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1.The IHLIA collection contains rare documents. To safeguard the quality of our collection, you may peruse all the material, but only at our location. On your request, we prepare everything you need. Make a list (maximum 12 items) of what you would like to view and sent it to

2. We will contact you as soon as we receive your request. Within one working day (Monday to Thursday) you can come by to see the material that you requested.

3. You may examine the material at the IHLIA information desk. Part of our archive is housed at the IISH and can be perused there. You will need to submit a separate request for this.

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Anyone can turn to IHLIA for information about homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders, and about their history, everyday life and culture.

IHLIA not only saves the history of others and makes it available, but we are also a part of the homosexual and lesbian movement.

Our heritage is also your heritage. Support IHLIA and come out of the closet as a Friend of IHLIA.

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Digital collections

The digital collection of IHLIA can only be viewed at our Information desk, due to copyright and privacy issues.

Presently, we can already allow users to inspect unique documents online: IHLIA has a number of old periodicals at its disposal, such as Der Eigene, which is considered the first homosexual magazine in the world. The first edition was published in 1896.

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