The collections in German literature are strong general collections, adequate to support graduate study and much faculty research.
The focus has always been on works by and about canonical authors, although the emergence of cultural studies and a new interest in women and minority authors have brought a significant expansion to the scope of the collection e.g., the acquisition of a rare run of the Weimar women's journal Die Dame.
In recent years the Library's collections in support of the study of German literature, history and culture has expanded to includes significant numbers of Hörbücher (especially of authors reading their own works) and German films, of which, as of 2019, there are some 1,800+ German titles on video and DVD.
Large microform sets include the two major U.S. German Baroque collections, two collections of sixteenth century Flugschriften, and the collection Deutsche Zeitschriften des 18. und 19. Jahrhunderts.
The library provides networked access to long runs of journals provided under the rubric DigiZeitschriften ("the German JSTOR"), to the Bibliothek deutscher Klassiker and the complete works of Goethe (the so-called Weimarer or Sophien Ausgabe).