Situated in the Kyōsei–kan building, the library was opened to the general public in 2001. It maintains a special research area for Buddhism, with holdings both of important source texts and of works on history, including cultural history, the plastic arts, music, literature, philosophy and religion, with India, China and Japan as focus, as well as of numerous reference works and bibliographies to all the subjects covered. A major aim of the library is to build up a substantial collection for the purposes of intensive academic research into Buddhism. Currently, over 7,000 monographs line its shelves, and subscriptions to around 70 journals, year books and newspapers are held. Recently, the library of the former Institute for Intercultural Research in Heidelberg, and with it the originally privately established collection of its previous head, Hans Fischer–Barnicol, came into the possession of the EKŌ–House. The „Fischer–Barnicol Archive“ includes approximately 4,500 research volumes in the areas of religion and intercultural enquiry. Visitors to the library are welcome to make use of the reference and reading room, located upstairs, for their researches. Three attached study rooms offer overnight accommodation (please inquire), and are also available for longer research visits.
Use of the library is possible only according to agreement.
Jan Marc Nottelmann-Feil
Tel.: +49 (0)211-577918-224
Fax: +49 (0)211-577918-229