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, British-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.

Visiting and joining the Library

Opening times:
The library is open Monday-Friday, 9.30am-9pm.

New readers need to register for a library card and have a short introductory tour of the library before or during their first visit. The induction is available in person (Mo-Fr, 9.30am-4pm) or by appointment online via Zoom (email: A portrait photo (4.5 x 3.5 cm) and recent proof of address must be provided.

Library staff are also available for general enquiries at If appropriate, we may offer you advice via a video call to our Virtual Enquiry Desk.


Take a look at the flipbook below for a Very Short Introduction to our library.

Featured Books

Love and marriage across borders

Since it is impossible to escape the tidal wave of pink hearts in February, we decided to jump on the bandwagon and select some books on love and marriage to share with you. However, do not expect fluffy love stories. This is real history featuring cross-cultural marriages (often for dynastic purposes), love across enemy lines, partners separated by war, and love prevented by history and circumstances.

So, resist the lure of the heart-shaped chocolates (no sticky fingers in the library!), settle down and explore love and marriage across national, cultural, and religious boundaries.

You can see an additional display on the history of marriage in the display case facing onto the stairs.


Michael Jeismann

Die Freiheit der Liebe : Paare zwischen zwei Kulturen : eine Weltgeschichte bis heute

München : Carl Hanser Verlag, 2019


Joan-Lluís Palos and Magdalena S. Sánchez (eds.)

Early modern dynastic marriages and cultural transfer

Transculturalisms, 1400-1700

London ; New York, N.Y. : Routledge, 2016


Christoph Lorke

Liebe verwalten : "Ausländerehen" in Deutschland 1870-1945

Studien zur historischen Migrationsforschung. Band 37

Paderborn : BRILL, Ferdinand Schöningh, 2020

eBook UTB 

Elisabetta Cerruti

Ambassador's wife

London : Allen & Unwin, 1952


Evelyn, Princess Blücher

An English Wife in Berlin : A Private Memoir of Events, Politics, and Daily Life in Germany throughout the War and the Social Revolution of 1918

London : Constable, 1920

Sf.13/Blue 2

Hannah Pakula

An Uncommon Woman : The Empress Frederick, Daughter of Queen Victoria, Wife of the Crown Prince of Prussia, Mother of Kaiser Wilhelm

London : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1996

Sf.13/Vikt 5

Marita Krauss and Erich Kasberger (eds.)

Living in two worlds : diaries of a Jewish couple in Germany and in exile

Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2022


Albert Einstein and Mileva Maric

The Love Letters

Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1992

Gk/Ein 13

Raffael Scheck

Love between enemies : western prisoners of war and German women in World War II

Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2021


Johannes-Dieter Steinert und Inge Weber-Newth

Labour and Love : Deutsche in Großbritannien nach dem Zweiten Weltkrieg

Osnabrück : secolo-Verl., 2000


Dagmar Freist

Glaube - Liebe - Zwietracht : religiös-konfessionell gemischte Ehen in der Frühen Neuzeit

Bibliothek Altes Reich : baR. Band 14

Berlin ; Boston, Mass. : De Gruyter Oldenbourg, 2017


Manfred Grieger et al. (eds.)

Olga und Piet : Eine Liebe in zwei Diktaturen

Historische Notate : Schriftenreihe des Unternehmensarchivs der Volkswagen AG, Wolfsburg. H. 12

Wolfsburg : Historische Kommunikation der Volkswagen AG, 2006



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 95,000 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, British-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 library card can be issued.

Contact and opening hours


German Historical Institute Library
17 Bloomsbury Square
London WC1A 2NJ

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


Opening hours

Monday-Friday: 9.30am-9pm