Accessibility to library services from July 25 - 29

Due to a server change the week of July 25 - 29, our online library services (i.e. online catalog) will be unavailable and our phone connection will be limited!

When visiting and contacting our library team during this time, we ask you to keep the following in mind:

  • the Library will remain open for visitors during its regular opening hours
  • the online catalog will NOT be available!
  • Phone connection for the entire institute will be greatly reduced. We encourage you to contact us via email during this time. We will do our best to answer all your questions in a timely manner!
  • Renewing media via online catalog is not possible and these requests must therefore be made via email.
  • Making reservations via online catalog is not possible and these requests must therefore be made via email.
  • When returning media, we would like to ask you to bring the items directly to the library, if possible. If not, you can deposit the borrowed items into our mailbox at the downstairs entrance.
  • If you would like to borrow new media, we have reduced the number of items that can be checked out during this time to 5. Since our entire library system is down and our librarians have to manually note all newly borrowed items, this allows us to maintain efficiency in our daily work.

In order to best prepare for next week, we would like to suggest that you already find out when your borrowed media is due and either renew them directly or, if this is no longer possible, contact us in advance to find a possible solution.

We are aware that many more questions and issues may arise, so please do not hesitate to contact us!

Reduced opening hours from August 1 - September 9, 2022

from August 1 – September 9 the CSH library will have reduced opening hours:

       Mon: closed      
       Tue: closed      
       Wed: closed      
       Thu: 11:30-13:30 & 15-18:00       
       Fri: 11:30-13:30 & 15-18:00      
       Sat: 11-15:00

From September 10 we will be back to our regular schedule!

New Corona-Regulations from May 1

As of May 1, there will be no mask requirement at the Carl-Schurz-Haus. However, we do continue to recommend wearing a mask in the building and keeping a social distance.

Should you have any further questions regarding the mask regulations, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Stand: May 2, 2022

Announcing eMagazines!

We have just added 75+ magazines to our collection of eBooks and eAudiobooks!

These magazines have unlimited copies and up to three years of back issues.

Titles include Newsweek, Rolling Stone, Country Living, Highlights, Us Weekly, GQ and many more.

Sign into your account here,, and check out your favorite magazines now!

Find instructions on signing into your account here:



As of February 9th, all DVD Series can now be checked out for 2 weeks (or 6 weeks with two extensions).

This will conclusively replace our former 1 week return policy.

However, please note that our "NEW" Series, i.e. DVDs that have been recently added to our selection, cannot be renewed!



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Your American Library

The Library of the Carl-Schurz-Haus is a public library with a full range of circulating media. We offer books, magazines, films and audio books - all you need is a library card.


Our library is the starting point in Freiburg and the surrounding area when it comes to English language content - whether literary classics, modern TV series or Hollywood blockbusters. Our non-fiction department is a good research resource for both college or school students - all in English. We have documentaries and audio books, as well as subscriptions to American magazines. Stop by - it's worth it!

In our library you can find ...

  • over 13,000 books in English
  • more than 5,000 DVDs (movies for young and old, documentaries and series)
  • 50 up-to-date magazine subscriptions
  • three daily newspapers
  • one computer station with Internet access to browse our catalog and the Internet
  • one iPad with Internet access to browse our eBook collection as well as many other media

DVD Player!


We now have a small DVD player for you to borrow if you don't have your own! It can be hooked up to computers or televisions with a USB port.

About the Library

A piece of America in Germany, a piece of German-American history.

The Carl-Schurz-Haus Library provides all interested parties - from students to professors, from Germans interested in America to Americans living in Germany - insights and detailed information about American society, culture and politics. These insights are also connected with a transatlantic perspective in which other European cultures (e.g. Germany and the UK) are considered.

We have around 12,000 books from various fields, most of which are in English. Classic novels, poetry and popular literature from America and England are enjoyed by leisure readers, but also by teachers and students who are conducting research. The same applies to our non-fiction, which contains in-depth material from nearly every area of American society and history. Current information as well as political and cultural commentary can be found in our magazines, which also cover a very broad spectrum. From Time to The New Yorker to Atlantic Monthly, our magazines offer a diverse overview of today's America. For even more information, you may access the database collection ELibrary USA, which includes full texts from various magazines and other sources, among which are special resources for non-native speakers, children, students and teachers.

Yet another way to engage with the topic of America in a relaxed fashion is with our growing collection of audiobooks or our extensive and varied collection of over 5000 DVDs in English, within which you will find both documentaries on American history and culture, as well as popular movie titles. In addition, you can discover or rediscover the best American and British series, all without commercial breaks.

Young readers and small children can grow up with our children's and youth book collection and become faithful (adult) readers. This new focus of our collection allows children to learn English in a playful fashion. Young people can expand and solidify skills learned at school without pressure and with a lot of fun instead.

Finally, you can find information on exchange opportunities in the United States (and the English-speaking world) and preparation materials for the standardized tests used by American Universities (TOEFL, SAT, GRE, GMAT, ...). More information about international study and exchange can be found by emailing or phoning our educationUSA advisor:
e-mail: studienberatung [at]; Tel .: 0761-55 65 27 18

Feel free to browse our inventory in our online catalog. Our friendly library staff is always ready to support you in your research.