German Historical Institute London

17 Bloomsbury Square
London WC1A 2NJ
United Kingdom

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



GHIL Library – Access and Services


Joining and Visiting the Library

The library is open to anyone with an interest in German history, Anglo-German relations or comparative historiography. There are no membership or joining fees.

Readers need to make appointments in order to use the library (Monday, Tuesday & Friday, 10am-3pm). Desk spaces should be requested by 2pm the previous working day at the latest. Visitors should always sign in at reception, using the reader number found on their library card.

New readers should book an appointment for a virtual induction (offered via Zoom, Monday–Friday, 9am-2pm) before their first visit, and register in person at reception on their first visit. A filled out registration form, passport photo and recent proof of address must be provided at this point so that a library card can be issued (free of charge).

Unfortunately, group tours of the building are not possible at the moment.

Registration Form

Library Regulations

Internet Use Guidelines

Data Protection



Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday & Friday, 10am-3pm only

The library is close to several Tube stations (Tottenham Court Road, Russell Square, Holborn) and numerous bus routes. It is within easy walking distance of the British Library, the LSE, UCL and the various other colleges and research institutes in Bloomsbury.

Access to the GHIL from the street is via a few steps. A ramp can be provided to enable wheelchair users to enter the building. Please contact us in advance if assistance is required ( A lift connects all floors of the building and there is a wheelchair-accessible toilet. An induction loop is provided in the reception area.


The library offers quiet and spacious work areas in a beautiful historical building, with individual desks or group work areas available as required. Please contact library staff in advance if you are planning group work as desk space cannot be guaranteed (

During service hours (Monday, Tuesday & Friday, 10am-3pm), qualified library staff are available to answer enquiries and offer assistance with research. They can be found in the Library Office on the ground floor.

The Common Room on the first floor offers a space for relaxation and interaction with other readers. Eating and drinking are permitted in this room, and readers can also browse current issues of periodicals and selected recent acquisitions of books. Please be aware that use of the Common Room is currently restricted to three people at any one time, and that the provision of tea/coffee and daily newspapers has been suspended until further notice.

Internet access is provided via the computer terminals in the reading rooms (according to the library’s Internet Use Guidelines), and WiFi is free of charge to registered users. Please enquire at reception to receive a password.

A cloakroom with lockers for readers’ coats and bags can be found on the ground floor. Keys must be handed in at Reception if readers wish to leave the building during their visit, and all lockers must be emptied overnight.



There are facilities for photocopying or scanning to personal USB or mobile devices. A reader-printer and scanner is available for microfilm and microfiche resources. Digital cameras can be used to photograph books provided the flash is turned off.

Print-out charges:

Number of photocopies     Full price               Student discount (with student ID)

10 pages                                     £ 1.00                     n/a

30 pages                                     £ 3.00                     £ 2.50

50 pages                                     £ 5.00                     £ 4.00

Readers are responsible for complying with UK copyright law.