Specialist libraries

The specialist and reference libraries of the individual museums/institutions at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin collectively make up a single system of libraries, in line with standards considered to constitute best professional practice. This system encompasses the entire stock of literature necessary for the museums/institutions to perform their respective functions, and is subdivided organizationally between the Kunstbibliothek and the remaining libraries. In addition to overseeing the supply of literature to the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, as a major specialist library, the Kunstbibliothek also acts as a nationwide public service. The individual museums/institutions at the SMB are responsible for the selection of publications held by their respective specialist and reference libraries. It is imperative that the library system is set up in such a way as to guarantee a single and unified archive system for the constituent library collections. It is the responsibility of the Kunstbibliothek to take the necessary organizational measures to ensure compliance with this requirement (quoted from the statutes of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin).

Alte Nationalgalerie
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Bodestraße 1–3
10178 Berlin

Library information desk
Tel.: 030 / 266425820

Scope and holdings
Reference library of 19th-century art and collection-related literature
Collection policy decider: Dr. Angelika Wesenberg
Collection areas: literature on the painting and sculpture of the 19th century
Holdings: approx. 35,000 volumes

Use
Internal only, not for public use. Please contact the information desk of the Archäologische Bibliothek if the title you are looking for in Berlin is only available in the Alte Nationalgalerie’s library.

Catalogues
Electronic catalogues: OPAC of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (contains titles acquired after 2003)
Traditional catalogues: Alphabetical card catalogue; shelf catalogue

Ethnologisches Museum
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Arnimallee 27
14195 Berlin

Opening hours
Mon.–Thurs. 9:00–16:00, or by appointment

Library information desk
Tel: 030 / 8301280

Public transport connections
U-Bahn U3 (Dahlem-Dorf)
Bus X11, X83 (Dahlem-Dorf); 101 (Limonenstraße); 110 (Domäne Dahlem)

Scope and holdings
Specialist library for museum-collection areas: Africa, American archaeology and ethnology, the Islamic Orient, East and North-East Asia, South and Southeast Asia, Polynesia, Australia, and ethnomusicology
Collection policy decider: Dr. Richard Haas
Collection areas: literature on ethnology and remote regions
Holdings statistics: 105,000 volumes, 288 currently subscribed periodicals (as of 2011)
Historical book collections: 7,100 volumes. See detailed description in the ‘Handbuch der historischen Buchbestände in Deutschland, Österreich und Europa

Use
Reference library, reading room with 8 desks

Technical equipment
Black-and-white photocopier

Catalogues
The OPAC of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin contains the entire holdings of the Ethnologisches Museum’s library

Gemäldegalerie
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Stauffenbergstraße 40
10785 Berlin

Library information
Kunstbibliothek information desk tel.: 030 / 266424141

Scope and holdings
Reference library of European painting of the 13th to 18th century
Collection policy decider: Dr. Rainer Michaelis
Collection areas: literature on European painting of the 13th to 18th century
Holdings statistics: 13,000 volumes

Use
Internal only, not for public use. Please contact the Kunstbibliothek information desk if the title you are looking for in Berlin is only available in the Gemäldegalerie’s library.

Catalogues
Electronic catalogues: OPAC of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (contains titles acquired after 2003)
Traditional catalogues: Alphabetical card catalogue; shelf catalogue

Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Invalidenstraße 50‑51
10557 Berlin

Library information
Kunstbibliothek information desk tel.: 030 / 266424141

Scope and holdings
Collection reference library of contemporary art and contemporary artists featured in the Marx, Marzona and Friedrich Christian Flick collections
Collection policy decider: Dr. Britta Schmitz
Collection areas: literature on contemporary art
Holdings: approx. 5000 volumes, 11 currently subscribed periodicals

Use
Internal only, not for public use. Please contact the Kunstbibliothek information desk if the title you are looking for is only available in Berlin in the Hamburger Bahnhof’s library.

