Library of Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft

The Library of Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft is a scientific special library for the staff and guests of the ZAS, and also serves as a reference and research library for employees of linguistic institutions and students of linguistic study courses in Berlin and Potsdam. Short-term loan for copying purposes is possible in exceptional cases.

The library has about 58.200 volumes, among them 17.640 volumes on research topics of the ZAS and 40.560 volumes on the subjects German, Romance, Slavic, Baltic, Balkan, Finno-Ugric and East Asian Studies. In addition, there is partial and old stock of 353 linguistic journals. Currently 34 journals are subscribed, 29 of them also available online within the ZAS.

The librarian is contact person for Open Access matters.

Christina Beckmann (Head librarian)
Alex Farias Gomes (Student assistant)

Phone: +49 30 20192-137

Opening hours:
Monday - Friday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
(Please check the homepage of the ZAS website for deviations from the regular opening times.)

ZAS library


Since December 2018 the ZAS library catalogue is integrated in the Lin|gu|is|tik-Portal.

The Lin|gu|is|tik internet portal offers scientific information on every subject of linguistics. It will be further developed to the online platform of the Specialised Information Service Linguistics (Fachinformationsdienst FID Linguistik).

Language Science Press
We cooperate with Language Science Press via Knowledge Unlatched. Language Science Press publishes high quality, peer reviewed open access books in the field of linguistics. Currently twenty one titles are recorded and freely available through our catalogue.

Open access at ZAS

Open access refers to the unlimited and free access to quality-tested scientific information on the internet. ZAS is committed to open access. It thereby follows the „Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities“ and the „Open Access policy of the Leibniz Association 2016-2020“.

In 2017 ZAS has ratified an own Open Access Policy (PDF).


Collection of grammars

The Library currently has a stock of more than 1400 grammars to about 600 languages of the world as well as several overviews to language groups and language families, all of which are systematically arranged together in a separate area.

The classification of these grammars is self-created. It's described in three different types of documents:

Graphical representation of the classification

(pdf, MS Word SmartArt graphics, 12 pages)

Detailed tabular presentation of the classification
(pdf, MS Excel spreadsheet, 11 pages)

Short description of structure and nomenclature

(pdf, MS Word, 1 page)