Books are one of the most important things in my life. I cherish places that make books accessible, and in times of budget cuts it is a good thing that Berlin still boasts an impressive number of public libraries that make reading and books available to everyone. One of Berlin’s nicest libraries is located in my Kiez of Wedding: the Luisenbad library.
Hidden in a courtyard off busy Badstrasse, the library is only accessible through a dark courtyard entrance or via a small path along the narrow Panke river, a fitting approach to a place where adventures and ghost stories are housed, not unlike the antique book store of Carl Conrad Coreander. The building attributes to that image: it is an old public pool dating from 1885, which also housed a cinema and dance hall once. The old tile lettering ‘Coffee Kitchen’ is still visible on the left side of the entrance. The library itself is spacious and bright, as a new glass-and-concrete annexe has been attached to the old building before the library was opened to the public in 1995, but some of the old wall structures are still visible inside. In summer there is also a reading garden out the back, and the library has a large selection of English, French and Turkish books available.
Even for visitors without a Berlin library card this is a fantastic old and quiet place for savouring the written word and to just while an hour away, leafing through a book or two.