The ifa Library is the world’s leading specialized academic library and the first point of reference on international cultural relations and on Foreign Cultural and Educational Policy (AKBP) of the German Foreign Office. The academic library has provided information services to political decision-makers for more than 100 years, and it is also open to the public for the free use of media and services.

There are about 440,000 volumes, 1,000 current journals, more than 100 newspapers on microfilm and about 120,000 international research papers. The topics covered range from cultural diplomacy and soft power to language policy and scientific relations to intercultural communication, national stereotypes and cultural geography.

The library is a member of the K10plus Library Network and the German Information Network International Relations and Area Studies (FIV). It is linked to the international interlibrary loan system.

Online catalogue

Books, periodicals and articles covering all fields of collection of the ifa Library

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For qualified research into the older holdings a visit to the ifa Library is recommended.

Specialised Research

The library attaches particular importance to gathering up-to-date and relevant information. In addition to basic texts on foreign cultural policy, selected full texts on AKBP topics are also increasingly being made available on the website as well as the provision of online access to selected collections. The library offers research advice and accompanies research projects and academic work through continuous specialist research.

Special Subject Collection

  • A worldwide, unique collection of Goethe-Institut publications from abroad
  • Translations of literary works in collaboration with the Society for the Promotion of African, Asian and Latin American Literature – Litprom
  • German language periodicals from abroad
  • Banat Swabian church records on microfilm

Address and Opening Hours

Charlottenplatz 17
D-70173 Stuttgart

Tuesday to Friday 13:00 – 18:00 
Closed on Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays


ifa Library

Charlottenplatz 17
D-70173 Stuttgart

Telephone: +49.711.2225.147