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The Library of the Stasi Records Agency

The library in the Education and Research Department is a specialized scholarly library. It contains publications on subjects relevant to the reappraisal of the East German secret police. Although the library primarily supports the work of the agency’s staff, it is open to anyone interested in this subject. Having taken over the holdings of other scholarly libraries, the library also contains literature on other related scientific fields such as sociology, psychology, philosophy, religion, culture, science and technology, military and others.

The library of the Stasi Records Agency is open to the public.The library of the Stasi Records Agency is open to the public. Source: BStU

The library currently contains more than 69,000 volumes and maintains around 130 periodicals from the fields of history, politics and administration. It also has a collection of 15 German-language newspapers and weekly magazines.

Collection’s Main Focus

  • Ministry of State Security
  • Modern dictatorships
  • Communism and totalitarianism
  • Soviet occupation zone/GDR
  • German policy/German-German relations
  • Developments in Eastern Europe / Central Eastern Europe
  • Secret services
  • Reappraisal of the past
  • Biographies and biographical reference books

Using the Library

Library Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Wednesday: 10am – 6pm
Friday: 8:30am 2:30pm

The library offers:

  • Internet worksites with access to the library catalogue
  • Computer areas for CD / CD-ROM
  • Worksites with DVD/Video-Player
  • Newspapers and German daily publications
  • Books of statutes (including GDR)
  • Copy machines

Services

Contact

  • Address:
    Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 31/33
    10178 Berlin
  • Inquiries in English should be sent by E-Mail: bibliothek@bstu.bund.de

The library can be entered through the building lobby on Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 31.The library can be entered through the building lobby on Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 31. Source: BStU

Publications

The BStU offers some flyers and brochures in English. All the other publications (in German) can be ordered or downloaded.

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