The Library of Psychoanalysis collects literature on Sigmund Freud and on the theory, technique and history of psychoanalysis. Its inventory includes Sigmund Freud's works in first editions as well as German and international complete editions. A complete collection of Freud's pre-analytic works, which are not included in the Gesammelte Werke or Standard Edition, is also available – some of them in the form of original offprints with signed dedications by the author. Books from Freud's private library, which have been acquired through donations or purchases, are also to be found in the collection.
The library also offers a complete collection of the publications issued by the International Psychoanalytic Press (Internationaler Psychoanalytischer Verlag), founded by Sigmund Freud, as well as numerous publications by early psychoanalysts from the discipline's diverse schools. Finally, the library also focuses on works that form links between psychoanalysis and other disciplines such as literary criticism, cultural studies, gender studies, film theory, art history and musicology.
With an inventory of about 40,000 volumes, the library is the largest European library devoted to psychoanalysis.
The Library of Psychoanalysis possesses all the psychoanalytic journals that appeared before 1945 in original editions. This collection, unique in Europe, includes the Jahrbuch für Psychoanalyse, Imago, the Internationale Zeitschrift für ärztliche Psychoanalyse and many others. Additionally, more than 64 current periodicals in German and other languages are available: