German National Library

The German National Library collects all text-based, graphic and sound-recording publications issued in Germany, or in German, since 1913. It documents and archives the works it collects and makes these available to the public. It provides its range of services at sites in Leipzig and Frankfurt am Main, but also in digital form to a global circle of users. The collection of sound recordings in the German Music Archive in Leipzig dates back to the early days of sound carrier production in the 19th century. Digital sound recordings constitute the most recent part of the collection. The German National Library also houses valuable and extensive special collections in the German Exile Archive 1933-1945 in Frankfurt am Main and the German Museum of Books and Writing in Leipzig. It showcases its treasures and promotes the cultural worlds of books, reading and music by regularly staging readings, exhibitions, lectures and concerts.


Deutsche Nationalbibliothek

Library Visits


At the beginning of 2016 the German National Library held a total of 30.8 million media units; approximately 1.1 million units are added each year.


Opening Hours

Reading rooms, book issue desk
Mon. to Fri. 9.00 to 22:00, Sat. 10:00 to 18:00

Information Centre
Mon. to Fri. 9.00 to 19:00, Sat. 10:00 to 18:00

German Exile Archive 1933-1945
Mon. to Fri. 10:00 to 18:00, Saturdays by arrangement



Deutsche Nationalbibliothek
Adickesallee 1
60322 Frankfurt am Main
Telephone: +49 (0)69 1525 2500
Fax: +49 (0)69 1525 2520