Catalogues
Electronic catalogues: OPAC of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (contains titles acquired after 2003)
Traditional catalogues: alphabetical card catalogue

Kunstgewerbemuseum
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Tiergartenstraße 6
10785 Berlin

Opening hours
By appointment only during the hours: Tues. + Thurs. 10:00–12:00 and 14:00–16:00

Library information
Kunstbibliothek information desk tel.: 030 / 266424141

Scope and holdings
Reference library of the Kunstgewerbemuseum
Collection policy decider: Dr. Achim Stiegel
Collection areas: literature relating to the collection of European decorative art and design of all epochs from late antiquity onwards
Holdings statistics: approx. 19,000 volumes, 38 currently subscribed periodicals

Use
External use, by appointment, only in exceptional cases and for research purposes only, reference library

Catalogues Electronic catalogues: OPAC of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (contains titles acquired after 2003) Traditional catalogues: alphabetical card catalogue

Kupferstichkabinett
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Matthäikirchplatz 8
10785 Berlin

Opening hours
Tues.–Fri. 9:00–16:00, preferably by appointment

Study room (library information)
Katrin Warnecke
Tel.: 030 / 266424240

Scope and holdings
Reference library of the Kupferstichkabinett
Collection policy deciders: N. N.
Collection areas: literature on the history of printmaking and the art of drawing from the Middle Ages to the present, on the art of calligraphy and manuscript illumination
Holdings statistics: approx. 31,000 volumes
Historical book collections: approx. 3500 volumes, including 284 incunabula (in the museum’s art collection)

Use
Use in the study room; reference library

Catalogues
Electronic catalogues: OPAC of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (contains titles acquired after 2003)
Traditional catalogues: alphabetical card catalogue

Museum Europäischer Kulturen
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Im Winkel 8
14195 Berlin

Opening hours
Mon.–Fri. 9:00–13:00, please inform us beforehand by phone of your intention to visit

Library information desk
Tel: 030 / 266426820

Public transport connections
Underground U3 (Dahlem-Dorf)
Bus X 11, X 83 (Dahlem-Dorf); 101 (Limonenstraße); 110 (Domäne Dahlem)

Scope and holdings
Specialist library of the Museum Europäischer Kulturen
Collection policy decider: Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Tietmeyer
Library management: Regine Knopp, (Dipl.-Bibl.)
Collection areas: European ethnology, folk art, German and European cultural landscapes, cultural anthropology, agricultural history, life cycles, children’s literature, literature for teens, school textbooks (especially 19th-century), popular prints (incl. pictorial broadsheet collection), cultural contacts, migration, textile techniques/clothing, folk song, folk tales, and the history of comics.
Holdings: more than 52,000 volumes, 161 currently subscribed periodicals

Use
Reference library, reading room with 4 desks

Technical equipment
Black-and-white photocopier

Catalogues
Electronic catalogues: OPAC of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (contains titles acquired after 2003)
Traditional catalogues: Alphabetical card catalogues (ordered according to PI and RAK); systematic catalogues (with indexes)

Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Takustraße 40, 1. OG
14195 Berlin

Opening hours
By appointment only at the following times: Thurs. 11:00–17:00

Information desk
+49 (0)30 / 8301 361
Email:

Scope and holdings
Reference library for the Collection of South, Southeast and Central-Asian Art at the Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Collection areas: literature on the art, archaeology, the religious and cultural history of the Indian subcontinent, Southeast and Central Asia from the 2nd century CE to the present day
Holdings statistics: approx. 19,000 volumes, 160 currently subscribed periodicals (as of late 2003)

Use
Use only in exceptional cases and by appointment only, reference library, reading room with 3 desks

Catalogues
Electronic catalogues: OPAC of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (contains titles acquired after 2003)
Traditional catalogues: Alphabetical card catalogue

Museumsbiblitoheken im GBV (Museum Libraries in the GBV)

Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Takustraße 40; 3. OG
14195 Berlin

Opening times
By appointment

Library information
Bärbel Kron:
+49 (0)30 / 8301 394
b.kron[at]smb.spk-berlin.de

Scope and holdings
Reference library for the Collection of East-Asian Art at the Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Collection policy decider: Uta Rahman-Steinert
Collection areas: literature on East-Asian art history, archaeology and decorative art
Holdings statistics: approx. 20,000 volumes, 102 currently subscribed periodicals (as of late 2003)

Use
Use by appointment only, for researchers and scholars of East-Asian art, students of the history of East-Asian art, and members of the Gesellschaft für Ostasiatische Kunst. Exceptions sometimes made. Reference library with 3 reading desks.

