75 years after its division (the end of World War II was the turning point) and 30 years after German reunification, the map department was the last of the special departments to be reunited in the refurbished site Unter den Linden.

In the maps reading room, which is back at its traditional place, there is a rich potential for research in holdings of more than 1.2 million maps, ca. 250,000 electronic maps, 155,000 views, 34,000 atlases and 800 globes.

Reference literature in the maps reading room offers direct access to specialist publications which are shelved according to a regional and subject classification. 

Dear readers,

since 1 November 2019 the building Unter den Linden is closed for many months.

During the closure time the map department will be concentrated in the building Unter den Linden. Unfortunately, it will not be possible for readers to use any collection items during this time – neither from Unter den Linden nor from Potsdamer Straße. Holdings of the maps reading room located at Potsdamer Straße will also move to Unter den Linden and will therefore not be available.

When the historical maps reading room reopens in winter 2021 we will be very glad to again support your research. We are looking forward to being able to provide convenient access to all holdings of the map department in one single location.

Kind regards

Dr. Markus Heinz
Deputy head of the map department

Facsimile of the „Neuzeller Stiftsatlas“

In 2018, the year following the 750th jubilee anniversary of Stift Neuzelle, it was possible to facsimilise the magnificent manuscript atlas of the monastic holdings together with the verlag für berlin-brandenburg (see also the publisher's announcement; in German).
The atlas is one of the showpieces of the map department.

Cartographic Calendar

As in every year for more than half a century, the map department of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin in cooperation with the Staats-, Landes- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden and the Dumont publishing house has been publishing a yearly calendar on a special cartographic theme. The 2021 edition shows twelve pages of raised relief maps.