The HLCEES places various facilities at the disposal of the Centre researchers, visitors, guest scholars and students in order to provide a favourable research and study environment.
The HLCEES hosts the specialized library for the research on Ethiopia, Eritrea and the entire Horn of Africa. The bulk was formed by the private library assembled by Ernst Hammerschmidt and acquired by the Research Unit Ethiopian Studies. It is being constantly enlarged by Siegbert Uhlig and Alessandro Bausi. In 2011, a library for Coptic studies (personal collection of Tito Orlandi) was additionally accommodated in the HLCES.
The HLCEES library has one of the worldwide largest collections on Ethiopian history and philology. It also possesses complete collections of specialized journals, reference works and several nineteenth and early twentieth century travel reports. The Library is in the course of cataloguing.
The HLCEES library is accessible for visitors on personal arrangement. The items should be consulted in the library. A scanner can be used by library visitors under supervision. In exceptional cases, short-term borrowing is permitted for copying for up to three items. Borrowers are requested to leave an identity document. Books published prior to 1900 cannot be borrowed.
Further collections concerning the Horn of Africa and Oriental Studies can be accessed at the nearby building of the Asien Afrika Institute (online catalogue).
The HLCEES offices located in the direct vicinity of the Asien-Afrika Institut and in the walking distance from the Central University Library provide a comfortable environment for scholarly work.
The HLCEES guest scholars are provided with fully equipped working space; those coming to work in the Centre's library can use the PC work space as well as the scanning facility.