The library offers approximately 90,000 printed titles and 900,000 licensed online resources on the history of Europe from the mid-15th century. There is an emphasis on general European history and international history, as well as on church history and the history of theology since the period of Humanism and the Reformation.
The library holds numerous international learned journals and periodicals, with more than 500 running subscriptions (see the Overview of Journals ZDB). Additionally, a large number of both special and general bibliographical aids are available. The library’s entire collection is contained in the Institute’s Online Catalogue (OPAC). The catalogue also contains the new acquisitions of the current year and a large array of online resources and databases funded by the German Research Foundation.
All library stock is non-circulating material (books may only be borrowed in-house). It is used by the Institute’s fellows, scholarship holders, guests and staff, and can also be accessed by all interested external users who wish to read, study and research in the library.
The library’s collections on western religious history and universal history are openly accessible to library users, granting immediate access to the library’s holdings. The Little Guide to Finding Books gives a brief overview of the catalogues and how to borrow books in-house.
Other internet resources can be found, for example, by accessing the subject information services for religion and history.
Dr Ines Grund (library management, contact person for academic matters)
Tel.: +49 6131 39 39366
Dipl.-Bibl. Hans-G. Brobeck (catalogues)
Tel: +49 6131 39 39344 (afternoons)
Silvia Hoffmann (accession, user services)
Tel.: +49 6131 39 39344
Annette Reichardt (user assistance)
Tel. +49 6131 39 39344