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Leo Frobenius Library of Cultural Anthropology

Online catalog

Online catalog

Hier geht es zum Online-Katalog der Bibliothek. Eine Einführung zur Nutzung finden Sie unter „Einführungen“.



Hier finden Sie den Audio-Guide der Bibliothek und Online-Tutorials zur Nutzung des Online-Katalogs.

Recent acquisitions

Recent acquisitions

Hier finden Sie unsere Listen mit Neuerwerbungen der letzten Monate.



Hier finden Sie die Kontaktdaten der Mitarbeiter.


Founded in 1898 as the reference library of Leo Frobenius, the Leo Frobenius Ethnological Library (formerly the Ethnological Library) today comprises the holdings of the Frobenius Institute, the Institute for Ethnology of the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main and the valuable old holdings of the World Culture Museum of the City of Frankfurt. With 135,494 volumes (end of 2022), it is thus the most important specialist library for ethnology in the German-speaking world. Its special features include a large old collection (more than 30,000 volumes), almost 500 current journals and series, the registration of book and journal articles, the cataloguing of OA books and journal articles (13,000 catalogue files), a map collection (1,740) and a film collection (more than 2,000 DVDs). A large part of the holdings is due to donations and bequests from renowned ethnologists as well as publication exchanges with approx. 200 international institutions.


IG Building, Basement Q6, 0.615, Telephone: 069/798-33248 


Opening hours:

Tuesday to Friday: 11-16 Uhr


Opening hours during the semester break (17th July - 13th October, 2023):

Tuesday to Thursday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., closed on Fridays.


Any interested person is welcome to use the collections of the library in the reading room.
The regulations of the Leo Frobenius Library of Cultural Anthropology apply.
- Employees and students of the university
- Members of the Frobenius Institute, the Weltkulturenmuseum and the Frobenius Society
- Residents of Frankfurt and its environs 

Regional foci: Africa, America, Indonesia, Oceania
Thematic foci: Prehistory and early history, cultural history, rock paintings, material culture, anthropology of religion
Size of collections: 134,050 volumes (by December 2020), 500 current journals and series, 1,800 films 
Partner institutions: Exchanges with more than 185 institutions worldwide 


- Online catalogue
- Card catalogue (literature to 1993)
- Information sheet on the database for anthropologists 

Particular features
- Monographs are catalogued by means of a detailed thesaurus
- The catalogues contain articles from collected volumes and journals 

Databases for ethnologists
You can find tips on researching digital sources for ethnologists here.