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Civil Service Traineeship as Scientific Librarian (Bibliotheksreferendariat)

The program prepares you for a career as a scientific librarian in academic libraries. Scientific librarians are experts in acquiring and making publications and information available to users. As such, they are closely involved in research and academic work.

You can find further information about working as a scientific librarian in the database of the Bundesagentur für Arbeit.

The training program

The program combines practical training in the University Library at Technische Universität Berlin with theoretical training at the Institut für Bibliotheks- und Informationswissenschaft at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. The traineeship concludes with a professional examination qualifying you to work as a civil servant in libraries (Laufbahnprüfung als Bibliotheksassessor*in) Please note that there is no guarantee of a job at the TU Berlin library after completing the program.

The training program is regulated by the regulations on the training and examination for the library service in the career group 2, second entry level of the career field scientific services (Verordnung über die Ausbildung und Prüfung für den Bibliotheksdienst in der Laufbahn der Laufbahngruppe 2, zweites Einstiegsamt der Laufbahnfachrichtung wissenschaftliche Dienste - APwissDBiblDV) as published in the Law and Ordinance Gazette for Berlin (Gesetz- und Verordnungsblatt für Berlin), volume 72, no. 26 of 29 September 2016, pp. 775-776.


Applicants must have completed their university studies with very good or good grades, have a particular interest in administrative, organizational and management work, thorough and extensive IT skills, very good German and English as well as knowledge of at least one other foreign language. We are looking for team players with good communication skills who are highly dedicated and committed to service. Knowledge and experience of library work and familiarity with the vocational field are desirable.


The University Library at Technische Universität Berlin offers one civil service traineeship for scientific librarians each year. The program begins in October each year. The traineeship is generally advertised each spring.

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