Library and Reading Room Cards
Who can borrow books?
The library of the Ibero-American Institute (IAI) is open to all interested users. There are two types of user IDs: If you are a resident of Berlin or a student or staff member of an institute of higher education in Berlin, Postdam or Frankfurt/Oder, you may borrow books for home use (Library Card). We make materials available to all other users in the reading room (Reading Room Card).
Minors starting from the age of 16 years and counting with their parents' consent are allowed to obtain a Library Card or a Reading Room Card.
What does a user ID cost and how long is it valid?
The library card for external lending and the reading room card are valid 365 days. From October 1, 2019 on, both of them will be free of charge - initially for a pilot phase of 2 years.
How do I apply for an ID?
Please bring your ID, passport or electronic driving license to the reference counter.
To apply for a Library Card to take books home with you, we require the following documents:
Berlin residents please bring confirmation of your registration with the authorities (Anmeldebestätigung) or your ID. Students or staff members of a university in Berlin, Potsdam or Frankfurt/Oder are asked to provide proof of university affiliation (student ID, employment contract, etc.). If you are not an EU citizen of if you are stateless you need to show your residence permit or proof of an employment contract with some institution within the EU which will have to be valid for a minimum of three more months.
During the Service Hours (Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) uur staff will issue you a user ID immediately.
Can I apply for an user ID online?
We are working on this option. Currently, you can renew or request your Reading Room Card (yellow) online. Please fill this form out completely. For a new Reading Room Card, please come to the IAI, bring your identity papers (ID, passport or electronic driving licence) and pick up your Reading Room Card.
If you want to renew your Reading Room Card online, we will process your request and then send you a confirmation by e-mail. Please allow one or two working days for a response.
For any further question, please contact the Reference Staff.