Interlibrary Loan

By interlibrary loan you can order books and articles that the Potsdam University Library does not have - from other libraries in Germany and abroad.

In cooperation with the Common Library Network (GBV)the University Library offers an online Interlibrary Loan Service for its users. Alternatively, you can use fee-based Delivery Services.

Before you start an interlibrary loan, we recommend to check the KOBV-Portal (catalogue of libraries in the Berlin-Brandenburg area) first. It is very likely that the book you are looking for is available at a library around the corner.

Interlibrary loan possible again

As of now, copies and books can be ordered again via interlibrary loan.

You may place your orders as usual via the GBV Union Catalogue (GVK). If you do not have an interlibrary loan account yet, please contact the interlibrary loan department by e-mail. We will set up an account for you or place the order in your name.

As delays in delivery still may occur, interlibrary loan services are provided free of charge until 31 May 2020.

Due to a temporary arrangement with VG Wort, articles may continue to be delivered electronically to end users until 31 May 2020.

You can pick up ordered books at the departmental libraries in Golm or Babelsberg after you have received a notification e-mail.

For more details, see the information page by the Common Library Network (GBV).

Requirements and Fees

You have to be a registered user of the University Library and there must be sufficient credit on your interlibrary loan account. If you are not sure whether you have an account or not, please ask our colleagues at the information desks of the departmental library of your choice or get in touch with us directly.

Fees per order:

  •     1.50 Euro per order for students and members of the University of Potsdam
  •     2.00 Euro per order for external users

Units can be purchased at the information desks in the departmental libraries.


How to start an order

Your search in the University Library's OPAC was not successful.

  • Start a new search in the GVK - Common Union Catalogue.
  •  Choose your title from the shortlist.
  • On the screen "full title" choose either "loan request" or "order copy" from the options in the top right hand corner. (At this point you can verify once again if the title is available in the University Library - the cities of the holding libraries are listed in alphabetical order.)
  • To request your document you will be asked for the following identification:

User ID: 0517+library card number/matriculation number (e.g. 0517123456)
Password: date of birth using the format ddmmyy (e.g. 021165).
Upon your confirmation your order will be complete.

  • You can check the status of your order under "My profile" where you can also view the list of all your orders. Under "delivery information" you can see which library or library network is currently dealing with your order, whether the document has been shipped or whether no supplier was able to furnish the document.


Arrival of your order

Successfully handled orders will arrive at your departmental library approximately within 8 to 10 days. After your order has arrived you will receive an email notification.

If the requested title could not be supplied, you will receive a negative response from the Interlibrary Loan Department. You can decide if your order should be followed up or not. This will entail no additional costs.


Loan period

The loan period is defined by the lending library. Please make sure you return your book on time. Otherwise, additional charges will apply.



If a renewal of the loan is possible, this will have to be requested 3 days before the current loan period expires.
Please use our online form to extend the loan period.


Head of the Interlibrary Loan Department
Karen Flegel

  phone: +49 (0)331 977-2788

  fax: +49 (0)331 977-2501


Where to Find Us:

Universitätsbibliothek Potsdam
Bereichsbibliothek Golm
Haus 18 - IKMZ
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25
14476 Potsdam



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