Library orientation sessions

Our library orientation sessions will help you get your bearings at the ZLB and learn how to use the library as your own personal place of learning and work. Through practical exercises, we also teach you information and media literacy that you can use in your everyday life, training schemes, studies or career. 

These orientation sessions are not run regularly: You can register directly as a group (minimum 5 people) at any time.

Select your desired option from the target groups below and book your session. We look forward to seeing you then! 

Class tours and events, as well as consultation hours for school students up to grade 9, are held at the Children’s and Youth Library. Further information on this is available here.

School students (grade 10 and over), trainees, university students

Aim: To introduce the ZLB and its services. Participants are also given an overview of Berlin’s public libraries. They will become familiar with our library cataloguesand receive initial help and guidance with research. A range of information sources and simple search strategies are also discussed and then put into practice. The conventional library methods will of course also be covered. 

Activities: Introductory talktour through the library facilitiesgroup work and presentation of results: getting to know search tools and other sourceslibrary quiz 

Recommended number of participants: Max. 25 

Duration: 90 minutes 

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Aim: You will be introduced to the tasks of the public libraries in Berlinand get to know the ZLB in person. You will be taught ways to conduct research in our library catalogueour databases and digital resourcesand will be shown various search strategies. You will also learn everything you need to know about loaning processesrequestsand the specialised areas of our library. 

You will then be given an opportunity to spend the rest of the time doing your own research.

Activities: Introductory talkresearch methods using the library cataloguesdatabases and digital resourcesgroup work and presentation of results: defining and classifying search toolsdeveloping and applying your own search strategies and termslibrary quiz 

Recommended number of participants: Max. 25 

Duration: 120 minutes

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Aim: The aim of this course is to effectively teach more efficient methods of working. Participants learn how to find search termsuse these on various platformsand assess information. They then reflect on their own search behaviour. Over the long termparticipants are given a guide that they can refer to when exploring any topic or issue.

Activities: Refresher quiz on "Library for advanced users I"group work: defining and classifying search toolsintroductory talkindividual and partner work: completing your final assignment/dissertation in 6 steps

Recommended number of participants: Max. 25 

Duration: 120 minutes 

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We also offer weekly consultation hours for intensive advice and guidance. 

An e-learning tutorial to help school students prepare for an assignment, presentation or the German fifth examination component is available here.

Refugees and integration groups

Aim: This session provides an initial orientation to the library. Participants learnin simple languagewhat they can find herehow processes workand how they can obtain a library card. We showcase the library in its many different facets as a place of interaction and recreation. 

The session is tailored specifically to the individual groupas well as the participants’ language level and interests. 

Activities: Tour through the library facilitiestask maps for orientation and finding mediapractice with borrowingvocabulary puzzles (depending on language level) or library quiz 

Recommended number of participants: Max. 12 - 15 

Duration: 60 minutes

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Aim: Herewe invite groups to work in-depth on media research. We are on hand to assist and adviseand teach important search strategies. We recommend this session for exam preparation or for further developing language skills. The participants will learn how to independently search for and use media and e-learning resources.

Activities: Introductory talkexercise sheets for individual and group workpresentation of resultsfinal quiz.

Recommended number of participants: Max. 15 

Duration: 60 minutes

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Interested parties

Aim: Interested in our libraryits history or the building’s architecture? Want to take a look behind the sceneslearn about our resources and servicesand thus experience the many different sides to the library? Then you’ll enjoy the tour through our library facilities. You can set your own specific focus for the tour or simply learn general facts about the ZLB. 

Activities: Tour through our library facilitypresentation of resourcestailored to specific points of interest

Recommended number of participants: Max. 20 

Duration: 60-90 minutes 

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