DOMiD’s reference library is home to over 12,000 titles. Presently, 10,000 of those works are listed in our searchable databank.


Scholarly Works

Users can find scholarly literature, in several languages, on the following subjects:

  • Sociology
  • History and Society
  • Politics and Public Discourse
  • Social Relations (Living Situations, Integration, Racism)
  • Law
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Health
  • Culture (Cultural Identity, Language, Religion, Literature, Art, Music)
  • Geography and Statistics


Foto: Dietrich Hackenberg


Gray Literature

One focal point of our collection is printed material categorized as gray literature. These titles are not normally part of the book market and, therefore, rarely find their way into library collections. Examples of our gray literature inventory include language instruction books from the era of labor recruitment, informational guides, municipal administration reports, and publications from intercultural initiatives, churches, charities and labor unions.


Newspapers and Magazines

For years, DOMiD has been collecting newspapers and magazines from various communities. These periodicals are primarily published in the languages of migrants' lands of origin and are sources of great historical value. Thanks to the donations and loans of several organizations and private persons, we also have a large inventory of news clippings on relevant topics.


Literary Works

DOMiD also collects works of literature, which deal with the topic of migration, as well as works from individuals with a "migration background." Many of the authors in our collection represent the field of so-called "guest worker literature" from the 1960s and 1970s. Others represent the "second generation." Our inventory includes German-language editions and works publish in the languages of migrants' various lands of origin.

Do you have news clippings or scholarly and literary works, like those described above, that you'd like to permanently conserve? We would be glad to help. Please feel free to contact us.


Photo: Dietrich Hackenberg