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Newspaper Department

Using the Reading Room

In the Reading Room

The newspaper collection of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin can only be used in the Newspaper Department’s special reading room in Westhafen. The holdings are not available for at home use and cannot be made available for use in Haus Potsdamer Str. or Haus Unter den Linden.

Only microfilms (with the exception microfilms belonging to the FU Berlin’s permanent loan) are available for inter-library loans. It is possible to place digitization orders for a desired item – unfortunately we cannot carry out time-intensive research, please ensure that you provide the most accurate bibliographic information when placing your order.

You can access the majority of our wide range of online databases and CD-ROM/DVD editions without further authentication at the computer workstations in each of the library’s reading rooms; some may also be available in remote access from home. Online databases with a national license are available throughout Germany and do not require any payment for access.


For information on the use of the library’s holdings and services please consult the rules and regulations of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin. These can be found in the Terms of Use, Fee Regulations as well as the House Rules. (In German.)

To use the library’s holdings and services, you must have a valid library card (monthly pass or annual pass). A valid personal document (identity card or passport) is required for registration. You may register for a library card in the reading room of the Newspaper Department – please note that we only accept cash payment.

In the Newspaper Department’s reading room you will find the latest issues of 90 of the approx. 400 daily and weekly newspapers to which the library is currently subscribed. Earlier editions are kept in the stacks and must be ordered to the reading room.

In addition to ordering your items online, you may also pre-order by e-mail or telephone. Delivery times may vary depending on the type of material requested (unbound editions, original editions, microforms).

Special conditions apply to the reproduction of newspapers as a paper copy or scan.

Guided tours of the Newspaper Department will be given on the following dates in 2019. The meeting point is the entrance area by the gatekeeper.

Tuesday, 05.03.2019, 10:00 – 12:00

Tuesday, 04.06.2019, 10:00 – 12:00 Uhr

Separate appointments are available for groups of up to 20 people. Please register by E-mail. In the second half of 2019 there will not be any guided tours due to the move of the department from Westhafen to Haus Unter den Linden.  

Workshops in the Newspaper Department in 2019

Auch im Jahr 2019 werden wieder Benutzerschulungen zu folgenden, frei wählbaren Themen angeboten:

In 2019, workshops will be offered on any of the following topics:

The courses, which are divided into six different subject areas (building blocks), are aimed at readers who already have experience using the Staatsbibliothek, as well as those without any prior knowledge.

Building Block 1:

Introduction to the use of the Newspaper Reading Room and the handling of microforms and corresponding devices (readers, reader printers, scanners)

Building Block 2:

Bibliographic research for newspapers in the library’s catalogue

Building Block 3:

Full-text search in current German-language newspapers

Building Block 4:

Full-text search in historical German-language newspapers

Building Block 5:

Full-text search in historical foreign-language newspapers

Building Block 6:

Research in printed newspaper content bibliographies for newspaper articles

Workshop dates in 2019 (each from 14:00–15:00)

Wednesday, 16.01.2019
Wednesday, 13.02.2019
Wednesday, 13.03.2019
Wednesday, 10.04.2019
Wednesday, 08.05.2019
Wednesday, 05.06.2019

Please sign up by E-mail for your desired building block (maximum two) and desired date. You will promptly receive a confirmation with further information.