The ZBW is the world’s largest specialist library for economics. 

Figures of the ZBW (2014):

  • Holdings: 4.38 million books and other publications.
  • Number of current journal subscriptions: 26,491 titles.
  • Book acquisitions: 37,202.
  • Newly acquired working papers: 21,183. 
  • Number of datasets in the Online Catalogue: 5.25 million.
  • Number of documents on the document server EconStor: 85,163.
  • Number of staff: 265.
  • Seat: The ZBW has two branches, one on the Firth of Kiel, the other on the Binnenalster in Hamburg.
  • Legal form: foundation under public law.
  • Founding year: 1919.
  • Director: Professor Klaus Tochtermann
  • Financing: The ZBW is financed jointly by the federal and state governments.
  • Budget: 22.25 million EUR.
  • The ZBW is a member of the  Leibniz Association.