Library of the Ethnologisches Museum

Ethnologisches Museum
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Arnimallee 27
14195 Berlin

Opening hours
Monday to Thursday: 9 am to 4 pm, or by appointment

Library information desk

Phone: +49 30 8301280
E-Mail: em.bib[at]

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


Reference library, reading room with 8 desks

Technical equipment

Black-and-white photocopier


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

The archive of the Ethnologisches Museum is closed until further notice.

The Museum für Völkerkunde’s collection of historical files is being cleaned. It is also scheduled to be digitised by 2021, as part of a DFG project. The goal of the DFG project ‘Digitisation of the Historical Archive of the Ethnologisches Museum – 1830–1947’ is to permanently secure the documents and to publish the digital versions via the Internet. A microfilm copy of the collection can be found in the Zentralarchiv of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and can be consulted there by appointment.

Contact the
Contact for substantive research inquiries:a.zenner[at]