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The Germanic collections at Cambridge University Library exist to support the curriculum and research needs of the university in the humanities and the social sciences.

A view of Lohr. Topographia Franconiæ (Franckfurt: Matthaeus Merian, [1648?]) (F164.a.1.4)

The research collections aim to include monographs and serials (both in paper and/or microform), electronic resources, audiovisual materials (when issued with print material), maps and atlases, and some older material for historical research. Although the emphasis on the acquisition of print material is still significant, several types of materials (mostly journals, indexes, and databases) are increasingly being acquired in electronic format.

The Collection is estimated at over 330,000 items. This figure includes early printed materials (incunables and items from the 16th century) which amount to 1,000 items. It contains a further 1,000 items published in the 17th century, 4,000 items from the 18th century, and over 250,000 items from the 19th and 20th centuries.

We try to feature a range of material from our collections on our blog-- please take a look at our posts featuring German material. To see our previously featured material, see our spotlight archive.