Do you have questions?

Can the library help me with research on a specific subject?

For us there is nothing too strange or outlandish. Who really invented coffee drinking? Have there been peacocks in 12th century Ethiopia? Who were the unhappiest lovers of the Victorian Age?  Who made the statement: "Art is not a mirror held up to society but a hammer with which to shape it"? Are there bird watching excursion in Berlin? These are just a few of the questions from Fellows that we have pursued the answers to over the years, and we welcome any challenge to our professional investigative skill!

How do I order books?

You can order books and journal articles from the library by filling out its online order form. First login and then choose the form for books or for journals. Fill out those parts of it with all the information that you know, but at very least the source’s author and title. Then click on “submit request” to send your order to us.

How long does it take for the ordered materials to be made available to me?

As a rule, we will have your book available for you from within one to three days. If it will be taking somewhat longer, we will be sure to inform you of the fact.

How long can I keep the borrowed materials?

As a rule, you can retain a book for at least four weeks. If you have not yet returned it, we will automatically renew it for you if at all possible. In this way you can sometimes retain the book for the entire academic year.

How do I know if borrowed materials must be returned?

You will receive a notice by e-mail from us whenever a book that you have in your possession has been recalled by the library that loaned it to you. We ask that you respond as quickly as possible to such notifications.

May I make use of books from the Wissenschaftskolleg’s holdings in my office or apartment?

You can take books from the reference library and the Fellow Library to your workstation. Just fill out the card in the back of the book with your name and the date and then place it in the library’s mail box.

When can I pick up my ordered materials in the library?

As soon as an ordered book has been acquired for you and is ready to be picked up, we will notify you of the fact by e-mail and you can come fetch it any time from the special shelf in the library reserved for such.

Does the library have a copying or scanning machine?

In the basement of the White Villa you will find a book scanner that you can use at any time. The scanned pages can be saved on USB flash drives. Larger jobs can be performed by our Scanning Service; due to copyright restrictions we are not allowed to scan whole books for you. If you should care to use our service, fill out the scanning form and place it together with the book you would like to have scanned on the designated library shelf. 

How do I access electronic resources on the Wissenschaftskolleg’s campus  and to what resources do I have access?

Here on the Wissenschaftskolleg’s campus you have access to a number of electronic resources, e.g. JStor or Web of Science. You can get an overview of the possibilities via EZB or DBIS. If you have any further questions, please contact the library team.  

Can special materials like CDs or musical scores be ordered?

Yes. And for any and all materials please use the order form.

Is it possible to borrow very old materials from Berlin’s libraries?

As a rule, we can acquire for you materials published after 1800. For all volumes published earlier or which are part of a certain library’s non-lending collection, we can arrange for the book to be made available to you at a date of your choosing in the reading room of the library concerned.

To which newspapers and journals does the Wissenschaftskolleg subscribe?

You can find a selection of journals in the bay window area of the White Villa – e.g. New York Review of Books, London Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, Zeitschrift für Ideengeschichte. You can read the older issues at your workstation by filling out the available card and then placing it in the library’s mail box. Daily newspapers such as the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Tagesspiegel and Le Monde can be found in the clubroom of the Main Building. 

Is there a catalog for the publications in the Fellow Library?

All publications of the Fellow Library are registered in our online catalog. Information as to the book’s location can be found in the lower part of the detailed view of each entry in the catalog.

For my research I need archival materials – how can the library be of assistance?

We help you in choosing the appropriate archive in Berlin or in Germany at large, and we help prepare your visit by setting you up with the proper contact person or by making sure that the archival material is ready for the date of your visit.  We can also accompany you on your initial visit to the archive so as to assist you with any registration formalities.

For my publication I must clarify photo rights – how can the library assist me in this regard?

We can investigate whether certain images may be reproduced in your publication and what the appertaining conditions might be.  We are likewise glad to assist you in gaining permission for use of these images from the relevant picture libraries or publishing houses.