Navigation and service

Welcome to the German National Library

Deutscher Platz 1 / 04103 Leipzig / Opening hours and getting there
Adickesallee 1 / 60322 Frankfurt am Main / Opening hours and getting there

"Dialog mit Bibliotheken" - latest issue available

Cover der aktuellen Ausgabe "Dialog mit Bibliotheken"

The new issue of the journal "Dialog mit Bibliotheken" has been published in good time for the Frankfurt Book Fair. What will happen to the RDA standard now that the new toolkit has been introduced? Renate Behrens and Jürgen Kett discuss this question in their article. The guest contribution by historian Christian Rau takes a look at the German National Library’s Frankfurt location during the years of occupation and the early days of the Federal Republic. This was triggered by the publication of two volumes on the history of the Deutsche Bücherei from the German Empire to 1990.

In the second part of the four-part series on the new permanent exhibition at the German Exile Archive 1933–1945, Sylvia Asmus and Kathrin Massar present a variety of biographies of people forced into exile. Other topics include: Bonpland – an app for preserving holdings and e-paper cooperation as a model for the future. We also take a look at the wide variety of events, exhibitions and cooperative projects at the German National Library.

In addition to the print edition, the "Dialog" is also available as a free download.

"Lieber und verehrter Onkel Heinrich" // ("Dear and esteemed Uncle Heinrich") // Reading // German National Library in Frankfurt am Main // Wednesday, 24 October 2018, 19:00

Thomas Manns 50. Geburtstag, 6. Juni 1925

This reading, which accompanies the temporary exhibition "Mon Oncle. Klaus and Heinrich Mann", focuses on one specific aspect of the Manns’ multifarious family history: the relationship between Heinrich Mann and his oldest nephew Klaus Mann.

Inge Jens and Uwe Naumann, both acknowledged experts on the Mann family, read excerpts from letters and texts by Klaus and Heinrich Mann and provide insights into a relationship characterised more by intellectual affinity than by personal closeness. (Porträt: Inge Jens, Foto: Manfred Grohe)

Event organised by the German National Library’s German Exile Archive 1933–1945.

Free admission

Book directly using the booking form or call: +49 69 1525-1961

From the translator's perspective — Patrick Flanery’s "I Am No One" // Reading by translator Reinhild Böhnke // German National Library in Leipzig // Thursday, 25 October 2018, 19:00

Logo "22. Leipziger Literarischer Herbst 2018"

Leipzig-based translator Reinhild Böhnke reads from Patrick Flanery’s novel "I Am No One" and talks about her work on Flanery’s book with Ralf Pannowitsch, who himself translates from French.
"A clever, Kafkaesque story in fantastic style which is narrated with aplomb" – this review appeared in the Münchner Merkur after the book was published in September 2017. Flanery’s work explores a world in which surveillance is on the increase. The main character is a history professor who returns to his home city of New York after a decade's absence and finds himself in the centre of numerous strange incidents. The novel is about memory, repression and what happens when the past catches up with us. The German translation of "I Am No One" was published in 2017 by Blessing Verlag.
This event is being organised by the 22nd Leipzig Literature Festival and "Die Fähre" e. V. in cooperation with the German National Library.
Free admission. Book directly using the booking form or call: +49 341 2271-286

"Aufklärung jetzt" ("Enlightenment Now") // Steven Pinker talks to Elisabeth von Thadden // In English // German National Library in Frankfurt am Main // Thursday, 25 October 2018, 19:30

Steven Pinker

Hate, populism and irrationality are ruling the world, anti-scientific world views are spreading, truth has ceased to exist: this is what a glance at today’s headlines might lead one to think. However, Steven Pinker, Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, shows that this is false.

Pinker talks to Elisabeth von Thadden (DIE ZEIT) about his book, in which he investigates developments over the last few centuries and proves that our lives have improved continually. Nowadays we live longer and are healthier, safer and wealthier than ever before, and this is not only the case in the Western world. The reason: enlightenment and its system of values. Without it, the world has no chance of becoming a better place for us all. Pinker’s book is an active rebuttal of the widespread sentiment that our modern society is doomed.

The event will be held in English and is being organised in cooperation with publishing company S. Fischer Verlag and DIE ZEIT.

