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Rara reading room
In the Rara reading room you can take a look at the library's most valuable holdings - by appointment only.
Most of the books are stored in the stacks on the top floor of the library building.
Construction work: The scaffolding of the Library and Congress Hall building on Museum Island in 1928.
The most precious
Superlatives of the library: The most precious - Peter Apian's "Astronomicum Caesareum" from 1540, here the title page. An edition of the Renaissance masterpiece was auctioned for more than half a million euros.
Detail from the "Astronomicum Caesareum" by Peter Apian, the most valuable book in the library.
Superlatives of the library: The largest book in the collection is "Die Hamburgische Sonnenfinsternis-Expedition 1905". It measures 64.5 by 53 centimeters.
Superlatives of the library: The smallest book, 2.5 by 3.0 centimeters, is the miniature on the "Berlin Trade Exhibition 1896".
Superlatives of the library: The thickest book in the collection is the edition of the "German Imperial Laws", also called "Brick"", with 1880 pages from 1936.
Superlatives of the library: The "longest" work is the "Annalen der Physik". The journals have been published since 1799 and now fill 20 shelf meters in the stacks.
Superlatives of the library: The oldest book is the "Poeticon Astronomicon" from 1482. The illustration shows the page on the constellation "Aries".