Requests and Archives Use

Ordering Materials

Archival materials can only be ordered in our Reading Rooms. In the Main Reading Room at Robert-Koch-Platz, the retrieval times for orders are at 10am and 1pm on working days. Unless held in external storage, any archival materials requested after 1pm will be available the next working day.

Books have to be ordered by 3pm at least one day in advance, and are delivered from our external storage facilities by 10am on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

Use of Reading Rooms

When you visit an Archives Reading Room for the first time, you will be asked to present some form of photo identification, such as a government-issued photo ID or passport, or an equivalent.

The lockers are coin operated and require a one-euro coin to enable locking. The coin is automatically returned after use.

You are only allowed to take pencils into the Reading Rooms to take your own notes. Our archival documents and books must be treated with respect. Do not place writing materials or other objects on them, lean on them or use them as a desk pad for writing on. Do not deface the materials, for example, by markings, underlinings or the use of sticky notes.

Only touch the photographs, negatives and microfiches when wearing protective gloves. Archival materials, library documents and finding aids are to be treated with due care and kept in the sequence as received.

Mobile phones are not allowed either in the Audio Rooms or Reading Rooms; photography and filming in these Rooms is forbidden.
Food and drink are not allowed in the Reading Rooms or Audio Rooms.