Microfilm archive and German press catalog

Microfilm archive

About us

Bremen State and University Library is well known for its vast micro-format collection of  historical German-language newspapers, which currently spans approximately 35,000 microfilms and 25,000 microfiches.

Our extensive collection of Bremen newspapers has also been micro-formatted and can be accessed at the Microfilm Archive. Micro-formatting protects the original materials, occupies less floor space, and ensures that resources are easy to access and utilize.

In 1957 the former State Library established the Deutsche Presseforschung at the SuUB. This specialist institution dedicated to researching this rich historical resource has since evolved into the "Institut für historische Publizistik, Kommunikations- und Medienwissenschaft" at the Faculty of Cultural Studies at the University of Bremen.

German press catalog

This catalog was established in 1954 by the former Bremen State Library and provides a complete catalog of German press publications.

The catalog details the press holdings of libraries, archives, publishers and printing companies (including both original and microformat materials).Approximately 60,000 German-language titles are indexed in the catalog by title and location. The catalog was originally conceived as a central reference tool to manage the circulation of materials between German libraries, a task now administered by the ZDB, and currently provides a fallback option when materials cannot be located using the ZDB.

Newspaper index

A list of newspapers and similar periodicals (PDF)

List of newspapers and similar periodicals

Learning and studying

3 microfilm scanners are available for users to view our holdings. We ask that users call or e-mail us to reserve a scanner. Our staff will locate and provide you with the microfilms you require, provide detailed information on using films and reading devices, and can assist you in researching and locating press materials.

Articles can be saved to your USB flash drive from our microfilm scanners or sent to one of the library's printer-copiers for printing (users will require a Mensa Card or Guest Card to print articles).

Users can borrow duplicate films for up to 14 days using the German Libraries Lending Service (8 rolls per receipt and newspaper)

Opening hours
By appointment
Contact us


Information Mikrofilmarchiv
Tel: (0421) 218 59455