The ZfL Library
The ZfL houses a publicly accessible research library with a collection strong in the fields of literary and cultural research. The library staff is devoted to providing researchers at the Center with the resources they need to produce innovative work. The current focus areas of the library’s collection include European literatures and cultural studies; literary theory and the history of literary studies; philosophy (especially aesthetics and its history). It also has materials on art history, media studies, religion and life sciences. Given the dynamic quality of the Center’s research projects, these focus areas shift over time.
At present the library’s holdings amount to more than 56,000 volumes, among them around 13,000 bound volumes of journals. The library subscribes to more than 150 periodicals. Books and periodicals are available for library use by the general public. The library welcomes visitors with pertinent research interests, and Berlin residents may check out materials.
Access to Online Resources
The ZfL's Open Access Publications
As a signatory of the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities, the Center for Literary and Cultural Research, Berlin supports free access to publicly funded research findings on the internet. The ZfL, in cooperation with the Frankfurt University Library, has begun digitizing research findings on the Frankfurt University Library publications server, where information is accessible without financial, technical, or legal barriers. In conjunction with the Wilhelm Fink Verlag and the Kulturverlag Kadmos, and with the authors’ permission, certain articles from conference proceedings as well as edited volumes have been made available to Open Access. The repository is continuously updated.
Full-text searches in various databases (through DFG National Licenses)
The German Research Foundation (DFG) funds national access to large digital collections such as e-text collections, online journal archives, and subject-specific databases. The free electronic resources listed on this page are at the disposal of the ZfL staff. Please note that many databases only make a part of their content available due to national licensing conditions. A list of available titles and details concerning the time span covered by the collections can be found under the various “More Information” links.
Specialized info- the AVL digital blog
AVL digital is a joint venture of the University Library Johann Christian Senckenberg, Frankfurt am Main, the ZfL Library, and the German Society for General and Comparative Literature (DGAVL).
The ZfL Library’s Wiki offers a lot of up-to-date information about new arrivals, contributions in literary research, useful tools, etc. The library’s blog also provides news related to cultural and literary scholarship, digital humanities, events, and much more.