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.
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.
Since December 2018 the catalogue of the ZAS library is integrated into the Lin|gu|is|tik-Portal. The Lin|gu|is|tik portal offers scientific information on all areas of linguistics. It is currently being developed into the online platform of the Specialised Information Service Linguistics (Fachinformationsdienst FID Linguistik).