The BICC library is a public reference library. It was established upon the foundation of BICC in 1994. In line with BICC’s programs, the library stocks books, grey literature and journals on disarmament and conversion in the widest sense: Peace and development/ arms/ small arms control/ natural resources and conflict/ migration and security/ base conversion.
Information about the library
The BICC library is a public reference library. It was established upon the foundation of BICC in 1994.
In line with BICC's research and advisory areas, the library has a holding of books, grey literature, and journals on the following topics: disarmament and conversion in the widest sense: peace and development/ arms/ small arms control/ natural resources and conflict/ migration and security/ base conversion.
The library of BICC is a member of the German Information Network for International Relations and Area Studies (FIV-IBLK). This is a collaboration between ten independent German research institutes working in the fields of foreign and security policy, and development policy. FIV-IBLK is a national academic information resource and provides specialist information for researchers, policymakers, and the public. It is coordinated and managed by Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP), Berlin.
Since 1974, FIV-IBLK produces the World Affairs Online database (WAO), which is one of Europe’s largest bibliographic social science databases. Its main subject areas are global and regional developments, foreign and security policy, and social trends. Full access to the WAO database provides IREON - The International Relations and Area Studies Gateway.
The members of the FIV-IBLK are:
- Bonn International Centre for Conflict Studies, Bonn (BICC)
- Deutsch-Französisches Institut, Ludwigsburg (DFI)
- Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik, Berlin (DGAP)
- German Institute of Development and Sustainability, Bonn (IDOS)
- German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg (GIGA)
- Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Stuttgart (IfA)
- Institut für Friedensforschung und Sicherheitspolitik an der Universität Hamburg, Hamburg (IFSH)
- Peace Research Institute Frankfurt / Leibniz-Institut für Friedens- und Konfliktforschung, Frankfurt am Main (PRIF)
- Leibniz Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung, Regensburg (IOS)
- Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Berlin (SWP)
Literature research and catalogue
The literature holdings of the BICC library are catalogued in the data base WAO – World Affairs Online and can be recherched in the BICC-OPAC and the IREON - The International Relations and Area Studies Gateway of the German Information Network International Relations and Area Studies (FIV).
IREON provides references and access to full texts on:
- foreign and security policy
- business administration, economics, and business practice
- international cooperation and development policy
· European politics and transatlantic relations
· regional and country studies worldwide
· foreign cultural policy
· climate, environment, energy
The following link opens the online search mask to search for books, yearbooks, grey literature, and journals in the holdings of the BICC Library:
Online-search mask (BICC-OPAC)
Cooperation with German library networks
Since 2017 FIV - The German Information Network for International Relations and Area Studies is a member of the Southwest German Library Network (SWB). Since then the World Affairs Online database (WAO) is produced in K10plus the database used by SWB and GBV (i.e. the library network of Northern Germany). All articles, papers and monographs listed in WAO can therefore also be found in the online catalogues of these networks SWB Online-Katalog, as well as in the Karlsruhe Virtual Catalogue.
As literature research is possible online, you can obtain an overview of which literature is available in BICC’s library before you come and visit us. It is advisable to do such an online search to make your visit worth your while.
There is one workstation in the BICC library which can be used for literary research.
Copies from books and journals can be made at a small fee of € 0.05 per page. It is also possible to make scans and download them on a personal stick.