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

Foto: Parallel angeordnete raumhohe Regale mit Büchern.
© Noshe

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.

Foto: Besucher am Tresen der Bibliothek.
© 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.

Opening times

Dear visitors, from Monday 2 November, the Berlinische Galerie will be temporarily closed.

Visits are limited to a maximum of 45 minutes per person. This time can be extended under certain circumstances if good reasons are given. Media will be brought to your desk beforehand by library staff, but please request them in advance by email or by telephone. Independent shelf searches are currently not possible. Many of our holdings can be browsed in advance in our online catalogue. We will be happy to provide information about any older accessions not yet digitally catalogued.

To protect our visitors and staff, the normal hygiene strategy defined by the Berlinische Galerie also applies in our library reading room. A record of those present is kept and the details are stored for four weeks in keeping with the SARS-CoV-2 Infection Protection Ordinance adopted by the State of Berlin.


Jan-Tillmann Rierl

Phone +49 030-789 02-891
Fax +49 030-789 02-890

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 current list of titles for the publication exchange can be found here:


Marion Molnos

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

Foto: Zwei junge Besucher:innen halten ein Tablet. Es zeigt die Aufnahme eines Fotos von einem Kunstwerk.

Our digital collection

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

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