be answered at the Circulation Desk.

For Assistance regarding research in the library, Primo, databases and other online catalogs please contact our head librarian.

Email: library@jfki.fu-berlin.de

Tel.: (030) 838-52862

If you need an item that can’t be found in the libraries of the Freie Universität, you can order it via interlibrary loan. Your order will be made available to you at the University library.

More information: Interlibrary Loan

Books from the open stacks are on loan for 4 weeks and renewable.

DVDs and video tapes are on loan for 2 weeks and are also renewable.

Materials on course reserve can be used in the reading rooms of the library.

The following materials cannot be borrowed:

  • Journals/Periodicals (Call numbers starting with V)
  • Reference Materials (Call numbers starting with X)
  • Rare materials (Call numbers starting with Z)
  • Audio materials
  • Slides
  • Microforms (available for interlibrary loan)

Please bring only transparent bags into the library.

We offer lockers for the storage of overclothes, bags, books and other things during the opening hours of the library.

The lockers work with

  • a Mensacard  → please make sure you don’t lose your Mensacard and to note your Mensacard number
  • a PIN you can choose yourself  → don’t forget your PIN and remember the locker number
  • or your transponder key (if you work at FU)

Please note that the lockers are for use during the opening hours of the library only.We will clear the lockers periodically and handle all personal items we find as lost property. Library materials will be returned to the collection.

If your library card is lost please contact the circulation desk immediately to block it. For a new library card we charge fees.

Media Room

Media Room

Our media room offers facilities to watch and listen to our multimedia holdings alone or in small groups. Please ask the staff at the circulation desk for the key.

Movable Storage Container

Movable Storage Container

We offer movable storage containers to store checked-out books and other materials needed for a longer time period of time. Please reserve them at the circulation desk. You can use a container for four weeks, but if there are no reservations they can be used longer.

Course Room

Course Room
Image Credit: Bernd Wannenmacher

In the library you can copy, print and scan materials to A3 or A4, in black and white as well as in color. You need your Campuscard or a MensaCard which is available - also to guests - at every FU dining hall. The card works with every Ricoh machine on campus. The closest Mensa (dining hall) to the institute is the

Haupt-Mensa, Otto-von-Simson-Str. 26, 1st floor
Opening Hours:  Monday to Friday   8 am to 5 pm

price list -

Furthermore the library has two microform scanners and a flatbed scanner which can be used free of charge. A MensaCard is not required.

Students of the Freie Universität can use their valid Campuscard to borrow and reserve media. There is no need for a separate registration.

Residents of Berlin or Brandenburg and students of other universities located in Berlin or Brandenburg have to register at the circulation desk. The card is issued free of charge. The following documents are required for a registration:

  • identification card or a passport
  • official paper documenting the Berlin/Brandenburg residence
  • for students: valid student card
  • registration form of the library

Young adults who have not yet reached the age of 18 need an additional paper stating the approval of one of their parents and a copy of one of their parents’ identification cards. The document can be obtained at the circulation desk.

Employees of the Free University without a library card can download a library card via the ZEDAT portal.
Please log in to the ZEDAT portal with your FU account. Click here to download the library card. After about 30 minutes the newly generated card will be synchronized with the library system. Then it will be possible to register and order media via Primo. If you want to borrow media, please bring your identity card and the printout of your library card to your first visit to one of the circulation desks of the FU libraries. 

You can renew the loan period by logging in into Primo, open "My Account" and click renew. Renewals are also possible at the circulation desk or via telephone under 030-838 52862.

Keyboard

Keyboard

The Libraries of the Freie Universität offer access to a multitude of print media, databases, e-journals and e-books etc. We have compiled some research tips and manuals here. The electronic resources are available to all users from the computers in the library. Members of the Freie Universität can also access them from home via VPN or Proxy.

For more information please visit our research help center. The University Library regularly offers specific training courses for successful research.

(Terms and Conditions and Access to Licensed Electronic Resources)

For more specific research help please contact library@jfki.fu-berlin.de or Medea Seyder.

In the library you can copy, print and scan materials to A3 or A4, in black and white as well as in color. You need a MensaCard which is available - also to guests - at every FU dining hall. The card works with every Ricoh machine on campus. The closest Mensa (dining hall) to the institute is the

Haupt-Mensa, Otto-von-Simson-Str. 26, 1st floor
Opening Hours:  Monday to Friday   8 am to 5 pm

price list -

Furthermore the library has two microform scanners and a flatbed scanner which can be used free of charge. A MensaCard is not required.

We offer library tours by individual arrangement for groups of at least three people. Groups should not be larger than 15 persons. To arrange a tour please contact Medea Seyder.

The general usage policy of the Library of the John F. Kennedy Institute is only available in German.

To use the library facilities and to work with media in the reading rooms you won’t need a library card. Children and young adults under 16 need the company of an adult or the explicit permission of the head librarian.

For borrowing media and using the internet PCs in our rooms you need a library card. Residents of Berlin or Brandenburg and students of a local university are eligible for a library card.

You can borrow all books, videos and DVDs from our open stacks (see loan periods).

We don’t lend journals (Call numbers starting with V), reading room materials (Call numbers starting with X), rare materials (Call numbers starting with Z), audio materials, slides and microforms.

Wireless LAN is available almost everywhere on the FU campus. FU members and members of institutions that participate in eduroam can login to the campus network via eduroam.

Log in for FU members: ZEDAT account login

Log in for members of other institutions that use eduroam: account data of their home institution’s network

The ZEDAT provides manuals (in German language) for various operating systems.