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.

Access to our reading rooms is only possible without coats and bags. Please make use of the lockers. Due to the pandemic, the cloakroom is currently still closed.

Unfortunately, there are no secure places where to store larger luggage, such as suitcases or musical instruments.

Lockers for daily storage are available in both buildings. To use them, you need either a 1-euro or 2-euro coin or 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.

If you would like to visit the Reading Room, please put also laptop cases into the lockers. You may take water with you in clear closeable bottles. Other food or beverages are not allowed.

Please check also FAQ: What am I allowed to take into the reading room?

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. (From 24 October  - 21 November 2022 only limited opening hours from 10am to 5pm due to operational reasons.)


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.