Social and Cultural Anthropology


The library of the anthropological department comprises about 20 000 monographs and 20 current periodicals as well as a large collection of special editions.

Opening hours during the SuSe 2021

  • Monday: 12:30 - 17:30
  • Tuesday: 10:00 - 14:00
  • Wednesday: 10:00 - 15:00
  • Thursday:10:00 - 14:00

Please make a reservation in advance, our staff might not be able to reply instantaneously. Please wait for a reply.

We have 6 workspaces that you can book here.

You can extend the lending period of your books online.

Basic Conditions and Fee Regulations

Suggestions for Accessions

At the library door there is a list onto which you can write your purchase suggestions for books that are not part of the inventory of the departmental library. The suggestions will be reviewed and ordered if appropriate.

The inventory has been systematically arranged into three areas:
  • Generally systemic areas, reference works, bibliographies and introductory texts
  • Regional literature, sorted according to geographical regions and countries, especially Central Asia and the Mediterranean, but furthermore also Africa, Asia, the USA, South America, and East Asia
  • Periodicals and series

Items stored elsewhere and valuable books are being kept in the teaching collection upstairs.


The complete inventory of the library is listed in the OPAC. The inventory of all the separate departments of the AOI can be found here.
Basic conditions (German), the implementation rules for the anthropological library (German), as well as the library fee regulations apply.

Technical Equipment

Three computers for doing research have been supplied for the users of our library. Additionally, there is a scanner, a document scanner, and a microfiche reader.