Museum rooms of the Bibliotheca Augusta temporarily closed

The museum rooms of the Bibliotheca Augusta are closed until further notice due to construction work. The Lessinghaus remains open from Tuesdays to Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Further information on your visit to the Herzog August Bibliothek can be found here.

Spectacular purchase: Philipp Hainhofer's "Großes Stammbuch"

With the "Großes Stammbuch" of the Augsburg art dealer and political agent Philipp Hainhofer (1578 - 1647) the Herzog August Bibliothek was able to acquire an outstanding document of the Stammbuch culture of the Early Modern Age. Learn more about the background and history of the richly illustrated Album Amicorum. More...

Our open access holdings and the reading room in the Zeughaus are now open again

From Monday, August 3, 2020, the open access collections of the Zeughaus and the Bibliotheca Augusta, as well as the reading room in the Zeughaus will be available again. The new opening hours are: Zeughaus: Mon-Fri 10 am - 4 pm, Thursdays 10 am - 6 pm. Bibliotheca Augusta: Mo.-Fr. 10 am - 4 pm.

In addition to the open access areas and the reading rooms, the lending desk, the counter, workstations, photocopiers, a scanner and a research computer are now available for public use.

In order to use the reading rooms, it is necessary to register three days in advance via The contact details of users are documented in the Zeughaus and in the Bibliotheca Augusta. The cafeteria in the Zeughaus has to remain closed to the public.

As with all measures to contain the novel coronavirus, the protection of our employees and visitors has the highest priority. It is necessary to observe rules of distance and the wearing of a mask is obligatory for all users.

When working while seated at tables in the area of our open access holdings and in the reading room, the masks may be removed if at least 1.5 m distance to other persons in the room can be maintained. The simultaneous number of persons in the Zeughaus has to be limited to 40 persons.

Information on our reopening (01 October 2020)

Until further notice, the museum rooms of the Bibliotheca Augusta remain closed due to construction measures. The Lessinghaus remains open from Tuesdays to Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

With the opening of one reading room the HAB is making it possible for users to work with manuscripts and prints from its collection again. The number of users on site must be limited. Thus, it is neccessary to register for your visit in advance. To do this, please send an e-mail with your request for using the reading room, your name, the short title/signature of the items ordered and a preferred date and time (optional) at least three opening days in advance to

As with all measures to contain the novel coronavirus, the protection of our employees and visitors has the highest priority when the Augusta reading room is reopened. It is necessary to observe rules of distance and to wear one's own masks during your entire stay in the library.

Interlibrary loan is possible to a large extent again. At the counter on the ground floor of the Zeughaus you can pick up ordered books and interlibrary loans and return media as well as buy print media. Modern magazine stocks (published from 1920 onwards) can be ordered as usual via the online catalogue for loan.The wearing of a mask is obligatory for all users. Unfortunately, the HAB cannot provide users with masks.

Here you will find a collection of links with digital alternatives to visiting the library and further information.

HAB temporarily suspends scientific and cultural events

Conferences, presentations, concerts and guided tours unfortunately have to be cancelled until further notice due to  the circumstances. We will inform you as soon as public events can take place again.

Growth, loss and circulation - The research group "economies of collecting" introduces itself

An essential feature of all collections is their involvement in economic processes. Therefore, in addition to "provenance" in Marbach and "space" in Weimar, the topic "economies of collecting” is investigated in Wolfenbüttel by a research group dedicated specifically to this purpose. More...


Milestones on our way towards the project goal. A mid-term review on the Polonsky Foundation digitization project “Manuscripts from German Speaking Lands”

December 2018 marks the beginning of a cooperative project between the Herzog August Bibliothek and the Oxford Bodleian Libraries. Funded by the Polonsky Foundation the two libraries have been digitizing several hundred medieval manuscripts from German monastic libraries and made them publicly available online with further information on every single item. The project is now halfway through and well on the way to an extraordinary result. More...

Infection. Explanatory approaches by early modern scholars of the University of Helmstedt

Diseases are recurring challenges in history. Scholars of the early modern era also sought to understand what diseases are and how to explain their spread. In a Helmstedt disputation from 1681, the smallest corpuscles ("effluviae") flowing through the air were identified as carriers. More...

A missing link in the transmission of Western cosmology to 16th century Japan rediscovered

A unique manuscript of the so-called Compendia (1593) in Japanese translation has been identified in the HAB. The Compendia formed the basis of Jesuit education in Japan and covered the three fields of philosophy, theology and cosmology - the latter being made accessible to research here for the first time. More...

Thoughts regarding the People’s Library of Wolfenbüttel

Marshall Weber was awarded the Artist Book Prize 2019 for his concept of the workshop "The Wolfenbüttel People's Library". In a personal commentary on his work, the New York-based artist speaks out in favor of a functional transformation of museums and libraries. More...

Caro Giordano. Eine Spurensuche. - Artist Book Prize 2020 goes to Ulrike Stoltz

The renowned book artist and typographer receives the 6,000 euro prize of the Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel and the Curt Mast Jägermeister Foundation. The award also includes the opportunity to work at the library for up to one month and to produce an artist's book inspired by the HAB's holdings. More...

Marbach, Weimar and Wolfenbüttel: Entering the next phase together

The Deutsche Literaturarchiv Marbach, the Klassik Stiftung Weimar and the Herzog August Bibliothek have been working together for many years to make material evidence of the German literary and intellectual tradition accessible. In order to intensify their cooperation, in 2013 the three institutions moved even closer together in the Marbach Weimar Wolfenbüttel Research Association (MWW), which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. MWW recently entered the second funding phase. More...

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...