The CSMC Reference Library currently houses more than 6000 books, periodicals and databases on manuscript research and related fields, including some rare and hard-to-find publications. The library's collection is constantly growing.


The library is equipped with a colour bookscanner, four desks and one dedicated PC workstation for selected catalogues and databases. The university's WLAN is available and laptop computers may be used on all desks.

Monday and Tuesday 12pm-4pm
Wednesday 10am-2pm
Thursday and Friday 12pm-4pm
and on appointment

Universität Hamburg, SFB 950
Dr. Irina Wandrey
Warburgstraße 26, 20534 Hamburg
Tel.: +49-(0)40-42838-9420
irina.wandrey [at]

Manuscript Identification Service
Heirlooms, souvenirs or offers at antique fairs and auctions – manuscripts from all over the world are still appreciated/treasured as works of art or collector's items, yet often the origin, content or the material cannot be easily identified. Our researchers and conservators examine your manuscripts, provide information about the items and advise you on proper handling and storage.
Request a personal appointment at: manuscript-cultures [at]

manuscript catalogues

The CSMC library holds a number of rare manuscript catalogues from Asia, Africa nd Europe, many of them old or out-of-print. Due to copryright restrictions, the catalogues are only available in the library. The map below shows a selection of catalogues by showing the location of individual manuscript collections described in the catalogues. The catalogues on West African manuscripts were kindly provided by Mauro Nobili.