General Reference and Study of Science

Do you have questions regarding Study of Science/General Reference ?

Our subject specialist, Ms. Heike Krems, will gladly help you.
tel: +49 (0) 30 266 433131

Deputy: Christoph Albers
tel.: +49 (0) 30 266 436300

Ms. Heike Krems is in charge of the subjects General Reference, Study of Science and Education Science as well as the subject Media and Communication Studies, Journalism. She offers workshops as well as advice and assistance related to her subject specialities. She specialises in the library‘s historical holdings (1501 to 1955) and its classification and cataloguing in an online subject classification.

Consultation appointments:

For advice and assistance schedule online your personal consultation appointment!

All offers of the knowledge workshop  


The subject at the SBB:

The subject area General Reference at the Staatsbibliothek encompasses an extensive collection of general reference works (encyclopedias, dictionaries, directories of abbreviations). One focus is on general biographical reference works and general cultural and scientific journals. The Study of Science comprises the sections: theory of science, science organisation, and history of science. Acquisitions focus on publications relating to academies and universities as well as literature on academic and research activities.

Do you wish to know more about the criteria according to which we select literature for General Reference and Study of Science? Please have a look at our acquisition profile

Regarding the historical holdings of the library the term General denoted a large heterogeneous group of science areas (Study of Science, Book and Library Science, History of Literature). The classification system of the Old Subject Catalogue allows a thematic online search by title of the publication years 1501-1955 in the following subject range:
General  Study of Science ·History of Literature

General journals, encyclopedias and biographical literature, e.g., were collected on a universal scale. The extensive literature holdings especially relating to the history of science are a rich source for historical research. A special focus of the acquisitions was on academy as well as university publications. Publications of all important academies were collected, as well as graduate theses, directories of staff members and lectures of European and non-European universities. The collections of papers on the history of universities and academies are particularly strong.

Databases - subject to license as well as freely available ones - are listed in

Datenbank-Infosystem (DBIS):

General / Interdisciplinary

Study of Science / Research / Universities / Museums

For online journals please look at Electronic Journals Library (EZB).

In the reading rooms you find relevant literature such as important journals and reference works.

In the reading room at the site Potsdamer Straße readers find subject-related literature published since the beginning of the 20th century; Shelfmark HB 2 A-L

In the reading room at the site Unter den Linden readers find subject-related literature published before the end of the 19th / beginning of the 20th century; Shelfmark HA 2 A-L

Subject-related news:

More new acquisitions here.
All our holdings are searchable in StaBiKat.

Do you need books or resources which are not in our holdings?
We welcome title suggestions for the purchase of books and other resources.