Specialist libraries

The specialist and reference libraries of the individual museums/institutions at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin collectively make up a single system of libraries, in line with standards considered to constitute best professional practice. This system encompasses the entire stock of literature necessary for the museums/institutions to perform their respective functions, and is subdivided organizationally between the Kunstbibliothek and the remaining libraries.

In addition to overseeing the supply of literature to the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, as a major specialist library, the Kunstbibliothek also acts as a nationwide public service. The individual museums/institutions at the SMB are responsible for the selection of publications held by their respective specialist and reference libraries. It is imperative that the library system is set up in such a way as to guarantee a single and unified archive system for the constituent library collections. It is the responsibility of the Kunstbibliothek to take the necessary organizational measures to ensure compliance with this requirement (quoted from the statutes of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin).

Alte Nationalgalerie
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Bodestraße 1–3
10178 Berlin

Library information desk

Phone: +49 30 266425820
E-Mail: auskunft.ab[at]smb.spk-berlin.de

Scope and holdings

Reference library of 19th-century art and collection-related literature
Collection policy decider: Dr. Birigit Verwiebe
Collection areas: literature on the painting and sculpture of the 19th century
Holdings: approx. 35,000 volumes

Use

Internal only, not for public use. Please contact the information desk of the Archäologische Bibliothek if the title you are looking for in Berlin is only available in the Alte Nationalgalerie’s library.

Catalogues

Electronic catalogues: OPAC of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (contains titles acquired after 2003)
Traditional catalogues: Alphabetical card catalogue; shelf catalogue

Ethnologisches Museum
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Arnimallee 27
14195 Berlin

Opening hours
Monday to Thursday: 9 am to 4 pm, or by appointment

Library information desk

Phone: +49 30 8301280
E-Mail: em.bib[at]smb.spk-berlin.de

Public transport connections

U-Bahn U3 (Dahlem-Dorf)
Bus X11, X83 (Dahlem-Dorf); 101 (Limonenstraße); 110 (Domäne Dahlem)

Scope and holdings

Specialist library for museum-collection areas: Africa, American archaeology and ethnology, the Islamic Orient, East and North-East Asia, South and Southeast Asia, Polynesia, Australia, and ethnomusicology

Collection policy decider: Dr. Richard Haas
Collection areas: literature on ethnology and remote regions
Holdings statistics: 105,000 volumes, 288 currently subscribed periodicals (as of 2011)
Historical book collections: 7,100 volumes. See detailed description in the ‘Handbuch der historischen Buchbestände in Deutschland, Österreich und Europa

Use

Reference library, reading room with 8 desks

Technical equipment

Black-and-white photocopier

Catalogues

The OPAC of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin contains the entire holdings of the Ethnologisches Museum’s library

The archive of the Ethnologisches Museum is closed until further notice.

The Museum für Völkerkunde’s collection of historical files is being cleaned. It is also scheduled to be digitised by 2021, as part of a DFG project. The goal of the DFG project ‘Digitisation of the Historical Archive of the Ethnologisches Museum – 1830–1947’ is to permanently secure the documents and to publish the digital versions via the Internet. A microfilm copy of the collection can be found in the Zentralarchiv of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and can be consulted there by appointment.

Contact the Zentralarchiv: za@smb.museum
Contact for substantive research inquiries: a.zenner[at]smb.spk-berlin.de

Gemäldegalerie
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Stauffenbergstraße 40
10785 Berlin

Library information

Kunstbibliothek information desk
Phone: +49 30 266424141
E-Mail: auskunft.kb[@smb.spk-berlin.de

Scope and holdings

Reference library of European painting of the 13th to 18th century
Collection policy decider: Dr. Rainer Michaelis
Collection areas: literature on European painting of the 13th to 18th century
Holdings statistics: 13,000 volumes

Use

Internal only, not for public use. Please contact the Kunstbibliothek information desk if the title you are looking for in Berlin is only available in the Gemäldegalerie’s library.

Catalogues

Electronic catalogues: OPAC of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (contains titles acquired after 2003)
Traditional catalogues: Alphabetical card catalogue; shelf catalogue

Hamburger Bahnhof – Museum für Gegenwart – Berlin
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Invalidenstraße 50‑51
10557 Berlin

Library information

Kunstbibliothek information desk
Phone: +49 30 266424141
E-Mail: 

Scope and holdings

Collection reference library of contemporary art and contemporary artists featured in the Marx, Marzona and Friedrich Christian Flick collections

Collection policy decider: Dr. Britta Schmitz
Collection areas: literature on contemporary art
Holdings: approx. 5000 volumes, 11 currently subscribed periodicals

Use

Internal only, not for public use. Please contact the Kunstbibliothek information desk if the title you are looking for is only available in Berlin in the Hamburger Bahnhof’s library.

