Social Program and Site Visits (optional)

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Next Library® Conference Berlin 2018 will be full of Interactive Sessions, Ignite Next Library Talks and brilliant keynotes. But we also want to give you an opportunity to find more inspiration and get more social. Therefore we have arranged a number of site visits you can choose from.

You can find all the information you need about site visits on this page. Most of them are free, some of them are not. All require prior registration, during the regular registration process. We will have:

More information below.

Visits to Berlin Library Branches

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Berlin has over 80 libraries, all connected in the Berlin Library Association (VÖBB).

9 of them are happy to open their doors for you and give you a tour and some insights into their daily work. Please sign up for those visits during the regular registration process which will open in May 2018. The times indicated below are the times of departure at and anticipated return to Amerika-Gedenkbibliothek; the groups will meet at the conference venue and travel together to the local branches. Traveling times depend on the branch (between 30 minutes and 1 hour), see details in the individual PDFs below. (Each tour will be accompanied by a staff member who will meet the group, travel with them to the respective library (via public transport, ticket costs to be borne by each guest individually) and take them back from the local library to the conference venue at the end of the tour.)

You may book these free tours during the regular registration process which opens in May. All tours will be in English. Please note that the Wednesday library tours take place in parallel, so kindly inform yourself prior to the registration process and choose one during registration. Thank you.


Tour 1: TOMMI Prize. Meet the Kids Jury!
Anna-Seghers-Bibliothek (district: Lichtenberg)
9am - 1.30pm, limited to 12 people

Tour 2: Only Grey from the Outside
Eva-Maria-Buch-Haus (district: Schöneberg-Tempelhof)
10am - 1pm, limited to 20 people

Tour 3: A Former Volunteer Library
Kurt-Tucholsky-Bibliothek (district: Pankow)
10am - 1.30pm, limited to 25 people

Tour 4: The Public Living Room of the Local Neighborhood
Bibliothek am Wasserturm (district: Pankow)
10am - 1.45pm, limited to 12 people

Tour 5: An Open-Minded Library for the Local and International Community
Stadtteilbibliothek Karow (district: Pankow)
10am - 2pm, limited to 12 people

Tour 6: Keeping Strong in the Capital's Green and Sunny South!
Ingeborg-Drewitz-Bibliothek (district: Steglitz-Zehlendorf)
11.15am - 2.15pm, limited to 15 people

Tour 7: Architecture and Atmosphere
Humboldt-Bibliothek (district: Reinickendorf)
11.15am - 2.15pm, limited to 25 people

Tour 8: An Intercultural Family Library in the Heart of Berlin
Wilhelm-Liebknecht-/Namik-Kemal-Bibliothek (district: Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg)
2.30pm - 5.15pm, limited to 15 people


Tour 9: The building’s outsides make people curious about its insides!
Pablo-Neruda-Bibliothek (district: Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg)
1pm - 3.30pm, limited to 15 people

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