Interlibrary loan is a service that makes it possible for you to order literature that is not available at the library of TU Berlin or UdK Berlin. You only need a valid library card of TU Berlin or UdK Berlin.
(Legal basis for interlibrary loans is the German Leihverkehrsordnung.)
Staff of TU Berlin or UdK Berlin: free
Students of TU Berlin or UdK Berlin: none until 31.03.2023
All others: 1.50 € per submitted request
Please bear in mind that this is a processing fee. Additional costs of up to 8 € (e.g. for a large number of copies) are approved by default. If you do NOT want to pay additional costs or want to set a different limit, please change the preset amount in the order form!
Loss of the letter accompanying the interlibrary loan materials will result in a 5 € fee.
Please contact us per email at fernleihe(at)ub.tu-berlin.de.
Once your request has been placed, the ordering system automatically generates a list of possible lending libraries. If the first library on the list cannot supply the desired item, the request is passed on to the next library until the order can be fulfilled. As soon as the item arrives at TU Berlin, you will be notified. If the request cannot be fulfilled, e.g. because the item is currently on loan or not available for lending, you will be notified as well.
We can only estimate delivery times for interlibrary loans because many different factors (book is already borrowed, book not available for lending, journals at the bookbinder …) influence the delivery time. In general, it takes
You can find a list of your interlibrary loan requests in your personal library account.
If you have already picked up the requested item, its due date can be found under “Loans”. You can check the status of your request under “Reserves/Requests”:
As soon as a copy of a journal article has been mailed to you, the request is fulfilled and disappears from your account.
Regulations for interlibrary loans in Germany are governed by the Leihverkehrsordnung. Among other things, it determines which items cannot be supplied through interlibrary loans. These include:
Books or journals that are only available in libraries abroad can be obtained through international interlibrary loan. Depending on the country, there are different delivery costs and longer delivery times (sometimes up to several months). In such cases, please contact the Interlibrary Loan team by email.
For materials that are not available through interlibrary loan but are available for purchase, you can make a book purchase suggestion.
Very urgent requests might be fulfilled faster through our Express Document Delivery Service or through a commercial delivery service. Please note that you would need to make use of these external delivery services as a private individual. Orders and payment are not conducted through the university library of TU Berlin.