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Archaeological Library

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

However, we still ask you to register before your visit.

Opening times by appointment

The reading room of the Archäologische Bibliothek in the Archäologisches Zentrum will be accessible from 9 am to 8 pm, Monday to Friday.

Please note that 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 5 pm.

Please note: Due to necessary maintenance work, digital services will not be available at the Kunstbibliothek (Art Library) during the period from Wednesday, 5 June, 2 pm through the end of the day on Sunday, 6 June 2024. Work in the reading room and study areas will be affected by the following restrictions:

  • The use of WLAN (WiFi) and access to electronic resources will not be possible.
  • Book orders in OPAC are only possible on Wednesday, 5 June 2024 before 2 pm. No book orders can be carried out from Thursday, 6 June through Sunday, 9 June 2024.
  • For these reasons, the Kunstbibliothek’s reading room and study areas at the Kulturforum will remain closed on 6 and 7 June.

We appreciate your understanding.

Library information

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.


  • Reference library, largely open-shelf, by appointment/prior registration only, reading room with 24 desks, orders available at issue desk in 30 to 45 minutes. 
  • Rare books: Rare books and manuscripts are usually only available one day after ordering.

Technical equipment

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


Electronic catalogues: