In 1953, Senator h.c., Dr. h.c. mult. W. Georg Olms (born in 1927) takes over as director of the bookshop, Georg Olms, and transforms it into a second-hand bookshop specialising in academic literature. In 1958, the bookshop becomes an international household name as publisher of academic reprints.
In 1983, W. Georg Olms purchases the rights to Weidmann Verlagsbuchhandlung.
In 1985, W. Georg Olms is awarded an honorary doctorate by the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Urbino Carlo Bo (Italy).
In 1987, the University of Hildesheim recognises him as honorary senator.
In 1988, the medical faculty of the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University of Frankfurt accords him a medicinae honoris causa doctorate.
As of 1st July 2023, the academic division of Georg Olms Verlag is now part of the Nomos Publishing Group in Baden-Baden.