The Commerzdeputation, the institution that preceded the Chamber of Commerce, founded the Library of Commerce in 1735, with the aim of collecting and making accessible the literature needed for the training and further education of business people. The intention was to expand the knowledge of business people at that time and promote trade. In the course of the following centuries, there thus arose one of the most valuable book collections in Hamburg, which has been of great interest ever since not only for business people but also for students, researchers and scholars.
Despite considerable losses in the Second World War – of about 200,000 volumes only 14,000 survived – the Commerzbibliothek, which now comprises again some 200,000 media, has become a library much in demand by economists and lawyers.
IMPRESSIONS OF THE LIBRARY OF COMMERCE
The entrance to the Commerz Library is in the Chamber of CommercePhoto: Malzkorn
There are some 6,000 reference volumesPhoto: Malzkorn
Groups can work undisturbed in the conference room on the galleryPhoto: Malzkorn
The Commerz Library is used by students as well as lawyers, auditors and tax consultantsPhoto: Malzkorn
The reading room has a total of 5 desks equipped with PCsPhoto: Malzkorn
Many students prepare for their examinations in the Commerz LibraryPhoto: Malzkorn
The specialist magazines are always up-to-datePhoto: Malzkorn
Book pages can be saved on a stick by means of the scannerPhoto: Malzkorn
On the gallery there is also literature regarding energy law, criminal law and tax lawPhoto: Malzkorn
The historical volumes (14th to 19th century) are kept in the safe
Historical atlases, nautical maps and travel books are deposited in the storePhoto: Malzkorn
About 40,000 readers use the Commerz Library every yearPhoto: Malzkorn
Overall, the Commerzbibliothek has around 200,000 media.Photo: Magunia