Cloakroom, Café and more

Below we have put together a list of our basic services which is meant to help you preparing your visit to the library and make it as pleasant as possible.

For the protection of the collections and other visitors, excessively large objects, large non-transparent bags or backpacks may not be taken into the general and exhibition areas. Laptop cases, wheelchairs, walking aids and prams are expressly permitted. Smaller handbags, shoulder bags and transparent carrier bags may also be carried.
The staff on site will make a final decision on whether items may be brought in (House Rules).

Lockers for daily storage are available in both buildings. To use them, you need either a 1-euro or 2-euro coin or your bring your own padlock. Unfortunately, there is no possibility to change money.

Please empty these lockers by 10 pm. At the site Haus Potsdamer Straße we provide permanent lockers where you can store your working materials for a longer time. If you are interested, please contact the lending desk.

Information about what you can take into the reading room are to be found on this webpage under the heading "cloakroom".

For transporting your own materials within our buildings we provide carrier baskets. You find them in the General Reading Rooms at the hold shelves. At the site Haus Potsdamer Straße you find such baskets in the entrance hall and at the site Haus Unter den Linden you can find them near the lockers.

For the transport of material that you need in the reading room you may also use transparent bags. These bags, as well as a small range of office supplies, can be purchased from vending machines located in the foyers of both buildings.

Telephone calls in our reading rooms are prohibited in order not to disturb the quiet working atmosphere.

At the site Haus Potsdamer Straße we provide two sound-proof telephone booths where you can easily make a call and have an undisturbed conversation. One booth is located at the window facade on the floor where the cafe is located, the other booth is located in the entrance hall just beside the bag vending machine.

In both our sites there are cafés.

  • The Café at the Haus Unter den Linden is located on the ground floor and is open from Monday - Saturday from 9am - 6pm and on Sunday from 11am - 5pm. In addition, there is a restaurant which is also located on the ground floor and open from 11.30am - 2.30pm.
  • The café at the site Haus Potsdamer Straße is located in the controlled area on the 1st floor and is open from Monday - Friday from 8.30am - 7pm
  • You will find a vending machine for drinks and snacks in the Haus Potsdamer Straße in the back of the foyer on the back side of the relief by Bernhard Heiliger.

Have you forgotten or lost anything in the Staatsbibliothek?

Immediately after the loss, please contact staff at the entrance control or after a few days you should contact our lost property office.