Changed Opening Hours

Please note that the houses of the Library (Zeughaus and Bibliotheca Augusta) will not open until

11 a.m. on January 20th, due to an internal event.

Lighting in the Zeughaus

The shelf lighting on the 1st and 2nd floor of the Zeughaus will be renewed, beginning on Monday, December 9, 2019.  There might be noise emission due to drilling work. The access to single shelfs can be limited for a short time. 

We ask for your understanding for this necessary action.

Artists‘ Book Prize 2020

The Herzog August Bibliothek and the Curt Mast Jägermeister Foundation are announcing a prize prize to be awarded to a book artist in the year 2020. The prize is also intended to honour Dr. Sabine Solf's commitment to the interests of the library and its foundations. The art historian accompanied the development of the collection and kept in constant contact with the artists and galleries.

The collection of artists’ books held by the Herzog August Bibliothek was founded in the 1950’s with contemporary works of art by renowned French painters, known as “livres de peintre”. Since then, artists have repeatedly approached the artists' book as a medium and explored its limits in both traditional and experimental ways - these developments are reflected in the library’s internationally recognized collection.

Applications are accepted until 31 December 2019. More…

IIIF: International interfaces for image-based cultural assets

IIIF (pronounced Triple -I-F) is an acronym for the International Image Interoperability Framework - a technical standard dedicated to providing unified access to image-based cultural assets from around the world. As part of the Polonsky Foundation digitization project "Manuscripts from German-Speaking Lands", the introduction of the IIIF technology is being tested at the HAB. More...

Of the content and its protective wings

Which criteria must an object meet in order to be considered a book? Does it need a cover? Does it need pages that can be turned? Is text indispensable? In her work with paper and plant leaves, the book artist Odine Lang repeatedly questions the boundaries of the book as a medium. This approach is reflected in the objects Closure, Zachte Vleughel, Einblattbuch No° 4 Alchemilla and Ein-Blattbuch No° 14 Dryopteris, which the HAB recently acquired. More...

HAB and Bodleian provide insights into medieval manuscripts

About one year ago the Herzog August Bibliothek and the Bodleian Libraries joined forces in the digitization project “Manuscripts from German-Speaking Lands”. The project is funded by the Polonsky Foundation and the HAB thus succeeds the Vatican Library as a cooperation partner of the Bodleian Libraries. More...

Access to the Zeughaus

Due to the construction work on the Schlossplatz, access to the Zeughaus will have to be through the north gate (from the parking lot side). The main entrance is not expected to be accessible until at least mid November.

Opening Hours

Please check our new Opening Hours from 1 October: Exhibition rooms in the Bibliotheca Augusta and in the Lessing House: Tuesday - Sunday 10 a.m - 4 p.m.


Please see our new programme of events. It will now be published in this new format every four months and provide more detailed and up-to-date information on scholarly and cultural events at the Herzog August Bibliothek.