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

It maintains the stocks of monographs and journals from the collection areas of tropical medicine, parasitology, immunology, virology, molecular biology and makes them accessible to staff. It procures literature that is not held in stock and makes the archive holdings on the history of the Institute accessible.

The library is open to the public and its use is also free of charge for non-residents. It is a reference library; borrowing is only possible within the Institute. The holdings are registered in the Common Library Network:

If you have any questions, please contact the librarian.

Publications from the Institute


Annual reports provide information on research projects, events as well as on publications and activities of the staff.

Publications about the Institute

Forschen - Heilen - Lehren: 100 Jahre Hamburger Tropeninstitut
von Sven Tode unter Mitarbeit von Kathrin Kompisch (pdf, 22 Seiten)

Wissenschaftliche Arbeiten aus 100 Jahren Hamburger Tropenmedizin
von Erich Mannweiler (pdf, 28 Seiten)

Bernhard-Nocht-Institut Hamburg 1900-2000
Katalog zur Ausstellung (52 Seiten)

ISBN 3-921762-01-4

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

Das Hamburger Tropeninstitut 1919-1945: Auswärtige Kulturpolitik und Kolonialrevisionismus nach Versailles
von Stefan Wulf

244 Seiten, 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.


  • Marina Rolf
  • Librarian
  • phone: +49 40 285380-404
  • fax: +49 40 285380-409
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