Mission and collections of the ZBW

The ZBW is a central information infrastructure for economics and business studies. In this capacity it is our mission to procure, index and archive theoretical and empirical literature in economics and business studies and to provide acces to this literature sustainably and permanently. In addition, we also purchase all publications of neighbouring and ancillary disciplines whose main focus is on economics, in order to take due account of the increasingly interdisciplinary approach to economic research.

These collection emphases of the ZBW are part of the supraregional literature supply system of the German Research Foundation (DFG).

We collect subjects as they are represented in the Standard Thesaurus for Economics (STW).