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Department of German and Dutch





The library staff in both MML and the UL are always willing to help with any queries or problems you may have.

College Libraries vary in the provision they make for German books. College librarians are, however, usually willing to buy books on student recommendation when supported by a member of the Department or the Director of Studies. The Beit Library, a special collection of 15,000 volumes (located in the MML library) contains much specialist material.


The MML library

The MML Library is well stocked with essential texts. For more information, please visit the library website.

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The Beit Library

The Beit Library (in the MML Library) is especially strong on the history of the German language, the classical period (esp. Goethe) and on the nineteenth century. It also contains a major reference section which has works like Goedeke, Grimm, ADB, Killy, Verfasserlexikon. The Beit has quite a number of titles not in the UL and it is essential to check its holdings in conjunction with the UL collection. Some Colleges have important German collections (notably Trinity), some of which are on database.

The University Library (UL)

There are introductory tours of the University Library at the beginning of each academic year.


The University Library has excellent stocks in German subject areas. It has one of the major collections in German studies in the country. 

The UL also has special collections in German. It holds incunables (pre-1500 imprints) published in Germany. There is a significant collection of printed dissertations from German universities, and a small collection of 'Schulprogramme'. The volumes of the Acton collection are particularly strong on political history and culture in the nineteenth century. The Schnitzler archive contains about one third of Arthur Schnitzler's manuscript papers and is being digitised. The Stefan Heym archive holds Heym's entire papers and a complete collection of his printed works. Other collections are the Bach collection (mainly German and Austrian texts 1900-1930), the Hunter-Alpine library of works on psychiatry, the Library of the Society for Psychical Research, special collections on World War One and on the Nazi period, the Bible Society Library, and a complete set of the illustrated volumes of the Insel Bücherei.

The Language Centre

General information

Specific to German

For language teaching the German Department shares resources with the Language Centre which has large stocks of audio and visual material. Students can access German broadcast material from ARD and DW at the Independent Learning Centre.

Just in Time Grammar is an online application, developed within the Faculty, to help basic and intermediate students brush up their command of German grammar. If you have a Raven password you can access the site here.

Computer-aided Language Learning (CALL)

General information

The Faculty has a well equipped CALL facility (Computer Aided Language Learning) in the South Wing of the Raised Faculty Building. You are advised to familiarize yourself with the resources there as early as possible in your first year. 


Internet Resources

The German Department is developing a list of links to sites which have been specially recommended to it. Suggestions for additions or amendments are welcome.

The Department also contributes to the University's HE+ project and will be developing modules for this purpose. The first module "German Literature: the Brothers Grimm and European Fairy Stories" can be seen here.

Films and videos

The MML Library has a large collection of German films. These can be useful in language learning as well as for the formal study of film topics within the Tripos. 

Our Star Students

Read about some of our students’ success stories, including those who read German ‘Ab Initio’ (from scratch).

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Applying to Cambridge

Information for prospective applicants thinking of studying German at Cambridge.

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Cambridge Online German for Schools

Cambridge Online German for Schools (COGS) is a core element of the Cambridge German Network

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Latest News

Election views from inside Germany

14 April 2017

An article written by Michelle Martin, a former MML student

German as a Foreign Language Conference

3 April 2017

A conference on teaching German as a Foreign Language with several workshops will be held on Saturday 22 April.

German ab initio students on study trip to Wust in Saxony-Anhalt

27 March 2017

Five ab initio students from the German Department spent a week with German host families.

Dutch section secures a grant for Du5.

15 March 2017

A grant of 1500 Euros from 'De Nederlandse Taalunie' has been secured to spend on Du5.