German Studies

Opening hours


The German Studies Library is part of the Unitobler Libraries

For general information about infrastructure, borrowing and returning, courier, information and research assistance please visit the website of the Unitobler Libraries.


  • study places: 64 individual work spaces (reserved for one semester at a time for students preparing exams or writing theses - reservation form) and 10 reading places
  • 3 online catalog terminals in the foyer
  • 1 photocopier located on the third floor in the Institute of German Studies (copy cards are sold at the secretary’s office of the Institute of German Studies)
  • possibility to print out documents from the online catalog terminals (instructions - document in German)
  • 2 self-lending terminals

Introductory tutorials

Introductory tutorials to the library are held at the beginning of the semester (dates are published on the "News" webpage of the Institute of German Studies and on the blackboard in the institute).

Individual guided tours of the library can be booked here.

The German Studies Library serves teaching and research purposes and includes the following collection priorities:

  • German-speaking authors from the beginnings to the present (works, critical editions, secondary literature)
  • basic and specialized academic literature on German studies
  • language atlases, journals in German studies and book series
  • specialist and general reference works


Most of the books can be borrowed and are shelved by subject according to the institute's own Systematik Bibliothek Germanistik (document in German). 


  • reference library (shelfmarks H, Y)
  • linguistic atlases (shelfmark K)
  • rare works (shelfmark R)
  • large formats (shelfmark Q)
  • course material 
  • single issues of periodicals

You can submit acquisition suggestions by e-mail or electronic form.



Subject librarians