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German Studies Web: Library Catalogs

Catalogs: All German-Speaking Countries

  • Karlsruher Virtueller Katalog
    The best bet as a starting point for searching German library catalogs. The KVK is an extremely useful "meta-catalog" that allows for simultaneous searching of several library catalogs, among them the union catalogs for Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia and Southwest Germany. The list of covered catalogs keeps growing; it now includes Austrian and Swiss libraries, as well as an increasing number of other national catalogs.
  • Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke
    Online database of 15th century printed books, produced by the Staatsbibliothek Preussischer Kulturbesitz in Berlin. Supplements the printed edition with additional indexes and draft versions of new descriptions. Requires downloaded server software.
  • Verzeichnis der im deutschen Sprachraum erschienenen Drucke des 16. Jahrhunderts (VD16)
    Documents 16th century German imprints. The database now contains new titles not contained in the print version. Searchable via the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. Project description at VD16
  • Verzeichnis der im deutschen Sprachraum erschienenen Drucke des 17. Jahrhunderts (VD17)
    A major cataloging project with the purpose of creating a national bibliography for the 17th century.

Catalogs: Germany

Catalogs: Austria

Catalogs: Switzerland

Bibliographies, Indexes, etc.

Early Imprints and Incunabula

Archives and Manuscripts

  • Archives in Germany
    Addresses of various types of German archives.
  • Archive im Internet
    Links to German and international archives.
  • Forschungsdokumentation zu Handschriften und Seltenen Drucken
    Online Bibliography of Secondary Literature on Manuscripts, Rare Books, etc. (from the BSB)
  • Kalliope
    Catalog of the Zentralkartei der Autographen (ZKA); currently contains almost 500,000 records for letters kept and cataloged in German archives and libraries, and brief biographical data for letter writers
  • Manuscripta medieaevalia
    Major research site for medieval manuscripts in German-speaking countries. Includes digitized versions of manuscript catalogs and a Handschriftendatenbank.


Open access dissertations online, a service of the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek.
See also the Digital Texts and Images page for access to dissertations in the German-speaking countries.

Also of Note

English-German glossary of library terminology.

See also Digital Texts and Images

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