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German Language & Literature

Explore resources related to German Language, Literature, and Culture.

Books at UA

Looking for a book on the shelves? Search through Scout or directly through the libraries' catalog to browse print holdings.

Each record of a book will have a call number that corresponds to the book's location in Gorgas, McLure, Rodgers, Bruno, Hoole, or the Archival Facility. 

This video demonstrates how to find a book using Scout and the Libraries' Catalog, how to physically locate the book in the library, and how to check it out.

Books at Other Libraries

This video demonstrates how to use our Interlibrary Loan service when you need a book that is not in our collection, or an article from a journal we don't subscribe to.

Library of Congress Call Numbers

Most of the books pertaining to German literature are located within the PT 1-4897 call number ranges.

PT 1-4897: German literature

  • PT 83 - PT 873: History of German Literature
  • PT 1100 - PT 1479 : Collections of German Literature
  • PT 1501 - PT 2728: Individual Authors and Works
  •       PT 1891+: Goethe
  •       PT 2465+: Schiller
  • PT 3701 - 3746: East German Literature 
  • PT 3810: Austrian Literature
  • PT 3860: German-language Swiss Literature

Some books on German language can be found in the Linguistics call numbers, PF 3001-5999.

  • PF 3000 - PF 3499: German Philology, Pedagogy, and Grammar
  • PF 3500: German Versification and Semantics
  • PF 3600: German Dictionaries
  • PF 3800: Old High German
  • PF 4000: Middle High German
  • PF 4500: Early Modern German
  • PF 5000: Modern Dialects
  • PF 5600: Low German
  • PF 5900: American German Dialects


The library provides access to thousands of electronic books in every discipline and subject area. There are multiple ways to view and e-book. You can access e-books via PDF or e-pub format in your web browser. Or you can check them out by downloading them to your computer or mobile device for offline access. 

You can also view e-books through various content providers below. 

Need a refresher on how to access and download e-books on your device? Watch the following tutorial on how to "check out" e-books using Adobe Digital Editions.