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Using the archive

As part of the Research Information Unit, the archive is a service unit of the WZB.

The archival collections are primarily intended for use by WZB researchers. External users may also be granted access to selected archive collections. Prior registration is required.

The collections may be used when the library is open. Hours are from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Space is reserved in the library’s service level for use of archival materials.

Users should be aware that, in many cases, personal data protection policies may apply in addition to the general policy that files may not be used until 30 years after they were produced. In addition, provisions pertaining to copyrights and personality rights may apply, depending on the content of the archival material.

Prior to accessing the archive, therefore, users must fill out a registration form and sign a copy of the collections use policy, which forms the legal basis for using the archive. Signing this document constitutes an agreement to obey all rules.

The archive regulations and other important forms are available here as pdf files. Please download, print, fill out, sign and return these documents to us by regular mail in preparation of your visit.