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Manuscript Department

Reading Room

The holdings, except incunabula, can only be consulted in the manuscripts reading room in the Haus Potsdamer Str. 33. Incunabula can be consulted in the Haus Unter den Linden, please contact the Arbeitsstelle des Gesamtkatalogs der Wiegendrucke (The Union Catalogue of Incunabula (GW) working group)
The reference collection on our holdings currently comprises 24,000 volumes.

Conditions of use

While planning your work please consider that a number of extremely valuable manuscripts which need special protection will have to be examined by conservators before use. Therefore please inquire about the accessibility of requested items in advance. Please mind to place your request early enough, e.g., one week in advance. For preservation reasons, a small number of our manuscripts are not available for use in the reading room. In these cases we try to provide best possible reproductions.


Conditions of use - Incunabula

Incunabula and volumes from the incunabula reference collection are made available in the Rare Books reading room. Please contact the GW working group. In most cases requests by phone during the opening times can quickly be processed (usually within one hour). We cannot ensure that incunabula can be made available outside our office hours. However, incunabula and volumes from the incunabula reference collection which have already been made available can be consulted in the Rare Books reading room during its opening hours.


Stacks service:

Mon - Fri: 9.30 am to 3.15 pm
Saturday: Requests are processed on the following monday.

Please note:
Readers who wish to consult items from the holdings of the Manuscripts Department have to present their identity card or passport in addition to their valid library card of the Staatsbibliothek. A StabiStart library card is not sufficient.