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Map Department


Dear readers,

since 1 November 2019 the building Unter den Linden is closed for some 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 fall 2020 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

Dear readers,

regarding the reorganization of the maps reading rooms the map department has made a step forward.

  • In the maps reading room Potsdamer Straße you find literature on geoinformation, GIS, web mapping, and other current cartography-related topics.
    It is no longer possible to order maps or other items into this reading room.
  • Since 1 June 2017 maps, atlases, and other material of the map department are only provided in the maps reading room Unter den Linden.
    Mon-Fri 9am-pm (delivery 9am-12am and 1pm-4pm)
    Sat 10am-2pm (delivery until 1:30pm).
    Please note that items from the stacks Potsdamer Straße can only be consulted the next day.

    In this reading room you find literature on traditional cartography as well as most atlases and gazetteers, etc.
  • A part of the literature on cartography located in the department's stacks – just like the holdings in the main stacks – can be ordered into the reading rooms or borrowed for use at home. Please note the relevant information in the Stabikat catalogue regarding availabilty and the shelfmark elements Kart KS or Kart LS HM.

In case of questions please contact reference staff in the maps reading room Unter den Linden:
Phone: +49 30 266 435511
(Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm / Sat: 10am-2pm)

Dear readers,

in the months of April and May the map reading rooms will be completely reorganized.

  • In the future maps and atlases can be consulted in the map reading room Unter den Linden.
  • The map reading room Potsdamer Straße will become primarily a reading room for geoinformation and GIS.

Beginning with 31 March, maps with shelfmarks 2 K 13000 and following would be provided in the map reading room Unter den Linden.

In case of questions please contact the map reading room Unter den Linden: 030-266-435511 or kartenauskunft@sbb.spk-berlin.de

Schmettau maps freely accessible online – seamless and georeferenced

On 22 March 2013 the Schmettau map series covering Brandenburg was officially launched at an event organized by the Landesvermessung und Geobasisinformation Brandenburg (State office for survey and geoinformation in Brandenburg) and the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin. The event took place in the Haus der Brandenburgisch-Preußischen Geschichte (House of the history of Brandenburg-Prussia).

World atlas of Gerardus Mercator

Facsimile-Edition of the „Editio Principissima“
5 March 2012 marked the 500th anniversary of the birth of the famous cosmographer, cartographer, and philosopher Gerardus Mercator.
To celebrate the occasion the publishing house Faksimile, in close cooperation with the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, presented a reproduction in facsimile of the „Editio Principissima“ (shelfmark 2° Kart. B 180/3), the famous world atlas. The atlas was handed over to the Director General of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Ms. Barbara Schneider-Kempf, on 14 June 2012 at a ceremony which took place in the maps reading room of the Staatsbibliothek (Haus Unter den Linden 8). Press release

Reprint of the Mercator-Hondius-Atlas

Special edition:
On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Gerardus Mercator and the 400th anniversary of the death of Jodocus Hondius the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - in cooperation with the Reprint-Verlag, Leipzig - republished maps of the Mercator-Hondius Atlas taken from the coloured German language edition held by the map department of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin.