GIGA Information Centre

Welcome to the largest non-university library for area studies and comparative area studies in Germany.

  • With about 200,000 books and approximately 11,000 online journals – plus more than 120,000 online documents, the GIGA information centre is 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. Identified as an “outstanding research library,” the information centre was funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

    The Information Centre is publicly accessible. The publications are largely available for inter-library loan.

    Main Location

    Neuer Jungfernstieg 21 20354 Hamburg Phone: +49 (0)40 - 428 25-580 | +49 (0)40 - 428 25-519 (Periodicals) Email:

    Opening hours

    Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m.‒5:00 p.m.

    Collection Asia

    Rothenbaumchaussee 32 20148 Hamburg Phone: +49 (0)40 - 42 88 74-14 +49 (0)40 - 42 88 74-16 Email:

    Opening hours

    Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m.‒5:00 p.m.


    We recommended wearing an FFP2 mask in the entire building und keeping a distance of at least 1.5 m from other persons. Disinfectant dispensers are available in the entrance area of the Information Centre. Staff are required to ventilate regularly.

    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.


    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.

    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.



    Borrowing is possible upon presentation of an identity card or a comparable document. The loan period is three weeks. An extension by e-mail is possible, provided the media have not been pre-ordered. If borrowed media are urgently needed again at the GIGA, a shortening of the loan period is possible. Borrowed media can be returned Monday to Friday between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. in one of the three GIGA lockers in the foyer of the building at Neuer Jungfernstieg or during the service hours at the respective locations.

    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)


    • 7 PC workstations

    • 14 reading or notebook workplaces

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

    • copier/scanner with USB port.



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