Congratulations Nick, it is a arduous odyssey, but well worth it in the end. Not only will it help with your collecting abilities, it will also give you a insight one is unable to see without knowing the German language. Be patient like with anything, most will say it's not the most difficult lexis to learn, but I've discovered it can be discouraging at times. Just don't give up and dedicate as much free time to studying as life will permit.
I started months ago, and although I've learned more than I first thought was possible, I've come to realize due to all the transformations the German language has endured throughout the last century, I still have many documents which might as well be in Chinese,lol.