The German Institute for Human Rights houses a human rights library open to the public. The library offers print and electronic media, including reference books and the most important journals on international and European human rights policy and protection. It also contains extensive holdings on current research related to human rights.
We provide three computers for personal use and Internet access, including access to licensed e-journals and e-books. WiFi for personal notebooks is also available.

Opening hours

The library is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm. Using the library is only possible after prior registration. To register, please email us at bib-info(at) Please note our current regulations on infection protection given below.

Holdings and services

You can borrow books over the weekend. On a limited basis, we can provide you with copies of articles and book chapters that are only available in our library.

Covid-19 Library Regulations


  • Using the library is only possible after prior registration for a fixed time slot. To register, please email us at bib-info(at)
  • Please let us know before your visit which books you would like to consult. Thus, we can try to ensure that the books are currently available. The library holdings are searchable via the online catalogue

Requirements for Access to the Institute

  • Wearing an FFP2 mask is mandatory throughout your stay. Please follow the common distance and hygiene regulations.

Hygiene Rules in the Institute / Library

  • Before entering the library, please use the disinfectant dispenser in the entrance area.
  • Please ensure to keep the duration of your stay in the entrance area, in corridors and in bathrooms to a minimum.
  • If you have given us your media preferences in advance, the books and journals will be available at a desk reserved for you.
  • If you want to use our scanner, please bring an USB stick with you. We will be happy to give you a briefing on how the device works.
  • Please contact us if you would like to borrow books over the weekend.

As part of our Covid-19 protection concept, the following binding rules apply to the use of the library:

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