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General Reading Room Potsdamer Straße

Readers wishing to know which works - including electronic resources - are available in the General Reading Rooms can consult the relevant subject classification via the online catalogue (StaBiKat). The abbreviations HA and HB refer to the reference collections at the sites of Potsdamer Straße and Unter den Linden respectively. The classification scheme is roughly the same at both sites.

The reading room at Haus Potsdamer Straße has a reference collection which includes general works, reference works, editions etc. with a specialization on modern (i.e. 20th and 21st century) topics/authors etc.  (a reference collection focusing on 19th century and earlier topics can be found at our Unter den Linden Reading Room). Currently there are around 150,000 freely accessible publications which can be consulted in the reading rooms. You can find a selection of current journals on the shelves of the respective reference collection.

For questions regarding publications available in the reading room and their precise location on the shelves, please contact the central Information on the 2nd floor or use our contact form.

Classification scheme of the reference collections
HB 1 Bibliographies: 1st and 2nd floor
HB 2 General Works, Library and Information Science, Encyclopedias: 2nd floor
HB 3 Philosophy, Religion, Theology: 2nd floor
HB 4 Psychology, Education: 2nd floor
HB 5 Language and Literature: 2nd floor
HB 6 Art, Prehistory, Archaeology, Music: 2nd floor
HB 7 History, Ethnology: 4th floor
HB 8 Social Sciences, Public Administration and Political Science: 3rd floor
HB 9 Economy: 4th floor, gallery
HB 10 Law: 3rd floor
HB 12 Mathematics, Natural Sciences (general): 4th floor, gallery
HB 13 Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry: 4th floor, gallery
HB 14 Geosciences, Geography, Environmental Sciences: 4th floor, gallery
HB 15 Biology, Agriculture: 4th floor, gallery
HB 16 Medicine, Sports and Games: 4th floor, gallery
HB 17 Technology: 4th floor, gallery

Media which you have ordered for use in the reading room will be placed at your disposal in the hold shelf in the reading room.
When you have consulted works from the reading room please do not leave them on the study places, but put them back on the respective shelf, it helps to keep study places available for other readers.
Unfortunately we cannot allow you to bring food and drinks into the controlled area. It is however allowed to bring water in transparent and closed bottles into the reading room. We kindly ask you to place these bottles under the tables.
Please turn your mobile phone to silent.
The library offers a number of different services to help you with your studies in the reading room.