Collection and focus


The Peace Research Insti­tute Frankfurt owns the largest library in the field of peace and conflict research in Germany. The collection contains over 63,000 books in print or online, about 8,830 bound perio­dicals, 40,000 single issues of grey literature, 25,000 US Documents and 5,000 UN Documents. Addi­tionally, it provides access to over 40,000 e-books and more than 1,100 journals under license in poli­tical science.

Collection focus

Theory of peace and conflict research, theory of inter­national relations, transna­tional actors, world politics, regional and local conflicts, European security, arms control, violence and social conflicts, peace movements. 

The Library collects books and journals mostly in English and German. There are exchange agreements with all major peace and inter­national relations research insti­tutes in the world. We regularly search the websites of insti­tutes in the field of peace and conflict research, inter­national relations research and foreign policy analysis for new publi­cations. These publi­cations are recorded in the WAO database.

Special Collection on US Foreign Policy

Included in the PRIF library is the completed special collection “US Foreign Policy and its Domestic Conditions”, a collection of literature and documents on Ame­rican foreign policy until 2010 unique in Europe.

The Special Collection currently holds about 20,000 mono­graphs, 17,500 research reports and policy papers, and 25,000 U.S. documents. 

The collection of U.S. Documents includes publi­cations of the White House and all relevant departments and agencies, as well as annual reports of departments and agencies to the congress. Congress documents include hearings and reports of Senate and House committees, reports of the Congre­ssional Research Service, General Accounting Office and the Congre­ssional Budget Office.