Department of Early Printed Books

Conditions of use

The general conditions of use of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin apply. In addition to that, especially for preservation reasons, some additional rules have to be observed.
Items from the special collections can only be provided in the Rare Books and Music reading room. Per request not more than 5 order slips can be processed. As a rule, not more than 10 volumes can be supplied at the same time. Books you have requested will be held for you for 10 days. It is not possible to extend the loan period.

If you wish to use our special collections, you have to be registered as a normal library user of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin. In addition to that, it is necessary that every year you fill out a registration form upon presentation of your library card.

For preservation reasons, we do not make direct copies of original items from the special collections. Digital images from original items (or copies from microfilms, if applicable) are available upon request.
You may find charges and fees in the <link file:119 - download "Initiates file download">price list</link> of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin. For every publication or pictorial reproduction it is necessary to obtain a permission from the Early Printed Books Department and the picture agency bpk respectively.

Inter-library loan
Early printed materials are not available for inter-library loan. It is however possible to supply existing microfilms.