National search

The University Library Freiburg’s collection comprises just under 4 million media. Nevertheless, many of these items are not held in Freiburg. So here are some tools for performing a national search so that you can find what you’re looking for. Many works can be reserved using the interlibrary loan system once you have completed your search.

All media types

Southwest German Library Network (SWB)

In the Southwest German Library Network’s (Südwestdeutscher Bibliotheksverbund, SWB) catalogue, users can simultaneously search collections at more than 1,200 libraries in Baden-Württemberg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saxony and the Saarland. The titles found here can be used in the libraries that hold them or reserved via the interlibrary loan system. 

Karlsruhe Virtual Catalog (KVK)

The Karlsruhe Virtual Catalog (Karlsruher Virtueller Katalog, KVK) can be used to search in national and international library and trade catalogues simultaneously. Depending on your choice of catalogue, you can find books, journals, DVDs and other media formats here. The titles found here can be used in the libraries that hold them or reserved via the interlibrary loan system.

Newspapers and journals

German Union Catalogue of Serials (ZDB)

Users can search in the German Union Catalogue of Serials (Zeitschriftendatenbank, ZDB) for newspapers and journals not found in Katalog plus. More than 4,000 German libraries have indexed their collections of German and foreign-language titles in print and electronic form here.

Please note that the ZDB does not include essays in its database. Please use one of our databases to search for articles.


IKAR Database of Old Maps

No matter where you are based, it is easy to search for printed and digitised maps of all kinds in the Database of Old Maps (Altkartendatenbank). The IKAR consists of collections from 11 major German libraries.

Historic map collections of the Upper Rhine

Maps dating back to 1800–1880, when the Upper Rhine was straightened, can be found in a database created by the EUCOR libraries. Users can access all maps online.

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