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Hertford College Library: German

Information about using Hertford College Library for college members, prospective students and visitors.

How the Library can help

Simpkin the cat, ready to helpHertford Library is currently offering remote services while the library is inaccessible.

Want to ask for help finding a specific resources or searching more generally?  

One-to-one support is available:

  • by email to 
  • through voice and video calls on Microsoft Teams/Zoom/Facebook
  • old fashioned phone (leave a message with your name and number on 01865 279409 and we'll get back to you)

Need a book and can't find it online?

We're buying access to new ebooks on request and, in some cases, can buy print books and have them delivered directly to you. We may also be able to arrange a scan of a specific chapter and postal loans of books from the Library. You can request these services using our online request form.

Have a reading list to share?

If you have a reading list for the coming term please share it with us. We'd love to know what you need so we can help you get it! Please send any lists to

Online resources on SOLO

SOLO logoEbooks are being bought and added to SOLO daily.

To search exclusively for ebooks that are available to access from home, see our guide on limiting searches to accessible ebooks.

University members also have access to some other ebook sources that are not included in SOLO, details of these are listed below.

SOLO for German

You can request new ebooks for purchase by filling in the books request form for the Bodleian Libraries or contacting Hertford Library on

Online databases for German

Screenshot of Modern Languages on Databases A-ZYou can browse for Oxford online database subscriptions on Databases A-Z. These include primary sources like Goethe's Werke, reference resources like KLG and bibliographical databases.

Bibliographical databases allow you to search for resources on a specific subject across different formats such as books, book chapters, journal articles, conference proceedings and theses. An example of a bibliographical database is Bibliographie der Deutschen Sprach und Literaturwissenschaft.

For information about access to newspapers see the German, Austrian and Swiss newspaper guide from the Bodleian. Access to many of these papers is via Nexis (see our PDF guide to browsing papers in Nexis) or Factiva (see our PDF guide to browsing papers in Factiva).

Free ebooks on the open web

​Zeno has a range of free ebooks:

Project Gutenberg can be browsed or searched for German language texts:

Bookshop Welt Bild has around 800 free ebooks:

Internet Archive

ThInternet Archive homepage screenshote Internet Archive has freely available online books that are out of copyright.  This means older editions of literary texts are often available there.

The Internet Archive has also made a number of 20th century academic books available to borrow through their Lending Library. To use this service you need to set up a free user account. These books are still in copyright so the authors may request that they are removed from the website.  If you find a useful resources in the Lending Library then use them quickly and take very detailed notes - you might not be able to access them again in a few weeks.

German links

General links

Online dictionaries recommended by the Taylor Library