The library is simultaneously a tool for academic study and a museum collection. As a museum collection it is distinguished by an important collection of historical works on paper. This includes some 3380 manuscripts ranging in date from the early Middle Ages to the early 20th century, some 1000 incunabula, and 3000 prints from the 16th century. Another focus is the special collection ‘German book art of the 20th century.’
Main collection areas
Among the many highlights of the collection are rare manuscripts such as the Echternach Codex, numerous architecture books, botanical books, and artist’s books, in particular hand-pressed prints.
Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium
Maria Sibylla Merian, 1705
Urmanuskript des Struwwelpeters
Heinrich Hoffmann, 1844