Springe direkt zu Inhalt

Earth Science Library FAQ

Address  Malteserstr. 74-100  
Gebäude Haus O / Eingang Haus G  

12249 Berlin
Phone number (030) 838-70 205 (Information & Lending), (030) 838-70 609 (Map collection) 
E-Mail  geolib@zedat.fu-berlin.de
Library Manager Cornelia Kahlfeld 

Site plan of the Lankwitz campus including legend

  • From Berlin Central Station (Hauptbahnhof)

S-Bahn S7 direction Ahrensfelde to Friedrichstr., change to S25/26 direction Teltow to Lankwitz, change to bus X83 direction Nahariyastr. to Emmichstr., travel time approx. 30 min.

An A4 plastic spiral binding machine is available in the Earth Sciences Library, as well as the necessary material for binding documents. Users can thus bind their own documents, such as scripts or theses.

One spiral ring costs: € 0.25

If you have lost books/media from the Earth Sciences Library, please report this directly to the circulation desk.

Tel.: (030) 838-702 05 or e-mail: geolib@zedat.fu-berlin.de

In the event of damage to or loss of library materials, repair or replacement costs as well as processing fees will be charged.

Young people (16-18 years) receive a special user card at the circulation desk. For this we need from you:

1) either a Berlin identity card or a passport with a certificate of residence in Berlin or Brandenburg

2) Declaration of consent of the legal guardian(s),

3) Identity card of the legal guardian(s) for signature verification.

Please print out the form, fill it in completely and bring it with you to the Earth Sciences Library. Alternatively, you can fill out the form directly at the library.

Young people (16-18 years) will obtain a special form for applying for a library card at the circulation desk, which must be signed by the parent or guardian.



Students of Freie Universität:

Students of Freie Universität can borrow media with their valid "Campuscard" and have them made available. A separate registration is not necessary.

External users:

External users are persons over 16 years of age who are resident in Berlin or Brandenburg or who have a student card from a local university. A library card is issued free of charge and can be obtained at the circulation desk on presentation of the following documents:

  • valid identity card or passport
  • official proof of current residence, if this is not evident from one of the above documents
  • if applicable, a valid student card from a university in Berlin/Brandenburg
  • Library registration form

External users who have not yet reached the age of 18 also require the written consent of a parent or guardian as well as a copy of the identity card of a parent or guardian to produce their library card.

Loan period, renewal

The loan period in the Earth Sciences Library is usually 4 weeks, for books from the textbook collection 2 weeks and can be extended if there is no reservation. Detailed information on the loan period can be found in Primo after registration.

The loan period can be extended in the user account itself or by telephone on (030) 838-70205. After a maximum loan period of 6 months, the item must be presented. Reminder emails are sent before the loan period expires as a service of the FU Libraries.

The lending conditions and the loan period of interlibrary loans are determined by the lending library and are therefore variable. It is not possible to extend the loan period beyond this.

In these cases, renewals are not possible:

  • The item you wish to renew is on hold.
  • The item was ordered via interlibrary loan.
  • Your account is blocked.

Reservation of borrowed media

You can reserve borrowed items by making a reservation in Primo. To do this, you must log in to the library portal Primo.

You will receive an e-mail notification when the reservation is waiting for you at the circulation desk for 5 working days.

Book return

FU media can be returned at all lending desks of the Freie Universität Berlin except at the libraries of the Charité. Interlibrary loans must be returned to the UB.

You will receive a return receipt by mail.

Login only with FU-Account

FU members log in to the library portal Primo and to the library computers in the FU libraries with the FU account/ZEDAT account.

For FU students, only the email address of the FU account is valid as an email address. In the ZEDAT portal, redirections to the preferred email accounts can be set.

External users

The password issued by a library should be replaced by an individual password. The password can be changed in the user account.

If you have forgotten your password, you can get a new password at a circulation desk - please also bring an identity document with you.

The coffee and tea counter across from the circulation desk will be serving snacks and tea throughout the day, and coffee will be available from about 2pm. The service is privately funded by the library staff, while the FSI Geography provides the coffee. We ask you to donate a contribution of 0,70 Euro for each cup of tea or coffee taken to keep the offer going. Thank you for your support!

Create course reading lists

Lecturers can compile the books or e-books required for their courses in the library portal Primo as a course reading list. The books in course reading lists can either be compiled virtually or also physically placed in the reading room (see course reading lists in the UB reading room).

Please contact the → librarians of your library to set up a semester list.

