Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut
Preussischer Kulturbesitz

Library counters


How do I borrow materials?

To request materials use our online catalog at www.iaicat.de. The materials will be available at the service desk in about 30 minutes. If you request materials before 5 p.m. weekdays or 12 noon Saturday, you can pick up your books the same day. Otherwise they will be ready for you the next working day from 9 a.m. on. Books from the external storage facility Friedrichshagen, old books and special materials will usually be provided the next workday.

For the lending of media at home our service desk is open for you from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Later on you can continue to work with your materials in the reading room or borrow materials you have already ordered for the reading room.

How long can I borrow library materials?

Books published 1945 or later may be borrowed for four weeks. You may renew your loans two times through your user account.

The loan period for videos and DVDs is two weeks.

Older books, microforms, large formats and periodicals may only be used in the reading room.

Do you have more questions? Please contact the service desk at 030-266 45 2220 or ausleihe@iai.spk-berlin.de

What happens if I do not return my books on time?

If you do not return your books on time or do not extend the loan period on your library account, you will automatically receive a written reminder. At the same time, you will be charged cumulative reminder fees for each book. The next reminder level is reached after 10 days.

1st reminder € 2
2nd reminder € 5
3rd reminder € 10
4th reminder € 20

All outstanding fees can be viewed in your user account. Your account will be automatically blocked after an amount of € 37 and the fourth reminder. To avoid this, we recommend that you pay the outstanding fees on time.
If you have entered an e-mail address in your library account, you will receive the first to the third reminder by e-mail. You will receive the fourth reminder by post. It is therefore important that we always have your contact data up-to-date.

You will find more information about reminders and fees in our terms of use and scale of fees.

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