The library of the Hans Arnhold Center

The Hans Arnhold Center Library

The American Academy in Berlin has an in-house reference library with almost 9,000 holdings. The heart of the library is a collection of books and media donated by former fellows and Distinguished Visitors. The profile of the general collection is focused on the interests of English-speaking scholars, including English translations of key academic texts, general Western literature, and classics, as well as English texts on Berlin, Germany, and European history and politics.

Research Support & Databases

The Academy’s library team provides a document-delivery service for residential fellows and Distinguished Visitors. Books are normally delivered within three days, depending on the complexity of research and access to materials. Books not obtainable from Berlin libraries can be ordered via inter-library loan and will arrive within two to three weeks (express delivery within 72 hrs). To order a book or materials from external libraries, fellows are requested to fill out a book request online. The Academy also offers its fellows research support to facilitate navigation of the rich landscape of libraries and archives in Berlin, with a particular focus on non-lending libraries and state archives. The Academy’s librarian also assists fellows with research questions and preparing visits to archives.

To support fellows’ research, the below links lead to major research databases, encyclopedias and dictionaries, digital libraries, bibliographical and biographical databases, and museum archives that offer open-access document retrieval, primarily from digital collections in the fields of arts and humanities in English and German.

Library of Congress – Virtual Reference Shelf
www.loc.gov/rr/askalib/virtualref.html

Library of Congress – Digital Collections
www.loc.gov/library/libarch-digital.html

The National Archives – Digital Vaults
http://digitalvaults.org/

Propylaeum – Virtual Library Classical Studies (in German only)
https://propylaeum.bsb-muenchen.de/metaopac/start.do?View=prop

Virtual Library of Social Anthropology (EVIFA)
www.evifa.de/cms/1/

Virtual Library for Art
www.arthistoricum.net/en/

The Library of Anglo-American Culture & History
http://aac.sub.uni-goettingen.de/en/

Virtual Library Eastern Europe
www.vifaost.de/en/

Middle East Virtual Library
www.menalib.de/index.php?id=2&L=0

Online Portal for the Social Sciences
http://sowiport.gesis.org/

Virtual Library – CrossAsia – State Library of Berlin
http://crossasia.org/en.html

The International Relations and Area Studies Gateway – German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Berlin
www.ireon-portal.eu/IREON/Portal/ireon_en.aspx?lang=en-US

Virtual Law Library – State Library of Berlin
http://vifa-recht.de/en/home/

German Digital Library
www.deutsche-digitale-bibliothek.de/?lang=en

Gallica – Bibliothèque national de France
http://gallica.bnf.fr/?&lang=EN

World Digital Library – Library of Congress
www.wdl.org/en/

HathiTrust Digital Library
www.hathitrust.org/

Catalog of Luther prints in Wolfenbüttel 1513 -1546 (Herzog August Bibliothek)
http://diglib.hab.de/edoc/ed000007/startx.htm

Bibliotheca Augustana
www.hs-augsburg.de/~harsch/augustana.html

International Music Score Library Project
http://imslp.org/wiki/Main_Page

Archives Portal Europe
www.archivesportaleurope.net/home

Leo Baeck Institute – New York | Berlin
www.lbi.org/

Digital Collections of the Bavarian Library Network
http://bit.ly/2trVGxo

Picture Agency bpk (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation – Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz)
www.bpk-images.de/shop-seite?LCID=2

Image Archive of the Land Berlin
www.landesarchiv-berlin-bilddatenbank.de/hida4web-LAB/search?smode=simple

Image Archive in Marburg – Bildarchiv Foto Marburg (Bildindex der Kunst und Architektur)
www.bildindex.de/

German Photographic Library (Deutsche Fotothek)
www.deutschefotothek.de/

Europeana Portal
www.europeana.eu/portal/

Bridgeman Images
www.bridgemanimages.com/en-US/about-bridgeman/

Getty Images
www.gettyimages.com/?Language=en-US

Lost Art Internet Database
http://goo.gl/sp8akP

Virtual Museum of Prints and Drawings of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (Kupferstichkabinett)
www.virtuelles-kupferstichkabinett.de/

Interactive catalog of the Numismatic Collection of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (Münzkabinett)
ww2.smb.museum/ikmk/?lang=en

Archaeological Research in Germany, Austria and Switzerland from the dissolution of the Old Reich until 1852 (Germanisches Nationalmuseum) (in German only)
http://dlib.gnm.de/project/arch-forschungen/

The British Museum Collection Online
www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/search.aspx

Archaeological Research 1807-1852 (Bibliography and Digital copies)
http://dbs.hab.de/archfunde/?gnm=1

Index of Prints in German Languages of the Sixteenth Century (VD 16) – Union Catalog of Bavaria (BVB)
https://goo.gl/249kP

Catalog of Hebrew Imprints from the 15th to 19th Century (Katalog der Wolfenbütteler Hebraica)
http://dbs.hab.de/hebraica/index.php

European Register of Microform and Digital Masters (Europäisches Register der Mikroformmaster und digitalen Master)
https://gso.gbv.de/DB=2.8/LNG=EN/

Manuscripta Mediaevalia
www.manuscripta-mediaevalia.de/

German Biography
www.deutsche-biographie.de/

Berlin Directory for the years 1799 to 1943 – Central and Regional Library Berlin
www.zlb.de/en/besondere-angebote/berlin-directory-for-the-years-1799-to-%201943.html

Historical Address books – Society of Computer Genealogy
http://adressbuecher.genealogy.net/

Federal archives – Catalogs of Personal Papers and Manuscript Collections
www.nachlassdatenbank.de/

Kalliope Union Catalog (Personal paper and manuscript collections)
http://kalliope.staatsbibliothek-berlin.de/en/index.html

Berlin State Library Newspaper Digitized Historical Newspapers
http://zefys.staatsbibliothek-berlin.de/en/

Online Newspaper Directory for the World
www.onlinenewspapers.com/

Open Access Journals – Directory of Open Access Journals
https://doaj.org/

Project Gutenberg
www.gutenberg.org/

Internet Archive (eBooks and Texts)
https://archive.org/details/texts

Librophile
www.librophile.com/#!/ebooks/popular/free

Bartleby
www.bartleby.com/

Contact the Librarian

Yolande Korb

Manager, Library Service
Hans Arnhold Center Library & Archive

E-Mail: yk@americanacademy.de
Phone: +49 (30) 804 83 133

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