Mission and collections of the ZBW

The ZBW is the German National Library of Economics. In this capacity it is our mission to procure, index, archive and provide to the public theoretical and empirical literature in economics and business studies. In addition, we also purchase all publications of neighbouring and ancillary sciences whose main focus is on economics, in order to take due account of the increasingly interdisciplinary approach to economic research.

The collection emphases of the ZBW are part of the supraregional literature supply system of the German Research Foundation (DFG). We therefore pay particular attention in our collection management to satisfying the requirements of national customers.

We collect subjects as they are represented in the Standard Thesaurus for Economics (STW).