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Children's and Young People's Literature Department

Reading Room (Westhafen)
You have direct access to some 8,000 volumes of our reference collection, consisting of secondary literature pertaining to children’s literature studies.
There is an assigned desk with some special equipment reserved for anyone viewing very valuable and often fragile items, such as rare books, pictorial broadsheets or original artwork.

Opening Hours:

Due to the department's relocation to the State Library's historic building at Unter den Linden 8, the reading room is currently closed. Its reopening is scheduled for late Spring 2020.

Duplication Services
If you intend to use one of the microfilm scanners or reader/printers, we recommend that you make a reservation in advance, as they are in high demand.
By using one of these devices you can easily produce scans or paper copies yourself. The latter is available in two sizes (DIN A 4, DIN A 3) and will cost you 0.30 Euro/copy. Please bring your own digital storage media if you intend to use CDs or USB flash drives.
Please note that regarding the duplication of any other material restrictions may apply, depending on the condition of the original.
You will find further details in our information sheet on Duplication Services. For information on service fees please check the library’s current price list.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
As part of the Berlin State Library‘s collection its children’s and adolescents’ books are available through national and international ILL. Orders may be placed by filling out conventional paper forms or by using the GBV Common Library Network’s online ILL option.