The IWH scientific library is specialized in economics, corresponding to the Institute's research profile. The library stock contains especially literature on the transition and the integration of East Germany and Eastern Europe, including statistics. Students and other interested persons have the opportunity to work with the library stock under special conditions.
For general information you can contact us via e-mail:
Monday to Thursday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
As a safety measure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the library is closed for visitors until further notice. You can nevertheless reach us through e-mail and phone as usual.
We look forward to your visit!
Classification and Stock
The IWH scientific library provides, supports and accompanies the research activities of the Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) since its foundation in 1992.
It delivers comprehensive library services comprising the procurement, registration and lending of scientific journals, access to a multitude of electronic resources and scientific data as well as professional advice on related matters. The collection of the IWH scientific library is well known for its primary focus on topics ranging from the economic development of East Germany and Eastern Europe to the European economic integration. Seven main groups indicate the stock.
The classification serves as a key to organising the library stock and can be used as an effective research tool while navigating through the open access areas. It is similar to the economic classification of the STW Thesaurus for Economics and in addition has the special topic and group number 7 which stands for collections of economic literature about East Germany.
The library stock consists of about 77,000 media items, including monographs, periodicals, statistical surveys, and scientific data bases.
Classification (PDF) (only available in German)
Use and Services
The library’s entrance is on the ground floor of the IWH building at the Kleine Maerkerstrasse 8. On the ground floor there is also the reception and service counter, alphabetically organized journals, and IWH publications. An open access area with a variety of monographs as well as reading and working places is situated on the first floor. In the library, you will also find a multifunction copying machine/scanner and a PC for browsing the OPAC.