The Library of Conservatism is a specialised research library dedicated
to all aspects of the intellectual history of conservatism. In line
with its international outlook, the library contains original titles
published in other languages, predominantly in English and French, as
well as in German.
The collection focusses on the writings of the counter-revolution
(post-1789), on conservative authors and periodicals of the 19th and
20th centuries, in particular those of the Conservative Revolution
(1918 to 1932) in Weimar Germany, and on conservative thinking today,
whilst also giving prominent shelf space to academic literature on
The library welcomes enquiries from interested members of the public and is open to all upon prior registration.
The Library of Conservatism is a work in progress. By autumn 2017,
around 34,000 titles had been catalogued, many of them individual
volumes, comprising approximately a quarter of the collection in total.
Periodicals from the past and the present (more than 70 current
titles), an archive of political posters (dating back to 1848) and a
photo archive complement the Library’s collection.
The Library of Conservatism is sponsored by a foundation created by the
late Caspar von Schrenck-Notzing (1927 to 2009) with the aim of
promoting education on and research into the history of conservatism,
the ‘Förderstiftung Konservative Bildung und Forschung’ (FKBF). Between
1970 and 1998, Baron Schrenck-Notzing was the editor of the periodical
Criticón, named after a novel by the Spanish Jesuit Baltasar Gracián
(1601 to 1658), whose portrait today features in the foundation’s logo.