The GESIS library collects reference material relevant to social science and applied computer science. It sees itself as a service institution which, in a rapid and reliable fashion, acquires, indexes, and conveys relevant information, be it in a printed or electronic form, for its users. The GESIS library is represented in the following locations: Cologne and Mannheim. It is a member of the “Arbeitskreis Bibliotheken und Informationseinrichtungen” (a working group of libraries and information institutions) of the Leibniz-Gemeinschaft.
Basically, the library is also open for external use. Lending is only possible for employees of GESIS.
We provide individual consultations in the use of these materials for research and we are pleased to respond to your inquiries by email or telephone.
Reference material on methodology and empirical social research findings as well as primary and secondary literature on surveys held in the GESIS data archive.
Literature on methodology and techniques of empirical social research, social reporting, and social structure analysis in various social science fields in Germany and internationally.
Information science and information technology literature as well as publications on equal opportunities of men and women in science and research in Germany.
Literature archive on transformation processes in Eastern Europe and the newly formed German Länder/GDR (until 2010).
The library has a total holding of approximately 135,000 items (2015): books, published and unpublished research reports, articles from collected editions and journals, search services of national and international market and opinion research institutes.
The library has (laptop-) workstations with Internet access, printer, scanner and copier at all locations.