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Privacy Policy

It is an important concern for Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz  to deal responsibly with your personal data. Therefore we would like to explain some aspects concerning data security on our website.

Why does SBB use a web analytics software?

We analyse data on the use of our website in order to improve our web offers. Therefore it is important for us to know how often individual sections of the website are accessed and what browsers are used. This data is not processed in any other way – except in anonymous form for statistics – and is not passed on to others.

Analysing data on the use of our website with Piwik and the plug-in AnonymizeIP

Personal data do not bring any added value for us. The web analytics software Piwik, which is recommended by data privacy experts [1], is appropriate suitable way of improving our services. By automatically anonymising IP addresses with the plug-in AnonymizeIP, the data that we collect can no longer be assigned to specific users. This excludes the possibility that usage data or usage profiles can be connected with personal data suitable for identifyingusers.

What data is stored with the web analytics software Piwik?

Every time a website on the Internet is visited and data are accessed, browsers usually transmit data. The following data are anonymised and stored by Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz:

  • browser type / version,
  • screen resolution,
  • operating system,
  • redirecting URL,
  • time of server request,
  • page/s and data accessed,
  • anonymised IP address,
  • country of origin.


Opting out of data tracking using the web analytics software system Piwik

Here you can decide whether you permit the statistical data mentioned above to be collected and analyzed by the SBB. In order to opt out, please deactivate this field.



PLEASE NOTE: If you choose to have cookies deleted automatically in your browser, the opt-out selection will be cancelled when you finish the programs. In this case, you need to repeat the opt-out selection on your next visit to this website. Even if you use another computer or web browser, you have to actively opt out of the data collection again.

What cookies does this website employ?

Cookies are small text files that are stored when visiting an internet page. This information can be exchanged among computer programs, and cookies can be used to store it for a restricted period of time. Cookies can only be stored if you have installed this function (“allow cookies”).
This website uses cookies very sparingly. This means that you may view a large part of this website without using cookies. The cookies on this website have two different functions: one set of cookies ensures that the website functions and is displayed properly. The validity of these so-called “session cookies” is limited to one visit to this website, i.e. they are deleted when you close the website.. One exception is the cookie that controls the private notice. This cookie remains valid for three months so that it will not be repeated on each visit.
All other cookies used on this website are part of the web analytics software Piwik (see above). Depending on whether or not you have agreed to the data collection, either two web analytics cookies or one Piwik deactivation cookie will be stored in your browser. The web analytics cookies expire when your computer is disconnected. The Piwik deactivation cookie remains valid for two years unless you delete it.

The Deutsche Bibliotheksstatistik

The SBB participates in the Deutsche Bibliotheksstatistik and collects data about the use of its websites. Whenever the homepage and/or the catalogue (“OPAC”) is accessed, library code and website, time of access, and the browser’s signature will be stored. The signature is created by using the IP address, browser identification and proxy information by means of a one-way function. The collection, storage and evaluation of data are carried out anonymously. This means that the signature cannot be assigned to a specific user. This means that  IP addresses are not stored. The encrypted data are summed up after 24 hours at the latest and thus completely anonymized. Responsibility for the technical and organizational implementation of this procedure lies with the Hochschule der Medien Stuttgart. The Hochschule has developed it in accordance with the statutory requirements of the Privacy Act and the Telemedia Act (TMG) and has committed itself to observe them.
If you decide against data collection, processing and use of your data, please click on the following external    Link.

Which data will be stored from electronic inquiries made by mail or by request form?

When making an inquiry or order by e-mail or web form, you have to provide certain contact details. These personal data will be used exclusively for the purpose in question. For further information as to privacy policy on our websites, please use our contact form.