Johann Christian Senckenberg University Library

Collections and projects

Specialised Information Service (SIS) Performing Arts

In 2015, the Johann Christian Senckenberg University Library began setting up and developing the Specialised Information Service (SIS) Performing Arts for theatre and dance studies. The Specialised Information Services (SIS) subsidised by the German Research Foundation (DFG) originated from the Special Subject Collections (Sondersammelgebiete, SSG) which have now been replaced by this subsidised project.
Bringing together and creating a network of people from the field using a library and archive infrastructure, the SIS offers a unique interface and coordination service. To this end, the SIS develops and coordinates workshops, conferences and publishes written informational texts and other materials which document the work process. The aim of the project is to strengthen the position of the performing arts in the long term, and to develop additional collaborations and joint projects.


Music and Theatre Collection

The Department of Music and Theatre provides scholars, students and any other users interested in these topics access to current books and periodicals. In addition, it maintains unique historical special collections and has catalogued private collections left to it by important figures from the music and theatre world in Frankfurt. The collections of music and theatre-related items are among the most comprehensive scholarly libraries in Germany.


  • Circus
  • Dance
  • Film
  • Opera
  • Puppetry
  • Theatre


  • Books
  • Digital collections
  • Libretti
  • Periodicals
  • Programs
  • Research