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Library of Commerce History

Sabine Vielmo

Looking back

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 Library of Commerce, which now comprises again some 200,000 media, has become a library much in demand by economists and lawyers.