Library and information services

Information related to COVID-19

Library access during COVID-19
Currently, Hertie School students are welcome to use the 30 available study spaces in the library during the opening times of the Hertie School. It is required to register with the luca app.

Due dates, reminder fees and borrowing materials
Due dates of borrowed print books from our collection and interlibrary loan items are back in place. Please check your library account for checked out items and due date information. No overdue fines are being charged for currently checked-out, overdue items, but we kindly ask you to stick to the due dates. If you no longer need to consult borrowed materials, we encourage you to return them to the red book box placed in front of Central Office’s reception desk on the first floor during our office hours (Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm).

Let us know which books you would like to borrow from our print book collection and we will place them on the book return box for you to pick up during our office hours (Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm).

Interlibrary loan orders
Interlibrary loan order services remain in place, but interlibrary loan materials will not be automatically renewed. Therefore, please return them on time to the book return box placed in front of Central Office's reception desk on the first floor during our office hours (Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm).

Scans from our print books and the reserve collection
Hertie School students and researchers can request scans of book chapters from our print book collection, from interlibrary loan materials or from the reserve collection. As we cannot scan whole books according to copyright regulations, please let us know, which chapters you need the most.

Postal loans service
We currently run a postal loans service. You can borrow books by writing us the books you need and we will then post them to you free of charge. You can return books to us through the book return box placed in front of Central Office's reception desk on the first floor during our office hours (Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm) or by post to Friedrichstraße 180, 10117 Berlin.

Electronic resources
Our electronic resources – databases, e-books and e-journals – are accessible via the Hertie School remote access connection. For more information, see our remote access manual and information sheet about our e-resources.

Get in touch with us
Students, staff members and researchers can contact us at library[at] or at +49 (0)30 25 92 19 409 for any request.


Start your search for on and off campus access

Find books, eBooks, articles, journals and more with our online catalogue, our databases and our discovery search tool:


Library User Account

Use the online catalogue to log into your library user account and to view or renew your checked-out items:

  • Login credentials:
    • Username for students: The number 4380 plus your matriculation number (example: 4380 + sample matriculation number 123456 = library account username 4380123456)
    • Default password for students: 1) date of your birthday in DDMMYY format (example: birthday date 20.08.1999 = password 200899) OR 2) the first three letters of your surname (uncapitalised)
    • Username for staff members: Barcode number on the back of your Hertie School ID card or your library account user number
    • Default password for staff members: 1) 010100 OR 2) the first three letters of your surname (uncapitalised)
  • Please try to login with both options and change the password ASAP.

More about the library

The Hertie School is an institution of higher learning committed to academic excellence. The library team sees it as its responsibility to equip students and faculty with the necessary tools for their academic research. We try to accomplish this goal by providing our library users with access to electronic resources from everywhere on campus. Relevant articles from journals, such as the European Journal of Political Research or Journal of Public Policy, are just a mouse click away. The library offers access to a long list of databases, the most prominent being EconLit, Lexis Nexis, and JSTOR. Beyond online databases, the library team is constantly developing and building other research resources such as a print collection, which offers important literature on policy, law, and economy. The online catalogue is growing daily and offers students an overview of the library collections.

The Library and Information Services (LIS) of the Hertie School is located on the first floor (1. OG) of the campus. A reading room is attached to the library for students and others who seek a calm and quiet place to work. The library and the reading room also offer a number of communal network points available to students to plug in their laptops in order to access the internet after authentication. Students at the Hertie School have the advantage of an innovative research infrastructure combined with a committed library team, who are constantly busy developing and improving educational and research opportunities.