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The library of the Leibniz-Centre General Linguistics is a specialised scientific library for the staff and guests of the centre. It also serves as a reference and research library for employees of linguistic institutions and students of linguistic study courses in Berlin and Potsdam. Short-term loan for copying purposes is possible in exceptional cases.

The library has about 60,000 volumes, partly on the research topics of the ZAS, including more than 1400 grammars, and partly on the subjects  German studies, Romance studies, Slavic studies, Baltic studies, Balkan studies, Finnougristics and Sinology. The collection contains stocks of more than 300 linguistic journals. Currently 31 journals are subscribed - 28 of the them and a selection of eBooks are accessible online within the ZAS.

The librarian is the contact person for Open Access matters.

ZAS has ratified an own Open Access Policy (PDF) in 2017.


Fachinformationsdienst (FID) Linguistik

The ZAS Papers in Linguistics (ZASPiL), published by our institute in Open Access, now have their own web presence at zaspil.leibniz-zas.de. The realization was done in close cooperation with the Fachinformationsdienst (FID) Linguistik on the basis of the software Open Journal Systems. The journal is hosted - as a service of the FID - by the University Library Frankfurt am Main and archived via the Frankfurt Linguistik-Repository.

ZASPiL reflects the ongoing work at the research institute and consists of contributions by ZAS researchers* and guest researchers*.

In addition to all contributions of issues since ZASPiL 14 (1999), the website contains important information on the submission process, such as the checklist for submissions, the guidelines for authors, the Author‘s Agreement, a ZASPiL template, and a ZASPiL sample file.

Open Library of Humanities (OLH)

In March 2020 we joined the Open Library of Humanities' Library Partnership system. The OLH is an academic-led gold open-access publisher in the field of the humanities, including linguistics, with no author-facing charges. The organization consists of an international library consortium. The system of the OLH Library Partnership enables libraries to support an infrastructure instead of purchasing journals. OLH supports teams of editors who want to convert their journal to a Fair Open Access publication.

Language Science Press (LSP) and Knowledge Unlatched (KU)

We cooperate with the publisher Language Science Press via the online platform Knowledge Unlatched, who offers free access to scholarly content. Language Science Press publishes high quality, peer reviewed Open Access books in the field of linguistics.

Lin|gu|is|tik portal

Since December 2018  it is possible to search not only via the ZAS catalogue = WebOPAC (see below) the ZAS library's data stock, but also via the catalogue search on the Lin|gu|is|tik-Portal, as the ZAS library's title records are imported into the database there on a quarterly basis.

The Lin|gu|is|tik portal offers scientific information on all areas of linguistics. It is the official web presence of the Specialised Information Service Linguistics "Fachinformationsdienst (FID) Linguistik".