Baynatna – The Arabic Library in Berlin
The Arabic word baynatna means “between us. The Arabic-language library is located in the Central and Regional Library (ZLB) in the heart of Berlin.
With an average of 350 visitors* per month (2019) and over 3,500 books, the library serves a diverse and vibrant community. The library holds a wide and growing selection of books and magazines in Arabic and titles translated into German. As a meeting place, Baynatna offers literary readings, music evenings, artistic workshops, events and workshops for children and young people, and a variety of socio-political events. The Baynatna Library also hosted the first Arab-German Literature Days in 2018 and 2019 with great success.
Baynatna has an important function as one of the few safe spaces for Arabic-speaking cultural workers, such as writers, poets, artists, feminists and queer activists, and all people looking for Arabic literature in Berlin. The library is a safe haven for artistic expression and freedom of speech for the Arabic-speaking community.
In November 2020, Baynatna was awarded The Power of the Arts prize, along with the digital arts and culture magazine FANN. In December 2020, Baynatna also won the 2020 Active for Democracy and Tolerance competition.
WIR MACHEN DAS has been the supporting association of Baynatna since 2020 and supports the project in networking, project management and the acquisition of funding. The content design and curation of projects remain completely with the project team of Baynatna.
Because of Corona regulations, the library may only be built in parts. Baynatna is open as a lending library on Fridays and Saturdays from 3pm to 8pm, Breite Str. 36, 10178 Berlin.