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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Using the Library


German Historical Institute Library
17 Bloomsbury Square
London WC1A 2NJ

The library is close to several Tube stations (Tottenham Court Road, Russell Square, Holborn) and in walking distance from the British Library, the LSE, UCL and the various colleges and research institutes in Bloomsbury.

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Join the GHI Library

There is no charge for using the library, but we ask you to register with us at your first visit. Please bring a passport photo and recent proof of address (utility bill etc.). Registration is possible throughout opening hours, it is not necessary to make an appointment.

Readers with Disabilities

Access to the GHI from the street is via a few steps. However, a ramp can be provided to enable wheel-chair users to enter the building. A lift connects all floors of the building and there is also a wheelchair-accessible toilet available. Please contact us in advance if you need help.

Library Services

Staff are available to answer inquiries and help you with your research.

There are facilities for photocopying or scanning to USB or mobile device. A reader-printer and scanner is available for microfilm and microfiche.

The price of the photocopying cards is as follows:

Number of copiesFull priceStudent discount (with student ID)
10 copies£ 1.00n/a
30 copies£ 3.00£ 2.50
50 copies£ 5.00£ 4.00

Digital cameras can be used to photograph books provided the flash is turned off.

All readers are responsible for complying with UK copyright law.

WiFi is available free of charge to registered users. Please enquire at the reception desk to receive a password.

Internet access is also provided via the computer terminals in the reading rooms according to our Internet Use Guidelines.

Library Regulations

Library Regulations: read online or download as PDF file

Internet Use Guidelines: download as PDF file

Benutzungsordnung: lesen oder als PDF Datei herunterladen