Historical Building

The Historical Building of the Göttingen State and University Libray is a place where historical research is conducted and where the results of this research are made available to the public. We provide access to the historical collections and cultural treasures of the Göttingen State and University Library for research purposes and also host scholarly and cultural events in a special ambiance. In addition, the building hosts a number of exhibitions, for example on the history of Göttingen University.


From 19 May 2021 the reading rooms in the Historical Building of the Göttingen State and University Library will be open again to users who work and research with the Collections and Historical Holdings of the library. If you are in the Historical Building and in the reading rooms, it is mandatory to wear suitable mouth and nose protection.

Registration: In order to comply with the safety and hygiene regulations, the workplaces in the reading rooms are limited and must be reserved by prior registration by email.

Opening hours: The reading rooms for Historic Printed Collections, Manuscripts and Rare Prints and the Göttingen University Archive are open from 11:00 to 17:00.

Reservation: Reservation requests for a workplaces in the reading rooms from 11:00 to 14:00, from 14:00 to 17:00 or for the entire day can be registered via the following email addresses:

Reading room Historic Printed Collections (email)

Reading room Manuscripts and Rare Prints (email)

Göttingen University Archive (email)

An individual appointment is required to visit the Map Collection (email).

Please include your full contact details (name, address, telephone number, email address) and the reason for your visit in your email. Reservation requests are confirmed by a corresponding email.

Historical Building

Papendiek 14, +49 551 39-25784 (Tel.)
Access and location map

Opening hours:

  • Mon - Fri 11:00 - 17:00 by prior registration via email.

Our services

We are happy to assist you with any questions you may have about the use of our historical and rare book holdings and to assist you in finding and borrowing specialist literature.

We offer:

Please find further information on our historical collections webpages. There you will also find contact details for staff to assist you with your research.

Location Historical Building

How to get to the Historical Building

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

On Foot

From the train station

Exit the train station in the direction of the city centre. Cross the square in the direction of the Bus Terminal, on the far side of which you can cross Berliner Straße at the pedestrian crossing with traffic lights. Walk straight on along Goethe Allee (merges into Prinzenstraße). The Historical Building is located at the corner of Prinzenstraße and Papendiek, on the banks of the Leinekanal.

By car

Leave the motorway A 7 at the Göttingen exit, and take the direct route: Kasseler Landstraße - Groner Landstraße - Groner-Tor-Straße in the direction city centre. You can park your car in the multi-storey car park Groner-Tor-Straße. Cross the Papendiek on foot. You will see the Lichtenberghof to your right. Here you will find an entrance to the Historical Building; a second entrance is located on Prinzenstraße.