Admission costs 5 Euro. Book directly using the booking form or call: +49 69 1525 1101

Plan your favourite place in the Library

Detail vom Museumslesesaal in Leipzig

How would you like the German National Library to be? Which services are important to you, and what is your ideal working environment? We would like to find out about your requirements and interests to help us plan new design of our reading rooms in Leipzig. For this purpose, you are invited to attend a group workshop from 1 pm to 3.30 pm on 8 November 2018 at the German National Library in Leipzig. Together we will develop the reading room of the future – using processes such as the love-and-hate letter and the problem reversal technique. Another one-hour workshop session will take place on 9 November. The workshop is open to everyone aged 18 and over – not only to Library users in Leipzig, but also to people who would like to get to know the German National Library.

Come and join in! Submit your application by 1 November to: . We will select ten participants from among all the applicants. As a token of thanks for your participation in the workshop, you will receive a voucher for a German National Library annual ticket. (Photo: DNB, Stephan Jockel)

"Der unsichtbare Pianist" // Zweites Konzert am historischen Reproduktionsflügel // Deutsches Musikarchiv der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek in Leipzig // Mittwoch, 14. November 2018, 18 Uhr

Konzertsaal mit Reproduktionsflügel

Im zweiten Konzert unserer Reihe "Der unsichtbare Pianist" stellen wir Ihnen unseren Schatz an Klavierrollen, und Wolfgang Heisig seine Komposition für Reproduktionsflügel vor.
Selbstspielende Flügel, Klaviere und Pianolas (sogenannte "Vorsetzer") genossen im ersten Drittel des 20. Jahrhunderts große Popularität. Hinterher wurde es allerdings ruhig um sie. Doch dass sie bis heute nie ganz still geworden sind, beweist Komponist Wolfgang Heisig. Er hat sich auf Werke für mechanische Abspielgeräte spezialisiert und ist der Schöpfer des Stückes KODE, einer graphischen Komposition für Pianola. Anhand dieses Werkes erläutert er die Funktionsweise selbstspielender Klaviere. (Foto: Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, Stephan Jockel)

Im zweiten Teil des Abends präsentiert Ihnen das Deutsche Musikarchiv ausgewählte Exemplare aus seinem Schatz an Klavierrollen. Erleben Sie Werke großer Komponisten, die wie von Zauberhand ohne sichtbare Spielerin und sichtbaren Spieler am Steck "Duo-Art"-Reproduktionsflügel von 1925 erklingen. Einige wurden von bedeutenden Pianistinnen und Pianisten des frühen 20. Jahrhunderts eingespielt, andere vom Komponisten höchstpersönlich. Zwischen den einzelnen Stücken erläutern wir Ihnen die Besonderheiten des Instrumentes, der Klavierrollen, der Werke und deren Interpreten.

Der Eintritt ist frei.
Anmeldung direkt per Anmeldeformular oder Tel.: +49 341 2271-223

Eine Welt voller Wissen erwartet Dich // Ausbildungstag // Deutsche Nationalbibliothek in Leipzig // Donnerstag, 15. November 2018, 14 bis 18 Uhr


Auszubildende und Ausbildende der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek informieren über die Ausbildungsberufe am Standort Leipzig. Interessierte haben die Möglichkeit, Einblicke in die Ausbildungsbereiche zu erhalten, Fragen zu stellen und mit den Auszubildenden ins Gespräch zu kommen.
Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek bietet folgende Ausbildungen an:

  • Fachangestellte/r für Medien- und Informationsdienste, Fachrichtung Bibliothek
  • Fachinformatiker/innen, Fachrichtung Systemintegration.

Treffpunkt ist im Foyer des historischen Bibliotheksgebäudes.
Der Eintritt ist frei.

Mehr zur Ausbildung in der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek.

Additional Information


The permanent exhibition of the German Exile Archive 1933–1945 "Exile. Experience and Testimony" is closed due to maintenance work. However, you may visit the accompanying virtual exhibition under

The exhibition "Mon Oncle" is open to the public.
To visit the exhibition, please use the entrance on the first floor which can be accessed via the two lifts in the foyer next to the main entrance.

This Page

Schriftbanner mit Deutscher Nationalbibliothek Leipzig, Frankfurt am Main