Am Neuen Markt 9d
14467 Potsdam

tel.: 0331/74510-132
fax: 0331/74510-143

e-mail: bibliothek [at]


Opening hours:

Mon.–Thurs.   10 a.m.–5 p.m., Fri.   10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Tel.: +49 (0)331 745 101 32

bibliothek [at]


Library catalog

e-book platform (for institution members only)

User and fee regulations (PDF, in German)


The ZZF research library collects scholarly literature on German and European contemporary history for the period after 1945. This includes social and economic history, political and cultural history, as well as media history. International literature on the history of German division and reunification is the core focus of the library’s collection.

The library’s overall holdings currently comprise about 80,000 media units. Apart from print publications, audiovisual media and over 600 printed periodicals (with current subscriptions to about 100) the library offers a wide array of electronic journals and specialist databases. In addition, the ZZF’s press database, begun in August 2008, contains articles, reports and reviews from the daily press relevant to contemporary history.

The library also contains various special collections. These include the biographical archive of the former East German Institute for International Politics and Economics (IPW) as well as the estate of literary scholar and contemporary historian Simone Barck and the collection of media scholar Friedrich Knilli with its audio and video recordings.

The library is open to the public.

Those interested in special collections are requested to schedule an appointment by phone.


Where to find us: Location

Coming from Berlin: Travel by S-Bahn or regional train (Regio) to Potsdam Central Station (Potsdam Hbf). From there take any tram leaving from platform 1 (bound to “Zentrum”), get off at the stop “Alter Markt”. The library building can be reached via the gateway passage to the Haus der Brandenburgisch-Preußischen Geschichte (Museum of the History of Brandenburg and Prussia) / Kutschstall. The ZZF Library is located at the far right end of the square.