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Library and Information Science, Book Studies

De Gruyter is the number one in Germany in the area of Library Sciences, and is also one of the leading publishing houses internationally. Our high profile is based on decades of working together with the IFLA and on the publication of the “Green Backs” and “Red Backs” that librarians are so familiar with.

In the German-speaking world, our manuals and journals in particular help to support everyday work in libraries.

Publications with an interdisciplinary focus from the areas of Book Studies, Information Sciences and Publishing and recognized reference works complete our range.


  • Leading publishing house for library management in the German-speaking world
  • Well-regarded textbooks such as Bibliothekarisches Grundwissen
  • Comprehensive biographical reference works such as Kürschners Deutscher Gelehrten-Kalender
  • Essential manuals and practical guides in both printed and electronic form, such as Praxishandbuch Bibliotheksbau
  • Unique databases such as World Biographical Information System Online (WBIS Online) and Internationale Bibliographie der geistes- und sozialwissenschaftlichen Zeitschriftenliteratur (IBZ Online)
  • Expanding range in Information Sciences and Book Studies
  • Close cooperation with national and international institutions such as the German Media Academy (ADM) and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
  • English-language journals with reliable peer-reviewing



  • Klaus Gantert, head of the department of Archive and Library Studies at the University of Applied Sciences for Public Administration and Legal Affairs in Bavaria, Munich, co-editor of the Bibliotheks- und Informationspraxis series
  • Klaus Ulrich Werner, head of the library area at FU Berlin and head of the Philological Library, editor of Praxishandbuch Bibliotheksbau
  • Dorothea Sommer, deputy to the General Director of the Bavarian State Library, editor of two volumes of the IFLA Publications series
  • Theo Bothma, professor and head of the Department of Information Science at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, co-editor of the Libri journal


  • Akademie des Deutschen Buchhandels 
  • Historische Kommission des Börsenvereins des Deutschen Buchhandels e.V. 
  • International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) 


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