The library is open, for further details, see Opening and Service Hours.
Open shelf collection:
Temporarily there is no access to the open shelf collection. Please use the Online Catalogue to order media.
Borrowing and ordering media:
You have to be a registered user to order and borrow items. Registration and renewal of library cards is possible during opening hours.
Workstations and carrels:
Restricted use of reading and workstations for university members only. Prior reservation required. Due to the current guidelines for contact minimization, the number of available workstations is limited. Carrels can be used at the Babelsberg/Griebnitzsee library only.
Please use the Online Catalogue to search and order media.
You may order media from all departmental libraries and the stacks for pick-up at any of our three library locations:
You may also order journals and items from the non-lending collections for copying or scanning.
When ordering, please make sure to select borrowable media (request info = available) if possible. Students of the University of Potsdam may also order copies from the textbook collection (request info = textbook collection).
Under "more about the title" you will usually find a table of contents, descriptions or reviews. Use these details to make the perfect choice for your order.
Pick-up of ordered items:
Non-lending collection and journals
Items from the non-lending collection and journals cannot be borrowed. However, they may be ordered for scanning and copying on site.
Scanning and copying
Scanners and copiers are accessible. The printer/copier in the IKMZ Golm in the outer foyer is accessible during the opening hours.
For students, ZIM offers printing, copying and scanning facilities at each location.
Please understand that we can only admit a limited number of persons at a time. There will be an admission control, please plan for waiting times (currently 5 to 15 minutes). Please wear a medical mouth and nose protection while in the library.
Please extend the loan periods yourself - or return the items on time. Up to 5 renewals are possible (unless the item has been reserved).
You can return media in all our three departmental libraries - regardless of the location you originally borrowed them from.
Please use the contactless return service at the self check-out counters at all three locations (in Golm the return machines are loacted in the foyer).
In case you cannot return items on time, please get in touch with us on time. If the item is overdue, late fees will apply.
Fees up to 50 euros can be paid cashless at the pay machines with the PUCK (chip card for students) or Girocard (former EC card). In Babelsberg/Griebnitzsee and Golm you will find the pay machines inside the departmental libraries, at Neues Palais in building 8 (in front of the ZIM secretary's office, entrance on the right next to the cafeteria).
Payment of fees by bank transfer is also possible. Please be aware of the longer processing time for bank transfers. Your user account will be credited only after the University Library has received the money. Please provide the following information on the transfer form:
Account holder: Landeshauptkasse Potsdam
Bank: Landesbank Hessen-Thuringia
Account number: 7110402844
BLZ: 300 500 00
Purpose 1: 1006600000075
Purpose 2: Name, matriculation number or ID card number PUCK
Take advantage of our extensive digital offerings!
Please note our information on searching and using electronic resources (e-books, e-journals and databases) as well as our self-learning materials for literature research. If you need help with literature research or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Selected e-resources at a glance
Please note our selected licensed electronic resources and new acquisitions (sorted by faculty).
For current information on registration for interlibrary loan and in order to purchase order units, please see Interlibrary Loan.
Further information on the (digital) supply of literature for teaching can be found under Notes on Online Teaching.
New registrations and renewals of library cards is possible during opening hours.
It is possible to order and pick up lendable media.
Non-lending items and journals can only be ordered for scanning. Please bring a USB stick with you.
It is possible to return media at all departmental libraries.
If you have any questions, please contact us.
Currently, the use of workstations in the library is reserved to members and affiliates of the University of Potsdam. Thank you for your understanding.
E-resources that have been licensed for the library are unfortunately not available to external users for use from home. For more information on searching and using freely accessible databases and e-resources, see Electronic Resources - current information.
Information on current library services can always be found on this page.