Lesesaal der Bibliothek, Foto: Angela Franke

The museum library is a specialised library open to the public. It collects Hamburg literature in the broadest sense of the term, including publications on the city’s history, architecture, shipping, the harbour, transport, cultural history, the city quarters and about Hamburg personalities and families. In addition the library holds one of the largest collections of numismatic literature in northern Germany as well as an extensive collection of family records and autograph books. The library currently holds some 88,000 volumes.

How to use the library
The museum library is a reference library with a historic reading hall. Books cannot be lent, but only read here. The literature requested is made available in the reading hall during opening hours. Prior registration and ordering of the desired publications is not required. Subject to approval by library staff (depending on the condition of the work concerned) copies can be made on site subject to a fee (€0.25 per DIN A4 page).
The library holdings are largely registered in the electronic Online Library Catalogue, while older works are recorded in the paper catalogue on site.

Phone +49 40 428 132 505
Fax + 49 40 428 132 112

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