In accordance with its founding mandate, the institute developed a continuously expanding and in Germany as well as abroad well known specialist library. The library can rely on a network of contacts expanded over time in Germany, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Hungary. The book fund of the institute was step by step included in the disciplinary-specific library and literature portals.

Further more the documentation service includes an archive which mainly consist of estate records and several continuously and systematically expanding collections (maps, photographs, posters, postcards).


The institute has a public special library with around 40,000 media units. The collection focuses on literature on the research areas of the institute, reference works, specialist lexicons, regional literature, local monographs and literature on the integration of refugees and displaced persons in Germany.


As a competence centre for Danube Swabian studies, the Institute’s archive (AIdGL) fulfils a documentation task anchored in its founding articles. It is responsible for safeguarding and preserving the archival records of the regional Danube Swabian groups as part of Germany’s cultural heritage and culture of remembrance and for making them accessible to academia and the general public. The range of items in its custody spans from deeds and files to visual and electronic media, starting from the end of the 17th century up until the present day.

Picture Collection

The picture collection takes account of the Institute’s documentation task. It documents the history and culture of the Danube Swabians and their regions of origin. The picture collection, which was built up in the framework of research projects, documentation and study trips, but also through the purchase of theme-based series as well as donations, is being continuously augmented.