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Berlin State Library, Berlin

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The Berlin State Library is a universal library in Berlin, Germany and a property of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. It is one of the largest libraries in Europe, and one of the most important academic research libraries in the German-speaking world. It collects texts, media and cultural works from all fields in all languages, from all time periods and all countries of the world, which are of interest for academic and research purposes. Among the more famous items in its collection are the oldest biblical illustrations, in the fifth-century Quedlinburg Itala fragment, a Gutenberg Bible, the main autograph collection of Goethe, the world's largest collection of Johann Sebastian Bach's and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's manuscripts, and the original score of Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 9.
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  • Beautiful building which retains much of the books that have been collected from past eras. In the door get daily peddlers of books and there is a great animation at checkpoints since real gems can be found. Recommend a walk through Berlin.
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  • In each of my stressed peaceful and friendly interactions with the staff at the registration (Stabi Potsdamer Platz) was I hot abused I "could have gone to a colleague" or accused at once forget of the map "the map of purpose to alienating and to pass on to non-paying". I would visit the library very like complication-free and without insult.
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  • for all construction culture interested the State Library next to the Philharmonie (architect Hans Scharoun) at the Cultural Forum - Potsdamer Platz is worth - visiting again impressed by the spatial quality of the library...
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  • 70ies style, old, but many windows. The cafeteria is old, unfortunately very "German ", with Schnitzel etc The staff is ok. The accessibility is also good, but not so many books as expected. It is the state library in the German capital, but some libraries at German universities are better equipped. I prefer the Stadtbibliothek in Berlin: it is smaller though but more modern and cozy.
  • Great place to work in peace. Somehow the Berghain of Libraries.
  • Awesome library and there's friendly staff mostly but having problems with internet and no one comes with a solution unless you go on very specific times and three days a week there's a Internet technician.
  • Well, you have to pay monthly or yearly which yearly is much better. The staffs are unfriendly just like any other public sector staffs in Germany. The opening hours are alright but i would prefer if they were open late at night they close 9 p.m. The place is quite nice internet is alright, If you are working in IT, some connection get interrupted behind firewall, anyhow no issue to use ssh. Overall, as I am working remotely i find this space as a good alternative for co working space and cafes, to work.
  • Hostile and unhelpful staff

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