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.

Until further notice the GIGA IZ is only available to the public to a limited extent:

From 01 October onwards, media can be borrowed by prior appointment.

  • Please order by e-mail to
  • In general rule, you will then be informed within two working days (Mon-Fri) which media are available.
  • You can then use our booking system to select one of the next available dates for borrowing.
  • Borrowing is only possible at Neuer Jungfernstieg on Wednesdays and Thursdays between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. by prior arrangement.
  • The loan period is three weeks and can be extended once.
  • You can return items daily between 6:30 and 19:30 hrs via return boxes in the foyer at Neuer Jungfernstieg.
  • Mouth and nose covers must always be worn correctly in the building. A minimum distance of 1.5 metres must be maintained whenever possible.

We will provide more detailed information in the coming days.

Jan Lüth

Head of Information Centre


+49 (0)40 - 428 25-598 / -580

Neuer Jungfernstieg 21
20354 Hamburg

Recent Acquisitions

GIGA New Acquistions Africa | 2020/4
GIGA New Acquisitions Asia | 2020/4
GIGA New Acquisitions Latin America | 2020/4
GIGA New Acquisitions Middle East | 2020/4
GIGA New Acquisitions Global | 2020/4