Comprehensive guide to Berlin Germany with information on Libraries.

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Video Libraries

If you're looking for an the original version of an English language video , or doing some research on American Studies; maybe a looking for a classic novel, or the Times of London - you can find it in Berlin. There is a plethora of library services here that are largely accessible to the English speaker at minimal costs.

The public library system "Offentliche Bibliotheken Berlin" is run through the Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin. Their web site, which offers information in English and in German, is worth a visit at:

America Memorial Library
(Amerika Gedenk Bibliothek)
Blucherplatz 1, 10961 Berlin - Kreuzberg | Tel: 90226-105 , Fax: 90226-139 | U6+15 Hallesches Tor | Times: Mon 15:00-19:00, Tue-Sat 11:00-19:00, Youth Library closed on Wednesday | Accessible by Wheelchair | Membership (With proof of residency and passport). The library card is good for all the state libraries in Berlin | Prices: DM20- one year membership, DM10 Conc.
Commemorating the air-drops of 1948-49, the Amerika-Gedenkbibliothek (House America Memeorial Library) offers a wide range of books, music, and videos. It is the largest circulating library in Germany. The library is in Kreuzberg and their video collection includes movies in English, French, Turkish, Russian, Vietnamese, German as well as other languages.

Language Note: The people at the front desk did not speak English when I applied for my library card, but, equipped with a small bilingual dictionary , it was nonetheless a relatively painless procedure. The staff are helpful and the woman in the audio/visual department on the first floor spoke fluent English.

Berlin City Library
(Berliner Stadtbibliothek)
Breite Str 32-36, 10178 Berlin - Mitte | Tel: 90 22 64 01, Fax: 90 22 64 94 | S+U Alexanderplatz, Bus 3, 5, 9, 45 & 75 Schloßplatz | Times: Mon-Fri 10:00-19:00, Sat 10:00-18:00 | Accessible by Wheelchair | Membership as for Membership (With proof of residency and passport). The library card is good for all the state libraries in Berlin | Prices: DM20- one year membership, DM10 Conc. |
Together with the Gedenkbibliothek (see above) this library makes up Berlin´s central and regional library. It has a stock of 2.3 million media titles covering all fields of knowledge. With approx. 1.7 million visitors annually it is probably the most visited cultural institution in Berlin.

Amerika Haus
Hardenbergstrasse 22-24, 10711 Berlin - Charlottenburg | Tel: 311 07-406, Fax: 311 07-400 | S+U Zoologischer Garten |
No longer has a circulating library. For those studying U.S. policy, politics and/or history, this is an ideal reference library. Use of the library is by appointment only - you must telephone ahead of time.

John F. Kennedy Institute for North American Studies at Free University Berlin
Lansstrasse 5-9, 14195 Berlin - Dahlem | Tel: 838 52855, Fax: 838 52860 | U1 Dahlem Dorf | Times: Mon-Thu 8:00-17:00, Thu 9:00-16:30 | Membership: Free for students and individuals with a Berlin address
The Library of the John F. Kennedy Institute is part of Berlin's Free University. Founded in 1952 with 2500 volumes of mostly American Literature, the library has grown in volume and scope now housing over 900 000 titles, including over 60 000 Canadian related titles. Visiting the university is a treat within itself, as it is set within a beautiful tree-lined area of the city.

The British Council
Hackescher Markt 1, 10178 Berlin - Mitte | Tel: 31 10 99 10, Fax: 31 10 99 46 | S-Bahn Hackescher Markt | Times: Mon & Thu 13:00-20:00, Tue, Wed & Fri 11:00-18:00, Sat 11:00-14:00 | Membership: DM60 per year DM30 (conc.)
Offer a large selection of traditional and modern library services, including internet access, CD ROMs and over 2500. Membership is only required to secure borrowing rights. videos in English .

Gay Museum, Archive and Library (Schwules Museum)
Mehringdamm 61, 10965 Berlin - Kreuzberg | Tel: 693 11 72, Fax: 693 40 37 | U6 + U7 Mehringdamm | Prices: 7 , 4 (conc.) | Times: Wed - Sun 14:00 - 18:00
Located in the courtyard behind Melitta Sundström is the gay museum. The exhibitions vary in content. Oscar Wilde is the theme of the next exhibit (1 Dec. -26 Feb. 2001). The archive and library are upstairs from the museum. The collection of English fiction is big, and it´s free to read. The only drawback is that you can´t check the books out. The staff are helpful and speak English. Both the museum and archive are good resources for learning more about gay cultural history and current happenings in the gay world.

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