The Libraries seek to support research in both the linguistic and literary aspects of German, Dutch, Swedish and Yiddish, including the teaching of basic and advanced language skills, grammar and syntax, the history of the language, Germanic philology, as well as a detailed study of major authors and their most significant literary masterpieces. It supports the needs of undergraduate, MA/MS and Ph.D. students, the teaching faculty, post-docs, and researchers.
Changes in user population in the past five years include new and expanding interest in the areas of semiotics, women’s studies, literature into film, and the literary aspects of recent German unification.
Areas of established specialization are especially strong in 19th and early 20th century primary and secondary materials, many of which are unique and even rare. This includes complete runs of virtually all important serial materials and an outstanding collection of 19th century dissertations and Habilitationesschriften. German philology and the history of the language are especially strong. Complete sets of collected works, especially definitive editions, are collected. Through coverage of the various aspects of the Germanic languages -- their history, grammar, phonetics, morphology, syntax, rhetoric, style, composition lexicography and philology--are maintained.