The library of the Hans-Bredow-Institut – one of the most important specialist libraries on the topic of media, media research in North Germany – has today holdings of more than 32,500 volumes. The book holdings are augmented by serials-department with ca. 230 titles, containing German and foreign specialist journals, as well as press and information services on the subject-area mentioned. One frequently used rare item is the magazine „Hörzu”, which is held from issue 1/1946 onwards.
The library is open to the public. As the entire library catalogue is accessible online, research can also be conducted from outside Hamburg at any time. Currently over 78.275 data items are available to users via computer. Information on the loan status of a book as well as on any reserves can also be accessed online. A coin-operated copier is available (5 cent/copy), which can also be used to scan items (free of charge), e.g. on your own flash drive.