Posted by: bluesyemre | December 7, 2015

Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (Berlin State Library) Haus Unter den Linden pictures by Emre Hasan Akbayrak


The founding of the Churfürstliche Bibliothek zu Cölln an der
Spree (Electoral Library) 350 years ago established the basis for
what is today the most important academic research library in the German speaking countries. Since its year of foundation (1661), the library’s collections and holdings systematically grew to their present-day status as a result of the targeted acquisition and cataloguing of all manner of materials. The Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Berlin State Library – Prussian Cultural Heritage) collects texts, media and cultural works from all fields of knowledge in all languages, from all eras and all countries of the world, providing the materials which are of interest for academic and research purposes. The current holdings and collections are accordingly impressive: They include printed works from many centuries, manuscripts, music autographs, maps, globes, atlases, estates, newspapers and periodicals, parliamentary documents, books for children and young people, microform collections, digitally presented texts as well as extensive databases.
The historical prints constitute another special area of focus, especially those books published in the German-speaking countries between1871 and 1912 as well as material on legal studies and the special collection field East/South-East Asia. Organisationally attached to the Staatsbibliothek is the Bildagentur für Kunst, Kultur und Geschichte (bpk) (Picture Agency for Art, Culture and History). As a central service institution, the bpk is the contact for editorial and commercial use of images from the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz.

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