The Federal Archives provides public access, for reference purposes, to the key, official sources of information on recent German history. The institution collects and stores, in analogue and digitised form, documents generated in central offices of the Federal Republic (since 1949), the GDR (1949-1990), the zones of occupation (1945-1949), the German Reich (1867/71-1945), the German Confederation (1815-1866) and the Holy

Rivers are a determining feature of the landscape and evolve over time. Pictures document the changes undergone by a river better than the written word can. Over the decades the Federal Water and Shipping Authority and its predecessor organisations have captured the transformation and development of Germany’s waterways in a myriad of photos, creating an important visual record in the

‘How-to’ literature is here to stay. The genre ranges from tips on how to combat chronic procrastination to astrophysics for dummies and is a prized reference source for people tackling New Year’s resolutions, if nothing else. A good time, then, for us to showcase a variety of publications dispensing advice – starting with beekeeping (for those seeking a hobby in

With its extensive archives and library, the Heinrich-Heine-Institut of the regional capital, Düsseldorf is a major international centre for research into the life, work and legacy of the poet Heinrich Heine. A number of other departments, such as its Rhenish Literature archive and the Schumann collection, make the Institute a source of information covering a very wide range of fields.

In an atmosphere effused with the empathy of the general public and people around the globe, Germany – and Berlin in particular – recently finished celebrating the opening of the inner-German border 25 years ago. The festivities and commemorative events organised to mark the fall of the Wall on 9th November 1989 are a more than fitting occasion for the

The massive distortions and devastation brought about by war had a huge influence on the development of Europe in the 20th century. Until 16th November the 6th European Month of Photography in Berlin is showing photographic material and other images from these wars. The Festival’s exhibitions and events will address social, historical and aesthetic issues relating to this year’s theme

The Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (DDB) has launched its second virtual exhibition, ‘The Memory of Dance’. This detailed excursion through a history of disparate dance forms is interspersed with numerous multimedia illustrations and much complementary material and can be viewed online in the DDB.

The ever-growing DDB is presenting the public with a multimedia array of cultural and scientific content that is a feast for the ear as well as the eye. The Saxon State and University Library Dresden (SLUB), for example, is already providing DDB users with access to unique items in its media library, including material from the ‘Archive of Voices’ project.

Many people live and breathe football as a matter of course, but the sport is currently even more in the spotlight. Far from heralding the start of a football-free period, this year the close of the Bundesliga season will mark the start of the run-up to the FIFA World Cup finals, to be held in Brazil between 12th June

Die Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg Carl von Ossietzky (SUB HH) ist mit 4 Millionen Medien Hamburgs größte wissenschaftliche Allgemeinbibliothek und gleichzeitig die zentrale Bibliothek der Universität Hamburg und der anderen Hochschulen der Stadt. Sie dient der Literatur- und Informationsversorgung von Wissenschaft, Kultur, Presse, Wirtschaft und Verwaltung sowie aller interessierten Bürgerinnen und Bürger.