Notes on borrowing and use

Only a very small part of our collections is freely accessible in the reading rooms. Items shelved in the reading rooms are excluded from borrowing. The major part held in the central stacks on both sites and in the external storage building needs to be ordered electronically. In only a few cases, the completion of an order slip is necessary. Our information staff can help you on both library sites or by phone +49 30 266 433888.

Our current conditions of use, house rules and charges and fees (from 29 September 2021: Benutzungsordnung - Gebührenordnung) apply at all times.

You must own a valid library card (free of charge) of the Staatsbibliothek to use our services.

If you want to request a library item, you need

When logging in to your library account, you can check the present status of your orders.

Processing times depend on the time of ordering and the place of collecting.

You can borrow a total of 60 items, but you can only order a maximum of 10 items at a time. Once these orders have been processed, you can place another 10 orders. The pick-up area for external loans is located in the entrance hall at Potsdamer Straße. At the Haus Unter den Linden it is not possible to borrow books and take them home.
The pick-up area for items requested to the reading room is located on the 2nd floor near the information desk.
At Unter den Linden the respective area is on the second floor in the rear part of the reading room.

Items borrowed for external use can also be returned at Unter den Linden.

If the desired publication is out on loan, you can reserve the item (see your library account). In your library account you can see and check reservations

The reference collections in our reading rooms are not available for loan. In our catalogue you can recognize them by their shelfmarks beginning with HA, HB, HsLS, OLS etc.

Some materials require special protection and therefore can only be requested to the reading rooms.

If a particular item is not held by our library, you may order it through the inter-library loan.

Newspapers are not for loan and are subject to special terms of use.

The usual loan period is 30 days and you may renew it up to ten times online in your library account, provided that the items are not reserved. Thereafter, a loan period extension of the volumes can be made using the application form for re-booking without presenting the volumes to the lending desk.

In accordance with § 5 (3) of our conditions of use, readers are liable for any damage and loss of library items. In such a case, please contact staff either at the lending desk or the book issue desk and fill in the form called Loss Statement