What makes the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin a top address for fellows of the ZMO is that it provides access to most electronic resources in Berlin (to some of them you have access from outside with your user number and password), that they offer the longest borrowing period (limited to four weeks), and that all resources of interest to us are availlible at one location: Haus Potsdamer Straße, close to Tiergarten (Potsdamer Straße 33). At the two Berlin universities, in contrast, most books are divided into small departmental libraries.
The Staatsbibliothek in Potsdamer Straße, for example, contains the:
A library card can be obtained at the lending department (Leihstelle) on the ground floor (opening hours Mo-Fr: 9-20.30, Sa: 9-16.30).
A monthly card costs €10, an annual card €25.
For admission you need an identity card (or passport) and a registration card. Citizens of the European Union need proof of residence in Germany. Citizens from countries outside the EU are kindly requested to present the following documents for registration:
- passport / identity card
and to borrow books you will also need:
- police confirmation of course registration
- residence permit for at least three months or confirmation of enrolment at a German university.
You can also print out and complete the application form at home and bring it to the library.
You can use the electronic resources of the Staatsbibliothek at the Elster portal. If they are marked "remote access" or with a yellow traffic light, access is only possible in the Staatsbibliothek building.
green = free access
yellow = access in the Staatsbibliothek building only
red = access with charges
You can search for arabic manuscripts in the Staatsbibliothek at ZMO with the printed catalogue Verzeichnis der arabischen Handschriften of Wilhelm Ahlwardt (10 vol., Berlin 1887-1899, call 51/1501 a-k).