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Library & Collection Medical Humanities (BSMH)


  • a wide-ranging collection of books of value to the scientific community
  • and an extensive historical collection
  • for teachers, students, researchers and the interested public.

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Opening hours and contact

Mon - Wed: 10.00 - 16.00 hrs
Thu: 10.00 - 18.00 hrs

Use of the collection by appointment


Tel. +49 30 450 529 244

ask to: mail library
ask to: mail collection

IGMEM, Library 1. floor | Thielallee 71 | 14195 Berlin-Dahlem | Lageplan |

Use of library & collection

Literature (except journals) from 1945 onwards can be borrowed for 4 weeks. The older holdings can be viewed as a reference.
The library provides 17 reading places, 1 group work place and 4 computer work places.
The use of the scientific collection is possible after prior registration.

Additional equipment: Copier (fee required) | Microfiche reader | Lockable roll containers (deposit)

Regulations for the use of the Charité Medical Libraries
Regulations for the use of the Scientific Collection

The Library & Medical Humanities Collection

The "Library & Medical Humanities Collection" (BSMH) sees itself as a service facility for research and teaching in the humanities at the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin. It is comprised of the Library and the Scientific Collection and contains approximately 200,000 media units of various kinds, especially from the fields of the history of Charité, Berlin medicine, and medical sciences.

The holdings include current research literature, old prints, historical medical records, bequests and special print collections as well as a (teaching) image collection. 

In addition to supporting research and teaching by providing media, other important tasks include the digitization of fragile objects according to DFG standards and the preparation of long-term digital archiving of research data from the Institute of the History of Medicine and Ethics in Medicine.

The library's holdings are searchable in the Charité's library portal Primo (approx. 70% recorded) and the card catalog on site. Literature published after 1945 is generally available for loan. The collection holdings will be accessible online from 2023 via the Charité Medical History Collection Portal (in cooperation with the Berlin Medical History Museum (BMM) of the Charité. Until then, the staff will be happy to help you find sources, documents, images and data in person. Consultation is possible by appointment.

In addition to the library and collection, the staff also maintains research databases such as "Ärztinnen im Kaiserreich" or "Verfolgte Berliner Ärzte und Ärztinnen des Städtischen Gesundheitswesens (1933-1945)" as well as "MedBeruf - Med. Ausbildung u. ärztl. Berufsfeld (1950-2005)" and "MedZeit - Zeitgeschichte d. Medizin im 20. Jh. (1945-2015)", which were compiled at the Institute and are partly accessible online.

In 1995, Jutta Buchin, a member of the library staff, was awarded the first Margherita von Brentano Prize for the collection and development of the Documentation "Ärztinnen im Kaiserreich". The research project "Verfolgte Ärzt:innen" was awarded the Herbert Lewin Prize in 2019.

History of the Library & Medical Humanities Collection