Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg

Studying & Working Libraries

Hamburg has 200 libraries, with a stock of around 19 million media units. These include books, journals, maps and other printed works, microforms, electronic media, audiotapes, sheet music, autographs, manuscripts, AV media etc. The most important library is the “Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Carl von Ossietzky (SUB)”.

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Together with the faculty libraries at the university (including the Central Medical Library at the University Clinic of Hamburg-Eppendorf and a few smaller research libraries), the “Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Carl von Ossietzky (SUB)” forms the library system of Universität Hamburg. Generally the faculty libraries are located on the campus; a few however are some distance away.

The Hamburger Bibliotheksführer (Hamburg Library Guide) can identify the faculty libraries relevant to your researches (service available in German language only).

The Hamburg Regional Catalogue lists the items of several other scientific libraries in Hamburg including those of SUB.

The following libraries offer their catalogues online so that you can do your research at home:

  • Library of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Bibliothek der Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg)
  • Museum libraries (Museumsbibliotheken):
  • Here you find an electronic register of the libraries of the Altonaer Museum, Archaeological Museum Hamburg (Archäologisches Museum Hamburg), the Protected Monuments Office (Denkmalschutzamt), the Hamburg Art Gallery (Hamburger Kunsthalle), the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial (KZ Gedenkstätte Neuengamme), the Museum of Work (Museum der Arbeit), the Decorative Arts Museum (Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe), the Hamburg History Museum (Museum für Hamburgische Geschichte) and the Museum of Ethnology Hamburg (Museum für Völkerkunde Hamburg).
  • Hamburg Teaching Library (Hamburger Lehrerbibliothek)
  • Hamburg Government Offices Libraries (Hamburger Behördenbibliotheken)
  • Library of the Academy of Music and Theater (Bibliothek der Hochschule für Musik und Theater)
  • Library of the Hamburg State Archives (Bibliothek des Staatsarchivs Hamburg)
  • Hamburg Law Courts Libraries (Hamburger Gerichtsbibliotheken).

An example of cooperation in Northern Germany in this field is Deutsche Zentralbibliothek für Wirtschaftswissenschaften Leibniz-Informationszentrum Wirtschaft (ZBW). With four million media units, and based in Hamburg and Kiel, ZBW is the world’s largest research infrastructure for economic literature, online as well as offline. The objective of ZBW is transregional communication and providing economic information and literature free of charge.