Linking course reading lists in Blackboard

The Primo course reading list link appears in every content area of your Blackboard course under "Create content" (screenshot) and you can link your course reading list there at the desired location of your course.

For this you need a so-called deep link, which you get from the library that creates the course reading list for you in the library system Alma.

You can add a description to the course reading list.

Please note the regulations for the "Use of copyrighted works for teaching and learning" (§ 60a UrhWissG) and the instructions for learning platforms https://www.fu-berlin.de/sites/ub/literatursuche/semesterlisten/urhwissG_lernplattformen.pdf of the German Library Association (dbv).

Searching in course reading lists

In Primo, the course reading lists appear as a separate search area with special search and filter options (course name, course number, lecturer). Media in printed form are blocked for loan in the current semester or converted to short-term loan.

In the university library they are placed together in the reading room - in libraries with open access they are often virtual course reading lists, i.e. the books remain in their regular locations.

You would like to add a title to the course reading lists that is not yet part of our collection?

Write us an e-mail: geolib@zedat.fu-berlin.de, or use the acquisition form in Primo with the note "Please add to the semester list ............."

If you have any questions about semester holdings - we will be happy to help: geolib@zedat.fu-berlin.de or 030 / 838-702 05

All important information on the websites of the University Library.

You can find a validation machine on the 1st floor of the refectory on the Geo Campus

Freie Universität Berlin provides its library users with an extensive range of databases.

Reminder fees

If the loan period is exceeded, a written reminder will be sent for the return of the books or media units. The reminders are subject to a fee.

The basis for charging fees is the fee schedule for the libraries of the Freie Universität Berlin.

Late fees for late returns will be charged as follows:

The reminder fees per volume or media unit for the 1st reminder are:

2,00 €

for the 2nd reminder 5,00 € plus 2,00 € of the first reminder:

7.00 €
for the 3rd reminder € 10.00 plus € 7.00 of the first and second reminder,

The 3rd reminder shall be sent by registered mail with advice of receipt or by another delivery method.
17.00 €
after the 3rd reminder has failed, a performance notice will be issued.

The notice of performance shall be sent by registered mail with advice of receipt or by another delivery method.
20,00 €

The handling fee for book replacements will also be increased:

10,00 € (replacement by the user)

20,00 € (procurement by the library)

The reminder fees are due when the reminder is issued. Reminders will be issued at regular intervals.


Fees can be paid at the automatic pay stations:

  •    Iltisstraße 1(Student Administration),
  •    Garystraße 39 (University Library) and
  •    Mensa FU II (entrance Otto-von-Simson-Straße)

As of 2017, fees incurred in several FU libraries can be paid collectively in cash at an FU lending desk. A bank transfer is possible.

Bank details (for overdue fines and 1,50 € interlibrary loan fees):

Hauptkasse der FU Berlin

IBAN: DE67 1007 0848 051 3128 900

Swift Code (BIC): DEUTDEDB110

Deutsche Bank PGK AG

Absolutely necessary, please indicate:

Reason for payment: 0011/58 + matriculation or user card number.


  • For fees of 10 € or more, the user account is temporarily blocked.
  •  Reminders for media not returned on time will be sent immediately after the loan period has expired.

You will only receive notifications from the library system by e-mail, except for 3rd reminders. You will receive more e-mails than before and will thus be informed immediately about all your activities. You will not only be reminded of the end of the loan period by the familiar reminder email 3 days before the end of the period, on the day of the end of the period we will remind you a second time.

In the ZEDAT portal, redirections to the preferred email accounts can be set.

Looking for the latest article from FAZ, taz, or New York Times, but can't find it via Primo?

To help you find them faster, there is now a dedicated website called E-Presse, which briefly introduces you to the most important databases.

The University Library has a wide range of current daily press. This is available to users mainly in electronic full text. A complete selection - including older newspaper content - can be accessed via the Nachrichten- und Presserecherche in the database information system (DBIS).

Daily and weekly newspapers published in Berlin (as of 11/2022) can be found optionally with different reporting periods in the press databases Wiso Presse (B. Z., Berliner Kurier, Berliner Morgenpost, Berliner Zeitung, Bild or Bild am Sonntag, Jüdische Allgemeine, taz or die tageszeitung, Die Welt or Welt am Sonntag) or Nexis Uni(B. Z., Berliner Kurier, Berliner Zeitung, Bild or Bild am Sonntag, Jüdische Allgemeine, Der Tagesspiegel, taz or die tageszeitung, Die Welt or Welt am Sonntag).

