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Publications in the Library

The Library of the Stasi Records Archive

The library in the Communications and Knowledge Department is a specialized scholarly library. It contains publications on subjects relevant to the reappraisal of the East German secret police. Although the library primarily supports the work of the agency’s staff, it is open to anyone interested in this subject.

Having taken over the holdings of other scholarly libraries, the library also contains literature on other related scientific fields such as sociology, psychology, philosophy, religion, culture, science and technology, military and others.

The library currently contains more than 70,000 volumes and maintains around 116 periodicals from the fields of history, politics and administration. It also has a collection of 15 German-language newspapers and weekly magazines.

Collection’s Main Focus

  • Ministry for State Security
  • Modern dictatorships
  • Communism and totalitarianism
  • Soviet occupation zone/GDR
  • German policy/German-German relations
  • Developments in Eastern Europe / Central Eastern Europe
  • Secret services
  • Reappraisal of the past
  • Biographies and biographical reference books
Shelves of the library. The library of the Stasi Records Agency is open to the public.

Using the Library

Library Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 09:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Friday: 09:30am - 2:30pm

The library offers:

  • Internet worksites with access to the library catalogue
  • Computer areas for CD / CD-ROM
  • Worksites with DVD/Video-Player
  • Newspapers and German daily publications
  • Books of statutes (including GDR)
  • Copy machines