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Libraries

The GIGA Information Centre comprises four regional libraries (Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Middle East) and a trans-regional collection (Global) on comparative area studies, theory, and methods. The collection comprises about 200,000 books and approximately 11,000 online journals – plus more than 120,000 online documents.

Opening Hours

Location Neuer Jungfernstieg 21, Collection Africa, Latin Amerika, Middle East and Global (Comparative Area Studies, Theory and Methods) Phone: +49 (0)40 - 428 25-580 | +49 (0)40 - 428 25-519 (Periodicals)

Location Rothenbaumchaussee 32, Collection Asia Phone: +49 (0)40 - 42 88 74-14 / -16

Due to the Corona pandemic, borrowing of ordered media by prior appointment: Tuesday and Thursday: 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. We try to be reachable by phone at these times.

The GIGA Information Centre will remain closed for use. Starting in July 2021, it will once again be possible to order media by e-mail and to borrow them for three weeks.

Media can be ordered by e-mail to ausleihe@giga-hamburg.de. Incoming orders are processed on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On these days, borrowing is possible in the time frame between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. by prior appointment.

Please take note of the following information: Hygienic concept of the GIGA Information Centre

When it will be possible to use the premises again depends on the further course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Contact

Phone: +49 (0)40 - 428 25-580

Email: iz@giga-hamburg.de

Library Africa

Collection

  • Current social science literature on sub-Saharan Africa

  • 59,000 volumes, 110 CD-ROMs (January 2021)

  • 11,000 online journals (Information Centre total)

  • Grey literature

Catalogues

  • IZ Online Catalogue: Books, articles, and full texts since 1985

  • Subject heading catalogue (microfiche): Books and articles since 1985

  • Alphabetical card catalogue: Books up to 2004

Facilities

  • 7 PC workstations

  • 14 reading or notebook workplaces

  • free Internet access (eduroam, guest WIFI)

  • copier/scanner

Contact

GIGA Library Africa | Neuer Jungfernstieg 21 | 20354 Hamburg | Germany

Phone: + 49 (0)40 - 428 25 - 580 / 733 | +49 (0)40 - 428 25 - 519 (journals / periodicals)

Email: iz-afrika@giga-hamburg.de

Library code: H 221


Library Asia

Collection

  • Current social science literature on Asia.

  • About 40 per cent of the library’s collection relates to China and 20 per cent to Japan. Of particular importance are the complete collection of Chinese government bulletins since 1913, the index of the People’s Daily (Beijing), and the Chinese National Bibliography. Available on microfiche are – amongst other sources – the People’s Daily (Beijing) since 1949, the Ta Kung Pao since 1929, and the Asahi Shimbun since 1888.

  • 84,000 volumes (January 2021)

  • 11,000 online journals (Information Centre total)

  • Grey literature

Catalogues

  • IZ Online Catalogue: Books, articles, and full texts since 1985

  • Subject heading catalogue (microfiche): Books and articles since 1985

  • Alphabetical card catalogue: Books up to 2004

Facilities

  • 7 PC workstations

  • 14 reading or notebook workplaces

  • free Internet access (eduroam, guest WIFI)

  • copier/scanner

Contact

GIGA Library Asia | Rothenbaumchaussee 32 | 20148 Hamburg | Germany

Phone: +49 (0)40 - 42 88 74-14 / -16

Email: iz-asien@giga-hamburg.de

Bibliothekssigel / Library code: H 221


Library Latin America

Collection

  • Literature on current political, economic, and social issues in Latin America and the Caribbean

  • 45,000 volumes (January 2021)

  • 11,000 online journals (Information Centre total)

  • Grey literature

Catalogues

Facilities

  • 7 PC workstations

  • 14 reading or notebook workplaces

  • free Internet access (eduroam, guest WIFI)

  • copier/scanner

Contact

GIGA Library Latin America | Neuer Jungfernstieg 21 | 20354 Hamburg | Germany

Phone: +49 (0)40 - 428 25 - 776 / -576

Email: iz-lateinamerika@giga-hamburg.de

Library code: H 221


Library Middle East

Collection

  • Literature on contemporary political, economic, and social affairs in the Middle East and North Africa

  • 9,000 volumes (January 2021)

  • 11,000 online journals (Information Centre total)

  • Grey literature

Catalogues

Facilities

  • 7 PC workstations

  • 14 reading or notebook workplaces

  • free Internet access (eduroam, guest WIFI)

  • copier/scanner

Contact

GIGA Library Middle East | Neuer Jungfernstieg 21 | 20354 Hamburg | Germany

Phone: +49 (0)40 - 428 25 – 556 | +49 (0)40 - 428 25 - 519 (journals/periodicals)

Email: iz-nahost@giga-hamburg.de

Library code: H 221


Global

Collection

  • In addition to the four regions, there is further literature on international comparative issues as well as on theory and methods .

  • 6,000 volumes (January 2021)

  • 11,000 online journals (Information Centre total)

  • Grey literature

Catalogues

Facilities

  • 7 PC workstations

  • 14 reading or notebook workplaces

  • free Internet access (eduroam, guest WIFI)

  • copier/scanner

Contact

GIGA Informationszentrum | Neuer Jungfernstieg 21 | 20354 Hamburg | Germany

Phone: +49 (0)40 - 428 25 - 580 / 546 | +49 (0)40 - 428 25 - 519 (Zeitschriften / Periodicals)

E-Mail: iz-global@giga-hamburg.de

Bibliothekssigel / Library code: H 221


GIGA Information Centre

The GIGA is home to the largest non-university information centre for area studies and comparative area studies in Germany. The publicly accessible regional specialist libraries collect literature on economic, political and social developments in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East and maintain a supra-regional collection.