Berlin State Library

Haus Potsdamer Strasse of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin

Founded in 1661, the Berlin State Library is currently growing at a rate of 100,000 holdings per year and now harbours a collection of over 11 million books. The two main buildings of the “Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin” reflect the history of this venerable institution.

The “Haus unter den Linden” stands in the heart of the historical centre on the Berlin Museum Island. The “Haus Potsdamer Strasse”, designed by architect Hans Scharoun, opened in 1978. It completes the ensemble formed with the Berlin Philharmonie, which was built in the immediate vicinity of the State Library. The Library at Potsdamer Platz has over 800 study desks and carrels.

The Berlin State Library is Germany’s largest academic research library and belongs to the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. Its unique, world famous collections are considered part of international cultural heritage.

Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Haus Potsdamer Strasse, Potsdamer Strasse 33, 10785 Berlin
More information, including opening hours and regulations for using the library, at:



Berlin State Library
Potsdamer Straße 33
10785 Berlin

Tel. +49 30 266-0