Due to maintenance work on our servers, the information provided in the library catalogue related to loans, particularly the return dates for some media, is not current at this time. Please address any questions you may have regarding the availability of borrowing media or the due dates for returning borrowed media directly to library staff by email or phone.
We appreciate your understanding about this temporary restriction of user services.
Changed opening hours
Since March 1, 2015, the library opens at 12 noon on Tuesdays.
Tues. 12 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Weds., Fri. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Thurs. 12 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Closed Sat. Sun. Mon.
Admission for one day (loans not permitted): 1 euro
Card for 6 months: 15 euros (reduced 7.50 euros)
Card for one year: 30 euros (reduced 15 euros)
Replacement upon loss: 5 euros
Our policy only permits loans to users with an officially registered address in Germany.
With a one-day pass or a library card users can also visit the Program Gallery in the Permanent Exhibition Television (4th floor).
Filmhaus, 5th floor
Potsdamer Straße 2
Tel.: +49-30-300 903-72/ -78 (Loans and renewals)
Fax: +49-30-300 903-77
Since January 1999, the library has been a department of the Deutsche Kinemathek. For over thirty years prior to this, it was the special library of the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (dffb).
The Library is open to everyone interested over 16 years of age. Our users are, for the most part, students from Berlin and Brandenburg’s universities and colleges, alongside film scholars and historians, editors as well as other professionals involved in film and television.
Printed works and documents on film and television: Visitors have open access to publications on film history, including its pre- and early history, as well as the history of photography, monographs on individuals, themes and institutions, publications on film theory, critique and aesthetics, material on individual films, film genres, technology and the industry, screenplays once on sale in bookstores, and a large collection of reference books on film-related topics. Special focuses of the library are publications on German filmmakers and films in exile, on scriptwriting, biographies and memoirs. In addition, users will find documents on national and international film festivals, distribution and exhibition catalogues as well as movie theater programs.
Aside from monographs and “gray literature”, the library has an important inventory of German and international film periodicals – to date some 220 current titles and more than 3,800 different periodicals in all. An important and valuable part of the collection from the perspective of film history is also available on microfilm.
The Press Archive sorts through German and foreign newspapers on topics related to the media daily. Users may research newspaper clippings on individuals, film and television, institutions and festivals.
Our monographs, festival catalogues and DVDs have been catalogued electronically in the library’s OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue). Monographs and DVDs may be searched for simultaneously by using the Verbundkatalog Film: Gesamtbestand (Collective Film Catalogue) of the KOBV, a cooperative network for libraries in Berlin and Brandenburg with an internet portal. DVDs may also be searched for separately via the Verbundkatalog Film: DVD/Video.
In the library itself, important film-specific databanks are available for research: e.g. the International Index to Film and Television Periodicals – FIAF, Kinofilme im deutschen Fernsehen (Cinema Films on German Television) – SPIO (the umbrella organization of the German film industry).