The ZfL Library

The ZfL houses a publicly accessible research library with an extensive collection 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 52,000 volumes (as of 2023). The library subscribes to 111 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.

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