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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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. Particular attention has been paid to building up the reference section, the collection of works on the theory and methodology of history and Festschriften. The library also acquires English translations of German holdings, where available.

At present, it holds approximately 90,000 books. The library subscribes to c.200 periodicals, including all the important German regional historical journals, and provides access to a number of databases and important microform collections. Current journals, and a selection of German and English newspapers and magazines are displayed in the Common Room.

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 basis for research on German history from the medieval period to the present day. Acquisition policy responds to current needs, and we invite readers to make suggestions for new acquisitions.