The ZBW is the world’s largest specialist library for economics. 

Figures of the ZBW (2019):

  • Holdings: 4.42 million books and other publications.
  • Number of current journal subscriptions: 26,116 titles.
  • Book acquisitions: 34,318.
  • Newly acquired working papers: 16,794. 
  • Number of datasets in the Online Catalogue: 6.09 million.
  • Number of documents in the repository EconStor: 187,146.
  • Number of staff: 271.
  • Seat: The ZBW has two branches, one on the Firth of Kiel, the other on the Binnenalster in Hamburg.
  • Legal form: foundation under public law.
  • Founding year: 1919.
  • Director: Professor Klaus Tochtermann
  • Financing: The ZBW is financed jointly by the federal and state governments.
  • Budget: 23.50 million EUR.
  • The ZBW is a member of the  Leibniz Association.