Berlin Central and Regional Library

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Berlin Central and Regional Library
Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin (ZLB)
Berlin Central and Regional Library logo.png
CountryGermany
TypeCity and Regional library
Established1995
LocationBerlin-Mitte
Berlin-Charlottenburg
Berlin-Kreuzberg
Collection
Size3.4 million
Legal depositYes, Berlin Senate and State
Access and use
Circulation4.24 million (2008)
Other information
DirectorHans Joachim Rieseberg
Websitewww.zlb.de

The Berlin Central and Regional Library (German: Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin) or ZLB is the official library of the City and State of Berlin, Germany. It was established as a Foundation by two State laws, initially in 1995 and amended in 2005, combining the following institutions:

  • American Memorial Library (German: Amerika-Gedenkbibliothek), one of the largest public libraries in Berlin opened in 1954 and initially co-funded with a grant from the United States
  • Berlin City Library (German: Berliner Stadtbibliothek), the municipal library of the city founded in 1901
  • Berlin Senate Library (German: Senatsbibliothek Berlin), the official library of the Berlin Senate, founded on 22 December 1948.
  • Berlin General Catalog (German: Berliner Gesamtkatalog or BGK)

In 2011 the library system had more than 3.4 million electronic and printed media.

The Foundation is a legal deposit library for all publications appearing in Berlin. The ZLB also has significant historical and estate collections, and operates the Center for Berlin Studies in Ribbeck-House. The ZLB is a member of the Public Libraries in Berlin (VÖBB) and the Cooperative Library Network of Berlin-Brandenburg (KOBV). Partner libraries are the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Rudomino All-Russian State Library for Foreign Literature in Moscow.[1]

Locations[edit]

There had been plans to combine all these institutions and locations at the former Tempelhof Airport. Construction was slated to begin in 2016.[2] Currently the debate for a new building is being discussed anew. [3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Website of the ZLB in English, retrieved 01-Mar-2012
  2. ^ New Building for Central Regional Library defended 28.02.2012 at rbb Online (in German), retrieved 01-Mar-2012.
  3. ^ [1], retrieved 01-Oct-2016.

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Coordinates: 52°30′55″N 13°24′16″E / 52.5153°N 13.4045°E / 52.5153; 13.4045