Refubium is the repository of Freie Universität Berlin. It offers members of Freie Universität Berlin the framework for free electronic publishing of text-based documents (e.g. books, academic articles, reports, dissertations, postdoctoral theses) and research data.

What are the advantages of publishing on Refubium?

  • Open Access publication (gradations of "openness" and time embargoes are possible)
  • Guaranteed long-term archiving of documents
  • Assignment of identifiers (e.g. DOI, ISBN and URN)
  • document retrieval in search engines and discovery systems
  • fast electronic availability of your document
  • Versioning options
  • free of charge

Further information on Refubium can be found under Help on Refubium A - Z.

FU members planning to publish in Refubium should seek advice from the University Library as early as possible. We recommend that you do this as early as the application and research phase, especially in the case of research data.

Help page

  • Mensa FU Lankwitz
  • The coffee and tea counter across from the circulation desk will be serving snacks and tea throughout the day, and coffee will be available from about 2 pm. The service is privately funded by the library staff, while the FSI Geography provides the coffee. We ask you to donate a contribution of 0,70 Euro for each cup of tea or coffee taken to keep the offer going. Thank you for your support!
  • Coffee and snack vending machines in front of the library entrance

There are a total of two large group workrooms and two small group workrooms available on the 1st floor. On the first floor there are three individual work booths and also one work booth where up to four people can work. It is not necessary to reserve a place in advance.

  • Whiteboards are available in both large rooms

The library is located in "Haus O" and can be reached via the entrance in "Haus G".

Opening hours of the Earth Sciences Library 

  • Monday to Thursday: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Friday the library is closed

Important at the start

  • Our librarian Ms Geiges-Erzgräber has created a short introduction to the Earth Sciences Library and presented it to the students on 08 and 11 October 2021. Here, everything important for the start is explained again in summary. The PDF can be viewed again here (only in german).
  • The FFP2 mask requirement in closed rooms remains in place, 3G controls and attendance recording will no longer apply from April 2022 (terms of use from April 2022).
  • The two zones "6" and "7" are suitable for group work. The two zones represent the two group work rooms, designed for a maximum of 4 people per room at the same time. These are booked directly in 2-hour periods.
  • Your campus card is also your library card and your key for the lockers in front of the library.
  • Jackets and bags can be taken into the library. Alternatively, you can use the lockers in front of the library free of charge (via Campuscard or PIN code).
  • Drinking is allowed in the library.
  • You can find everything you need to know about the library on our homepage under the menu item "Library A-Z".
  • Map of the library on Google Maps.
  • GETTING STARTED: The new brochure on entering university.
  • Introduction to the Campus Management online system

Learning and working

  • For concentrated work in teams, two group workrooms are available in the Geosciences Library on the 1st floor. In addition, there is a small workroom for one person (zone 8) and a soundproof work cabin for a maximum of 4 people on the ground floor of the library.
  • WLAN access for your notebook, tablet or smartphone: see "Library A-Z / WLAN".
  • The library has numerous workstations with so-called "thin clients" for reading and printing e.g. articles and for researching on the net or in PRIMO.
  • In addition, we have "normal" Windows computers that can be used via ZEDAT login.
  • Everything about printing, copying and scanning: see "Library A-Z".

Lending and loan period extension

  • As an FU student, you can borrow books from the freely accessible area or textbooks with your Campuscard.
  • You can borrow textbooks for 2 weeks, 4 extensions of 2 weeks each are possible.
  • Books from the freely accessible area can be borrowed for 4 weeks, 4 extensions of 4 weeks each are possible.

(Extensions can be made via the library portal PRIMO or by telephone).

Research tools of the FU Berlin

The Freie Universität offers a large number of research tools (catalogues, subject databases, search engines). For the beginning, we always recommend the library portal PRIMO, as it covers most of the search queries that arise at the beginning of your studies.

Through interlibrary loan the University Library can procure items or article copies for registered users from other libraries in Berlin, Germany and abroad. Fees may apply.

This service requires a valid FU student card or an FU library card.


General geology, Historical geology, Regional geology, Geochronology, Deposit science, Mining geology, Hydrogeology, Engineering geology, Photogeology, Remote sensing, General palaeontology, Vertebrate palaeontology, Micropalaeontology, Geoinformatics, Geophysics, Mineralogy, Materials science, Physico-chemical data, New materials and technologies.


Geography, cartography, tourism, geography-related publications from the fields of political science, agricultural science, economics, social science.

