The library has existed since the founding of the Institute in 1900 and, as the oldest and largest specialized tropical medicine library in Germany, is the national reference library for tropical medicine. It participates in the nationwide interlibrary loan system for medical literature.

It maintains the holdings of monographs and journals in the fields of tropical medicine, parasitology, immunology, virology and molecular biology and makes them available to staff. It procures literature not held in stock and makes the archival holdings on the history of the Institute accessible. In addition to classical library work, scientific reporting is also performed.

The library is open to the public by appointment, and its use is also free of charge for non-employees. It is a reference library; borrowing is only possible within the institute. The collections are registered through the Common Library Network.

[Translate to English:] Zu sehen ist die Bibliothek des BNITMS, ein großer, heller Raum mit hohen Decken, in dem eine zweite Eben eingezogen wurde, die man über einekmetallende Wendeltreppe erreicht. An den Wänden stehen Bücherregale mit Büchern. In der Mitte des Raumes stehen kleine Tische mit blauen Stühlen.
BNITM Bibliothek   ©BNITM

For questions or to make an appointment, please contact the librarian.

Open Access

Open Access stands for unrestricted and free access to quality-assured scientific information on the Internet. By removing technical, financial, and legal barriers, open access helps to accelerate scientific innovation processes and improve the visibility of research results. This supports scientists in their research and publication processes and maximizes the benefits of publicly funded research. As a member of the Leibniz Association, BNITM is committed to Open Access.


Publications of the BNITM


BNITM reports are published every two years and provide information on research projects, events, and staff publications and activities

Publications about the Institute

Numerous articles have been published about the BNITM and its history. Here you will find a selection.

Forschen - Heilen - Lehren: 100 Jahre Hamburger Tropeninstitut
by Sven Tode with the collaboration of Kathrin Kompisch (pdf, 22 pages)

Wissenschaftliche Arbeiten aus 100 Jahren Hamburger Tropenmedizin
by Erich Mannweiler (pdf, 28 pages)

Bernhard-Nocht-Institut Hamburg 1900-2000:100 Jahre Bernhard-Nocht-Institut für Tropenmedizin
by Barbara Ebert (Red.)
52 pages, catalog for the exhibition on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Tropical Institute
ISBN 3-921762-01-4

Geschichte des Instituts für Schiffs- und Tropenkrankheiten in Hamburg, 1900-1945
by Erich Mannweiler
245 pages, series "Abhandlungen des Naturwissenschaftlichen Vereins in Hamburg"
ISBN 3-931374-32-7

Das Hamburger Tropeninstitut 1919-1945: Auswärtige Kulturpolitik und Kolonialrevisionismus nach Versailles
by Stefan Wulf
244 pages, Hamburger Beiträge zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte Bd. 9, Dietrich Reimer Verlag
ISBN 3-496-02537-9

Scientific Publications

The publications of the research groups can be found on the corresponding website of each group.