Beck-Online home access
Students at the HWR Berlin can also access the Beck-Online database from home via a two-stage authentication process. In order to do this, you need to have registered once via the HWR IP network. Detailed instructions can be found on the website of the Beck-Online database.
Students must use their HWR Berlin email address ending in @stud.hwr-berlin.de when registering.
Students can choose a new password for their library user account at any time via Bibkey. To do so, log into Bibkey using your general HWR Berlin ID (s_...). Then choose an 8 to 12-digit password.
We look forward to receiving your suggestions on how to expand our library collection. For the library located on the Lichtenberg Campus, please send your suggestions to hsb.cl(at)hwr-berlin.de; for the library located on the Schöneberg Campus, please contact hsb.cs(at)hwr-berlin.de.
Please provide us with as much information as possible, such as the title, author, publisher, ISBN etc., and let us know if you would like to borrow the medium in question once we have purchased it.
Students and university members can make use of the Citavi bibliographic software via the HWR Berlin campus licence. Citavi provides you with assistance in collating and organising literature sources as well as citing them correctly. You need to have a Windows operating system in order to install it.
Brief introduction: How do I get Citavi?
- Install Citavi Free:
Here you can obtain the free version “Citavi Free” from here. This version is restricted to 100 entries. You should therefore make use of your campus licence, as described in the following steps below.
- Create your Citavi Account free of charge:
The form can be found here. When registering, please ensure you use your HWR Berlin email address. Your account automatically includes the campus licence provided by the HWR Berlin, which you can use to switch from your “Citavi Free” version to the full version without any restrictions.
- Log in to Citavi using your account:
Use your Citavi Account login details to log in to the system via the symbol in the top right of the program startup window. The licence data is recognised automatically, and you can then make use of the program in full.
New in Citavi 6: working in the Citavi Cloud
For the first time ever, Citavi 6 allows you to save projects in the Citavi Cloud. You can use your Citavi Account to open and edit any projects you have saved in the Cloud at any time on any computer with Citavi installed on it.
The Citavi Cloud also allows you to work in a team in an uncomplicated manner. To do so, simply invite as many fellow students or colleagues as you like and specify the processing rights for each individual within the team.
The library collections are classified by subject at both sites.
Media on the Schöneberg Campus are subject to uniform classification.
Classified information (VS) room
The classified information (VS) room in the Lichtenberg Campus library is only accessible to Department 5: Police and Security Management employees, as this is where the classified information is prepared. You can obtain a transponder to open the door from the lending desk upon presentation of your professional identity card. Please note that classified information may only be used by police officers; it must not be disclosed to any other individuals.
You can make copies of library material at both library sites.
The Lichtenberg Campus library has a coin-operated copier and two copiers for use with a copier card or a personal PIN. Copies cost EUR 0,05 per page and are only available in black/white and A4.
The Schöneberg Campus library also has a coin-operated copier subject to the same conditions.
The library offers all of its users access to numerous databases, such as Beck Online, Business Source Ultimate, Statista and WISO. You can find an overview of the various databases available under "Online databases".
Demand Driven Aquisition
In addition to the traditional way of obtaining literature based on the learning content and collection fields at HWR Berlin as well as the orders made at the start of the semester for the lessons held by teaching staff, the library also offers a newly moderated ordering process for e-books in the form of a demand-driven acquisition system via the HoWeR research portal.
When conducting your research in HoWeR, you can therefore find e-books that the library has not yet purchased. You have the opportunity initially to read the e-book free of charge for a period of five minutes. If the title appeals to you, you can send us an acquisition request via the request form. We will then check this request, and you will receive a response shortly.
The university library offers access to several thousand e-books, including those available from the providers SpringerLink, ProQuest, Ciando and EBSCOhost. All e-books can be searched for via the HoWeR research portal. In order to access licensed electronic resources, please log in to HoWeR when starting your research via the yellow row at the top (“Please log in for full text access”) by entering your user number and your password. If you obtain any hits related to e-books in the list of results, you will be taken directly to the provider’s website where you will also have the opportunity to download the book.
You can also access the e-books outside of the HWR Berlin premises too. Logging in via the yellow row in HoWeR authenticates your membership of the university and provides you with access. If you have any issues logging in, please consult the “Forgotten password” section.
The university library offers access to numerous electronic resources, such as databases, e-books and electronic journals. You can find out more information under "Online research portals".
You can make use of a room for group work in the Campus Lichtenberg library, which also has a whiteboard available. You cannot book the room in advance.
There are two group work rooms in the Schöneberg Campus library, which can be booked in advance. Please contact the circulation desk for any queries.
Members of the HWR Berlin can use the Internet at the computer desks in the library after logging in using their general HWR Berlin network ID. You can find out more information about WLAN connections under the item “WLAN”.
All of the journals available in the university library, including both printed and online collections, are verified in the HoWeR research portal. In order to search for journals, please use the Journals and e-products tab in the top line. For electronically available journals, you will be taken directly to the full text via a link.
You will find the latest subscriptions of print journals for the current academic year in the journal reading room on the Lichtenberg Campus, located on the 1st floor. Older publications are bounded together with a shelf mark by academic year on the ground floor. An overview of the various printed journals available can be found in the list of journals in the Lichtenberg Campus library.
Full-time university lecturers and employees can register for the electronic editions of the KGSt publications via the KGSt portal.
Unfortunately students are not authorised to use the KGSt portal. The university library on the Lichtenberg Campus provides students with the opportunity to borrow the most important series of publications in print copy. Further information can be found in this document:
Searching the website of the Kooperative Bibliotheksverbund Berlin-Brandenburg (KOBV) library association (https://www.kobv.de/) gives you the opportunity to search through the collections of numerous Berlin and Brandenburg-based university, higher education, special and public libraries. This joint catalogue is highly recommended, particularly if you are conducting extensive research beyond the HWR Berlin university library collection.
Training sessions regarding literature research are held on a regular basis at both sites. The latest dates can be found on the website and on Moodle.
The standard loan period is 15 working days when the library is open, and you can renew items yourself up to six times in your user account, unless there is already a reservation in place. Reference collections can be borrowed overnight and over the weekend. Journals and loose-leaf collections are excluded from this.
The maximum number of media that can be borrowed at the same time is 15 for students, or 50 for university tutors, lecturers and employees.
You will need to have your user card or CampusCard to borrow items. Loans and returns are dealt with by the information desk on the Lichtenberg Campus, whereas the Schöneberg Campus has self-service terminals available for you to borrow or return items yourself.
Loan period extensions
For students and lecturers, you can renew borrowed items yourself up to six times in your user library account, unless there is already a reservation in place. These items are renewed automatically for university tutors and employees; you will be informed when a medium needs to be returned due to the fact it has been reserved. After you have renewed an item for the sixth time, any subsequent renewal will only be possible by bringing the media to the lending desk.
You can make use of the lockers available at both sites when visiting the library. Please make use of the lockers to store your bags, jackets and coats as they cannot be taken into the library with you.
You will be given a locker key on the Lichtenberg Campus upon payment of a deposit.
You will need a EUR 1,00 or 2,00 coin to use the lockers on the Schöneberg Campus.
Lichtenberg Campus university library:
Monday: 9 am-20 pm
Tuesday-Thursday: 9 am-19 pm
Friday: 10 am-17 pm
Saturday: 12 pm-14 pm
Separate opening hours will apply during the semester break; details can be found on the website and noticeboards in the library.
Schöneberg Campus university library:
During the semester:
During the semester break:
Monday, Wednesday: 10 am–17.30 pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 11 am–19 pm
The electronic version of the library catalogue (Online Public Access Catalogue, OPAC) is also available alongside the HoWeR research portal; HoWeR is the central research tool for the library collection. However your user account, which you can use to view or reserve your borrowed items and place orders, is now also integrated in OPAC.
> OPAC user account
Open Access has become a central academic topic in the form of the “Open Access Strategy for Berlin: making academic publications accessible to everyone”. If you have any queries regarding this, please contact: openaccess-buero(at)hwr-berlin.de
In OPUS the university’s publication server, you will find theses written in the Department of Business and Economics along with other selected academic articles.
Students can create a new password for their library user account at any time via Bibkey To do so, log in to Bibkey using your general HWR Berlin ID (s_...).
For all other users, please register at the lending desk in Lichtenberg or Schöneberg with your user ID card and an ID document, where you will then be given a new password.
Black and white copiers for DIN A4 printing are available on both library sites.
You can print out PDF files from your USB stick on the copiers available on the Lichtenberg Campus. You can do this either with coins (EUR 0,05 per page) or by using a copier card or personal PIN. You can only print out files directly from the computers in the library if you have your copier card or personal PIN. Students can purchase a copier card from the self-service machines in the library in exchange for a EUR 1,00 fee and a EUR 5,00 deposit. HWR members are issued with a PIN by the printing department. Should you have any larger printing requests (more than 10 pages) or colour printing and special size requirements, please send them in PDF format via email to the printing department on the Lichtenberg Campus (druckerei-lichtenberg(at)hwr-berlin.de) You can then pay for your printing in cash when you pick it up.
