German Historical Institute London

17 Bloomsbury Square
London WC1A 2NJ
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)20 - 7309 2050
Fax: +44 (0)20 - 7309 2055 / 7404 5573


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Changes because of COVID-19

We are very happy to be able to welcome registered readers to our library again from 13 July. Revised opening hours (10am – 3pm) and a pre-booking system apply. Please see here for the temporary changes we have made to our library regulations and procedures. They will be under constant review and might be amended at short notice to ensure the safety of our visitors and staff.

In order to book a slot, please send us an email (library(ghi), including your name, reader number, topic of research, date and time you would like to visit us. Please let us know if your research need is urgent so that we can prioritise your request.

Please note that currently only shelf marks S and L (ground and first floor) are freely accessible. For all other items we will offer a twice daily fetching service. You may also pre-order two restricted items in your booking email. See our library catalogue for our holdings.

If you are not a registered reader or can’t make it to Bloomsbury Square but need something from our collections, we are able to offer a limited facility to email you scans. Please let us know what you need at library(ghi) and we’ll see what we can do (copyright and staff time allowing).

Library staff is also available for more general enquiries at library(ghi) If appropriate, we may offer you advice via a video call in our new Virtual Enquiry Desk.


About the Library

  • Substantial collection of books, journals, microforms and digital resources on German history
  • Open to anyone with an interest in German history
  • No joining fee
  • All books and journals on open shelves
  • Central location

The Institute has a research library which is devoted primarily to German history from the Middle Ages to the present. Its holdings concentrate on modern German history (in German as well as in English and 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.

Recently published books can be made available to readers very quickly, and we invite readers to make suggestions for new acquisitions.

The library is open to anyone who has an interest in German history, British-German relations or comparative historiography. As a rule, books cannot be taken out on loan.

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German Historical Institute Library
17 Bloomsbury Square
London WC1A 2NJ

Tel. +44-(0)20-7309 2050
Email: library(ghi)

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday: 9.30am - 9.00pm

Qualified staff available during service hours: 9.30am - 5.00pm

The library is closed on English public holidays.

The library opening hours may also change or the library may be closed all day during events at the Institute. See noticeboard for details.


Library cards, for which a passport photo and recent proof of address are required, are available at reception free of charge.

Guided Tour

Guided tours of the Library are available before the Tuesday seminars and start at 4.30pm.