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The library of the Hans Arnhold Center

The Hans Arnhold Center Library

The American Academy in Berlin has an in-house library with nearly 9,000 holdings—view a PDF of the catalogue here. 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 guidelines 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

Library of Congress – Digital Collections

The National Archives – Digital Vaults

Propylaeum – Virtual Library Classical Studies (in German only)

Virtual Library of Social Anthropology (EVIFA)

Virtual Library for Art

The Library of Anglo-American Culture & History

Virtual Library Eastern Europe

Middle East Virtual Library

Virtual Library – CrossAsia – State Library of Berlin

The International Relations and Area Studies Gateway – German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Berlin

Virtual Law Library – State Library of Berlin

German Digital Library

Gallica – Bibliothèque national de France

World Digital Library – Library of Congress

HathiTrust Digital Library

Catalog of Luther prints in Wolfenbüttel 1513 -1546 (Herzog August Bibliothek)

Bibliotheca Augustana

International Music Score Library Project

Archives Portal Europe

Leo Baeck Institute – New York | Berlin

Digital Collections of the Bavarian Library Network

Picture Agency bpk (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation – Stiftung Preussischer Kulturbesitz)

Image Archive of the Land Berlin

Image Archive in Marburg – Bildarchiv Foto Marburg (Bildindex der Kunst und Architektur)

German Photographic Library (Deutsche Fotothek)

Europeana Portal

Bridgeman Images

Getty Images

Lost Art Internet Database

Virtual Museum of Prints and Drawings of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (Kupferstichkabinett)

Interactive catalog of the Numismatic Collection of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation (Münzkabinett)

Archaeological Research in Germany, Austria and Switzerland from the dissolution of the Old Reich until 1852 (Germanisches Nationalmuseum) (in German only)

The British Museum Collection Online

Archaeological Research 1807-1852 (Bibliography and Digital copies)

Index of Prints in German Languages of the Sixteenth Century (VD 16) – Union Catalog of Bavaria (BVB)

Catalog of Hebrew Imprints from the 15th to 19th Century (Katalog der Wolfenbütteler Hebraica)

European Register of Microform and Digital Masters (Europäisches Register der Mikroformmaster und digitalen Master)

Manuscripta Mediaevalia

German Biography

Berlin Directory for the years 1799 to 1943 – Central and Regional Library Berlin

Historical Address books – Society of Computer Genealogy

Federal archives – Catalogs of Personal Papers and Manuscript Collections

Kalliope Union Catalog (Personal paper and manuscript collections)

Berlin State Library Newspaper Digitized Historical Newspapers

Online Newspaper Directory for the World

Open Access Journals – Directory of Open Access Journals

Project Gutenberg

Internet Archive (eBooks and Texts)



Contact the Librarian

Ilya Poskonin

Manager, Library Service
Hans Arnhold Center Library & Archive

Phone: +49 (30) 804 83 133

Books Written at the American Academy in Berlin

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