HowTo: Remote Access to Staatsbibliothek Ressources

So you are interested in this one article in the paper that the Hertie library does not provide access to? Well, chances are that the public library Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (Stabi) has access. And the best part: You can use it. Here's how:


1. Go to one of the STABI houses:

Haus Unter den Linden
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin
Unter den Linden 8
D-10117 Berlin (Mitte)

Haus Potsdamer Straße 
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin
Potsdamer Straße 33
D-10785 Berlin (Tiergarten)

2. Fill in the registration form (available in English)

3. Bring 30 EUR in cash or your German debit card, and the following documents:

a. If you are a German Citizen

  • Your personal ID

b. If you are an EU Citizen

  • Your personal ID
  • Your “Meldebescheinigung” (registration document with your German address on it)

c. If you are a non-EU citizen, depending on when your residence permit was issued:

  • Either your residence card (which has the address on it) OR
  • Your passport with the VISA sticker in it PLUS your “Meldebescheinigung” (registration document with your German address on it)

4. Hand the form and your documents to the STABI registration desk. To finalize the registration, they will take a photo of you, and issue your STABI-card, which is valid for 1 year.

5. You can pay the 30 EUR registration fee at their pay machine. BE SURE TO PRINT THE RECEIPT!

6. Back at the Hertie library, fill inthe refund form (include your German bank account data) and give them your receipt. Accounting will transfer the 30 EUR back to your account.

Searching for Online Resources

1. Instead of googling keywords or titles of articles, or searching directly via databases, go to:, click the flag on the left to change the language, and type your keywords into the stabikat+ search-box (even if you don’t change the language, English search results will show up).

2. A search results list will open. You again have to change the language to English on the top right corner (click on “Sprache”).

3. On the left, you will be able to filter your results. If no filter is applied, the search will show you all results (not only online articles, but also books and journals that you can check out at STABI).

Option 1 - PDFs

1. PDFs that STABI has access to, will show this button underneath the title: 

2. If you click on this button, this window will open:


3. If you click “Login for full access”, this will show up:


4. If you click on “Ich akzeptiere die Benutzungsbedingungen”, the system will ask you for your card-number and password:

5. The card-number (Ausweisnr.) is the number on your STABI-card. The password is your date of birth (unless you have changed it): DDMMYYYY (e.g. 28081990)

6. If you click “Login”, you will be able to access the PDF.

7. You will not have to go through the same procedure for every document. Once you have logged in, you can access the pdf’s without having to re-enter your card-number and password.

Option 2 – Access via external databases

Stabikat+ also offers links to other databases, which they (and you) have access to.


1. Instead of the “PDF Full Text” button, there will be a link (e.g.“Full text from JSTOR”) If you click on that link, a new page will open.

2. On the bottom of this page you will have to click this button:

3. And then enter your card-number and password, as described in Step 4, 5 and 6, to access the PDF version.


1. There will be a link called

2. If you click that link, this page will show up:

3. If you click on “Elektronische Zeitschriftenbibliothek (EZB)”, another page will open, which shows you via a traffic light system, whether you have access to the full text. If so (green or yellow), you can click on one of the available links which will forward you to the external database’s website.

4. There you’ll have to directly search for the title, and access the PDF via this database.