Map Department


The maps reading room is expected to open on 4 June 2021.

To use the reading room a registration is compulsory, please register here:

The precise conditions have not yet been defined. For up-to-date information, please have a look at the library’s web pages shortly before your visit to the library.

Also look her: Maps reading room

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. 

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 2022 edition shows twelve pages of atlas maps from the 16th to the 19th century.