German Historical Institute London

17 Bloomsbury Square
London WC1A 2NJ
United Kingdom

Phone: Tel. +44-(0)20-7309 2050



GHIL Library


The library of the GHIL is an important and well-regarded institution for British historians of German history, students at London universities, and the general public. Its holdings on German history, Anglo-German relations from the Middle Ages to the present day, and wider European history are comprehensive, up to date, free to use, and form a unique collection in Britain.

Library News

Library closure

Due to the Covid restrictions the GHIL library is closed until further notice. Staff will continue to work from home and can be reached via email or telephone.




Watch the following short presentation to find out more about the library: A (Very) Brief Introduction to the German Historical Institute Library

Featured Books


Janin Afken and Benedikt Wolf (eds.)

Sexual Culture in Germany in the 1970s : A Golden Age for Queers?

Genders and Sexualities in History

Cham : Springer International Publishing, 2019

eBook ProQuest

Yener Bayramoglu

Queere (Un-)Sichtbarkeiten : Die Geschichte der queeren Repräsentationen in der türkischen und deutschen Boulevardpresse

Critical Studies in Media and Communication. Volume 21

Bielefeld : transcript, [2018]

eBook ProQuest

Laura A. Belmonte

The International LGBT Rights Movement : A History

New Approaches to International History

London : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2021

eBook ProQuest

Imke Girßmann

Hauptstadtmitte als Ort nationaler Erinnerungskultur? Die Berliner Denkmäler für Freiheit und Einheit und für die im Nationalsozialismus verfolgten Homosexuellen

Studien zur visuellen Kultur. Band 27

Bielefeld : transcript, 2020

eBook ProQuest

Elizabeth Otto

Haunted Bauhaus : Occult Spirituality, Gender Fluidity, Queer Identities, and Radical Politics

Cambridge ; London : MIT Press, 2019

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Michael Schwartz

Homosexuelle, Seilschaften, Verrat : ein transnationales Stereotyp im 20. Jahrhundert

Schriftenreihe der Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte. Band 118

Available in print or as an eBook

Berlin ; Boston, Mass. : De Gruyter Oldenbourg, [2019]



Library Catalogue

All of our books, journals and electronic resources can be found via our online catalogue.

Recently published books can be made available to readers very quickly, and we invite readers to suggest new acquisitions at


Library Collections

The GHIL Library's holdings comprise around 90,000 volumes, with a growing number of electronic resources. The collection's focus is largely on German history, with a special emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. Around a third of the library's resources are English-language materials.

Access and Services

The library is open to anyone with an interest in German history, Anglo-German relations, or comparative historiography. The collection is reference only, so books cannot be taken out on loan.

There are no membership or joining fees but a passport photo and recent proof of address should be provided on the first visit so that a reader’s ticket can be issued (free of charge).

Library reading rooms

Contact and opening hours


German Historical Institute Library
17 Bloomsbury Square
London WC1A 2NJ

Tel. +44-(0)20-7309 2050


Temporary opening hours

Monday, Tuesday & Friday: 10am–3pm