Learn Public Libraries
Hamburg has 260 public libraries that differ in size and focus. Become a member and find a library near you.
Whether it's a book, music, a language trainer, fiction or science ─ in one of the city's 258 libraries you'll definitely find whatever you're looking for.
The most common libraries are called Buecherhallen, where members pay an annual fee, depending on your age. The central building is located at Huehnerposten close to the central train station. But there is a Buecherhalle in almost every district: Find the one closest to you (in German).
You can also use the digital library of Buecherhallen and download e-books, e-papers, music, etc. in seven different languages, you’ll be happily surprised about the large amount of English language media. You can also download the app for mobile devices.
State and University Library
A great option for those who are interested in specific topics or academic research, is the Hamburg State and University Library Carl von Ossietzky (abbreviated as 'Stabi'), located opposite Dammtor station. You don’t need to be a student or university employee: everybody is welcome to loan books and use the digital information resources and the membership fee is only €20 per year.
On this website (in German), you can find a map and a list of all libraries in Hamburg that focus on academic or professional specialisms. Access for non-students and non-employees varies per library.
Visually impaired people
Hamburg also offers a library for the visually impaired, with books in Braille and audio books, but up to now their collection is only available in German. The service is free of charge (donations appreciated).
Library of Commerce
If you're looking for business related books, the library of the Chamber of Commerce might be interesting for you. The Library of Commerce is one of the oldest business libraries in Germany. It offers information on economic and social sciences, tax and business law, education and vocational training. Statistics and annual reports can be found in this unique library as well. You can also subscribe to more than 350 newspapers and periodicals.