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The collection of ERSTE Foundation Library has been developed since 2007 to support the research need of the Foundation’s staff and project partners, as well as the interested public in general. ERSTE Foundation Library presently holds about 10,000 items. The average growth of the collection is about 1,000 items per year. Besides purchases, the Library’s collection grows through private donations, book exchange, and from contributions by ERSTE Foundation community members.
The holdings of the Library cover a wide range of subjects, focusing on the development of open societies, on contemporary socio-economic and cultural changes, and on political conditions and situations in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe.
The Library houses comprehensive collections of research and information material on
– Contemporary art and media theory
– Architecture and urbanism
– Cultural theory and policy
– Feminism, gender, and queer theory
– Minority and migration issues
– Romany studies
– Information literacy
– New media and journalism
– Economic and political developments
– Social problem-solving
– Social banking and entrepreneurship
– Financial literacy
– NGO and project management
– European debates and integration
Criteria used in making selection cover specializations, formats, languages, geographical guidelines, and policies on collecting fictional texts.
Emphasis will be placed on collecting actual material to support our primary goal and on providing access to information through online catalogues and search services. Hence, appropriate indices are collected to also provide access to information about off-Foundation collections, supporting knowledge development and information related to ERSTE Foundation’s mission, projects, and goals.
The main collection will consist of monographic and serial publications. It will include monographs, exhibition catalogues, artist books, studies, surveys, journals, magazines, newspapers, back files, and annuals. Other formats collected include digital resources, maps, motion pictures, sound recordings, and video recordings.
The library’s major collection will be in English and German, with other language materials collected from the publication activities of the Foundation’s projects and communities.
Based on the Foundation’s focus, the library collects information resources on Central, Eastern, and South Eastern European countries. Particularly, we cover the whole region of the so-called post-socialist countries, as historical and contemporary developments in these countries cannot be understood without their international relationships – be it in social, demographic, financial, cultural, or whatever dimensions of political or everyday life.
Special collection of fictional texts
As we consider fictional texts not just as mass-market productivity of minor importance within the scope of language, national, and gender performativity and identity, the library will collect and maintain a collection made up of reading material translated from respective languages into German or English.