Information Centre


  • 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 11,000 online journals – plus more than 120,000 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).


    The Information Centre will reopen for use from Tuesday, 17 May.

    Opening Hours

    Neuer Jungfernstieg: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Rothenbaumchaussee: Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Hygiene measures

    Wearing an FFP2 mask when moving around in the Information Centre rooms, as in the entire building, is obligatory; the mask may be removed at user workstations. A distance of 1.5 m from other persons must be maintained at all times. Disinfectant dispensers are available in the entrance area of the Information Centre. Staff are required to ventilate regularly.

    Locations

    Collection Africa, Latin America, Middle East, and Global (Comparative Area Studies, Theory and Methods) Neuer Jungfernstieg 21 20354 Hamburg Phone: +49 (0)40 - 428 25-580 | +49 (0)40 - 428 25-519 (Periodicals) Email: iz@giga-hamburg.de

    Collection Asia Rothenbaumchaussee 32 20148 Hamburg Phone: +49 (0)40 - 42 88 74-14 / -16 Email: iz@giga-hamburg.de


    In Brief | 16/05/2022

    GIGA Information Centre Reopens for Users

    Following the closure due to the pandemic, the GIGA Information Centre will open again starting Tuesday, 17 May, welcoming researchers, students, and the general public. We look forward to your visit!

    Bibliographies

    The GIGA IZ publishes short bibliographies on current issues and countries as part of the "dok-line" series, on GIGA Forum events and in the journal Law and Politics in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

    New Acquisitions

    The GIGA IZ publishes lists of newly acquired books to keep you up to date with its latest acquisitions. The lists can be found in the IZ Online Catalogue. A separate list is published for each of the four regional libraries and the trans-regional collection.

    Literature Search

    In our online public access catalogue (OPAC) you can find our:

    • books

    • papers

    • book articles

    • journal articles

    • magazines

    in both printed and electronic form.

    You can also search the World Affairs Online (WAO) database, which offers approximately 960,000 titles on international relations and area studies – of which 123,000 have links to online full texts. The WAO is one of the largest social science literature databases in Europe. The catalogue is available in German, English, and French.

    More databases

    Electronic Journals Library (EZB)

    German Union Catalogue of Serials (ZDB) for printed journals

    Database Information System (DBIS): Here you can find information on bibliographic databases, reference books and encyclopaedias that are managed at the IZ.


    Service

    Borrowing

    A weekend loan service from Friday till Tuesday is available; however, an ID card or equivalent document must be presented to use this service.

    Inter-library loaning

    • A regular inter-library loan service

    • Books: Four-week loan period

    • Journal articles: Preparation of photocopies (up to 20 pages free of charge, larger quantities € 0.30 + 19 per cent VAT per page, payment in advance)

    Facilities

    • 7 PC workstations

    • 14 reading or notebook workplaces

    • free Internet access (eduroam, guest WIFI) (Neuer Jungfernstieg only)

    • copier/scanner with USB port.

    New Acquisitions

    The GIGA IZ publishes lists of newly acquired books to keep you up to date with its latest acquisitions. The lists can be found in the IZ Online Catalogue. A separate list is published for each of the four regional libraries and the trans-regional collection.

    Bibliographies

    The GIGA IZ publishes short bibliographies on current issues and countries as part of the "dok-line" series, on GIGA Forum events and in the journal Law and Politics in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

    GIGA Research Data

    The Database of GIGA Research Datasets provides an overview of the large amount of research data generated at the GIGA. In the spirit of transparent and open scholarship and good academic practice, extensive research data is made available.

    Open Access at the GIGA

    The GIGA strives to publish research results as promptly as possible according to the Open Access principle. Open Access represents free online access to research results - without financial, technical or legal barriers.

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