Lipperheide Costume Library

Matthäikirchplatz 6
10785 Berlin

Study room opening times
Monday: 12 to 6 pm
Tuesday to Friday: 10 am to 4 pm

Current information

Access to the study 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: kb[at]


  •     Time slot 1: 12 to 2:45 pm
  •     Time slot 2: 3 to 6 pm

Tuesday to Friday

  •     Time slot 1: 10 am to 12:45 pm
  •     Time slot 2: 1 to 4 pm

Visitors must wear a FFP2 face mask at all times.

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

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.