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You may borrow e-books, e-audio, e-papers and other e-media at voebb.de/digitale-angebote.
While you are able to visit the ZLB and use many of its services without a library card, you will need one if you want to take materials home and/or use our advanced services. To get a card, it’s best to go directly to the ZLB or use one of Berlin’s other public libraries. This page contains more information on this.
Types of card
We have four kinds of card available to meet your needs:
You can have a library card issued to you during opening hours in the registration and borrowing areas of both ZLB branches, as well as in every other affiliated library of the VÖBB.
All cards are valid for one year after the issue date.
All types of cards require you to bring a personal identification card or passport and an official confirmation of residence (except for the reading room card, which does not require a registration address in Germany)
Adults are registered on site without filling in forms.
All types of cards require you to bring a personal identification card or passport and an official confirmation of residence (except for the reading room card, which does not require a registration address in Germany).
Registration for institutions
All types of cards require you to bring a personal identification card or passport and an official confirmation of resideIn order to register an institution, the person applying for the card must bring their personal identification card or passpor their official confirmation of residence. They must also fill out the corresponding registration form.
Different fees are charged depending on card type. We offer discounts on annual cards for certain groups of people (students, children etc.).
Relevant proof must be provided at the time of registration in order to obtain a discounted card. Late provision of proof or payment of fees will not be accepted!
Fees are based on the latest Usage and fee regulations for public libraries in the Federal State of Berlin (BÖBB).
You may only use your card once the card fee has been paid. When extending your card, you may only continue to use if once all relevant costs have been paid.
Reading room card
Annual card for:
People over 18 years of age
Trainees, university students, people performing basic military service or alternative service, people participating in a social or environmental volunteering gap year, people participating in the European youth leaders’ volunteering scheme, members of an association sponsoring a public library or the ZLB Foundation
Recipients of government aid allowances (“Arbeitslosengeld I and II” unemployment benefits, social welfare, basic benefits) with appropriate proof of “Berlin-Ticket S”/“berlinpass” or benefits notice.
Children, and school students holding a “Schülerausweis I” student ID
Institution card for:
Schools, after-school care clubs, kindergartens, crèches, etc. and similar establishments
Legal entities and authorities as defined by Section 2 of the General Jurisdictions Act (AZG)
In order to issue a replacement card, we need a valid personal identification card or passport as well as an official confirmation of residence. A replacement card is subject to a fee of 2.50 Euros.
Please ask on site!
Have you moved? Please notify us of your change of address as soon as possible so that our communications will reach you.
Fon +49 30 90226-116 /-401