The IFSH library primarily supplies literature to its own researchers, doctoral candidates and students as well as, within the framework of a cooperation, to the staff of the Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker-Centre for Science and Peace Research (ZNF). However, it is also open for use by students at Hamburg universities and the interested public.
The holdings of the IFSH Library are listed in the catalogues of the library system of the University of Hamburg. They include an OSCE Depository Library, in which literature of and about the OSCE is systematically collected. Since the end of 2016, mainly electronic documents have been recorded and indexed here.
The IFSH Library is a member of the German Information Network International Relations and Area Studies (FIV) - an association of libraries/documentation of ten independent German research institutes. The joint product of these institutes is the database "World Affairs Online" (WAO), in which the IFSH library makes literature on the OSCE and publications of the Institute accessible. The WAO is freely accessible on the Internet via the IREON portal.
- The IFSH library is a reference library. No items may be borrowed, except for photocopying.
- Only items currently available may be provided. Items that have been borrowed by internal users cannot be reserved by other users.
- No copying machines are available in the library. Please bring your identity card, if you wish to borrow items to make copies or use our bookscanner (USB-Stick required).
- Before visiting us, please inform yourself about our collection through the Campus Catalogue. Holdings are not freely accessible (closed-stack library).