The ASH Berlin library is an interdisciplinary specialist library. It primarily serves as the academic library for studies, teaching, research and further education at ASH Berlin. It is also available to members of other higher education institutions in Berlin and Brandenburg as well as to interested professionals.

Using the library

To register with the library, you must be a student or other member of ASH Berlin or have a registered address in Berlin or Brandenburg. Registration is free. 

However, anyone can use the library’s inventory within the library (no lending). You must be 18 or older or be accompanied by someone who is. 

A user relationship between the library and the user is established under public law. More specific regulations are prescribed in the current version of the library’s regulations. 

When registering, please provide your valid personal ID or passport with current residence registration document. 

Students of ASH Berlin must also provide their current student ID. In order to receive automatic messages from the library (end of loan period, availability of reserved materials, etc.), please also provide a current e-mail address.

The lending of media requires registration in the ASH library and is done using the library card at the lending desk or self-service checkout machine. The lending conditions for the different user groups are regulated as follows:

Students (direct studies) 
lending period (open days): 20
possible renewals: 2

Outside users
lending period (open days): 20
possible renewals: 2

Remote, online studies
lending period (open days): 60
possible renewals: 1

lending period (open days): 130
possible renewals: 1

ASH employees
lending period (open days): 130
possible renewals: 1

Renewals must obviously be done through the user account. If another user has reserved a medium that has been loaned out, it cannot be renewed.

The following media cannot be loaned out:

  • ASH theses
  • reference books
  • books with the yellow sticker "Präsenzbestand" (Reference Copy)
  • periodicals
  • bound newspapers
  • DVDs / Videos
  • loose-leaf editions
  • directories

Special lending periods

Students at the ASH can be given a one-time lending period of up to 3 months during the final phase of their studies upon request. This cannot be subsequently renewed independently.

Special lending periods cannot be given by the self-service checkout machine. Please consult a library staff at the lending desk.

Disabled users

Seriously disabled users can be given a lending period of 6 months after presenting their disabled person’s pass.

The returns box­ inside the library is located to the left of the lift and allows you to return loaned items quickly if there are long queues at the lending desk. 

Outside the library there is a returns machine which is available during university opening hours. You will find it in the entrance area to the university, across from the porter. 

You can also return books by post. The library’s address can be found under Contact.


Please also use the online extension service. 

See the Library A-Z section for more information about using the library.

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Library services

We invite you to use the many other services offered by the library. Send us your acquisition requests, take a look at your professors’ reserve shelf, and learn about the introductory courses and search assistance we offer.

To send us your acquisition request, click on "Anschaffungswunsch (Acquisition request)" in the right column of the OPAC start page.

Before making an acquisition request, please check the OPAC to see whether the desired title already exists in our holdings.

For teachers, it is prudent to check whether the required literature for a course is already available. If necessary, please provide us well in advance with a list of new titles to be acquired that should be available in the library in the interests of the students.

If a title is already available in the library and you feel other copies or a new edition should be acquired, please mark the library call number and desired number of duplicate or new copies that should be ordered.

An item’s processing status can be followed in the OPAC as soon as it is ordered by the acquisitions department, i.e. before it is available for use in the library. The following are some examples of order status informatioen: "bestellt beim Lieferanten (Ordered from supplier)", "im Geschäftsgang (in progress)".

Unfortunately, it is not possible to send personal messages concerning purchase decisions and receipt of publications.

Books that have been delivered but remain unprocessed are referred to as "im Geschäftsgang (in progress)" and are given the (temporary) call number GG ... At this point, such a title can be reserved via your user account without charge. This will prioritise the title’s processing.

ASH Berlin administrative staff may order books for their office that they need as work materials. Please indicate this when ordering.

Thank you for your acquisition suggestion!

The reference management software Citavi 5 is available to all members of ASH Berlin as a full version campus licence. 

Students: Citavi 5 is installed on all computers in the Computer Pool (room 2018 and 219) and in the reading room of the library. If you have your own ASH Berlin email address, you can obtain licence for your personal computer at If not, please contact the staff at the lending desk for a Citavi licence.

Other members of the university: Please contact the IT service of the Computer Centre if you need Citavi on your desktop at ASH Berlin. You can use Citavi on your personal computer as well – to receive the necessary licence go to

The library offers an "Introduction to Citavi" for groups of 5 to 25 students. For more information please see "Library services" -> "Training".

