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The ifa Library is the world’s leading specialised library covering the foreign cultural and educational policies of the German Foreign Office and all aspects of international cultural relations, cultural diplomacy, soft power, language policies, academic relations, national stereotypes and cultural geography. For over 100 years the Library has provided information services to policymakers. It is open to the public, offering the free use of its holdings and services.
The Library’s holdings consist of approx. 440,000 volumes, 700 periodicals and over 100 newspapers on microfilm. They can be searched via its online catalogue. There is also a large number of electronic resources and approximately 120,000 international research papers printed and online.
The Library is linked to the national and international interlibrary loan systems.
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 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.
On its Facebook page the ifa Library provides information on current events, tenders and contests in the field of international cultural exchanges.
Joining the nationwide effort to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, ifa will close its reading room of the library from Tuesday, 17 March, until further notice. The team of the library is available via email at bibliothek(at)ifa.de.