Subject librarian

Subject-specific training courses

As part of the introductory seminars, introductory courses in literature searching (library catalogue and database searching) take place during the spring and autumn semesters for cultural anthropology students.

It is recommended that students from the third semester onwards attend the "Informations-, Daten- und Medienkompetenz für Ethnologie und Kulturanthropologie" course which is offered annually. The course gives credit points and can be signed up for via the course catalogue.

Subject-specific advice

Individual literature searching guidance for members of the university:

  • Assistance with finding resources on specific topics
  • Advice on the use of subject-specific databases
  • Help with search strategies

Please contact the subject librarian directly.

All training courses

For an overview of all training courses on offer at the University Library – from an introduction at the beginning of the semester to subject-specific training courses, guided tours through the library, reference management, etc. – click here.


University Library holdings


  • key literature
  • reference works and encyclopaedia
  • journals, wherever possible with online access
  • online bibliographic databases accessible within the university's network: Anthropology plus, IBSS, Scopus, Web of Science
  • historical collections

Individual subject areas

  • cultural anthropology - theory
  • everyday culture, culture of remembrance (biographies, memoirs), family (marriage, partnership)
  • socio-cultural minorities (Yenish, Sinti and Roma)
  • narratology (fairytales, myths, legends)
  • customs (traditions and customs, traditional costumes), festival culture, regional culture (open-air museums)
  • clothing and fashion
  • selected museum catalogues and guides

Other acquisition aspects

  • continuity: even if the research focus of the university shifts, the basic supply of literature in the entire area and the sub-disciplines of African Studies will be maintained
  • languages: focus on literature in Germand and English, with a lower proportion in Romanic languages
  • online access is preferred for journals


Libraries with additional holdings

  • Shared Library of the Institute for Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology and the ”Schweizerische Gesellschaft für Volkskunde”
  • Shared Library of the “Museum der Kulturen” and the Institute of Social Anthropology