Special opening times

from October 5st to 16th, 2020 the library opens differently :

Mondays and Thursdays, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The library is open for limited contact loan to staff at the institute. After arranging an appointment, ordered books can be picked up by ZMO employees. By appointment a limited number of users can use the reading room from Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Masks are required inside the library.
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Search with the button above at the same time in ZMO and e.g. all other Berlin libraries that are connected to WorldCat. In addition to WorldCat and union catalog, the display and search function for the Arabic original font as well as the Cyrillic font can now also be used in the local catalog.

ZMO Catalogs and holdings

Arabic titles in the online catalogue

The norm for transliteration of Arabic titles in our electronic catalogue system is the international standard ISO 233 (International Organization for Standardization's norm for Transliteration of Arabic characters into Latin characters) which is also the german DIN 31635. So one should whrite in the input field of the online catalogue 

t for thāʾg for jīmh for khāʾd for dhāls for shīng for ghayna for tāʾ marbūṭaiya for nisba feminine singularai and au for diphthongsiy and uw for doubling of wāw and yāʾ.

To Arab personal names applies the standardised form of RAK-WB (e.g. Ibn-Bībī, Abu-'l-Faḍl, ʿAbdallāh, ʿAbd-ar-Raḥmān, Muʾaiyad fi 'd-Dīn).


Library usage

Opening hours



09:00 - 15:30
 Tuesday to Thursday
09:00 - 17:00            
09:00 - 13:00




Dr. Thomas Ripper
Phone: +49-(0)30-80307-110

Ursula Benzin
Phone: +49-(0)30-80307-106

Alisher Karabaev
Phone: +49-(0)30-80307-106


Holdings can be consulted in the reading room. You can use our scanner. This is free of
charge but you need to bring a data medium with you.

Institution code: B 2138




Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient, Kirchweg 33, D-14129 Berlin

Directions by Public Transportation:

S-Bahn 1 or 7 Station Nikolassee (10 minutes walk)

Bus 118 , Stop Quantzstraße