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++ In order to limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) the GIHR  library remains closed until further notice. ++

The library can still be reached by email bib-info(at)
It is currently not possible to borrow books over the weekend.

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 databases. Free wireless Internet service (Wi-Fi) for personal notebooks is also available.

Further information on our library profile: about us

The entire library collection is searchable in our Online Catalogue. Information about our collections as well as links to databases and search machines can be found in theResearch Guide.

Our Opening Hours

You can visit the library without prior notice from Monday to Friday 10:00 to 17:00.  Books may only be borrowed over the weekend (Friday to Monday). Printing is EUR 0.05 per page.
Library staff will be happy to assist users with accessing library materials and online resources.

Conditions of library use (PDF, 120 KB, not barrier-free)


The library is accessible for wheelchair users. In addition, we offer a workplace for visually impaired readers.

We also offer easy-to-read publications: Easy-to-read materials (PDF, 283 KB, not barrier-free)