University Library
© TU Berlin/PR/Oana Popa
Room EW 223
Address Technische Universität Berlin, Bereichsbibliothek Physik, Hardenbergstr. 36
10623 Berlin
Opening hours


  • Collection: physics, especially solid state physics, optics and astronomy
  • Holdings: 51,000 items, 43 current journal subscriptions

Library services

Single & group study spaces

The Physics Department Library offers the following study spaces:

  • An accessible study space
  • Study spaces with lamps, some with outlets, USB ports and anchor points to allow you to secure your laptop
  • A lounge area with armchairs
  • A small group study room (up to 8 people) with several outlets is available for study groups without prior reservation.
  • A large group study room (up to 16 people) with outlets, a whiteboard and a touchscreen monitor for screen sharing or drawing can be reserved by two groups at the same time via Roomz.
  • Single study rooms with outlets and monitors can be used by students. Prior reservation is required. Four single study rooms are available in the Physics Department Library.

Lockers & book storage

Book storage trolleys

Book Lockers

  • Book Lockers allow you to store borrowed items and your work materials overnight. Keys for the boxes are available at the Circulation Desk.
  • You can check the Primo Knowledge Portal to see whether any book lockers are available.


  • Coats and bags must be stored in lockers for the duration of your stay in the library (see Room Regulations, daytime lockers, point 2 At the department libraries). To operate the locker, you need either a 1 or 2-euro coin or a padlock.
  • If you would like to use a padlock, please bring your own. The bolt must be between 5 and 6mm wide. If you have a valid library card, you can also borrow a padlock.


  • Baskets are available for you to carry your belongings around the library.


  • The scanner allows color scans (up to A3 format) in common formats (e.g. pdf, jpeg) at no charge. These scans can be saved on USB sticks or sent by email.

Shelving and classification of holdings

The materials in the Physics Department Library are shelved separately by journals and monographs.

Journals (bound volumes and current issues) are located in the periodical shelves in alphabetical order.

The monographs are organized into 19 subject classifications.

The subject classifications

  • Can be identified by the color stickers on the book spine
  • Are abbreviated on the stickers

Within these subject classifications are subject categories, where items are arranged alphabetically by author or title. Using our electronic version of local classifications, you can conduct a topic search in the Physics Department Library’s holdings online.


Course Reserves and Leganto Reading Lists

Course reserves are resources for current courses which are put together by course instructors themselves.

Under the heading “Reading Lists / TU Course Reserves” in the Primo Knowledge Portal, you can search for course reserves by instructor or course name. You will be shown a list of the items in the course reserves. Course reserves are located diagonally across from the information desk.

Items placed on course reserve cannot be loaned but are available for studying and scanning in the library. Course reserves are kept in place for the duration of the course (usually for one semester). After that the reserves are cleared and items are returned to the shelves.

Leganto enables instructors to quickly and clearly organize literature and information resources in ISIS. Instructors have been able to use the tool and create reading lists directly on their ISIS course page since winter semester 2021/22.

More information: Create reading lists easily - using Leganto

Suggesting a book for purchase

You can make a suggestion for new items either in the suggestion notebook provided in the library or online. The notebook is located below the new acquisitions shelf.

How to find us

  • After entering the Eugene-Paul-Wigner Building (EW), turn left at the information desk and continue past the seating areas (on your left) and the vending machines (on your right).
  • The doors here should be open. However, if they are closed, do not hesitate to enter.
  • Cross through the room with table tennis tables.
  • Once you have reached the other end of the building (heading towards Ernst-Reuter-Platz), go to the second floor using the open staircase or the elevators located behind the glass doors.
  • Upon exiting the stairwell, you will find the library on the left at the end of the short hallway. If you take the elevator, the library entrance will be located diagonally across from you on the left.

Barrier-free Access

  • The main entrance of the Physic Building cannot be accessed by wheelchair as there are only steps and no ramp. Please use the rear entrance instance and follow these directions.
  • The rear entrance is wheelchair accessible and has automatic doors. To access the rear entrance, you must use the steep ramp to the right of the main entrance. The elevators are located directly behind the rear entrance. Please use caution as you enter the elevator, as the doors close very quickly.

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