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Map Department

Conditions of use


For enquiries regarding the holdings and copying services please contact: kartenauskunft@sbb.spk-berlin.de.


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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 rooms. Materials requested before 3.45pm will normally be delivered within 30 minutes. In most cases, items dating from 1940 to 2013 will have to be fetched from the map stacks at Potsdamer Straße, they will often be available only the following day.  If you wish  to order more than 15 items we kindly ask you to order in advance (e.g. via Kartenauskunft).

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.

Copying services

In addition to the general conditions for
Imaging and duplication services in the Staatsbibliothek, special rules apply in the map department (see leaflet in German).