Archaeological Library

Archäologisches Zentrum
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 6
10117 Berlin

Current information

The reading room of the Archäologische Bibliothek in the Archäologisches Zentrum will be accessible from 9 am to 8 pm, Monday to Friday. Access to the reading room is only possible under the 2G rule, i.e. with proof of full vaccination or recovery.

Visitors must register their attendance in advance (and receive email confirmation). To register, please send an email to: auskunft.ab[at]

  • Time slot 1: 9 am to 12:30 pm
  • Time slot 2: 1 pm to 4:30 pm
  • Time slot 3: 5 pm to 8 pm
  • Please note that in the third time slot from 5 pm to 8 pm, only the materials on the publicly accessible shelves can be consulted. The retrieval of literature from the stacks or the issuing of library passes is restricted to the library’s service hours, 9 am to 4:30 pm.

Visitors are required to wear a FFP2 face mask.

The Archäologische Bibliothek is not barrier-free accessible until further notice.

To make an appointment and for library inquiries, please contact:
Phone: +49 30 266425820

Scope and holdings

  • Archaeological Library 
  • Collection areas: Egyptology, Near-Eastern archaeology and Oriental philology, classical archaeology, epigraphy, literature on prehistoric cultures of Europe and the ancient Near East up to the Middle Ages, papyrology, conservation and restoration, the archaeology of Sudan, and publications by the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. 
  • Holdings statistics: approx. 150,000 volumes. 
  • Historical book collections: 6000 volumes.


Technical equipment

  • Colour photocopier/scanner
  • microfiche reader
  • CD-ROM databases
  • online databases
  • photographic reproductions to order.


Electronic catalogues: