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Germanic Studies

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 i


The Department of Germanic Studies at Indiana University Bloomington pursues teaching and research related to Germanic languages, literature, and culture, with a particular emphasis on German and Dutch. Norwegian has been offered since 2003-2004. The primary clientele for the Libraries' collections in Germanic Studies are faculty, graduate students, and upper-level undergraduates in the department, but also scholars and students from other departments who are pursuing interdisciplinary research and studies.

The Germanic Studies collection is rich and deep. It covers, for the most part at the research level, the history and criticism of German literature; fiction, poetry, drama, theater, and other materials relating to letters and literary life; publications in German about literature, its subdivisions and aspects; and most categories of linguistic materials on the German language. Dutch materials are acquired at the instructional support level; Scandinavian materials are acquired largely in translation, but with coverage of the works of major writers in the original language. Historical strengths include Goethe, Schiller, and the eighteenth century; material published since World War Two and especially after 1950; Expressionism; exile literature; and literary almanacs.

The bulk of the collection is housed in the Wells Library and the Auxiliary Library Facility. Related collection locations include the Lilly Library.