Bibliothek des Konservatismus

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Bibliothek des Konservatismus
founded in the year 2012
acronym BdK
City Berlin
Country Germany
Legal form Gemeinnützig; charity
address Fasanenstraße 4, 10623 Berlin-Charlottenburg
founder Dieter Stein, Harald Seubert
type of institution Think Tank
number of employees 3
Virtual Networks A "Virtual Network" is a group of Think Tanks identified by certain semantic and normative (ideological) commonalities (e.g. climate change scepticism). Such a virtual network constitutes a research field that differs from the study of formal networks. Formal networks are real in the sense of officially acknowledged and immediately open to empirical validation. Virtual networks on the other hand display shared ideas. Social network analysis tools can be applied to find out if or to what extent virtual networks are real networks that display linkages (membership in networks, personnel, resources etc.). Unconnected think tanks in turn can be considered special cases in need of explanation independent from network structures (unless we have to assume invisible, hidden or covered ties). Neue Rechte
Last revision 30.05.2017

The following coordinate was not recognized: 52.5074;13.3278.The following coordinate was not recognized: 52.5074;13.3278. The Library of Conservatism is specialised on conservative literature and is the first of its kind in Germany. It refers to itself as a 'Konservative Denkfabrik', i.e. a conservative think tank.

Organizational Structure and Funding

The library is supported by the Förderstiftung Konservative Bildung und Forschung (Foundation Conservative Education and Research) which was established by Caspar von Schrenck-Notzing in 2000. He founded the New Right journal 'Criticón' which sought to strengthen conservative thinking against the supposed social-liberal hegemony - the 'cultural revolution of the 1968' - in the Federal Republic.


Fasanenstraße 4, 10623 Berlin-Charlottenburg


Executive board

People leading the Think Tank in the day to day business (CEOs, directorates etc.).


People working for the Think Tank (Fellows etc.). This includes also part-time employees.

Dr Wolfgang Fenske - director, former editor of Junge Freiheit; Jonathan Danubio - collections and archive; Norman Gutschow - events


People or legal entities that either support the Think Tank with their reputation or with their money.

Working mode, goals

In 2016, the library has 30.000 units and its catalogue is accessible via the public Gemeinsamer Bibliotheksverbund. The library's collection policy seeks to collect 'writings of the counter-revolution after 1789', the works of 'conservative authors' and 'journals of the 19th and 20th century and of the present'. In the 20th century, the 'conservative revolution (1918-1932) is a further focal point'. Lastly, the academic literature on conservatism is collected, too. It also has a special collection 'Lebensrecht', i.e. a collection on pro-life issues. This collection was started with the Stiftung Ja zum Leben - "Foundation Yes to Life".

Cooperations with Think Tanks

Think Tanks that claim to cooperate with the Bibliothek des Konservatismus

While the section above shows Think Tanks the Bibliothek des Konservatismus claims to cooperate with, the list below shows Think Tanks that claim to cooperate with the Bibliothek des Konservatismus.

Cooperations with Non-Think Tanks


We used the DGs of the EU to generate a basic list of topics. This list is going to be steadily extended. However we try to preserve a persistent list of topics.

  • immigration
  • national identity
  • democracy
  • state
  • lean state
  • Contemporary History/Politics of History, Theory, Clash of Ideas
  • liberalism
  • conservatism
  • pro-life

The library seeks to be a special library for all themes revolving around the concept of 'conservatism'.

Semantic Fields

What we call here a semantic field is the idea to categorize think tanks in a two level system. The first levels are so called 'Virtual Networks' and the second are the semantic fields. Accordingly every semantic field entered here has to be attached to a virtual network. If you would like to follow a special phenomenon among think tanks please contact us and we are going to add a new virtual network. Semantic fields are topics that promote a virtual network. Lets take climate change as an example: 'climate change skeptics' is the virtual network and 'adaption instead of mitigation' would be one possible semantic field.

  • pro-life (Neue Rechte): Library has special collection on pro-life issues