Berlin State Library

The Berlin State Library (German: Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin; officially abbreviated as SBB, colloquially Stabi) 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.[2] 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.

Berlin State Library
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz
TypeUniversal library
LocationUnter den Linden 8,
Potsdamer Straße 33, Westhafenstraße 1,
Berlin, Germany
Items collectedbooks, journals, newspapers, magazines, music autographs, databases, maps, prints, drawings, incunabula and manuscripts
Consists of 12.3 million books; 206,700 rare books; 60,100 manuscripts; music autographs; 1,600 estate archives; 25,000 periodicals; 180,000 newspaper volumes; 4,300 databases; 2.7 million microfilms; 13.5 million images at the bpk
Legal depositYes, German parliament and government publications [citation needed]
Access and use
Access requirementsany person over 16 years of age
Circulation1.7 million
Other information
DirectorAchim Bonte

Some famous items in its collection include 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.[3]

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