More than 70,000 volumes of literature in the fields of fine arts, photography and architecture.

Photo: Parallel floor-to-ceiling shelves with books.
© Noshe

According to the collections of the museum the library preserves literature on Modern Art, Photography, and Architecture, mainly of the 20th century. The stock (at the moment 70.000 volumes) expands countinously by means of donations and estates (for example the library of Eberhard Roters, the founder of the museum).

It annually increases by about 2000 units, mainly by means of the publication exchange program with about 170 institutions at home and abroad.

Photo: Visitor at the library counter.
© Berlinische Galerie, Daniel Müller

Online Public Access Catalogue

The Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) of the Berlinische Galerie contains all titles that were purchased since 2004. The recording of earlier titles is done continuously.

The inventory can also be found among the titles that are listet in the KOBV library network. Magazines published before 1945 can be found in the ZDB.

Contact Library

Jan-Tillmann Rierl
Head of Library
Phone +49 030-789 02-891
Fax +49 030-789 02-890

Opening times

Monday, Wednesday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm

To book a workstation, please feel free to send an e-mail to or call us.


Publication exchange

The publication exchange works on the basis of exchange agreements. (Each title of the Berlinische Galerie for each publication of the partner institution.) There is an exchange of single titles as well. 


Marion Molnos
Phone +49 030-789 02-893
Fax +49 030-789 02-890


Dagmar Petzold
Phone +49 030-789 02-618

Photo: Two young visitors hold a tablet. It shows a photograph of a work of art.

Our digital collection

Around 40.000 works and archival documents have been already digitised: search in our Collection Online.