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Due to the restrictions on the use of the library in connection with the prevention measures for COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we have temporarily changed the registration procedure. You first register online and only present your documents in person when you come to us to pick up books you have ordered. In detail we currently offer the following services: 

StabiOnline: Online registration

We offer you an online registration. An officially registered residence in Germany and a scan, or photos, of your personal documents is a prerequisite for access. This gives you access to our digital media (e-books, e-journals, databases, etc.) for one month. An extension of this offer is only possible personally on site. 

  1. Please fill out our Registration form. Here you will also find information on the library terms and conditions and our privacy policy.
  2. The following supporting documents are to be sent per EMAIL (subject line: last name, first name), as a scan or photo. Name, address and date of birth must be clearly legible and any unnecessary details can be blacked out:

    • a valid identity card (front and back) with a registered German address OR
    • a valid passport and a certificate of residence at a German address
    • for non-EU citizens, a valid residence permit (front and back)

  3. A library account will be created upon receipt of the above documents, which is valid for one month. 
  4. You will receive your library card number and password in unencrypted form by e-mail.  
  5. By presenting the above-mentioned documents in the original, you can convert the online account into a regular library account and extend its period of validity. This will then allow you to borrow media and access our reading rooms. Please book a time slot for this.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer remote access to corporate users due to license restrictions.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.




Your personal library card has expired? Our Renewal Service offers the possibility of renewing library cards online.

The conditions to use this Service are:

  • You already have an annual library card for the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin
  • You are a personally registered user of the Staatsbibliothek
  • Your library account has not been blocked (i.e. due to unpaid fees). Please check your library account in advance.


Please visit our Lending Desks if you would like to exchange your StabiStart-Card for a an annual library card. This procedure is not accepted online.

After successful renewal of your library card you will receive a confirmation email. Afterwards you can use your library card as before. To update your personal data such as address, visa etc. you must visit us onsite.

Guidelines for the use of our collections are laid down in the Benutzungsordnung (Conditions of use), the Gebührenordnung (Charges and fees) and in the Hausordnung (House rules).

Privacy policy


Our service times: Mon-Fri  9am-3pm.

Renewal Form via SSL access