New State Library Haus Potsdamer Straße 33
(and the Ibero-American Institute)
The so called New State Library located in the Kulturforum of Berlin is part of the institutions of the Prussian Cultural Heritage (Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz) and is one of the dependances of the State Library that has its main building in the street Unter den Linden.
The building in the Potsdamer Straße was built by the architect Hans Scharoun who had also designed the Philharmonie and the Chamber Music Hall at the Kulturforum. In the year 1978 the new library building was opened to the public. Soon, the building was well-known amongst others for its impressive reading room that also became one of the locations of Wim Wender´s prize awarded film "Wings of Desire" ("Himmel über Berlin").
Website of the State Library
Guided tours in the library
Every third Saturday of a month there is a guided tour through the building of the New State Library at Kulturforum (Potsdamer Straße 33)
Dates to come for the guided tours: 21 February, 21 March, 18 April, 16 May, 20 June 2009, 10:30 a.m.
meeting point: entrance of the New State Library
The guided tour takes about 1,5 hours.
The admission to the guided tour is free, no registration required