Library Use

Registration and Fees

The library of the Deutsche Kinemathek is open to everyone interested over 16 years of age.

Use of the library is free of charge.

Upon request, users receive a library card which permits them to borrow items.


Admission for one day (loans not permitted): free of charge
Card for one year: free of charge
Replacement upon loss: 5 euros


A library card can only be issued to those with a valid ID card displaying their current address in Germany, or their passport and a certificate showing they have registered at their local residence registration office in Germany.

Non-EU citizens also require a residence permit valid for at least three months or proof of their current enrolment at a German university.


Loans and Renewals

Users who are residents of Germany and have a valid library card can borrow up to 5 books and 5 DVDs at a time for a maximum of 14 library workdays.

Renewals may be made by telephone provided the items are not on hold. For late returns, we charge a fee of 0.30 euro per item and library workday. For each written reminder, there is an additional charge of 1 euro. Periodicals, gray literature (e.g. festival catalogues) as well as books marked “Nur Lesesaal” (“Reading room only”) cannot be checked out.

Copiers are available, please ask for a copying card at the help desk (0.05 euro per copy/DIN A4 format).

Our policy does not permit users to copy media from before 1945 or university documents that were never on sale in bookshops.



Reading tables and laptop work stations are available throughout the library.

Please leave your jackets and bags at the cloakroom on the ground floor or use the lockers provided at the library entrance. And please turn off your cell phones. For the personal items you’ll need in the library, transparent bags are available at the loan desk.

Public lavatories are situated on the 2nd floor basement of the Filmhaus.

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