German Historical Institute Library

The German Historical Institute Library
17 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NJ

(020) 7309 2019 / 2022
(020) 7309 2069 / 2072 (fax)


Basement, Ground Floor and First Floor

Hours of opening:

Monday - Wednesday, Friday 1000 - 1700
Thursday 1000 – 2000


The library can be used by everyone without restriction. Readers’ tickets, for which a passport photo and a recent proof of address are required, are available at Reception free of charge. 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 toilet for disabled visitors available. Please contact us in advance if you need help.

Reader places:


Librarians in charge:

Dr Michael Schaich
Ms Anna-Maria Klauk
Dr Christiane Swinbank.


All holdings are included in the on-line catalogue


Own. 21 major categories, each category is given a capital letter which indicates the classification by subject matter or by geographical location. Within the categories are sub-divisions, which are by chronology and then by subject.


Volumes 75,000. Current periodicals 209. All books on open shelves, arranged according to classification.

Special collections or strengths:

Third Reich; Present Germany; GDR; Anglo-German relations; historiography; comprehensive collections of guides to archives in Germany.

Additional facilities:

Reader printer for fiches and films, photocopier.  Special list of all periodicals in stock.

The library also provides access to a number of on-line databases, e.g. JSTOR; IBZ (International Bibliography of Periodical Literature); Munzinger Archiv; DigiZeitschriften; Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Archiv 1949-1992; Times Digital Archive.