The library provides up-to-date information on its stocks in the Forum for International Cultural Relations. Discovery searches books, journals and articles in a library network with almost 20 million items. Freely available collections from ifa research make documents open access available for free download. The digital offer ranges from press databases and reference works to e-books and e-journals.


Discovery searches the catalogues and databases of associated libraries. This also includes books, journals and articles from the library.

Digital Offerings of the Library

Please note: Access to databases marked with * is only possible in the library reading room. 

Digitised files

The digishelf database provides the digitised holdings from the ifa library that are available in the public domain, e.g. on the topic of colonialism. The collection is under construction.


The wiso database* offers daily updated and retrospective full texts from more than 180 newspapers, mainly from German-speaking countries. These include, among others Die Zeit, Tagesspiegel, Neue Züricher Zeitung and Der Spiegel.

In pressreader*, more than 7,000 newspapers, magazines and journals from 100 countries can be read on a daily basis. The newspapers, magazines and journals are available in over 60 languages. Connected is an archive that goes back 90 days. 

Reference Resources

The online edition of the general encyclopedia, Britannica Academic, provides access to more than 90,000 articles as well as 12,500 articles from the Britannica Books of the Year series.

The Munzinger Archive* contains biographies of almost 46,000 personalities.  For all countries, the database provides basic data on geography and population, politics, economy, education and social affairs. Important events in the world have been recorded since 1986 with more than 80,000 reports.

E-Books & E-Journals

The Nomos E-Library* provides full-text access to a selection of e-books/e-journals published by Nomos Verlag in the field of political science.

Access to the e-books of the ifa library in the ProQuest Ebook Central collection is only possible after prior registration. Please contact bibliothek(at) if you would like to have an account created so that you can also use the holdings externally. 

The JSTOR* journal archive contains core journals on all academic disciplines. The focus is on the humanities, social sciences and economics. As a rule, the journals are available as digital full texts from the first volume onwards.

The Project MUSE* journal archive offers digital full texts from core journals from the humanities and social sciences.



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