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.

Historical Building

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

Changed opening hours on 3 October 2023 and 31 October 2023
The Historical Building will be closed on 3 October 2023 (Day of German Unity) and on 31 October 2023 (Reformation Day).

Opening hours:

Reading Room desks Historic Printed Collections, Manuscripts and Rare Books, Göttingen University Archive

  • Mon – Fri 10:00 – 16:00

Map Collection

  • Please make appointments by email or by calling +49 551 39-25282 (tel.).

Pauliner Church
Open only during exhibitions, guided tours and events.

Closing days

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.