Contact person: Cornelia Kahlfeld

Map collection:

Geographical and topographical maps, atlases, geological maps.

Collection information / as at: end of 2004 / freely accessible:

a) Total number of volumes: 91,152

b) Current periodicals: 605

c) Micro-materials: 362

d) Maps: 161,000

e) Atlases: 1,900

f) Wall maps: 500

g) Slides: 37,866

h) CD-ROM: 185

i) Other media (films, video tapes, diskettes): 27

  • 45 workspaces (Bookable in the room booking system)
  • Linux network computers with library account login
  • Windows 10 PCs via ZEDAT login with extended software offer
  • 1 flatbed scanner (A4) and 1 flatbed scanner (A3)
  • 1 large format scanner (up to DIN A0 / E)
  • Copy machine and color printer (can be used with the MensaCard & Campuscard)
  • WLAN for FU members
  • 2 large group study rooms on the 1st floor of the library (zones 6 & 7, bookable in the room booking system)
  • 1 small workroom on the 1st floor of the library
  • 1 work cubicle on the ground floor

The library portal Primo is a modern library catalogue for finding and accessing local and external resources such as books, journal articles and digital objects.

The loan period is usually 4 weeks, for books from the textbook collection 2 weeks and can be extended. You will see detailed information on the loan period in Primo after registration.

As of 2017, the display "Restricted lending" will no longer exist. The loan periods will only be displayed after registration, but then they will be displayed "smart", i.e. tailored to the respective person depending on the library and usage status (daily loan, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, etc.).

As of 2017, media from the textbook collections have a loan period of 2 weeks in all FU libraries. However, they can be extended (if not reserved). Reservations are now possible for total loans of a title.

  Book collection      4 Weeks  

  4 x Extendable (by 4 weeks each)    

  Textbooks   2 Weeks

  4 x Extendable (by 2 weeks each)

Excluded from the loan are:

  • Journals/periodicals (scanning orders are possible)
  • Protected holdings (scan orders are possible in individual cases)
  • Dissertations/theses
  • Maps from the map collection (scans are possible in individual cases after consultation with the Earth Sciences Library)

At the info terminal, which is located on the left at the entrance to the library next to the coffee machine, you activate your Mensacard / Campuscard or your transponder for the system and can call up your locker number there at any time if you should have forgotten it.

Activation of the Mensacard or Campuscard at the info terminal is required once.

If you use a numerical code as an alternative for locking the lockers in the library, it is essential that you remember the locker number and numerical code, as emergency opening can only take place when staff are available. The use of the lockers is limited to the daily library opening hours. Use of the lockers beyond this time is not permitted.

Do not keep valuables in the lockers. The library accepts no liability in the event of theft.

Lost items from the library rooms can be handed in at the counter in the library entrance area. Lost property from the cloakroom lockers is also kept there.

If you are missing something yourself, please ask at the counter during opening hours in person or by phone (030/838-70205) or send an e-mail to: geolib@zedat.fu-berlin.de.

Periodical volumes and issues are generally not borrowed. However, they can be viewed, copied or scanned. You can also send us your scan request by e-mail.

An overview of the journals and publication series available in the Earth Sciences Library can be found on this overview page.

For several years, Freie Universität Berlin has been committed to the Open Access idea and thus to the free accessibility of scientific knowledge. It offers extensive services, e.g. open publishing in Refubium, reimbursement or central payment of OA publication fees or advice on so-called "predatory publishers".

The teams of the Earth Sciences Library and the Open Access Department at the University Library can advise you on open publishing. You can also find information on the FU's OA websites, e.g. on whether OA publication fees can be paid centrally via the FU Publication Fund, via institutional memberships or via publishing agreements.

Research data (management)

The teams of the Earth Sciences Library and the Research Data Management Department at the University Library support students and researchers in managing their research data.

Take advantage of this support, for example, when creating data management plans or with questions about publishing research data. You can also find information on the FU's research data management websites, e.g. on what is meant by research data and what is important for data management in research planning and implementation.

Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Friday: Closed


Print - Copy*

Unit Price


Print  A4
(black and white, DIN A4, white 80g)
0,05 €
Copy  A4
(black and white, DIN A4, white 80g)
0,05 €
Copy A3 / Print A3
(black and white, DIN A3, white 80g)
0,10 €
Copy colour / Print colour
(colour, DIN A4, white 80g)
0,30 €

* Price is per page, regardless of whether printing is single-sided or double-sided, not per sheet; default setting for printing from the library computers or PC pool computers is double-sided printing. Users can choose individually between one-sided and two-sided copying or printing at no extra charge.