Catalogues
Electronic catalogues: OPAC of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (contains all titles in European languages, as well as a selection of bilingual editions and East-Asian titles)
Traditional catalogues: alphabetical card catalogue
The OPAC of the Museumsbibliotheken im GBV allows users to also make searches in the original languages.
Traditional catalogues: alphabetical card catalogue

Museum für Islamische Kunst
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
(access via Archäologisches Zentrum)
Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 6
10117 Berlin

Opening times
By appointment only, open: Mon.–Thurs. 10:00–16:00, Fri. 10:00–14:00

Library information desk
Tel.: 030 / 266425820

Profile and holdings
Reference library of the Museum für Islamische Kunst
Collection policy decider: Dr. Julia Gonnella
Collection areas: literature on art, the decorative arts, archaeology, architecture, and the cultural history of the Islamic world, from the 7th to 19th century, with a focus on the Near East, Iran and Central Asia
Holdings statistics: approx. 30,000 volumes, 57 currently subscribed periodicals

Use
Use only in exceptional cases and by appointment only, reference library, reading room with 4 desks

Catalogues
Electronic catalogues: OPAC of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (contains titles acquired after 2003)
Traditional catalogues: alphabetical card catalogue

Museumsbiblitoheken im GBV (Museum Libraries in the GBV)

Münzkabinett
Bode-Museum
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Bodestraße 1–3
10178 Berlin

Opening times
By appointment on the following days: Tues. + Fri. 10:00–16:30

Library information
Valentina Schröder
Tel.: 030 / 26642 5411

Scope and holdings
Reference library of numismatic-related literature
Collection policy decider: Elke Bannicke
Collection areas: literature on the history of coins and medals of all epochs and countries
Holdings statistics: approx. 20,000 volumes, 56 currently subscribed periodicals
Historical book collections: numerous important historical books are still missing as a result of the Second World War.

Use
Use in the study room with 10 desks available, reference library

Catalogues
Electronic catalogues: OPAC of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (contains titles acquired from 2003 onwards); interactive online catalogue of the Münzkabinett (includes Münzkabinett exhibits)
Traditional catalogues: alphabetical card catalogue

Skulpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinische Kunst
Bode-Museum
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Bodestraße 1–3
10178 Berlin

Library information desk
Tel.: 030 / 266 42 5820

Scope and holdings
Reference library of the Skulpturensammlung
Collection policy decider: Dr. Volker Krahn
Collection areas: Literature on the history of European sculpture from the early Middle Ages to the late 18th century
Holdings statistics: approx. 9000 volumes, 7 currently subscribed periodicals

Use
Internal only, not for public use. Please contact the information desk in the Archaeological Library if the title you are looking for in Berlin is only available in the Skulpturensammlung’s library.

Catalogues
Electronic catalogues: OPAC of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (contains titles acquired after 2003)
Traditional catalogues: alphabetical card catalogue; shelf catalogue

Institut für Museumsforschung
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
In der Halde 1
14195 Berlin

Opening times
Mon.–Fri., 10:00–16:00
By appointment only, please contact us beforehand by phone or e-mail

Library information desk
Tel: 030 / 8301462
v.heyden[at]smb.spk-berlin.de

Public transport connections
U-Bahn U3 (Podbielskiallee oder Dahlem-Dorf)
Bus: X83 (Dahlem-Dorf); 101 (Limonenstraße); 110 (Im Dol oder Drosselweg)

Scope and holdings
Specialist library for all museological interests
Collection policy decider: Axel Ermert
Library manager: Vera Heyden
Collection areas: museology, state cultural policy, museum guides, all topics of relevance to the museum as a public institution
Holdings statistics: approx. 35,000 volumes, approx. 90 currently subscribed periodicals (as of late 2017)

Use      
Reference library, 4 desks

Technical equipment
Black-and-white photocopier, private laptop-use possible

Catalogues
Electronic catalogues: OPAC of the Staatliche Museen zu BerlinDatenbank-Infosystem, Zeitschriftendatenbank, Artlibraries.net
Traditional catalogues: alphabetical card catalogue (all items acquired before 2002 systematized according to RAK); shelf catalogue

Rathgen-Forschungslabor
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Schloßstraße 1a
14059 Berlin

Opening times
By appointment only during the following times: Mon.–Fri. 09:00–16:00

Library information desk
Tel.: 030 / 266427120

Scope and holdings
Reference library of the scientific institute responsible for the material analysis and preservation of cultural artefacts, conservation science, and object authenticity
Collection policy decider: Dr. habil. Ina Reiche
Collection areas: scientific literature on material analysis and the conservation and restoration of artworks
Holdings statistics: 10,000 volumes, 46 currently subscribed periodicals

Use
Use only in exceptional cases and by appointment only, reference library, reading room with 10 desks

Catalogues
Electronic catalogues: OPAC of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (contains titles acquired after 2003)
Traditional catalogues: alphabetical card catalogue; shelf catalogue