About Germanic Studies

The IU Bloomington Germanic Studies collection is rich and deep, due in part to its long history, and in part to the receipt of a grant from the Volkswagen-Stiftung that enabled a former librarian, Hugo Kunoff, to purchase a large number of antiquarian titles after a fire in the 1960s damaged a portion of the collection. All fields of German Studies are covered, for the most part at the research level. Dutch materials are acquired at the instructional support level, and Danish, Swedish and Norwegian (with the exception of major authors writing in these languages) mostly in translation. Notable collection strengths include the 18th century; Expressionism; Thomas Mann; exile literature; and post-1950 literature and culture. The collection is housed on the 10th floor of the Herman B Wells Library and in the Lilly Library (rare materials).