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The Stabi, in its role as the regional library of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, collects, stores and presents all kinds of material relating to the history and regional studies of the city and its surroundings.
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Get to know the profile of the Stabi in its role as the regional library of Hamburg. You will receive comprehensive information about our Hamburg services.

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Service 'Hamburg'

The central location of the Hamburg collection is the Hamburg Reading Room with over 13,000 volumes of literature on regional studies and regional history relating to Hamburg and the whole of northern Germany. Research advice is available together with current brochures on Hamburg-related subjects.

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Legal Deposit Copies of Hamburg publications

In its role as state library, the Stabi has received deposit copies from the publishers of all works printed in Hamburg since 1696, in accordance with Germany's Legal Deposit Act. Recently this also includes recording media and electronic publications – a complete history of Hamburg's publications. 

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HamburgWissen Digital (regional portal)

The online sources of information on Hamburg's history and regional studies are rich and varied, and are provided by many institutions of the Hanseatic City. "HamburgWissen Digital" presents them all under one umbrella, in an annotated, thematically arranged catalogue of links. The portal provides orientation when researching literature and factual databases, full texts, maps, picture material, biographies, statistics and documentation. The service is being enhanced on a continuous basis. In addition to the meta search, with which many of the resources can be searched together in an easy way, “HamburgWissen Digital” also offers various other features: The “Hamburger Archivführer” (Hamburg archives handbook) and the “Hamburger Bibliotheksführer” (Hamburg library handbook) guide the user through Hamburg's archive and library landscape and provide detailed information about the individual institutions and what they offer. The events calendar provides information about all kinds of events relating to Hamburg.

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Hamburg Bibliography

The Hamburg bibliography documents all the literature, whether printed or electronic, relating to Hamburg and Hamburg personalities. It includes books, journals and series, maps and atlases, papers and journal articles.

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Digitalised media on Hamburg's history/Hamburg address books

Copyright-free digitalised media on Hamburg's history are offered by the State Library on three levels. In addition to four sources that were digitalised in special projects ("Hamburger Adressbücher"; "Briefwechsel Ernst Cassirer"; "Schröder, Hans: Lexikon der hamburgischen Schriftsteller bis zur Gegenwart (1851-1883)"; "Zeitschrift des Vereins für Hamburgische Geschichte"), all other sources from the Stabi's holdings can be searched together or browsed systematically according to collections, document type or subject categories. You will also find digital copies relating to Hamburg which have been digitised by other institutions and research establishments (external digital copies). We have summarised these into collections for you (for books, magazines, newspapers, etc.). For the newspapers, the terms of use may differ in individual cases, due to different licensing conditions.

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Hamburg links collection

The Hamburg link collection comprises around 850 important internet sources on Hamburg relating both to the past and present day, on all topics and spheres of life. Here you will find institutions from politics, academia, society and culture, as well as subject-related websites.

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HANS catalogue for the special collections of the Stabi

In the "HANS catalogue" for manuscripts (“Handschriften”), autographs (“Autographen”), literary remains (“Nachlässe “) and special collections (“Sonderbestände “) of the library, you will find references for important holdings segments of the special collections. It includes literary remains or individual legacy items (correspondence) of individual poets, authors, artists, musicians and scientists from the Hamburg area, ranging from the 17th century to the present day. For the literary remains that have not yet been added to the database, various search aids are available in the Manuscript Reading Room. In addition, the library's autograph collections (Campe collection, literature archive, Supellex epistolica Uffenbachi et Wolfiorum, portrait collection) are referenced.

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Picture galleries about Hamburg's history

A historical stroll to the Alster or to the harbour, portrait galleries, biographies of famous Hamburg residents like Wolfgang Borchert, Klopstock, Jungius or Hasse; all the Bergedorf blogs; lots of news – browse through our big Hamburg showcase!