Department of Early Printed Books

In its collections the Department of Early Printed Books preserves rare and precious historical printed materials for future generations.
With around 265,000 volumes, these are the most extensive collections of their kind in a German library. In addition, the department is responsible for the acquisition and indexing of historical printed materials published between 1501 and 1912.

Through its cooperation in corresponding projects, it contributes to the creation of a retrospective German national bibliography
(VD 16/VD 17/VD 18) and the development of a virtual Nationalbibliothek (German national library).

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