Conditions of use


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Order and delivery

It is not yet possible to order cartographic materials online. Please contact the staff at the reference desk in the maps reading room. Materials requested before 3.45 pm will normally be delivered within 30 minutes. If you wish to order more than 15 items we kindly ask you to contact in advance:

Using the collections

The holdings of the map department can only be consulted in the maps reading room Unter den Linden (see also leaflet). Outside the opening times of the maps reading rooms small format volumes, which have been published after 1950, may also be consulted in the general reading rooms. However, certain restrictions apply, in such cases please speak to a member of the reference staff who will make the decision.

Specialised literature with shelfmarks beginning with "Kart LS HM" or "Kart KS" can be requested into the general reading rooms, and in most cases post-1955 literature can be borrowed for use at home.


After consulting a staff member at the information desk, you can make photos of most of the collection items of the map department or use the large-format scanner (DIN A 1) and scan maps yourself (bring your own USB stick). For high quality reproductions, you can make a digitisation request.