The WLAN (Wifi) in the entire library is not working correctly at this time ‒ short and sudden outages frequently occur. Please use our new research terminals, which will allow you to conduct the most reliable work the Internet. We are working to resolve these computer problems as soon as possible.
Due to the celebration of its 50th anniversary, the library will be closed at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, December 13, 2017.
The library will be closed from 26 December 2017 to 1 January 2018.
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: free of charge
Loans require a valid library card which is free of charge.
Replacement upon loss: 5 euros
Our policy only permits loans to users with an officially registered address in Germany.
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 170 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 online catalogue in German language (>> Bibliothekskatalog). 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).