University Library Johann Christian Senckenberg

The University Library of the Goethe University Frankfurt is one of the largest libraries in Germany comprising a central library building and five more departmental facilities for faculties and institutes. As  a university library  it  serves almost 50.000 students and scientists of the Goethe University by providing printed and electronic information for all subjects as well as maintaining a repository for theses and articles written by members of the university. As a public academic library it is open to all citizens of the town and region. The library is also a publisher of several electronic databases for specialized subjects for the international scientific community. Special collections and historical holdings are in a rapid process of digitization for public access worldwide. Furthermore, HeBIS, the central offices of the regional libraries network and the head office of the HeBIS consortia are located there.

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Library Visits


More than 9.72 million printed or electronic items are available for our patrons, including 39.000 journal subscriptions and 1.2 million ebooks. The historical holdings comprise of more than 6.000 manuscripts and incunabula as well as 350.000 printed books from the 16th to the 19th century, of which the 19th century is accessible in the National Library’s virtual system “Sammlung Deutscher Drucke”. Other special collections are Francofurtensia i.e. printed books, journals and newspapers from the city of Frankfurt, the largest Judaica collection on the European continent and other special collections for subjects such as biology, German studies, linguistics, performing arts and Africa south of the Sahara. Almost 500 estates of famous philosophers (mainly from the so called Frankfurter Schule), musicians and other artists are deposited within the central archive.


Opening Times (Central Library)

Mon. – Fri. 8.00 a.m. – 09.30 p.m.
Sat. + Sun. 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.



Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Bockenheimer Landstr. 134-138
60325 Frankfurt am Main
Telephone: +49 (0)69 798 39205