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. 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|
|Location||Unter den Linden 8,|
Potsdamer Straße 33, Westhafenstraße 1,
|Items collected||books, 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 deposit||Yes, German parliament and government publications |
|Access and use|
|Access requirements||any person over 16 years of age|
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.