The central library Amerika-Gedenkbibliothek – short AGB – is not very enchanting or historic. But every time I come here I feel like wanting to read everything, to learn everything and to know everything. Because it is the biggest public library in Berlin and doesn’t belong to any university, it is open for everyone: citizens, students, tourists, kids. For everyone who is interested in cook books, traveling inspirations (the travel guide section is huge), learning German or other languages, music notes, CDs/DVDs or just reading a good thriller (also in foreign languages). But also a wide range of academic literature and a separate kids’ library with books and games can be found here.
You can enter and read without a library card or entrance-fee. But if you want to borrow books you have to register at the “Anmeldung” desk. A library card costs € 10 (5 € for students) and is valid a whole year and for every public library in Berlin (there are over 90). Books can be borrowed for four weeks and renewed twice. For loaning and returning books very practical machines can be used. WIFI is provided as well as computers.
The building has currently been modernized so browsing around makes much more fun now. Plus Tim’s Bakery opened a café inside with great Canadian brownies!
Oh – you want to know why it is called Amerika-Gedenkbibliothek (America Memorial Library)? The house was built in 1954 in West Berlin and financed by donations from the United States’ public.