Current services

In the preceding weeks, we have been extending our services as well as access to our library. However, as a result of the Corona pandemic, only restricted reader services will be possible at our site.

Here you find all updated information.

Information on services which are fully operational such as, e.g., the Interlibrary loan and the use of Carrels, can be found on the respective Webpages.

Opening and service times

Until further notice, the library site Potsdamer Straße offers the following opening and service times from Monday to Friday:

  • Access to the reading room after prior booking: 9am – 6pm
  • Access to the lending service and book collection area after prior boooking: 9am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 6pm
  • i-Punkt (information point) in the entrance hall: 9am – 6pm
  • Information desk in the reading room: 10am – 6pm
  • Information service by telephone (+49 30 266 433888): 9am – 6pm

Booking a time slot

We again offer many services in our building. However, for nearly all these services you need a time slot which you have to reserve online in advance. Please have a look at the various offers.

With a time slot for a short stay it is possible:

  • to collect requested items,
  • to collect online requested library cards,
  • to pay charges and fees at the payment machines,
  • to have access to your permament lockers.

With a time slot for the reading room you have access to the reading room for one day and can use all services offered on site.

Working in the reading rooms

As of 1 July 2020 a limited number of readers are allowed to work in the reading rooms. This requires an online time slot booking in advance.

Requesting, borrowing and returning items

  • It is only possible to request a maximum of 10 items at the same time
  • Collection only after Booking a time slot
  • Returning items is possible without a time slot
  • No return receipt will be issued
  • Your library account will only be updated after a few days
  • Return of items via mail (To: Leihstelle der Staatsbibliothek, Potsdamer Str. 33, 10785 Berlin)
  • In special cases items from the General Reading Room, site Unter den Linden (shelfmarks HA) may be borrowed. Contact:

Exhibitions and Events

  • Beethoven exhibition until 24 July at our site Unter den Linden – Booking a time slot
  • Until further notice, no events, workshops, or trainings in our buildings
  • Expert advice via Telephone or Video – More Information
  • NEW: Webinars on various topics – More Information

Hygiene rules in the building

Please note that in our buildings the currently valid Hygiene and social distancing rules apply.

  • Wear a face mask covering mouth and nose in the whole building, except at your table in the reading room
  • Maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 metres to other people.
  • Observe the sign-posted pathways – especially at the entrance and exit.