Zentral- und Landesbibliothek / Central and Regional Library Berlin, Germany

Berliner Stadtbibliothek
Berliner Stadtbibliothek

Name of the Library:Zentral- und Landesbibliothek  / Central and Regional library Berlin

Street Address:
Berliner Stadtbibliothek: Breite Straße 30-36, 10178 Berlin
Amerika-Gedenkbibliothek: Blücherplatz 1, 10961 Berlin
Postal Address: Postfach 610179, 10922 Berlin
Telephone : 0049-30-90226-401
Web Address: http://www.zlb.de
Library Email: http://www.zlb.de/service/fragen-sie-uns/online-auskunft.html
Type of Library : Central/ Main Library, Regional Library
Population served: Berlin: 3,5 Mio
Project Type:  Conversion , Refurbishment
Size (square metres):
Amerika-Gedenkbibliothek (AGB): 2.500 qm (public), 7.500 qm (total)
Berliner Stadtbibliothek (BStB): 4.500 qm (public), 26.500 qm (total)
Date of Completion:
AGB: 1954, Conversion/refurbishment: 2013/214
BStB: 1968; Conversion/refurbishment: 2011/2012/2015
AGB: Fritz Bornemann, Willy Kreuer


Berliner Stadtbibliothek
Berliner Stadtbibliothek

The Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin (ZLB) is the largest public library in Germany. Two branches house our 3.4 million media for your use.

At the Amerika-Gedenkbibliothek in Kreuzberg you will find the humanities and fine arts, fiction, films, music, and the art library. Our children’s and young adult library is also located here, along with its learning centre.


The Berliner Stadtbibliothek in Mitte houses the subjects of natural sciences, medicine, and economics as well as the Senatsbibliothek Berlin, home of urban studies and law. The Berlin-Studien and Historische Sammlungen collections of the ZLB have their own reading rooms where you can peruse extensive collections about Berlin’s past and present.

As Berlin’s state library, it is our mission to collect all printed works, data, and sound carriers that are published in Berlin, as well as the official publications of the state of Berlin.

The Foundation of the Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin was created in 1995 out of the fusion of the Berliner Stadtbibliothek at Schlossplatz in the eastern part and the Amerika-Gedenkbibliothek at Hallesches Ufer in the western part of Berlin.

The ZLB is one of the most frequently visited cultural and educational institutions in Berlin. Future plans will hopefully consolidate the library at one location.

Awards, case studies, further information

2014: Themenraum-App (Topic-room-App): “Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects” from ALA “American Library Association”

2014: Innovationspreis digitab



Craigieburn Library, Hume, Victoria, Australia

Craigieburn Exterior Name of the library:  Craigieburn Library
Parent organisation:  Hume City Council

Street address:  Hume Global Learning Centre – Craigieburn
75-95 Central Park Avenue,  Craigieburn Victoria 3064
Postal address:  P.O. Box 119    Dallas Victoria 3047
Telephone:   61393566980
Web  :  www.humelibraries.vic.gov.au  www.hume.vic.gov.au
Library email:   libraries@hume.vic.gov.au
Type of library: Public library
Population served: 39,891 (as at 30 June 2014)
Project type:  new building
Size:   Total public access footprint: 3,338.5 m²
Total building footprint: 4,040.50 m²
Total library footprint: 1,072m²
Date of completion: May 2012
Architect:  Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp (FJMT)

Craigieburn Interior Description
In 2014, Craigieburn Library was named ‘International Public Library of the Year’ at a prestigious awards ceremony in France.

The facility, located within the Hume Global Learning Centre – Craigieburn, was given the award over libraries from  England, the Netherlands and Denmark. The honour was presented at the annual International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) congress in Lyon, France and was sponsored by the Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen architects.

The committee of judges chose Craigieburn Library because it “distinguishes itself as a significant modern construction with a strong, recognisable architectural concept. With its open and flexible space, the library creates a democratic meeting place, open to diversity and interaction (and) is a good example of how Hume City has used a library to create a sense of belonging for all demographic groups as both a learning centre and gathering space for the city”.

The Hume Global Learning Centre – Craigieburn, including Craigieburn Library was a collaborative effort between Hume City Council and the architects Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp and provides a range of services under one roof. In addition to the library, there is an exhibition gallery, occasional care program, cafe, Council’s Customer Service Centre and a state-of-the-art training and conference facility. Craigieburn Interior 2 With a footprint of just over 4000 square metres, the centre incorporates the best of community facilities, the latest in technology, and advances in sustainable design. The building is a series of interlocking pavilions of varying height and scale. The two-storey central library reading space is flooded in natural light, while the lower ceiling of the children’s library creates a cosy area for little ones.

The facility uses locally-sourced earth as the primary building material, with rammed earth walls providing a natural transition from the ground into structure. The design provides a warm, friendly and sustainable facility that invites people to take advantage of the external shaded courtyards as well as the building interior.

The Hume Libraries service has been recognised not only for design excellence but for delivering exceptional services to our community. In May 2014, Hume Libraries was named Australia’s Favourite Library Service, receiving over 30,000 votes in a nation-wide search by the Australian Library and Information Association.

In September 2014, the Hume Libraries service was also the first public library in Australia to receive eSmart status. The eSmart initiative, developed in partnership by The Alannah and Madeline Foundation and Telstra, aims to increase cyber-safety and deals with cyber-bullying by changing behaviours. This means that Libraries’ staff can teach residents use technology in a smart, safe and responsible way.

Nearly 530,000 users visit Hume Libraries each year, and borrow more than 992,000 items. The Hume Libraries membership rate is 59.1% – well above the Victorian average of 49.1% – and proof that Hume City locals love their libraries!