The Georg Eckert Institute conducts applied and multidisciplinary research into textbooks and educational media related to textbooks, informed primarily by history and cultural studies. It also provides advisory services to national and international education policymakers and practitioners, and acts as a coordinator and mediator in international issues and projects related to textbooks. Research, knowledge transfer and research infrastructure services are all closely interconnected in the work of the GEI. Flourishing in its role as a non-university institution both carrying out and facilitating research into textbooks and educational media the Georg Eckert Institute has grown in recent years to become an internationally recognised reference centre in the field.
One of the Institute principal attractions to researchers from around the world is its research library.