De Gruyter Book Archive

Discover the treasures of the De Gruyter Book Archive. De Gruyter has digitized its entire backlist, going all the way back to 1749.

The archive provides access to high-quality primary sources, making more than 270 years of scientific and literary history digitally available.

More than 53,000 titles from over 270 years of academic publishing

Goethe, Schleiermacher, the Brothers Grimm, Max Planck, Noam Chomsky, and Jürgen Habermas – these are just few of the authors who published with us and whose titles can be found in our archive, which comprises more than 53,000 titles. Now, more than 270 years later, we are breathing new life into the treasures in our archive by making them digitally available.

Titles, formats, and purchase options

All of our books were carefully digitized and optimized to deliver high-quality eBooks:

  • PDF format, indexed and full-text searchable
  • DOIs and MARC records available
  • DRM-free
  • Available as fixed ebook packages, in P&C or as individual titles

All titles are also available as hardcover PoDs. Title lists are available on request from your regional sales contact.


The archive provides access to primary sources for historical research in the broadest possible sense. De Gruyter did publish books between 1933 and 1945 and due to their political or ideological orientation some of these books are not actively marketed and can’t be purchased by individuals.

Why are these titles being digitized?
How are these books labelled on How do I know if a book has been designated as containing "sensitive content" by De Gruyter?
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The story behind the De Gruyter Book Archive

With our On-Demand service “edition“ 10,000 formerly out-of-print books were digitized between 2011 and 2017. The success of this initiative all over the world demonstrated the importance of preserving academic history. Therefore, we made the decision to digitize our entire archive back to 1749 and make all titles available as eBooks and as hardcover reprints.

A look into the archive

Ludwig Tieck: Minnelieder aus dem Schwäbischen Zeitalter (1805)

De Gruyter, Verlagsgebäude (1943)

De Gruyter, Fassade am Verlagssitz in Berlin

Goethe's Schriften (1787)