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    The Schreibkalender (writing calendar) of early modern German-speaking Europe

    A printed almanac with writing spaces

    A Schreibkalender? What is this all about? Among the many variations of printed almanacs of early modern Europe, the Schreibkalender (writing calendar) was a popular and long-lasting genre in German-speaking Europe – produced in high quantities and reaching very large audiences. And they offered a new feature that gave the almanac its contemporary and modern genre name; A writing calendar provided blank spaces to insert writing.

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    The institutional publication platform of the Herzog August Bibliothek

    The new Herzog August Bibliothek online platform for publications is launching in style with unlimited free access to forty retro-digitised works that were brought out by the library’s own publishing arm. Further existing scholarly publications – which have previously appeared in print – and research data will be added on a rolling basis.

  • Research

    The Herzog August Bibliothek in 100 objects

    Different points of access to the collection and the institution

    The collection of the Herzog August Bibliothek is not solely made up of manuscripts and books. It also includes hundreds of other objects, which, like the famous collection of books, are closely connected to the library, past and present. This project focuses on 100 of these objects, providing a new perspective on the library and its collecting practices.

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    Theatrum mundi: Leibniz’s Ghosts

    An interview with book artist, painter and graphic designer Kai Pfankuch

    Last year the Herzog August Bibliothek acquired a very special one-of-a-kind item. The artist’s book Theatrum mundi: Leibniz’ Geister (Theatrum mundi: Leibniz’s Ghosts) brings together art and science.

  • Research

    Assets looted by the Nazis among the Herzog August Bibliothek’s acquisitions made between 1933 and 1969

    One of the core tasks of museums, archives and libraries is to conduct research into the provenance and historical ownership of their own collections and holdings.

    Stempel Bibliothek zu Wolfenbüttel
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    HAB gehört

    The podcast of the Herzog August Bibliothek

    The Herzog August Bibliothek has many faces – both literally and figuratively. In HAB gehört we spotlight them, allowing you to take a closer look at the wide range of content HAB has to offer.


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.


VD 17

The project is part of a master plan for digitising the VD 17 bibliography, which ...


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.