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 about 200,000 books and approximately 10,000 online journals – plus more than 100,000 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 was funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

Online Catalogue

Users can search the IZ’s collections online. These include, for one, the World Affairs Online (WAO) database, which offers more than one million titles on international relations and area studies – 100,000 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 and English.

GIGA Online Catalogue:

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Tip: You can use the asterisk for right truncation (e.g. election* conflict*)

Opening hours

Tuesday–Thursday: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

The GIGA Information Centre will be closed to the public from 16 March to 31 May (or until further notice). Please send your requests by e-mail to
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