Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
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Library information desk
Phone: +49 30 266424141
Fax: +49 30 266424199
Director of the Library of Art History: Dr. Joachim Brand
Head of visitor services and interlibrary loans: Hanna Siebert
Stores manager: Mareike Flock
Users can browse the Kunstbibliothek’s main catalogue via the Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin’s online catalogue, with the URL http://opac.smb.spk-berlin.de. To place an order for an item from our holdings, all you need to do is enter your library pass number and the first three letters of your surname. The searchable database is a subsection of the GBV Common Library Network database (Gemeinsamer Bibliotheksverbund). The online catalogue contains all journals, all monographs acquired since 1995, and all articles catalogued since 2004, held at the Kunstbibliothek. We are currently in the process of adding older titles to the online catalogue. The OPAC also contains all monographs and magazines acquired since mid-2003 currently held at the specialist departmental libraries of the many institutions and museums that make up the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. For information on the possible search options, please turn to the catalogue help pages.
Traditional cataloguing system (cards and microfiche catalogues)
The Kunstbibliothek’s traditional card catalogue system consists of ‘formal’ catalogues and subject catalogues. ‘Formal’ catalogues provide access to formal features of books (author, title, publisher/museum/gallery, etc.). They provide the answer as to whether a library owns a particular book, and which books by a particular author are held at the library. Subject catalogues are ordered according to the contents of books (person, place, object, topic, etc.). They provide information as to which books a library has on a particular topic. Which kind of catalogue you should consult depends on the kind of information you are looking for.
The following formal catalogues are available for use within the Kunstbibliothek:
The following subject catalogues are available for use within the Kunstbibliothek:
Important abbreviations on the catalogue cards:
Relating to collection:
The holdings of the former Museumsbibliothek Dahlem and the former Zentralbibliothek Museumsinsel were relocated to the Kunstbibliothek’s main building in 1998. They are indexed in microfiche catalogues and can be ordered in the reading room. Items from these collections must be ordered one day in advance. Items with museum abbreviations on the catalogue cards are held externally and can only be viewed in the respective museum. In the Kunstbibliothek’s main collection, most cards are marked with a handwritten X. When this sign does not appear on a card, it indicates that the item was lost in the Second World War. If it appears that the book you are looking for is not held at the Kunstbibliothek, we strongly advise making a search in the MF catalogues of the individual museum libraries, whose holdings supplement the Kunstbibliothek’s.