Posted by: bluesyemre | December 10, 2015

University #Library of #Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Jacob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-Zentrum) pictures by Emre Hasan Akbayrak


Libraries are enjoying a boom in visitors and users in the transition from printed to digital media. Libraries are evidently not being affected by the ‘cloud’ of electronic content and services – in fact, they are still places offering access to information and knowledge and enabling knowledge to be acquired and produced. However, the appeal of libraries is not limited to providing and processing information and knowledge. Libraries are also entirely public areas where encounters and communications in the strictest sense of the word result in what is known as ‘scholarly communication’.

The services provided by the university library of the Humboldt-Universität with its 12 locations are availed of by around 69,000 registered users (38,000 of whom are external), and the Grimm-Zentrum is particularly popular with 5,200 users per day. Together with the around 4,800 users of the branch libraries, around 10,000 people today visit the library sites. In 2011, the university library was the most popular academic library in Germany with 2.96 million visitors. The university library’s collection profile also includes special collections such as the university’s art collection(Custody), offering an extensive stock of art items. As a facility with central responsibility for the entire university, the university archive is part of the university library and contains more than 8000 metres of records and outstanding academic bequests.


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