Lipperheide Costume Library

Matthäikirchplatz 6
10785 Berlin

Study room opening times
Monday: 2 to 8 pm
Tuesday to Friday: 9 am to 4 pm

Please note: Access to the study room is only possible with proof of a negative test, full vaccination or recovery. Visitors must register their attendance in advance (and receive email confirmation). To register, please send an email to: kb[at]


  •     Time slot 1: 2 – 4:45 pm
  •     Time slot 2: 5 – 8 pm

Tuesday to Friday

  •     Time slot 1: 9 am – 12 pm
  •     Time slot 2: 12:30 – 4 pm

Visitors must wear a medical mask or FFP2 face mask at all times.

Library information desk
Phone: +49 30 266424141
Fax: +49 30 266424199


Library stores manager: Rainer Öhlmann

Collection stores manager: Hildegard Ringena
E-Mail: h.ringena[at]

Scope and holdings

Collection areas: international costume and fashion history, dance, theatre, cultural history.


  • User Guidelines of the Kunstbibliothek.
  • Terms of Use [Download PDF] of the Kunstbibliothek.
  • Reference library, study room with 40 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.
  • Inter-library loans: International Standard Identifier for Libraries and Related Organisations. (ISIL): B 11, loan region BER = Berlin and Brandenburg only; transfer of paper media only.

Technical equipment

  • Colour and black-and-white photocopiers
  • microfiche reader
  • photographic reproductions to order. 


Electronic catalogues: 

Traditional catalogues:

  • Alphabetical card catalogue (all items acquired before 1994 systematized according to the ‘Prussian Instructions’, a historical cataloguing system).

Inventory catalogue:

  • Inventory catalogue of the Lipperheide Costume Library, revised by E. Nienholdt and G. Wagner-Neumann, Berlin 1965, 2 vols.