Göttingen State and University Library, founded in 1734, was the first realisation of the idea of a modern research library. As early as the 18th century, the library began developing holdings of national and international importance, which were continuously maintained throughout its history. Based on these efforts, the library has taken on a variety of tasks at the local, regional, national, and international level.
With its current holdings of about 8 million media units, Göttingen State and University Library ranks among the largest libraries in Germany. About 5,500 visitors frequent the Central Library (opened in 1993) on Platz der Göttinger Sieben every day. Göttingen State and University Library offers a broad range of services for study and research purposes in its various buildings. A competence centre of world renown, the Digital Library at the Göttingen State and University Library offers users a variety of innovative services far beyond the city's borders. In recognition of its achievements, Göttingen State and University Library has received a number of awards.