Special tasks & holdings
With its current holdings of about 9 million media items, Göttingen State and University Library ranks among the largest libraries in Germany. Our collections range from manuscripts and an important incunabula collection of early printed books to numerous valuable rare prints in all subject areas. Hand-drawn and printed historical maps have a prominent place in these collections, as well as scholarly collections and manuscripts by important scholars such as Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, Carl Friedrich Gauss, or Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm. The Göttingen Gutenberg Bible was declared part of the UNESCO Memory of the World Register in 2002. Göttingen State and University Library fulfills a broad range of tasks at the local, regional, national, and international level.