Social and Cultural Anthropology


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

Most of the media can be taken out on home loan. All university members and external users with a UB library card are entitled to borrow items.

Opening hours during winter term 2021

  • Monday: 10:00 - 14:00
  • Tuesday: 10:00 - 18:00
  • Wednesday: 10:00 - 15:00

The library can be used without prior booking. A contact data entry is mandatory for reading place users. For this purpose, please check in and out via the QR code (GastIdent) posted on site or use a contact data form (available from library staff).
A 3G proof is required to use the reading stations. Please present your proof when visiting the library.
Borrowing and returning of media is possible without check-in and 3G proof.

Renewal of borrowed items from the Ethnology Library is also possible online through your UB account.

The mask requirement also applies at the learning sites.


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 Catalog Plus.
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.

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.