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.
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 or renew it online?
Yes. Please fill in this form.
Please also scan (or take a photo of) the following documents and send them by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
- valid identity card (front and back) or
- valid passport
Write "Reading Room Card" and your name in the subject line of the e-mail. You will receive an unencrypted e-mail from us with your access data no later than the next working day. Now you are able to order media via the catalogue or use electronic ressources (after changing your password).
To pick up a new user ID, please come to the IAI and bring your identity papers (ID, passport or electronic driving licence).
If you want to renew your user ID online, please fill in this form. 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.