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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 »
  • If you visit Kulturforum, on the other side of the street you will see the building of the Staatsbibliothek. Nothing special.  more »
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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