The GHI Library

At present the library holds approximately 50,000 titles (books, CD-ROMs, Microfiche/films, DVDs) and subscribes to more than 220 journals. The collection concentrates on German history and German-American relations, with emphasis on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

The GHI Library offers free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public. Appointments or reader cards are not necessary. The GHI is a non-lending, closed stack library. Researchers do not have direct access to collections outside of the reading room but staff will provide any material for on-site use.

 The library hours are from Monday to Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm, Fridays from 9 am to 4 pm, and by appointment. 

Please note that the GHI library will have limited hours during the summer. During the month of July, the library will be open from 9am to 1pm. Attendance outside these hours is by appointment only. For deliveries and requests outside these hours, please call 202-387-3355. The library will be closed entirely for Independence Day (July 4) and Labor Day (September 3), as well as between July 12 and 15.

Please note that some of the online resources below, e.g. ebooks, are only accessible from the GHI.

Please note that some online resources, e.g. ebooks, are only accessible from the GHI.

Reading Room

Library Staff

You can send us an e-mail with your questions.