• Research

    Gebete, Gebote, Gebräuche im jüdischen Haus

    Die Hebraica der HAB

    Die Hebraica der HAB, die verborgenen Schätze der Welfen, mit ihren Gebrauchsspuren und Provenienzangaben erlauben ebenso spannende Einblicke in die jüdische Frömmigkeitspraxis wie in die Sammlungsprinzipien der Herzöge und Bibliothekare. Das Projekt bietet eine Analyse der „religiösen Gebrauchsliteratur“ im Judentum und stellt den Korpus der HAB in den Kontext der jüdischen Buchproduktion.

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  • Info

    Lessons learned

    Eine Kooperation der HAB mit den Bodleian Libraries in Oxford

    In einem gemeinsamen Projekt zur Digitalisierung mittelalterlicher Handschriften haben Wolfenbüttel und Oxford in Sachen Aufnahmetechnik und Präsentation neue Maßstäbe gesetzt.

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  • Research

    Philipp Hainhofer’s Großes Stammbuch

    This album amicorum dating from the first third of the 17th century is an outstanding collection of signatures and illustrations by preeminent figures and an artistic highlight. The aim of the project is to catalogue the text and iconography of the book in depth and to trace the networks of individuals it contains. The project’s findings will be made available in digital form and as a published book.

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  • Culture

    Lessings Leben und Wirken in Wolfenbüttel (1770-1781)

    Dauerausstellung im Lessinghaus

    Das Museum im Lessinghaus erzählt die Geschichte Gotthold Ephraim Lessings (1729-1781) in Wolfenbüttel (1770-1781). Es stellt die letzten Jahre seines Schaffens in den Kontext seines Lebens und seiner Zeit.

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Herzog August Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel

Independent Research Institute for European Cultural History

The Herzog August Bibliothek (HAB) is one of the world's leading research institutions for cultural history. It is the library that provides the basis for this, preserving, cataloguing, expanding and presenting unique holdings. Scholars from all over the world find optimal conditions for their research here.

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The HAB is one of the leading international research centres for the cultural history of the Middle Ages and the early modern period. It is a place of scholarly dialogue and interdisciplinary cooperation.



The collection of manuscripts and books of Duke Augustus the Younger of Brunswick-Lüneburg forms the core of the Wolfenbüttel Research Library, along with a large number of other collections.



With exhibitions, guided tours, workshops, lectures, concerts and readings, the HAB offers a diverse cultural programme.


Current Projects


The historical holdings of the Herzog August Bibliothek form a collection of European culture from the Early Middle Ages to the Enlightenment and beyond that is unique in breadth and depth. Manuscripts, incunabula and prints as well as graphics and paintings, maps and modern artists' books offer a variety of starting points for cataloguing, editing and research projects. The proven hermeneutic approaches of the humanities are complemented and supported by innovative methods of the digital humanities. In addition to publication in print, new forms of digital publishing are being tested to secure the scholarly results.

Fellowship Programmes


The scholarship programme of the Herzog August Bibliothek has existed for over 30 years and offers funding opportunities for applicants at all stages of their academic career, from doctoral candidates to emeritus professors. The core condition for funding, which is discussed in various selection committees, is the centrality of the Wolfenbüttel holdings for the development of the respective project. All programmes are international and interdisciplinary.

Current Exhibitions


Globes and old maps are on permanent display in the museum of the Bibliotheca Augusta. An exhibition on the "Life and Work of Lessing in Wolfenbüttel" is set up in the Lessinghaus. In addition, the HAB regularly presents special exhibitions in which research results and collections are vividly presented and made accessible to the public. Exhibitions of works by modern or contemporary artists, many of whom are also represented in the collection of the Wolfenbüttel Library, are held in the Malerbuchsaal.

Current Publications


Monographs, anthologies, exhibition and collection catalogues contain the results of research and cataloguing at the HAB. The variety of topics is as extensive as the scientific activities of the HAB itself. About 250 titles are currently available.