The Iron Library
In keeping with the library's name - and its motto "Viris ferrum donantibus" - literature on the history of iron and steel was the original focus of the collection. Over the course of time, the focus has expanded to include selected sub-areas of the history of technology together with related disciplines (history of the natural sciences and engineering, industrial and economic history, etc.). In line with developments within the GF Corporation, greater attention will be paid in future to plastics and their history.
There are only a few special libraries worldwide in the field of the Iron Library's specialties whose holdings reach a comparable depth, breadth and completeness. In principle, all areas of focus are subject to the acquisition of both historic and new (historical) research literature. In some collection areas, non-historical literature is also acquired, such as on foundry technology, iron metallurgy and plastics technology.
With 47,000 items and 1,000 periodicals (70 of which are current) from eight centuries, the Iron Library is one of the largest specialist libraries in the history of technology and the history of iron and steel. The rara collection of old prints from before 1900 comprises around 6,000 titles.
- Plastics (see below)
- History of Technology
- History of Science
- History of GF
- Economic and Industrial History
- Industrial Heritage
- Product Catalogues and Company Writings