Offers for the visually impaired
At all locations of the library, screen readers with a strong magnification are available (max. 35 times magnification). You find this equipment in the Haus Potsdamer Straße in the general reading room besides the stairway to the maps reading room. In the Haus Unter den Linden the library provides a carrell with a workplace for blind users. If you wish to use it, please contact the reference staff. In the Haus Potsdamer Straße we can also provide, if required, individual reader carrels, where an accompanying person can read aloud. Accompanying persons of users with disabilities who can provide appropriate identification may access the controlled areas without a library card. People who at home have the necessary technical equipment for reading may be allowed to borrow the literature they require. If the item is in a good state of preservation, you may even borrow works which were published before 1956.
Take the opportunity and prepare your library visit by using our request service.
Information for wheelchair users
Unfortunately, the buildings of the Staatsbibliothek are not suitable for wheelchair users. Our staff will be happy to give you the necessary support. Does someone accompany you? Accompanying persons of users with disabilities who can provide appropriate identification are permitted to enter the controlled areas without a library card (§ 3 of the library regulations).
Haus Unter den Linden
There is a ramp at the entrance. The reading rooms are accessible by lift. Please observe that the lift from the ground floor only brings you to the first floor. From the first floor you can take another lift to the reading room.
Disabled toilets are located on the first floor (accessible by lift).
- General reading room
All levels of the General reading room are accessible by lift.
- Workplaces suitable for wheelchairs
A wheelchair accessible workplace is located in the General reading room.
- Rare Books and Music Reading Room
It is situated on the first floor. The workplaces are located on a lower level and a transport aid is available.
- Maps Reading Room
The Maps Reading Room is currently located in the internal area on the first floor. Please contact our staff in the entrance area.
Haus Potsdamer Straße
On the parking spaces of the Staatsbibliothek there are three signposted places for persons with limited mobility.
There is a door with a wheelchair symbol, which is a push-button automatic door.
In the southern part of the entrance hall disabled toilets are available.
- Copy-Shop and Cafeteria
These are located on the first floor and are only accessible by a lift in the internal area. Please contact staff at the entrance control or in the reading rooms.
- General Reading Room
In the area of the entrance control there are lifts which bring you to the reading room. The area ZHB 8 (Display of journals for social and political sciences) is located on the first floor and is only accessible by a lift in the internal area. Please contact staff at the entrance control or in the reading room. Not accessible are the areas of HB 9 (Economic sciences) and HB 12 to 17 (Mathematics, physics, astronomy, chemistry, geo sciences, biology, agricultural sciences, medicine, sports/games and technology) on the gallery, fourth floor. If necessary, please contact staff members at the reference desks, who will be happy to fetch the desired books and bring them to you.
- Wheelchair accessible table
In the reading room, third floor in the area of HB 10 a wheelchair accessible table is available, it is marked accordingly.
- Manuscripts and Maps Reading Rooms
Please contact staff at the entrance control or at the reference desk in the reading room. The lift which brings you to the level of these reading rooms can only be opened by key and it is marked accordingly. We will be happy to accompany you.
- Self-collection area
Entrances are relatively narrow and the requested items may be on one of the upper shelves. We will be happy to fetch items from the shelves and bring them to you. Please contact staff in this area.
The children’s and young people’s book department and the newspaper department are accessible for wheelchair users in a mainly barrier-free way. The U-Bahn and S-Bahn station Westhafen has lifts suitable for wheelchair users. However, a part of the way from the station to the building is a cobblestone pathway.
There is a separate access to the reading room, where wheelchair accessible workplaces as well as a toilet are available.