The DIE library is the biggest specialist adult education academic library in the German-speaking world and is conceived as an open-access reference library. The collection of educational science literature, launched in 1958, specialises in adult/continuing education, lifelong learning and related fields, and also features a large stock of commercially unpublished works, or so-called grey literature.
As a specialised library, the DIE documents literature by categorising, indexing and cataloguing articles in journals and periodicals. The data is then passed on to the North Rhine Westphalian Library Service Centre (hbz) and, as part of the library’s nationwide role in the provision of literature for educational research, to the German Education Index’s literature database (FIS Bildung Literaturdatenbank).
In line with the institute’s interdisciplinary and international alignment, the library focuses its acquisitions on key reference disciplines, such as psychology, sociology, business studies and philosophy. Along with its German language literature, the library also contains an increasing amount of foreign language media, in particular from English-speaking countries. This is in concurrence with the strategy to prioritise the acquisition of electronic media (e-preferred strategy.)
The library’s archives and historical records also provide invaluable sources for historical educational and course research.
Institutionalised research data management (FDM) and a research data policy are available at the library, which is also active in several third-party projects concerning the optimisation of research-supportive and infrastructural services. These include the creation of domain data protocols for empirical educational research as a means of improving the quality and follow-up use of research data, as well as the establishment of a product database, taking into account open educational resources on basic education and literacy.
DIE Adult Education Literature Database
The DIE library’s inventory has been stored electronically in the “DIE Adult Education Literature Database” since the beginning of the 1980s. The database can be accessed online via the DIE’s online library catalogue (Web-OPAC), and contains references to books, journals and articles.
Media dating before 1981 can be researched by card index. We are happy to help on site.
Recommendations of publications you would like to see in the library can be sent to email@example.com.
An overview of our journals and periodicals can be found here:
- Print Journals (PDF, 3,6 MB) – complete printed versions
- Current periodicals (PDF, 0,3 MB) – Excerpt from printed versions
- Electronic journals library – E-magazines from the DIE library
Please note that the digital library catalogue (Web OPAC) does not yet contain all journals.
List of new acquisitions
Newly-acquired titles can be found in the DIE library’s list of new acquisitions or via Twitter.
The DIE library is public and is aimed at students, researchers, teachers and practitioners in the field of adult/continued education.
Due to its status as a reference library, however, the loan of printed books and journals is limited to members of the institute.
Loan of e-books
The library’s free-of-charge e-book loan system is on offer to users regardless of their location and can be accessed via die-bonn.ciando.com. For instructions and login details, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interlibrary loan and document delivery
The DIE library is an authorised interlibrary lending partner, according to German lending regulations (LVO).
Literature that is not available from the DIE library can be ordered by institute members via interlibrary loan or the document delivery service. For enquiries, please contact email@example.com.
As of 2017, the library has offered institutionalised research data management services (FDM) and a Research Data Policy, accompanying each and every DIE research project from its conception, right through to the long-term protection of research data and dissemination of results, in line with the FAIR data criteria. A research data manual is available for support at all project stages, and external guidance on the services is increasingly at the fore.
The DIE library is one of 12 partners in the ddp-Education consortia project.
The library also contains numerous historic artefacts, which are a valuable source for research into the history of education and courses. These include adult education journals dating back to 1900, as well as archives containing literary estates and the adult education course archive.
- Adult Education Course Archive – comprehensive archive of further education course brochures
- Meta archive – Index of literature, (external) archive holdings and brief information on historic figures and institutions in the adult education sector
- Estate archive – Literary estates of key adult educators, and institute archives
The DIE library’s diverse zones provide various opportunities for learning and working, both alone and in groups. There are convertible meeting “islands” and open conference rooms, with a modern learning space concept seeing the introduction of formal, functional work stations and informal, comfortable lounge areas, as well as a mobile touchscreen for interactive presentations.
A book scanner, free WLAN and two research PCs further support learning and working processes. Scanner users are requested to bring a USB stick.
Lockers are also available in the library.
The DIE library is located in the northern part of the Institution, within the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The library can be accessed via the ground floor.
Visitors and those requiring access to the library are requested to register in advance. Please fill in the following form and be sure to bring your identity document with you when you visit.
Due to the Corona Pandemic, the following different opening hours of the DIE-Bibliothek apply until further notice:
Monday to Thursday
9am until 1pm
Information and service:
firstname.lastname@example.org, 0228 3294-240
Parallel searches in publicly-accessible library catalogues in Bonn and surrounding areas. Further Bonn library catalogues can be accessed by direct link.
Karlsruher Virtueller Katalog (KVK)
Metasearch engine with access to data from several hundred million publications from libraries and book trade catalogues across the world.
Portal providing central access to educational science information for practicing and researching educators, featuring literature and research data and information. The specialist information service (FID) is free-of-charge and enables users to order international literature and journals for delivery to their workplace. Copyright-free printed sources can also be digitalised upon request.
Services provided by the open access server peDOCS are integrated into the literature section of the portal.
Largest existing education and educational science database, created by the Education Resources Information Center, Washington, DC in 1966, featuring short synopses of principally English-language literature, (books, journal articles, research and conference reports etc.) in all fields of pedagogics (school- and education systems, pre-school education, special education, schools and colleges, teacher training, adult education, vocational education etc.).