The library of the German Literature Archive Marbach is a specialized research library for modern German literature and literary studies from the Enlightenment to the present day. Among our collection subjects are history of the book, history of publication, and history of the theater as well as a selection of philosophy. In a broadly diverse spectrum, we collect sources and research literature, literary journals and other relevant cultural journals, and printed and audiovisual media of literary culture and history of reception. Through the platform »Literatur-im-Netz«, we archive digital sources that have appeared since the founding of the World Wide Web. The holdings, including media documentation, encompass 1.3 million units, which are available for researchers and for interested audiences from the public. Our special collections are composed of historical popular fiction, adventure novels, crime novels, bibliographic collections, and the libraries of significant authors, including those of Gottfried Benn, Hans Blumenberg, Paul Celan, Ernst Jünger und Siegfried Kracauer.
The library is a reference library and is part of an inter-regional interlibrary loan system. Our holdings are as a rule only available for use in the reading room.