Document ReferenceMAG
TitleMagdeburg Public Library Collection
Extent4051 items
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers
Admin HistoryThe collection consists of about half the stock of a small branch of Magdeburg Public Library, and represents a typical East German library in the last years of the German Democratic Republic (GDR). The library was closed and the service was reorganized following unification of East and West Germany.
Custodial HistoryThe collection was acquired by the University of Nottingham around 1992, through the efforts and selection of Dr. Janet Wharton of the Institute of German, Austrian and Swiss Affairs.
DescriptionThe collection comprises about half the stock of the original branch library, and includes virtually all the literature, and areas where it was considered that the East German viewpoint would be interesting. It also includes areas where there was an interestingly large quantity of stock, such as history, child psychology, do-it-yourself, car maintenance.
MgtGroupLibraries of other institutions
Printed Book Collections
ArrangementThe collection is arranged by Library of Congress classification
TermPublic libraries - Germany - Magdeburg - 20th century
FindingAidsThe collection is catalogued on the University of Nottingham's library catalogue NUsearch ( To browse the Collection, enter the search term MAG (the code for Magdeburg Public Library Collection) into the main search box and select to search within the Library Catalogue only.
ReprodnNoteReprographic copies can be supplied for educational and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.
Related MaterialThe Institute also maintained a principally archival collection derived from the British Military Government in Berlin, and this is catalogued as a separate collection reference BMGB.
Also associated with the Institute is the Ingasa Collection of printed books, focusing on Germany of the mid-late 20th century, with particular reference to the German Democratic Republic. This is catalogued with the collection reference ING
Related RecordBMGB
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