According to the collections of the museum the library preserves literature on Modern Art, Photography, and Architekture, 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.

Online Public Access Catalog

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.

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.
A list of titles for the publication exchange you find at the right hand site.

Abstract of the library regulations

Dear visitor

The library of the Berlinische Galerie is a public special library that primarily serves the purposes of the museum’s staff. Borrowing for use outside the reading room is not possible.

Damage of any kind such as notes, underlining, dog-ears, or the use of adhesive labels is prohibited. Please check the books or magazines you are given and report possible damage immediately. Otherwise it is assumed that the material has been in good order and condition. Please note that the reader is liable for damages.

Please note that outdoor clothing, such as coats, jackets etc., and bags may not be taken into the library. They must be deposited in the cloakroom or the lockers. Users shall allow inspection of books and documents.

Smoking, eating, and drinking are prohibited.
Thank you for your understanding.

The Library


Opening hours

Monday, Wednesday–Friday
10 am–4 pm

The library is closed during public holidays.



Jan Rierl
Tel +49 (0)30-789 02-891
Fax +49 (0)30-789 02-890

Publication exchange

Marion Molnos
Tel +49 (0)30-789 02-893
Fax +49 (0)30-789 02-890

Publication Exchange

Publication Exchange List