Fachinformationsdienst Erziehungswissenschaft und Bildungsforschung (FID) is a specialist information service for education science and educational research that enables researchers to order specific international specialist literature that is not available via interlibrary loan in Germany. The service delivers publications as direct loans. It is also possible to recommend journals to be purchased. The partners for the direct loans are the libraries at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg.
Two of the project partners, the Research Library for the History of Education (BBF) and the George Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research (GEI), offer a unique service: if you need printed sources or historical textbooks available in these libraries that are not copyright protected, you can have them digitalised free of charge. FID also purchases source literature in the field of educational history and non-European textbooks.
The University Library Erlangen-Nürnberg (UB) has been a partner of FID, which is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG), since January 2015. A consortium of academic libraries and specialist information services – the Information Center for Education (IZB) in Frankfurt am Main and the Research Library for the History of Education (BBF) in Berlin, both part of the German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF); the University Library at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg; the George Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research (GEI) in Braunschweig and the University Library at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin – is restructuring the provision of information and literature relevant for research in education science and educational research in close collaboration with experts in these fields. In doing so, FID makes an important contribution to providing academic information for researchers all over Germany.