International Tracing Service

The ITS Library

A special library is open to visitors of the International Tracing Service (ITS). In the spring of 2008, work began on the transformation of the existing library into a special library dedicated to ITS topics. 

At the time, the inventory was still based on the status quo of the early 1970s and comprised around 1,500 publications. It has continually grown through the addition of new purchases since February 2008 and now holds around 4,800 publications. In addition, there is a stock of roughly 50 different magazines and yearbooks.

The publications and media are orientated on subjects ITS has opened up with its archive inventory:

  • Prisons, Concentration Camps, Ghettos
  • Groups of persecutees (such as Sinti and Roma, people persecuted for political or ideological reasons)
  • Persecution of the Jews, Holocaust
  • Emigration, Rescue
  • Resistance, Help
  • Forced (Slave) Labour
  • Displaced Persons
  • ITS Predecessor Institutions / Allies
  • Discourse on the past
  • Pedagogy

Included are:

  • recent publications and periodicals (research and special literature);
  • academic theses;
  • voucher copies from archive use/processing;
  • archival special literature and publications from other archives, printed finding aids, overviews of stock;
  • publications from memorial sites and museums;
  • ICRC publications.

The library can be used by visitors, academic researchers, all ITS employees and, not least, by the interested public as a reference library. The inventory is arranged in open stacks.


Reference library (no issue of books)

Registration: +49 (0)5691 – 629 –302/305 or library[at]

Opening hours: from Monday to Thursday: 8.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m., on Friday: 8.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.

Further Information

ITS library