The Schillerbibliothek on Leopoldplatz is one of the newest and at the same time oldest libraries in the Mitte district of Berlin. A library has been standing here since 1920, the last incarnation a charmless glass cube adjacent to the “new” town hall high rise from 1966, decommissioned in 2013.
In 2015 a shiny new library building was erected, and, like the Luisenbad library in nearby Gesundbrunnen, is somewhat hidden. To get here, one has to pass between a Turkish bank and a café. From the outside the new library does not look like much – like an irrelevant administrative building anywhere in Europe, all grey concrete and glass. The inside however is much more charming, and outstandingly bright and welcoming – wooden flooring, PC workstations and research desks placed in the large windows providing ample daylight for the students working here, the reading lounges even have audio armchairs where you can listen to audio books, and the impressive main stairwell made from rough concrete is inscribed with a poem by Berlin artist Angela Mewes.
Overall this is an excellent reincarnation of the library tradition in Wedding, and a place I love to spend time in.