Measures to control COVID-19 (coronavirus)

The museum rooms and the Lessinghaus as well as the reading rooms in the Bibliotheca Augusta and in the Zeughaus will be closed to the public from 13 March to 19 April 2020.

Cultural and scientific events cannot take place during this period. Borrowing of books and media is not and also open stacks are not accessible. More information on the closure and loan issues of the HAB.

For further information please contact the information desk:
e-mail:, phone: 053331/808-0

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...

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...

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. from 1 April: 10 a.m. - 5 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.