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Information for first-time users

Welcome to the Staatsbibliothek!

Before your first visit inform yourself about our range of services.

Up-to-date information on changes to our opening times as well as further information is always available on our page Benutzung aktuell (German only).

Information on using our catalogues will help you to find the literature you are looking for. Do not hesitate to ask at our information points - either in person, by mail or by phone.

For your orientation we have put together some helpful information about registration and lending and we answer frequently asked questions on our page FAQ | Registration and Borrowing.

On your first visit to our buildings, cloakrooms and lockers are available (1 € deposit coin or your own padlock required). Unfortunately we cannot allow you to bring food or drinks -with the exception of water in transparent, closable bottles - with you into the reading rooms. At our site Potsdamer Straße there is a cafeteria and at Unter den Linden (currently closed) a vending machine.

Do not forget to switch off your mobile; the quiet working atmosphere in the reading rooms is very important for us – and it is in your own interest too.

You can bring your laptop, notebook or tablet (without bag) with you into the reading rooms, power sockets are available at all workplaces, and you can use wifi to connect to the internet. Visit our Wireless Portal to set up your access. 

Please let us know how we may make your stay in our buildings more pleasant.

We wish you success with your work in the Staatsbibliothek.