Central Library

The Central Library of the Göttingen State and University Library offers all the services of a modern academic library on 22,000 square metres.

Central Library

Platz der Göttinger Sieben 1, +49 551 39-5231 (Tel.)
Access and location map

Changed May opening hours

The Library will be closed on 1 May 2021 (May Day) and 13 May 2021 (Ascension Day) as well as on 23 and 24 May 2021 (Whitsun).

Changed opening hours

For students and scientists of the University of Göttingen, the Central Library will provide individual workstations from Tuesday, 30 March 2021:

Mon - Sun 10:00 - 20:30.

Approximately 160 individual workstations are available on the ground floor and on the first and second floors, including 10 PC workstations. Printing, copying and scanning facilities are also available for individual use on all floors.

As of 19 April 2021 the LRC will provide approximately 20 individual workstations during these service hours: Mon, Wed and Fri from 10:00 to 16:00, Tue and Thu from 10:00 to 18:30, Sat and Sun from 13:00 to 16:00.

Please note that the short and long term work booths will still not be available for use. Group work will also continue to be unavailable. The coat check and locker areas will remain inaccessible.

Due to the Lower Saxony Corona Regulation of 25 January 2021 our users are required to wear a medical mouth-nose cover – even after taking the workplace.

Our services

We are happy to assist you with any questions you may have about the use of the library, finding and borrowing specialist literature.

We offer:

For further information, please visit our pages on subjects and collections. There you will find specialist databases, contact information for specialist staff, and submit your purchase suggestions.

Location Central Library

How to get to the Central Library

Are you restricted in your personal mobility? Please take note of our information regarding parking facilities and barrier-free access points.

By public transport

By bus from the train station

The bus lines 21 (Nikolausberg) and 23 (Faßberg) will take you to the "Platz der Göttinger Sieben" bus stop in close proximity to the Central Library. From there, you will be able to see the characteristic rotunda, which houses the main entrance to the Central Library.
You can find the bus timetables on the Göttingen Transport Services (German user interface only) website.

On foot from the train station

The Central Library is about 10 minutes' walk from the train station. Leave the station via the exit "Zentrum", turn right and continue along the Berliner Straße. Cross at the junction of Berliner Straße and Weender Landstraße and turn left until you reach the "Auditorium" bus stop. From there, you will be able to see the characteristic rotunda, which houses the main entrance to the Central Library.

By car

From Kassel

Take the A7 exit "Göttingen" and drive all the way down Kasseler Landstraße in the direction of "Stadtmitte / Hauptbahnhof". Turn left onto Berliner Straße and continue straight on until you reach the junction of Berliner Straße and Weender Landstraße.
Turn left on the junction Berliner Straße / Weender Landstraße. The university pay-parking facility on Weender Landstraße is located on your right.

From Hanover

Take the A7 exit "Göttingen-Nord" and follow the feeder road until you reach Hannoversche Straße. Turn right towards "Stadtmitte".
To use the university pay-parking facilities on Weender Landstraße (see map), turn left onto Kreuzbergring. The parking access is located at the start of Kreuzbergring.
You may also drive straight on to the junction of Weender Landstraße and Berliner Straße and turn left onto Nikolausberger Weg. Past the library (glass building), turn left onto Goßlerstraße. Here you can use metered parking spaces (2 h) to the left of the barrier leading to the staff car park or the pay-parking garage at the end of Goßlerstraße on the right.