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The GIGA is home to the largest non-university information centre for area studies and comparative area studies in Germany. The four regional libraries collect literature on economic, political, and social developments in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. The collection comprises 188,000 books and approximately 1,730 journals – plus online documents.
The Information Centre (IZ) is publicly accessible and operates as a reference library with the option of weekend lending. The publications are largely available for inter-library loan. Identified as an “outstanding research library,” the IZ is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).
Users can search the IZ’s collections online. These include, for one, the World Affairs Online (WAO) database, which offers about 859,000 titles on international relations and area studies – 99,000 of which come with links to full texts online. The WAO is one of the largest social science literature databases in Europe. The catalogue is available to users in German, English, and French.
GIGA Online Catalogue: http://opac.giga-hamburg.de
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