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

Mood Library


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, Wed, Thurs 9:00 – 16:00
  • Tues 10:00 – 18:00

Corinna Haas (Academic Librarian)
Tel: 473 7291-26

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

Publication co-edited by ICI Affiliated Fellow
Alison Sperling

Throughout the essays in this issue, weird concepts and categories are brought to bear on topics that have often been overlooked within the field of weird studies.

Publication by former ICI Fellow
Benjamin L. Robinson

Far from being moderate and mild, bureaucracy incites inflationary passions evocative of the history of religious enthusiasm. Combining political theory with readings of Kleist, Melville, Conrad, and Kafka, this genealogy of bureaucratic fanaticism contributes to our understanding of the biopolitical and colonial excesses that transformed nineteenth-century political life – and continues to inform our own.

Publication co-edited by former ICI Fellow
Jamila Mascat

“What is the object of comedy? What makes us laugh and why? And what are the objectives of comedy, be they manifest or latent? Does comedy simply offer us a healthy relief from our everyday troubles; is it a moral whip leading us to a more wholesome existence and coexistence with others; or is it a tacit weapon of the dominant ideology in the pursuit to solidify the social texture?…”