-          in the national language(s) and script(s): Deutsche Nationalbibliothek

-          in English: German National Library




Adickesallee 1
60322 Frankfurt am Main


Deutscher Platz 1

04103 Leipzig



Web site:




Brigitte Wiechmann, b.wiechmann@dnb.de


Short description of the institution:

brief history and missions:

The brief of the German National Library is basically to collect Germany's published cultural and scientific heritage since 1913, to preserve it for posterity and to make it accessible for use. It is based in Leipzig and in Frankfurt am Main. Today the two institutions form a single unit, uniquely charged with a special task for Germany as formulated in the "Law regarding the German National Library". The German National Library therefore comprehensively documents the intellectual, literary and musical output of the German-speaking countries. The collection brief has been expanded to include electronic, non-carrier based publications.

The German National Library co-operates with partners in Germany and abroad to pursue joint strategic goals, to advance joint developments, to provide mutual support and to learn from each other as a means of offering global research and usage possibilities to its users.


Short description of the authority data:

Authorities web site : (included in the catalogue of the library; https://portal.dnb.de/opac.htm ):


-          described entities – all are part of the Gemeinsame Normdatei (GND):

o   Persons

o   Names of persons

o   Corporate bodies

o   Conferences

o   Geographical names

o   Subject headings

o   Titles of works (used as subject headings)

o   Titles of musical works

-          quantity/number of records

-          As of Dec. 31., 2012

o   Persons                                              2.785.938

o   Names of persons                                4.569.069

o   Corporate bodies                                 1.161.175

o   Conferences                                           581.274

o   Geographical names                                290.172

o   Subject headings                                    201.145

o   Titles of works (used as subject headings)             87.232

o   Titles of musical works                           103.127

-data provided in the authority records



Data provided to VIAF and number of records:


Authority records for:

-          persons,

-          names of persons,

-          corporate bodies and conferences,

-          geographical names,

-          titles of works.


Bibliographical data submitted to WorldCat.


Number of records as of May 12th, 2013

-          Authority records                                        9.538.802

-          Bibliographic records                       20.283.483

-          Persons / Names of persons                          7.394.524

-          Corporate Names (incl. conferences)    1.691.709

-          Geographic names                                         262.978

-          Titles of works (incl. musical works)                189.198



Information about the GND: Wiechmann, Brigitte: Die Gemeinsame Normdatei (GND) – Rückblick und Ausblick. In: Dialog mit Bibliotheken, 2, 2012, S. 20-22.