Important information on the use of the reading room between September and November 2016

The air conditioning system in the reading room of the Zeughaus is in urgent need of replacement and the construction work necessary for this will lead to the closure of the reading room from September 1st, probably until November 30th 2016.

The HAB will extend the seating capacity and opening hours of the special collections reading room in the Augusta during this period. The reading room there will be open from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. (manuscripts and special collections will still only be available for use until 5 p.m.).  The Bibelsaal will open as an additional reading room most days from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.

During this time, the Zeughaus building will close at 5 p.m.  on weekdays. On Saturdays the Zeughaus will still be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Augusta will stay closed, so the reading room will not be available.

Because of the extremely limited space to shelve ordered materials we can only provide 5 rare books and 3 manuscripts at a time for you.

Because seating capacity will be limited in the reading room of the Augusta it will only be open to our fellows and registered guest researchers. Other users must contact us 3 weekdays in advance by email ( and we will check if we are able to offer you a place in either the reading room or the Bibelsaal.

There will be three time slots per day for which you can reserve seating: 9 to 1 p.m., 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. If you have not taken up your place within half an hour of your reservation, the staff may reallocate it to other readers.

Due to the additional pressure on the staff and in order to guarantee a quiet atmosphere in the reading room, which may become very full, we are suspending the test phase for photography in the reading room. If you wish to have reproductions of complete works or individual pages you may order them via the reproduction unit.

We regret these restrictions, inconveniences and additional bureaucracy and ask you to bear with us under these exceptional circumstances.

Opening hours September until November:

Zeughaus: catalogues and open shelving

Mo. - Fr. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sa. 9 a.m. -1 p.m. (no book delivery!)

Bibliotheca Augusta: Reading room catalogues and open shelving  (HS, MW, TH)

Mo. - Fr. 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Loan counter

(Zeughaus 1st floor)

Mo. - Fr. 10 a.m. - 12 and 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
(Outside these times you may pick up books ordered the previous day at the front counter in the Zeughaus, where you can also return your borrowed books)

Exhibition rooms in the Bibliotheca Augusta and Lessinghaus

Tuesday - Sunday 10 a.m - 5 p.m. (exhibition rooms in the Bibliotheca Augusta closed on Sep. 1st (from 1 p.m.), Sep. 2nd, Sep. 17th, Okt. 20th- 22 th


If you are working in the Zeughaus reading room during the transition period (end of August), you may use the reading room up to and including August 31st. We ask you to select the books that you wish to have transferred for use in the Augusta and they will be available for you there on September 1st. All other books will be returned to the stacks.

The collecting of graphic arts from a historical perspective. Research and digitisation in dialogue

The conference (20-22 October, 2016) will take as its starting point two key questions. How can research into the history of art collecting and digital indexing work together to form a mutually beneficial partnership? How can indexing adapt to the demands of the research community?
Call for papers


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.


Move/Building work

During spring 2015 we will begin to move books from the rare-book stacks into our new onsite storage building. You can find more information about possible disruption to our services here.