The library is specialized in providing literature and electronic media in the field of social anthropology with a close focus on the Institute’s research on "Law & Anthropology",  "Anthropology of Politics and Governance" and "Anthropology of Economic Experimentation". General works from related disciplines, such as sociology, law, history, economics, political science, psychology and philosophy are also available. The collection reflects the broad interdisciplinary approach of research carried out at the Institute.

The library holdings currently comprise about 53,200 monographs, 700 videos, 173 subscribed journals and 5,650 journal volumes (December 2023), increasing by about 1,500 media units annually.

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Opening Hours and Access

The collection is available to all researchers and students of anthropology and related disciplines but it serves primarily to the institute’s scientific staff. For external users the library is a reference library during the opening hours given below. External guests have to register at the reception of the institute and regard our Library regulations for further details.

Opening hours for external guests:
Monday–Thursday 9–12 hrs and 13–15 hrs
Friday 9–12 hrs

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