The institutional repository (Publikationsserver) of ASH Berlin presents various publications by university members, such as essays, documentation of research and projects, outstanding degree theses by students as well as selected documents with reference to ASH Berlin. 

Go to the institutional repository

Via remote access, members of the university who are registered with the library can use licensed e-books, e-journals and databases outside of the university network. Remote access is unfortunately not available to external users due to licensing reasons.    

Click here for remote access

During the semester, a selection of relevant literature can be assembled for a course and/or seminar at the request of the (assistant) lecturer. The books on this reserve shelf are not available for loan and can be viewed in the library by course participants at any time.

Following a recent change, the item’s call number now has a link in the OPAC (online catalogue). This allows you to search to see if other copies exist in the open-access holdings in addition to the present item. To open the links, you may need to adjust the security settings of your PDF viewer.

Location: Window front on the first floor of the library.

Note for (assistant) lecturers: Please observe the rules for the reserve shelves.

Reserve shelf 
WiSe 2018/2019:

HA 001 Fr. Gahleitner.pdf
HA 002 Fr. Josties.pdf
HA 003 Hr. Hensen.pdf
HA 004 Hr. Hensen.pdf
HA 005 Fr. Bongk.pdf

HA 006 Fr. Koebsell.pdf
HA 008 Fr. Enders.pdf
HA 009 Fr. Wesenberg.pdf

HA 010 Fr. Schmude. Hr. Verch.pdf
HA 012 Fr. Schmude.pdf
HA 013 Fr. Schmude.pdf
HA 014 Fr. Borde. Fr. Abels.pdf
HA 015 Hr. Hellbach.pdf
HA 016 Hr. Robinet.pdf
HA 017 Fr. Hansjürgens.pdf
HA 019 Fr. Malmedie.pdf
HA 020 Hr. Erhart.pdf
HA 022 Fr. Dreyer.pdf
HA 023 Fr. Hanshürgens.pdf
HA 025 Fr. Dreyer.pdf
HA 026 Fr. Thoma.pdf
HA 027 Fr. Smykalla.pdf
HA 028 Fr. Winkler.pdf
HA 029 Fr. Smykalla.pdf
HA 030 Fr. Smykalla.pdf
HA 031 Fr. Smykalla.pdf
HA 032 Hr. Langa Herrero.pdf
HA 033 Hr. Reiß.pdf
HA 058 Fr. Dech.pdf
HA 059 Fr. Völter.pdf


Regulation for reserve shelves:

  • One reserve shelf can be set up per seminar/project/lecture and semester.
  • Each reserve shelf is kept for one semester and is deleted in the subsequent non-teaching period.
  • An extension of the schedule is possible by agreement with the library if this is requested 14 days before the semester’s end at the latest.
  • A maximum of 15 books from the library holdings are allowed per reserve shelf.
  • Point 4 does not apply to the library’s journals, periodicals and AV media.
  • The existing required reading for the semester is not included on the lecturer´s reserve shelf.
  • Please send the literature list with the required books and information about the author, title, year of publication and ASH Berlin library call numbers to bibliothek@
  • If possible, please send new acquisition requests for reserve shelves to erwerbung@

On request, extensive individual instruction in literature searches is available focussing on a topic of your choosing. 

This service can be booked online, however the form is only available in German. If you need any help, please contact the staff at the lending desk. This service is free to ASH Berlin members. External users will be charged € 12.80. 

Please be aware that in April and October we are unable to provide individual search instruction due to the start of the semester.

Click here to book

The ASH Berlin library offers introductory group training on how to use the library to university members and members of other institutions. 

Please note that in April and November these group inductions can only be offered to members of the university. 

Such introductory sessions for university members normally take place as part of the course in “Propaedeutics and Mentoring”. This must be scheduled in advance. The duration depends on the type of training and can last up to two hours. 

The following training and inductions can be booked via e-mail:

  • Library tours and OPAC training
  • Library tours, OPAC and database training
  • Introduction to the reference management software "Citavi"

It is also possible to book two consecutive training sessions, for example the library tour and OPAC training followed by a second session on database training.

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