Registration & First Visit
Welcome at the BBF! Here you will find helpful information regarding your registration and your first visit to the BBF.
If you would like to register, please provide an official document (identity card, passport) stating your current address.
You will find the entrance to our library and archive in Warschauer Straße 34 on the first floor. Coin-operated lockers are provided (money is returned). Our reading areas are equipped with safety catches for notebooks and sockets.
The link “How to find us“ will guide you to the BBF.
Special Information Regarding the Library
During opening hours, you can register with the library any time. You only need your valid ID card (=Personalausweis) or passport with proof of your current address. In addition, we offer you the option of registering provisionally in advance via an online form and pre-ordering the desired media directly from the library catalog. These will then be ready for you when you visit the library. After presenting your identity documents, you will receive your library card, which is usually valid for twelve months, and you can borrow or view the pre-ordered media. The temporary registration is valid for four weeks. You need to be at least 18 years old if you wish to register with our library. Individuals who are at least 16 years old can register if they can provide parental (or their legal guardian’s) permission.
The entire library holdings are indexed in the library catalog. Parts of the holdings are immediately accessible on open shelves in the library, while others are kept in closed stacks. In the latter case, you need to order the items via the online catalog beforehand or ask for them on site at the desk and wait approximately 15 minutes for their delivery to the reading room.
Many of the items from our holdings are available on loan for people with a current address in Berlin or Brandenburg. However, we also hold items you can only use on our premises. For further information, follow the link on “Ordering & Borrowing".
We also offer guided tours giving you an overview of the library holdings and their use.
We kindly ask you to make an appointment, preferably a week ahead of your intended visit by e-mail (YXJjaGl2QGRpcGYuZGU=) or telephone (+49 (0)30 293360 – 996). This way we are optimally prepared and you can avoid periods of waiting.
The delivery of archival materials may take up to three working days. Once you know which documents exactly you wish to view and duly inform us about their shelf numbers, the respective items will be waiting for you on your arrival in the reading room.