Local phone books, white pages (Telefonbuch) and yellow pages (Gelbe Seiten) are available free of charge from Deutsche Telekom.
If you get a telephone installed, you get free copies. They are published annually and you will receive a postcard to take to your local post office to collect your copy.
The white pages list numbers in alphabetical order, while the yellow pages have categories ranging from doctors and pharmacies to businesses and craftsmen. Public offices and institutions (e.g. public schools) are generally found under Stadt (city) or Land (country). Deutsche Telekom also issues a free annual book of German and foreign area codes called Vorwahlverzeichnis.
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