The scribe sharpens his quill with a knife.
End of 12th cent., Lamspringe; Cod. Guelf. 1030 Helmst.

The collection contains about 11.800 manuscripts (of which about 2700 are from the medieval period) including music manuscripts, letter collections and most of the legacies, apart from that the theater collection, the library's archive and other holdings.

Information on single manuscripts are available at the Manuscript database. There reference to digitised manuscripts, even from different institutions, is provided as well as access to descriptions.


Because of their unique character and, in some cases, fragile nature manuscripts and other items from the special collections, especially artists' books, are subject to particular conditions of use. These restrictions are necessary in order to guarantee the adequate treatment of unique and fragile objects which may require cautious and complex conservation measures before they can be studied by scholars.

Manuscripts, incunabula, artists' books and other items from the special collections may be studied only in the manuscript reading-room in the Bibliotheca Augusta. This reading-room is open to the public from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In order to allow due preparation time for the objects and to avoid unnecessary delay, it is recommended that users make written requests to the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections (Postfach 1364, 38299 Wolfenbüttel; E-Mail:; Fax: +49-5331-808-165) at least three days before they wish to consult a specific item. This application should clearly indicate the academic purpose as well as providing an outline of the topic under research. For first information call +49-5331-808-114.


For conditions and prices of reproductions cf. page Ordering reproductions.

Description of the holdings 
Autographs and letters 
Charters and fragments 
Secundary forms