The aim of this information service is to provide researchers with appropriate specialised literature and information that is relevant to their research and meets their needs. The project is part of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation, DFG) funding programme ‘Fachinformationsdienste für die Wissenschaft’ (Specialised information services for researchers).

The function of the portal of the FID BBI is to list literature and resources in disciplines related to book studies, library and information science (known in German as BBI), while also providing other services. The portal was set up with the aid of cutting-edge retrieval techniques. Further steps for improving the services on offer comprise the following:

  • Structuring the holdings for the core disciplines and adjacent fields in a manner that is needs-oriented, international and interdisciplinary. This includes digital humanities, historical ancillary sciences and basic sciences, and restoration sciences inasmuch as they are directly related to BBI disciplines.
  • Providing a digitisation-on-demand service
  • Introducing a function for processing orders


The BBI specialised information service plus its facilities and services is monitored by a scholarly advisory board.

The members of the advisory board:

  • Dr Thomas Mandl (Universität Hildesheim)
  • Dr Robert Jäschke (Humboldt Universität zu Berlin)
  • Dr Günther Neher (Fachhochschule Potsdam; representative of the German Library Association’s conference of educational programmes in the field of Library and Information Science in Germany / Konferenz der bibliotheks- und informationswissenschaftlichen Ausbildungs- und Studiengänge, Sektion 7 im dbv, KIBA)
  • Dr Ursula Rautenberg (Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)
  • Dr Ute Schneider (Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz)


You can find out more about the project via the portal of the FID BBI.


Funding: DFG
Duration: October 2017 – December 2021
Project participants: Dr Johannes Mangei (project lead), Anna Lingnau (project coordinator), Dorian Merz (IT project coordinator)