This stamp is part of library history. This Berliner Bibliothekarschule (Library school of Berlin) was once situated at the Amerika Gedenkbibliothek, the library built in Berlin West in the 1950s to show East Germany what a library in a democracy looks like. There were predecessor institutions, but this library school is the later one. The school was obviously in the business of training librarians. Later this task was taken on by the Free University. After the german reunification the institut of library science of the Free University (Berlin West) and the institut of library science of the Humboldt University (Berlin East) merged into one institute of library science at the Humboldt University. At this point, the institute had it’s own library. Today this library is merge with the main library of the Humboldt University, the institute calls itself in Englisch (but not in German, were it is still an “Institut”) Berlin School of Library and Information Science. It has came full circle. Today this stamp here can be found in books in the main library of the Humboldt university (Collection “Altbestand Bibliothekswissenschaft”). The stamp reminds of supplement stamps used in the 1950s onwards on letters from Berlin West. It’s just very offical. The bear is the “Berliner Bär” (Berlin Bear), the heraldic animal of Berlin in its actual form.
Berlin School of Library and Information Science