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Bequests and collections relating to individuals
(only in German) Heidelberg University Library cares for well over 100 bequests. Additionaly, numerous handwritten documents can be accessed through shelf list catalogues in the Special collections.
Bergheim branch library (Campus Bibliothek Bergheim - CBB)
After two years of construction the Bergheim branch library housing the economics and social sciences collections was opened in 2009. The new library is an architectural highlight and was named exemplary building in the "Competition 2003-2010" of the Baden-Württemberg Architects Association.
Bibliographies
The majority of bibliographic sources are available via databases. Additionally, you can find general reference books in the reading rooms (LSA and LSN) as well as publishers and address directories in the information centre (IZA). The Heidelberg University Bibliography lists scientific publications from members of Heidelberg University. In 2012, it replaced the former Lecturers‘ Bibliography that lists the publications from 1992-2011.
Bibliotheca Laureshamensis – digital
It is the aim of the digitisation project „Bibliotheca Laureshamensis – digital“ to recreate virtually the medieval library of the UNESCO-world heritage site Kloster Lorsch, in cooperation with the administration of Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Hessen. Heidelberg University Library aims to bring together all existing manuscripts on one website.
Bibliotheca Palatina
The origins of the Bibliotheca Palatina, the state library of the Palatinate can be traced back to 1386, the year of the founding of Heidelberg University. At that time the library of the artists’ school and the libraries for the higher schools were established. Further, former independent institutions that gradually merged into the Bibliotheca Palatina were the so-called Abby-library of the Heiliggeistkirche and the book collection of Electors in the Heidelberg castle. This, Germany’s most famous book collection was brought to a temporary end by the conquest of Heidelberg during the Thirty Years’ War in 1622. As spoils of the Catholic League the books were transported to the Vatican Library. Most parts are still housed there, only the German language manuscripts were brought back to Heidelberg at the beginning of the 19th century. These 848 German manuscripts were completely digitized, with financial support from e.g. the Manfred-Lautenschläger-Foundation, and are available online since April 2009.
Biographic information
Printed biographies can be found on the 3rd floor of the reading room of the main library under the signature LSA-Biog. Among the online services, the database World Biographical Information System (WBIS) is the most comprehensive. Staff of the Information Centre (IZA) will help you choose the right biographical source for your inquiry.
Book a Librarian
We offer individual advice sessions on various topics to members of Heidelberg University (students, academics and staff etc.). Please book your session here.
Building plan of the University Library
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