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The library collection comprises literature from, and on, Eastern and Southeast Europe, covering the fields of social science and the humanities. In line with the Institute's research activities, the focus is on the economy, politics, societies, and culture of all the countries and regions of Eastern Europe.

The library collection consists of a total of 340,000 media items, including around 800 current journals, and 8,300 maps.

Besides its collections of periodicals and maps, the library has outstanding collections of statisticshistorical newspapers and journals, statute books, school programs, as well as literature on migration, integration, and minorities in Eastern Europe. The aim is to gradually digitize these special collections, thereby making them available online for use by the academic community.

The library collection includes legacies from the historians and scholars Erik Amburger (1907–2001), Irene Grüning (1900–1955), Gerasimos Kaklamanis (1940–2003), Hans Koch (1894–1959), Carl Patsch (1865–1945), Franz von Scheiger (1891–1960), and Fritz Valjavec (1909–1960).

Among the library's rarities are the Russian book of statute “Polnoe Sobranie Zakonov Rossijskoj Imperii” and an extensive collection of Soviet posters. Another special collection of non-archivable offprints is comprised of nearly 10,000 printed excerpts, small and micro formats, and similar.

Archives and Legacies
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School Programs
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