The library of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site collects publications on the following themes:

  • Dachau concentration camp and its subcamps
  • Concentration camp system and studies on specific concentration camps
  • National Socialism
  • Fascism
  • Second World War
  • Resistance and persecution
  • Justice system and Nazi crimes
  • Remembrance culture
  • Memorial site education and didactics of history
  • Artistic explorations and considerations of National Socialism
  • Studies on the individual victim groups

The library also has rare firsthand accounts from concentration camp survivors, most of which were published in the postwar years. The library collection is supplemented by more than 300 academic school and university papers, in part unpublished.

Overall, the holdings amount to 17 000 media. In addition, the library has more than 100 journals. At present, some 20 journals are subscribed to.


Prior registration is requested if you wish to use the library. The library is a reference library open to the public. No loans are permitted. Visitors are very welcome to read the books in the library. A reading room with ten workplaces is available for users of both the library and archive.

Photocopies are available against payment according to the fee regulations. The holdings of the library can be researched on location using a databank. Entry to the library is restricted to registered users.

The library of the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site is a member of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Gedenkstättenbibliothen (AGGB – Association of Memorial Site Libraries). The joint online catalogue of the AGGB members currently covers the holdings of 20 specialist libraries. The library holdings of the Dachau Memorial Site may be researched via this online catalogue.

Library opening hours

After prior registration the library of the Dachau Memorial Site is open to the public from Tuesday to Friday between 9 am and 5 pm.

Registration for visiting the library

Registration in good time (i.e. four working days before the appointed date, by telephone, in writing or per e-mail) is obligatory.

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