Welcome to the ICI Library! The ICI Library is a reference library to be used on site. We support the scholars of the ICI Berlin in their research by supplying them with the needed literature and bibliographical information. While we develop our collection in close connection with the collective research projects of the ICI Berlin, we use interlibrary loan services to make materials available that are needed by individual researchers.

The ICI Library is registered with the library code ISIL BE–1578 by the ISIL Agency of Germany, is a member of the GBV Common Library Network, the German Library Association (dbv e. V.), and of the Working Community of German Special Libraries (AspB e. V.)

It is a partner of the Specialized Information Service for Comparative Literature (SIS Comparative Literature/FID AVL) and supports the ICI’s publishing venture ICI Berlin Press.


The ICI Library houses a collection reflecting the multidisciplinary research undertaken at the Institute in general and the work on its core projects in particular, with a focus on research in cultural theory. The library also houses the ICI Edition, a collection of recordings of events organized at the ICI Berlin. All recordings published in the ICI Edition have an entry in the library catalogue, which contains a link to the video hosted on the ICI website. The library also archives the posters and flyers of ICI Events as well as press materials and literature reviews related to the ICI Berlin.

Public ICI Library Catalogue

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The holdings of the ICI Library are recorded in the local catalogue as well as in the Common Union Catalogue (GVK) of the Common Library Network (GBV), carrying call numbers and location information. Please note, however, that the catalogue does not give information about the status of individual items, since the ICI Library uses an internal lending system not connected to the publically accessible GVK catalogue. Please inquire with library staff if the desired title is presently available.

Unfortunately, we cannot offer regular use of the ICI Library to our guests. You are welcome, however, to visit us and use our holdings on site.  Please contact us in advance in order to make an appointment.


The library staff is present and ready to assist you on:

  • Mon, Thurs 10:00 – 14:00
  • Wed (Homeoffice) 10:00 – 14:00
  • Tues 10:00 – 18:00

Christine Niehoff (Academic Librarian)
Tel: 473 7291-26

Saori Kanemaki (Library Assistant)
Tel.: 473 7291-29

Hot Off the Press
Publication by former ICI Fellow
Marlon Miguel

Fernand Deligny, ‘a poet and ethologist’, is mostly known for his work with autistic children, and his influence on the revolutions in French post-war psychiatry. Emphasizing that the camera is an apparatus mediating collective relationships he is more interested in the processes of making and distinguishes ‘camering’ from filming. Freed from the need to produce a finished film, it is a ‘film to come’ that is emphasized. The several film projects structure Deligny’s experimentations since they emancipate them from their supposed aim — that of normalizing psychotic or re educating deviant subjects.

Publication Camering
Cultural Inquiry 23

This volume challenges the persistent association of the Middle Ages with closure and fixity. Bringing together a range of disciplines and perspectives, it identifies and uncovers forms of openness which are often obscured by modern assumptions, and demonstrates how they coexist with, or even depend upon, enclosure and containment in paradoxical and unexpected ways. Explored through notions such as porosity, vulnerability, exposure, unfinishedness, and inclusivity, openness turns out to permeate medieval culture, unsettling boundaries, binaries, and clear-cut distinctions.

Openness cover
Hot Off the Press
Publication by ICI Fellow
Clio Nicastro
‘Denkraum der Besonnenheit’ is the name of the constellations of methods, concept, forms of expression, and personal challenges that distinguish Aby Warburg’s research programme. Investigating the nature of this formula by following its mutations over the course of Warburg’s life presents one of the possible ways to orient oneself within theoretical network of this author, which consists of images, fragments, disciplines, travels, fears, enthusiasms and repulsions, as much as the tireless exchanges with the friends and colleagues of the Warburg circle, constituted around the Kulturwissenschaftliche Bibliothek in Hamburg.