17 Bloomsbury Square
London WC1A 2NJ
Tel.: +44-(0)20-7309 2019 / 7309 2022
Fax.: +44-(0)20-7404 5573
Library opening hours:
Mon, Thu: 10 am - 8 pm
Tue, Wed, Fri: 10 am - 5 pm
Librarians: ANNA MARIA KLAUK, CHRISTOPH SCHÖNBERGER
The Institute has a research library which is devoted primarily to German history. Its holdings concentrate on modern German history (in German as well as in other languages), with special emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries, in particular Germany between 1933 and 1945, the development of the two German states after 1945/49 and German unification after 1989. Particular attention has been paid to building up the reference section (e.g. guides to archives), the collection of works on the theory and methodology of history and Festschriften. The library also acquires English translations of German holdings, where available.
The library began to acquire books on a large scale in the late 1970s. At present, it holds approximately 60,000 books, which are listed in both author and classified catalogues. The library subscribes to 180 periodicals, including all the important German regional historical journals. Current journals, and a selection of German and English newspapers and magazines are displayed in the Common Room, where visitors can meet Research Fellows and other readers informally at afternoon tea.
Acquisitions of the most important works on German history are as comprehensive as possible. The intention is to cover the whole spectrum of German historiography, thereby providing a reliable base for research on German history from the early modern period to the present day. There is also a small section on the Middle Ages. Acquisition policy responds to current needs as far as they can be ascertained - for example, by following suggestions made by readers. New books can be made available to readers very quickly, and all books and journals are easily accessible on open shelves. The library can be used by everyone without restriction. As a rule, books cannot be taken out on loan. However, there are facilities for photocopying, and a reader-printer is available for microfilm and microfiche.
The library is used by undergraduate and graduate students as well as teachers and researchers, mainly from London universities and colleges, but also from further afield. In addition, the library handles a large number of enquiries from both historians and journalists, many of them relating to archives and other opportunities for research in Germany.
searching the library catalogue click here.
computerised catalogue includes now all book titles from the old card catalogue
List of Periodicals
fully revised, 19.04.2002
PDF-file1) (91 KB)
The German Historical Institute London offers History students the opportunity to undertake practical training for 4 - 8 week periods. Preference will be given to students in the final stage of their degree who can use their employment at the Institute to further their own research. Trainees will be involved in all areas of work within the Institute, whenever possible, but will also be encouraged to use other libraries and archives in London. We would also welcome students on Librarianship courses who need to complete a period of practical training at a specialist library - this would be for at least 6 weeks.
We must stress that you will not be paid for the period of practical training, and we are not able to offer accommodation. However, we are happy to help you in the search for rented accommodation, and the following websites are also useful:
(Many thanks to Claudia Blanck for providing this links.)
Please send your application, which should
include a cv, examination results and certificates of previous practical
training periods (if applicable) to:
Last Update: GHIL 10.04.2002 CS