The library is specialized in providing literature and electronic media in the field of social anthropology with a close focus on the Institutes research on "Law & Anthropology", "Resilience and Transformation in Eurasia", "Anthropology of Politics and Governance" and "Integration and Conflict". General works from related disciplines, such as sociology, law, history, economics, political science, psychology and philosophy are also available. The collection reflects the broad interdisciplinary approach of research carried out at the Institute.
Newly founded at the end of 1999 the library owns about 48,400 monographs, 700 videos, 5,300 journal volumes and about 196 currently subscribed journals. (July 2020)
Members of the institute's staff may borrow monographs. Periodicals are for in-library use only. Guests may use the library for reference purposes only. Visitors have the option of copying relevant material (0,15 € / copy).
Opening hours for external users: Monday-Thursday 9.00 A.M.-12.00 A.M., 1.00 P.M.-4.00 P.M.; Friday 9.00 A.M.-12.00 A.M.