Library and Scientific Information Service


The RWI library primarily serves as a source of information to the Institute’s researchers. However, it is also open to visitors for reference access.

As a resource for specialists, it acquires literature on economic theory and policy and empirical studies. Purchasing practices are often closely linked to current RWI projects, which is why a focus is placed on literature on econometrics and labour-market policy. Apart from research literature, the library obtains a great number of national and international business statistics – a fact that can be attributed to the Institute’s empirical orientation. In its collection, the library holds over 108,000 volumes and approximately 300 ongoing subscriptions to national and international economic journals.



Astrid Schürmann
Hohenzollernstr. 1-3
45128 Essen, Germany

Phone: +49 (201) 8149-290
Fax: +49 (201) 8149-200

Opening Hours

Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Astrid Schürmann

Astrid Schürmann

Head, service department "Library and Scientific Information Service"
Phone +49 (201) 8149-290

Dr.  Stephan  Bialas-Pophanken

Dr. Stephan Bialas-Pophanken

Phone +49 (201) 8149-255

Eva-Luisa Nitsch

Eva-Luisa Nitsch

Library Assistant
Phone +49 (201) 8149-256

Ulrike Schild

Ulrike Schild

Library Assistant
Phone +49 (201) 8149-289