Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum (DSM)

Since 1971 the library of the German Maritime Museum has collected literature concerning German maritime history in its international involvements. Numerous acquisitions, extensive donations and the exchange of publications with, currently, more than 150 national and international institutions have meant that the inventory has grown to approximately 80.000 titles. About 370 magazines and periodicals are subscribed to and kept up-dated. The spectrum of available literature ranges e.g. from the oldest German textbook on the theory of navigation (1578) to the most important classic works of shipbuilding of the early modern period and modern literature concerning issues such as satellite navigation questions or construction details of high-speed ferries.

 The inventory can be freely consulted in the reference library, and is organised according to an alphabetical OPAC (Online-Public-Access-Catalogue) and a classified online-catalogue, including a key-word register for easy access. The online catalogues contain the complete inventory.

 Visitors to the library can make use of technical equipment such as copying machines, reading devices for micro-film and –fiches, and online workstations. The in-house photo service produces reproductions at reasonable rates.

Additional GBV-databases and catalogues

Library Opening Times

Tuesday to Thursday: 10 h to 16 h, Friday: 10 h to 14 h.


Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum
- Bibliothek -
Hans-Scharoun-Platz 1
D-27568 Bremerhaven
Tel: +49-471-48 207 22/44
FAX: +49-471-48 207 55