Frequently Asked Questions

Is it possible to scan, copy or print something in the library?

Scanners that are used with USB sticks are available in the library’s reading rooms, as is a copier with the capacity to print. Scanning with private devices is not permitted for copyright reasons.

Are computers available at the workstations?

No, no computers are installed in the reading room workstations. Library users are to bring their own laptops, USB sticks, adapters and other work materials. In the public area of the library, there are four computers for short-term research. You can access the Internet from these computers, and you can print from them.

Will I receive Internet access?

Yes, you will receive your own personal Internet (Wi-Fi) login, which will also give you access to the library’s various electronic resources. Internet access via “eduroam” is also possible. Unfortunately, we cannot provide personal Internet logins to day guests.

Can I take books home with me?

No, the library is a reference institution. This means that all materials are non-circulating, and library holdings can only be used in the library reading rooms.

How can I orient myself in the library?

After registering at the library, you will receive a thorough personal introduction to the library and its use. For additional question, our library team is happy to assist you during our service hours.

Can I buy books at the library?

No, books are not available for purchase at the library. You can only buy them from a bookseller.

Can I prepare in advance for research I would like to conduct at the Institute?

You can view our library holdings from home using our OPAC page. For many publications we have attached an electronic table of contents, thus allowing you to prepare a list of literature in advance.

What is the best way for me to find literature on a specific country or topic?

You should use the systematic search function in our online catalogue.

Who can help me find a place to stay?

Our Welcome Center is happy to assist you with travel planning.

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