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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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  • A library par excellence and a piece of German Architectural Masterpiece created during the Cold War Era, when East and West Berlin were divided cities.... this library along with the philharmonic and...  more »
  • If you are visiting this part of the city, please have a look inside. You can have a glimpse of it at the entrance, but if you want to see more, you have to be a student or a researcher. Easy access i...  more »
  • That they only may enter if you are a paying member, is not my idea of a library. Libraries are not only to borrow there but also for book lovers who like to sniff at old works, soaking up the atmosphere, etc.
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  • 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.
  • A lot of students and others come here to work, and they are off course strickt in a very German way. You have to check inn your coate and am only allowed to take a few items into the library. And you have to separate out the food and drinks. Though I was not inside it seems like a good place to work.
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  • I find the staff very good and friendly. Unfortunately, I find overpriced cafeteria. the equipment is somewhat out of date and the toilets in a slightly bad state. But super is that there is a cloakroom, where you need a coin and that they can rent a permanent locker. Something short, I find the opening hours. I'd glad morning, the library would make up around 8. The fact that you pay for the use that would be actually very good. Conclusion: scores with the wardrobe, permanent safe, location and staff. There are deficiencies as regards the facilities, cafeteria and toilets.
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