The library of the Japanese-German Center Berlin owns about 13.000 media in Japanese, German and English (books, periodicals, newspapers, DVDs). There is a wide range of Japanese literature (in Japanese and in translation), children’s books , books on various themes of Japanese culture and on the relations between Japan and Germany/Europe. There are books on sciences, history, economics, politics, and society.
Those who learn Japanese will find grammar-books, textbooks, or easy-to-read Japanese literature. And there is a wide range of reference books, like dictionaries, encyclopedia, and statistics.
The library system is based on the “Nippon Decimal Classification” (NDC), which is used by most academic and public libraries in Japan. Bibliographical data of the entire book collection is available electronically in both Japanese and western languages and can be researched in the library. You can also view our library catalog online.
In addition to the bibliographical database of the library’s own collection, the JDZB’s library also has access to a database that is based on the seven (to date) published volumes of “Japan-Bibliografie” (by W. Hadamitzky and M. Rudat–Kocks, published by K.G. Saur Verlag). These volumes contain more than 11,500 titles of German language Japan-related publications that were published between the years 1477 and 1985. In addition, you may also electronically search the bibliographical data of monographs translated from Japanese into German from the period 1945 to 1998.
Exchange of Publications
The publications of the JDZB are available through cooperating libraries as exchange of literature. If you would like further information, please contact the library.