German Studies

Opening hours


The German Studies Library is part of the Unitobler Libraries

Service hours Monday to Friday, 9.00 to 12.00 and 14.00 to 17.00. Exceptions are announced on the premises.

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.
  • 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)
  • it is possible 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 Studiesand  on the blackboard in the institute).

Individual guided tours of the library can be booked here.

Bibliothek Germanistik

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

  • Modern German literature
  • Medieval studies
  • Linguistics
  • Communication studies
  • Comparative studies

The collection of some 80,000 volumes increases by around 1,500 new acquisitions each year. 150 current journals, rare works, master's and doctoral dissertations submitted within the institute and a few non-books are part of the collection.

The books are shelved by subject area in accordance with the institute's own classification (Document in German). The open shelf facilities allow direct access to most books and journals on the shelves. Please contact the library team if you have any questions.

The collections of the German Studies Library may basically be borrowed.


  • reference library (shelfmarks H, Y)
  • linguistic atlases (shelfmark K)
  • rare works (shelfmark R)
  • large formats (shelfmark Q)
  • course reserve collections (3rd flooor)
  • single issues of periodicals and new publications put on display on the special shelf

New acquisitions of the Institute of German Studies are placed on two shelves next to the entrance staircase for a couple of weeks. These books and journals may viewed on site

We are also happy to accept acquisition suggestions by e-mail or electronic form .

A sub-collection of some 17,000 volumes is contained in the vonRoll storage facilities and can be borrowed via swissbib Basel Bern.



Subject Librarians