Catalogues

Electronic catalogues: OPAC of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (contains titles acquired after 2003)
Traditional catalogues: alphabetical card catalogue

Kunstgewerbemuseum
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Tiergartenstraße 6
10785 Berlin

Opening hours by appointment only
Tuesday and Thursday: 10 am to 12 am and 2 pm to 4 pm

Library information

Kunstbibliothek information desk
Phone: +49 30 266424141
E-Mail: auskunft.kb[at]smb.spk-berlin.de

Scope and holdings

Reference library of the Kunstgewerbemuseum
Collection policy decider:
Dr. Achim Stiegel
Collection areas: literature relating to the collection of European decorative art and design of all epochs from late antiquity onwards
Holdings statistics: approx. 19,000 volumes, 38 currently subscribed periodicals

Use

External use, by appointment, only in exceptional cases and for research purposes only, reference library

Catalogues

Electronic catalogues: OPAC of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (contains titles acquired after 2003) Traditional catalogues: alphabetical card catalogue

Kupferstichkabinett
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Matthäikirchplatz 8
10785 Berlin

Opening hours
Tuesday to Friday: 9 am to 4 pm, preferably by appointment

Study room (library information)

Katrin Warnecke
Phone: +49 30 266424240
E-Mail: 

Scope and holdings

Reference library of the Kupferstichkabinett
Collection policy deciders: N. N.
Collection areas: literature on the history of printmaking and the art of drawing from the Middle Ages to the present, on the art of calligraphy and manuscript illumination
Holdings statistics: approx. 31,000 volumes
Historical book collections: approx. 3500 volumes, including 284 incunabula (in the museum’s art collection)

Use

Use in the study room; reference library

Catalogues

Electronic catalogues: OPAC of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (contains titles acquired after 2003)
Traditional catalogues: alphabetical card catalogue

Museum Europäischer Kulturen
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Im Winkel 8
14195 Berlin

Opening hours
Monday to Friday: 9 am to 1 pm, please inform us beforehand by phone of your intention to visit

Library information desk

Phone: +49 30 266426820
E-Mail: 

Public transport connections

Underground U3 (Dahlem-Dorf)
Bus X 11, X 83 (Dahlem-Dorf); 101 (Limonenstraße); 110 (Domäne Dahlem)

Scope and holdings

Specialist library of the Museum Europäischer Kulturen
Collection policy decider: Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Tietmeyer
Library management: Regine Knopp, (Dipl.-Bibl.)
Collection areas: European ethnology, folk art, German and European cultural landscapes, cultural anthropology, agricultural history, life cycles, children’s literature, literature for teens, school textbooks (especially 19th-century), popular prints (incl. pictorial broadsheet collection), cultural contacts, migration, textile techniques/clothing, folk song, folk tales, and the history of comics.
Holdings: more than 52,000 volumes, 161 currently subscribed periodicals

Use

Reference library, reading room with 4 desks

Technical equipment

Black-and-white photocopier

Catalogues

Electronic catalogues: OPAC of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (contains titles acquired after 2003)
Traditional catalogues: Alphabetical card catalogues (ordered according to PI and RAK); systematic catalogues (with indexes)

Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Takustraße 40, 1. OG
14195 Berlin

Opening hours by appointment only
Thursday: 11 am  to 5 pm

Information desk

Phone: +49 30 8301280
E-Mail: dahlem.bib[at]smb.spk-berlin.de

Scope and holdings

Reference library for the Collection of South, Southeast and Central-Asian Art at the Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Collection areas: literature on the art, archaeology, the religious and cultural history of the Indian subcontinent, Southeast and Central Asia from the 2nd century CE to the present day
Holdings statistics: approx. 19,000 volumes, 160 currently subscribed periodicals (as of late 2003)

Use

Use only in exceptional cases and by appointment only, reference library, reading room with 3 desks

Catalogues

Electronic catalogues: OPAC of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (contains titles acquired after 2003)
Traditional catalogues: Alphabetical card catalogue

Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Takustraße 40; 3. OG
14195 Berlin

Opening times
By appointment

Library information

Phone: +49 30 8301280
E-Mail: dahlem.bib[at]smb.spk-berlin.de

Scope and holdings

Reference library for the Collection of East-Asian Art at the Museum für Asiatische Kunst
Collection policy decider: Uta Rahman-Steinert
Collection areas: literature on East-Asian art history, archaeology and decorative art
Holdings statistics: approx. 20,000 volumes, 102 currently subscribed periodicals (as of late 2003)

Use

Use by appointment only, for researchers and scholars of East-Asian art, students of the history of East-Asian art, and members of the Gesellschaft für Ostasiatische Kunst. Exceptions sometimes made. Reference library with 3 reading desks.

