The following publication formats are collected at the IfZ library:

  • Monographs
  • Edited collections
  • Journals
  • Dissertations
  • Lecture manuscripts
  • Leaflets
  • Special editions
  • Microfilms
  • Microfiches
  • CD-ROMs and DVDs
  • Electronic books
  • Electronic journals
  • Online databases

As of January 2019, there are approx. 387,000 entries in the online catalog. Around 3,000 books, journals, and electronic media are added each year, with approximately 2,000 articles made accessible.

About a quarter of the inventory consists of foreign-language publications, mostly British or American, French, and Italian in origin. In recent years, the proportion of publications from Eastern European countries has increased steadily, partly through exchanges. Polish and Russian research is particularly well represented in the inventory.


The following publication formats are collected by the IfZ archive (German):

  • Daily and weekly newspapers
  • Official printed materials
  • Association printings (published by parties and associations)
  • Maps


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