You can also use a USB stick to print items out in the library on the Schöneberg Campus. You also have the option to send requests in a secure manner from the computer desks to the printers using a freely selectable ID. Coins are accepted for this (EUR 0,05 per page). HWR members can use their personal PIN. Teaching staff can send larger printing requests to the printing department on the Schöneberg Campus (kopieren(at)hwr-berlin.de).
Project reports for Departments 3 and 5 can be found in the Campus Lichtenberg library.
Students do not need to register separately in order to use the libraries at both sites. Your CampusCard works as a user card.
New university tutors, lecturers and employees will receive a user card and password upon presenting their identity document and their teaching assignment or employment contract. All of the library services can then be used.
Reminders and late fees
Reminder and late fees will become due if the loan period is exceeded. For more information regarding this, please consult the General schedule of fees.
Requesting media from the respective other library site
Media can be ordered from the respective other site via your user account. Upon obtaining your search result in HoWeR, click on the Go to catalogue link, choose the site from which you wish to order the medium, and then click Order in the Order tab. A branch order will then be triggered when you log in to your user account, and you will receive a message via email when the medium is available for you to borrow from the requested site.
The HoWeR research portal is available for you to use to research the university library's printed and electronic media. Numerous licensed specialist databases are also integrated in the search function.
If you have any research-related queries or require support, please feel free to contact us via email, by telephone or in person on site.
Training sessions regarding literature research are held on a regular basis at both sites.
Reservations on borrowed media
Borrowed media can be independently reserved online via your user account. To do this, click on the "Go to catalogue" link after your have completed your research in HoWeR, and log in to your user account. A reservation is completed by clicking "Order". You will receive a message via email when the medium is ready for collection.
Returning borrowed media
Please return your borrowed media to the lending desk on the Lichtenberg Campus during opening hours. You can also make use of the self-service machines on the Schöneberg Campus.
You can scan items free of charge using the two scanner workstations on the Lichtenberg Campus.
There is no scanning equipment available in the Schöneberg Campus library. Scanning equipment is available in Building B in R 141.
Schedule of fees
General schedule of fees at the HWR Berlin (in German) (including library charges)
The HWR Berlin’s libraries are the place to find selected theses written by the university’s graduates.
All of the theses written by graduates from Departments 2 - 5 have been collated on the Lichtenberg Campus; they can be borrowed as well. Theses from 2016 onwards can be found on a shelf located on the ground floor of the library, sorted by department. Older theses are classified by subject within the system.
All of the theses from Department 1 have been collated on the Schöneberg Campus since 1988. Print copies are available to look at; digital copies have been collated since 2012 and can be viewed within the university via the HWR Berlin publication server OPUS.
Training sessions and tours
Tours are provided by the library and training sessions regarding literature research and reference management are held at both library sites. Further information can be found on Moodle.
You can view the loan periods for the media you have borrowed or extend, reserve or make branch orders yourself via your own user account. For students, your user number can be found on your CampusCard under the “Library” lettering; for all other users, your user number can be found on your user ID card beneath the bar code.
If you cannot remember your password, please consult the information provided in the “Forgotten password” section.
User ID card
For students, the CampusCard works as a user card for the library. University tutors, lecturers and other HWR Berlin members will receive a user ID card when registering in the library upon presenting their personal ID card.
Please ensure you inform the library immediately if you lose your CampusCard or user card. A charge of EUR 5,00 is applicable in order to issue a replacement card. Students will receive their new CampusCard from the Admissions and Enrolment Office.
Members of the HWR Berlin can make use of the eduroam network in the library rooms available on both sites. Information on how to connect to eduroam can be found on the Information Technology website: https://www.it.hwr-berlin.de/anleitungen/wlan/https://www.it.hwr-berlin.de/anleitungen/wlan/
The university library has a sufficient number of workstations available at both sites. A total of 365 workstations and 50 computer desks/research workstations are available for you to use at both sites.
There is a separate group work room available for group work on the Lichtenberg Campus, where you can also make use of the interactive whiteboard.
There is a group work room available on the 5th floor on the Schöneberg Campus, allowing you to get on with work and discuss matters without being disturbed. Unless the room has been booked, it is available for use at any time during the university library's opening hours.
The presentation rehearsal area on the 4th floor gives you the opportunity to practice your presentation in an informal and quiet space.
If you are writing your thesis, there is also the option to book a workstation with a lockable storage unit in the entrance area (in front of the main entrance); this is located on the 4th floor, and you can book one for up to eight weeks. To do so, please bring some proof that you are writing your thesis.
You can make bookings for all three rooms on the Schöneberg Campus at the information desk (tel: +49 30 30877-1284). You can also borrow a projector or laptop from there.