  • Note: The MensaCard/Campuscard must have a minimum credit of 1.20 € for an order, otherwise you will receive an error message.

Can I reserve borrowed books?

  • If you have entered your e-mail address, you will receive a message when the book you have reserved is returned.

To reserve books, please log in to your user account and call up the desired title in PRIMO. There you can then make a reservation.

  • As soon as they are available for you, you will be notified in writing free of charge (by e-mail if you have entered a valid e-mail address in your library account, otherwise by post).
  • Reserved media are available for you to pick up in the library for 7 opening days. You can select the collection location when you make your reservation.

Ordering media to a collection location of your choice

When placing your order/reservation, you can decide from which FU library (except the Philological Library) you would like to collect an item for home loan. You can see the possible pick-up locations in the order form.

As a reminder: the order/reservation options are only visible in the library portal Primo after logging in and only for stacks or borrowed works. All media that can be borrowed from the Earth Sciences Library can be ordered to a pick-up location of your choice.

Supported sizes and devices

  • DIN A3 and A4 ( 2 EPSON flatbed scanners )
  • 1 large format scanner (up to DIN A0 / E)


  • Scanning is free of charge

Please note that the Earth Sciences Library is closed on public holidays. In addition, for special reasons, such as construction work or events, there may be deviating special opening or closing times. However, we will inform you in good time about these changes on our website or by posting notices in the library itself. 

Dec. 19, 2022 -
Jan. 1, 2023

(Mon - Thu) Closing time over Christmas and the New Year's Eve closed
March 8, 2023 (Wedi) International Women's Day closed
April 7, 2023 (Fri) Karfreitag (Good Friday) closed
April 10, 2023 (Mon) Ostermontag (Easter Monday) closed
May 1, 2023 (Mon) Tag der Arbeit (Maifeiertag) closed
May 18, 2023 (Thu) Christi Himmelfahrt (Ascension Day) closed
May 29, 2023 (Mon) Pfingstmontag (Whit Monday) closed
Oct. 3, 2023 (Tue) German Unity Day closed

The university bibliography lists publications by members of Freie Universität Berlin and appears as a cumulative online bibliography in the library portal Primo.

The system for self-recording of publications for members of Freie Universität Berlin (SEP) is available for entering data.

Here you can find the usage regulations for the Earth Sciences Library: PDF.

For students of Freie Universität Berlin, the CampusCard is also the library card for the FU libraries. External users can obtain library cards free of charge at the lending counters. The cards are valid in all libraries of the Freie Universität including the Charité.

Further information can be found on the websites of the University Library.

All information on the available video tutorials can be found on the University Library's web pages.

Update from 31.03.2021:

Important notice for accounts of the Freie Universität Berlin that are based on a membership in the ERG e.V.:

For this group of accounts, the VPN service will no longer be available from 01.04.2021 due to a decision by the university management. If you have any questions, please contact your ERG e.V. contact person.

Instructions for the operating system you are using:

What is VPN?

Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a technology that allows a computer to be virtually integrated into a campus or company network independently of its physical network connection. A computer connected in this way can also use services that are reserved for internal computers. In this way it is possible, among other things, to use the printers of ZEDAT or also the services of the university library, such as access to special databases or the use of a large number of electronic journals to which the FU subscribes. Technically, a VPN connection to the campus network is realised by setting up a network tunnel between VPN software on the user's computer and a VPN server in ZEDAT, through which the data between the terminal device and the server are transmitted in encrypted form. The software (AnyConnect) and the VPN servers used at the FU are Cisco products.

Where is VPN used?

A combination, i.e. the simultaneous use, of VPN technology with the WLAN eduroam is neither technically possible nor sensible. Outside the FU campus, VPN can be used to access internal FU services: Users who have a DSL connection at home or are travelling with their laptops can use VPN to connect their computers virtually to the FU campus network, provided their computers have an internet connection.

Alternatives to VPN

For web-based services, there is another possibility to use FU-internal services from outside the campus network: If the web browser is configured to use ZEDAT's proxy server, the proxy server, since it is part of the campus network, can make a request to such databases on behalf of the owner of a valid ZEDAT account, for example, and thus enable access from outside the campus network. The account holder must identify him/herself to the proxy server with a username and password. See: Proxy server of ZEDAT

All information about the Wifi, including the technical set-up, access information for guests and for conferences) can be found on the ZEDAT website.