Library at the Centre for General Linguistics

The Library at the Centre for General Linguistics is a scientific special library for the staff and guests of the ZAS, and also serves as a reference and research library for employees of linguistic institutions and students of linguistic study courses in Berlin and Potsdam. Short-term loan for copying purposes is possible in exceptional cases.

The library has about 58.000 volumes, among them 17.440 volumes on research topics of the ZAS and 40.560 volumes on the subjects German, Romance, Slavic, Baltic, Balkan, Finno-Ugric and East Asian Studies. In addition, there is partial and old stock of 353 linguistic journals. Currently 35 journals are subscribed, 29 of them also available online within the ZAS.

Christina Beckmann (Head librarian)
Irina Busse
Melanie Juhl (Student assistant)

Email: bibliothek(at)
Phone: +49 30 20192-137

Opening hours:
Monday - Friday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
(Please check the homepage of the ZAS website for deviations from the regular opening times.)

The library at the Centre for General Linguistics

Collection of grammars

The ZAS Library currently has a stock of 1351 grammars to about 600 languages of the world as well as several overviews to language groups and language families, all of which are systematically arranged together in a separate area.

The classification of these grammars is self-created. It's described in three different types of documents:

Graphical representation of the classification

(pdf, MS Word SmartArt graphics, 12 pages)

Detailed tabular presentation of the classification
(pdf, MS Excel spreadsheet, 11 pages)

Short description of structure and nomenclature

(pdf, MS Word, 1 page)