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Registration

For using our reading rooms and ordering items from our collections readers need a library card of the state library.

You obtain a library card upon presentation of your identity card or passport:

  • on the site at Unter den Linden at the issue desk
  • on the site at Potsdamer Straße at the lending desk located on the ground floor
  • in the Newspaper department on the Westhafen site

Since December 2015 the StabiStart library card gives you the possibility to get to know our library and many of our services for a period of three days - after a "quick-registration". Find out more about StabiStart.

In order to accelerate the registration process, you can print the form Anmeldung für persönliche Benutzer (Registration of readers) and bring the completed form with you to the Book issue/Registration point. 

Please observe the differing opening hours of the Issue desk/Registration point. At the site Potsdamer Straße the registration is possible Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm and Sat 8am to 5pm, at the site Unter den Linden Mon-Fri  9am to 9pm and Sat 10am to 7pm, in the departments in Westhafen Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm.

Minors need a Einverständniserklärung (declaration of consent) of their parent or legal guardian. 

With your library card you have free access to the facilities of the library and you can borrow items from the library’s collections for use in the reading rooms (minimum age: 16 years).

If you wish to borrow books to take home, we need – in addition to your identification document - a certificate of residence, unless the address is on the identification document (e.g. in the German identity card). Citizens from non-EU countries who wish to take books home need a residence permit which is still valid for at least three months or the certificate of matriculation of a university in Germany.

Visitors have the possibility to prepare their visit to the Staatsbibliothek, even if they do not yet have a library card.

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

You are one of our registered readers and wish to inform us about a change of name and/or address? Please bring your identity card with you during your next visit to the library.

Corporate users (corporations, institutes, etc.) have the possibility to obtain a joint library card for a number of authorised signatories. 

For more information on the conditions please contact the Book issue / Registration point (Phone: +49 30 266-433999 / +49 30 266-433777).

Please note that for licensing reasons we are not able to provide remote access to electronic resources for corporate users.

In order to accelerate the registration process, you can print the form Anmeldung für Institute (Registration for institutes) and bring the completed form with you to the Book issue / Registration point.
For the registration as a corporate user you have to provide (in addition to the completion of the registration form):

  • a letterheaded paper of your institution / corporation with
  • the names of up to three authorised signatories with their respective signatures, and
  • the signature of the head of the institution (with a stamp of the institution).

When all documents have been provided, the library card can be collected by one of the authorised signatories upon presentation of his/her identification card.

The registration for corporate users is possible Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm/Sat 8am to 6pm at the site Potsdamer Straße and Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm at the site Unter den Linden.

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

For the renewal of your library card the said documents are again required, i.e. a letterheaded paper of your institution, a list of the authorised signatories and the stamp of your institution.

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

For questions about this Service, please call us during our service times on +49 30 266 433777.

Our service times: Mon-Fri  9am-5pm.

Renewal Form via SSL access

You do not reside in Berlin and wish to use our holdings in the reading room during your visit? It is possible to order media already one week before your visit by our Registration Service.

You want to use special materials (such as maps or sheet music)? Please contact the corresponding special department.

The conditions to use this Service are:

  • You do not reside in Berlin.
  • You do not need any personal advice when searching and ordering the media.

Our service times: Mon-Fri  9am-3pm.

Your arrival: Please consider possible closing days of our Library before your visit. Adresses and map.

After successful registration: You will receive your personal library card number and password by email. Subsequently, you can order the wanted media online.

Due to technical reasons, we are not able to provide our  StabiStart card in connection with this registration service. Thank you for your understanding.

Application for registration: By sending off the application form, you have accepted our Conditions of Use.

Privacy policy

Registration Form via SSL Access

You want to postpone your visit? Please contact the staff at the Registration Service.

Further service offers are: