• Students at the university library of TU Berlin, Brain City Berlin

    Studying in the university library 24/7

Studying at uni until the sun rises? Then grab a quick coffee – and continue studying? This will be possible in the joint university library of Technische Universität Berlin and Berlin University of the Arts from 2025.

The project is scheduled to start in January. The Berlin Senate approved the model project for a 24-hour university library on Tuesday. The joint scientific library of TU Berlin and UdK Berlin in Fasanenstrasse will then be open around the clock, seven days a week.

With this project, the Senate wants to promote equal opportunities and participation for the approximately 200,000 students from all over the world who are currently enrolled at Berlin universities. University libraries not only offer a quiet environment for concentrated learning, but also IT workstations. The 24/7 opening hours are ideal for working students or students with family commitments, for example. Libraries are also places for social encounters.

The aim of the model project is to examine the framework conditions for a 24-hour university library. These include the availability of staff, cleaning and security. Currently, only the South Library of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) is permanently open in Germany. The 24-hour library concept has been implemented there since 2006. The KIT recorded a massive increase in visitor numbers, especially at the beginning and during exam times. The University of Konstanz, on the other hand, which introduced a 24-hour library in 2001, has since stopped using it at night.

Night owls can already make intensive use of the joint university library of TU Berlin and UdK Berlin. From Monday to Saturday you can borrow books and study there until midnight. Don't forget your thermos flask! (vdo)

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