Catalogues

Electronic catalogues:

Traditional catalogues: alphabetical card catalogue

Museum für Islamische Kunst
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
(access via Archäologisches Zentrum)
Geschwister-Scholl-Straße 6
10117 Berlin

Opening times by appointment only
Monday to Thursday: 10 am to 4 pm
Friday: 10 am to 2 pm

Library information desk

Phone: +49 30 266425820
E-Mail: 

Profile and holdings

Reference library of the Museum für Islamische Kunst
Collection policy decider: Dr. Martina Müller-Wiener
Collection areas: literature on art, the decorative arts, archaeology, architecture, and the cultural history of the Islamic world, from the 7th to 19th century, with a focus on the Near East, Iran and Central Asia
Holdings statistics: approx. 30,000 volumes, 57 currently subscribed periodicals

Use

Use only in exceptional cases and by appointment only, reference library, reading room with 4 desks

Catalogues

Electronic catalogues: OPAC of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (contains titles acquired after 2003)
Traditional catalogues: alphabetical card catalogue

Münzkabinett
Bode-Museum
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Bodestraße 1–3
10178 Berlin

Opening times by appointment
Tuesday to Friday: 10 am to 12:30 am and 1 pm to 4:30 pm 

Library information

Valentina Schröder
Phone: +49 30 2664 5411

Scope and holdings

Reference library of numismatic-related literature

Collection policy decider: Elke Bannicke
Collection areas: literature on the history of coins and medals of all epochs and countries
Holdings statistics: approx. 20,000 volumes, 56 currently subscribed periodicals
Historical book collections: numerous important historical books are still missing as a result of the Second World War.

Use

Use in the study room with 10 desks available, reference library

Catalogues

Electronic catalogues: OPAC of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (contains titles acquired from 2003 onwards); interactive online catalogue of the Münzkabinett (includes Münzkabinett exhibits)
Traditional catalogues: alphabetical card catalogue

Skulpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinische Kunst
Bode-Museum
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Bodestraße 1–3
10178 Berlin

Library information desk

Phone: +49 30 266425820
E-Mail: 

Scope and holdings

Reference library of the Skulpturensammlung
Collection policy decider: Dr. Volker Krahn
Collection areas: Literature on the history of European sculpture from the early Middle Ages to the late 18th century
Holdings statistics: approx. 9000 volumes, 7 currently subscribed periodicals

Use

Internal only, not for public use. Please contact the information desk in the Archaeological Library if the title you are looking for in Berlin is only available in the Skulpturensammlung’s library.

Catalogues

Electronic catalogues: OPAC of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (contains titles acquired after 2003)
Traditional catalogues: alphabetical card catalogue; shelf catalogue

Institut für Museumsforschung
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
In der Halde 1
14195 Berlin

Opening times by appointment only
Monday to Friday: 10 am to 4 pm
Please contact us beforehand by phone or e-mail

Library information desk

Phone: +49 30 8301462
E-Mail: v.heyden[at]smb.spk-berlin.de

Public transport connections

U-Bahn U3 (Podbielskiallee oder Dahlem-Dorf)
Bus: X83 (Dahlem-Dorf); 101 (Limonenstraße); 110 (Im Dol oder Drosselweg)

Scope and holdings

Specialist library for all museological interests
Collection policy decider: Axel Ermert
Library manager: Vera Heyden
Collection areas: museology, state cultural policy, museum guides, all topics of relevance to the museum as a public institution
Holdings statistics: approx. 35,000 volumes, approx. 90 currently subscribed periodicals (as of late 2017)

Use      

Reference library, 4 desks

Technical equipment

Black-and-white photocopier, private laptop-use possible

Catalogues

Electronic catalogues: OPAC of the Staatliche Museen zu BerlinDatenbank-Infosystem, Zeitschriftendatenbank, Artlibraries.net
Traditional catalogues: alphabetical card catalogue (all items acquired before 2002 systematized according to RAK); shelf catalogue

Rathgen-Forschungslabor
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
Schloßstraße 1a
14059 Berlin

Opening times by appointment only
Monday to Friday: 9 am to 4 pm 

Library information desk

Phone: +49 30 266427120
E-Mail: 

Scope and holdings

Reference library of the scientific institute responsible for the material analysis and preservation of cultural artefacts, conservation science, and object authenticity
Collection policy decider: Dr. habil. Ina Reiche
Collection areas: scientific literature on material analysis and the conservation and restoration of artworks
Holdings statistics: 10,000 volumes, 46 currently subscribed periodicals

Use

Use only in exceptional cases and by appointment only, reference library, reading room with 10 desks

Catalogues

Electronic catalogues: OPAC of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (contains titles acquired after 2003)
Traditional catalogues: alphabetical card catalogue; shelf catalogue