The IFSH Library primarily supplies literature to its own researchers, doctoral candidates and students and to the staff of the Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker Centre for Science and Peace Research (ZNF), within the framework of their cooperation. In addition, it is open to students from Hamburg universities and the interested public.
The holdings of the IFSH Library are listed in the catalogues of the library system at the University of Hamburg. They include an OSCE Depository Library, which contains literature by and about the OSCE. Since the end of 2016, most of the documents recorded and indexed by the IFSH Library have been electronic.
The IFSH Library is a member of the German Information Network International Relations and Area Studies (FIV), an association of libraries/documentation centres from ten independent German research institutes. The joint product of these institutes is the “World Affairs Online” (WAO) database, in which the IFSH Library provides a catalogue of literature on the OSCE and publications by the Institute. The WAO is freely accessible on the Internet via the IREON portal.



Please note:

  • The IFSH Library is a reference library. Items are for use in the library and cannot be borrowed, except for photocopying.
  • Visitors can access available items only. Items that have been borrowed by internal users cannot be reserved by other users.
  • There are no photocopy machines in the library. Please bring your identity card if you wish to borrow items to make copies or use our book scanner (USB Stick required).
  • Before visiting us, please familiarize yourself with our collection through the Campus Catalogue. Holdings are not freely accessible (closed-stack library).

Usage Notes / German language