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DANK LIBRARY + Genealogy Center

Genealogy Center:

(Complete form at bottom of page to book appointment.)

Our Genealogy Center has Ancestry.com, books, and online resources to help you begin or continue your family research. While many of our patrons have German ancestors, we can help you research any ethnicity. Our genealogist will help you find clues where you've previously hit a dead end!

We offer one-hour appointments with our genealogist at the rate of $25 to support the center. After your session, you are welcome to stay and continue researching in our Genealogy Center.


There are over 7,000 volumes in our collection, including many rare and complete sets. Categories range from adult fiction to children's books, history, hobbies, poetry and drama. And of course, we have all the classics, too! All books may be checked out.

  • Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00am - 4:00pm

We are actively seeking interns and volunteers! If you are interested, contact Rosa Gallagher at rosa@dankhaus.com.

Library Donations FAQ:

What books are of greatest interest to your visitors?

  • We especially welcome contemporary fiction, and books about German immigration America, genealogy, and history.

What books are not accepted?

  • Our library does not accept damaged books.
  • The library does not accept calendars, magazines, pamphlets, flyers, posters, and non-book items. Please note that these items will be recycled.

What does the DANK Haus do with books that are donated but do not fit the collection?

  • Our volunteer librarians periodically weed the collection to make space for new acquisitions. Any books that not accepted are sent to Better World Books, an organization which redistributes books.

Will someone pick up the books from my home?

  • The DANK Haus cannot pick up donations off-site. However, we are happy to help carry the books from your car to our library during the scheduled drop-off.

Can I just show up and drop off books the next time I am in the neighborhood? 

  • Because our staff schedules change throughout the week, please make an appointment to drop off your donation. Email Museum Director rosa@dankhaus.com or call (773) 561-9181 ext. 4 to schedule a donation. Thank you!

Genealogy Appointment Request


German American Cultural Center
4740 North Western Avenue 
Chicago, IL 60625

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Office: +1 (773) 561-9181
Email: Dank@Dankhaus.com

DANK Haus German American Cultural Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
DANK Haus German American Cultural Center does not discriminate based on race, color, sexuality, national origin, sex, disability or age.
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