Professional Study Visit to Zentral- und Landesbibliothek (Central & Regional Library, Berlin)

Rashid, Abdul Professional Study Visit to Zentral- und Landesbibliothek (Central & Regional Library, Berlin)., 2005 [Report]


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The Zentral- und Landesbibliothek was created in October 1995 by merging the Amerika-Gedenkbibliothek (American Memorial Library) in the district of Berlin-Kreuzberg (former West Berlin) and the Berliner Stadtbibliothek (Berlin City Library) – in the district of Berlin-Mitte (former East Berlin). Like many other institutions which were merged following the reunification, this means that they are housed in two buildings – one in the former East Berlin, and one in the former West. The Berlin City Library was founded in 1901 and was an academic universal library. The America Memorial-Library was founded in 1954 and was the first open-stack public library in Germany. The ZLB has a combined stock of about 3.2 million media (85% are books) and with about 1,700,000 visitors annually, it is the most-visited cultural institution in Berlin and with the highest lending rates in Germany. More than 3.7 items has been borrowed during 2004. A staff of roughly 300 provides services for more than 90,000 active patrons. About 30,000 new reader cards are issued every year and more than 7000 user visit library each day. I have learnt about German practices in face 2 face and virtual reference services, user education, use of ICT in libraries and in reference services.

Item type: Report
Keywords: Study Visit Report, German Public Libraries, ZLB, Zentral- und Landesbibliothek
Subjects: D. Libraries as physical collections. > DC. Public libraries.
Depositing user: Abdul Rashid
Date deposited: 06 Aug 2006
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:04


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