Coburg State Library

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Coburg State Library
Coburg State Library in Ehrenburg Palace

founding 1547
Duration around 440,000 media units
Library type Scientific library , regional library
place Coburg
Website Coburg State Library

The Coburg State Library is a regional, scientific library administered by the Free State of Bavaria . It is based in Ehrenburg Castle in Coburg and is responsible for north-western Upper Franconia .


The library has a stock of around 440,000 volumes of current and historical literature as well as 400 manuscripts, 151 incunabula and around 6,500 autographs . In 2007 the budget for acquisitions and material resources was EUR 280,000. Among other things, 13 posts look after around 5,100 registered users.

The core collections include the former court and state library of Saxony-Coburg with around 55,000 volumes, mainly from the 17th to 19th centuries, and the ducal private library with 14,500 titles. But also the historical library of the high school Casimirianum with 15,000 titles in 7,500 volumes, mainly from the 16th to 18th centuries, and the Scheres library, built by the former Coburg Chancellor Johann Conrad von Scheres , called Zieritz (1641–1704), with legal 17th century literature is one of them. The Luther Library and the Niederfüllbach Castle Library are also important. The Luther collection was created by Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in memory of Martin Luther's stay at Veste Coburg in 1530. It comprises 850 volumes, mainly contemporary Luther prints and older secondary literature. The Niederfüllbach Castle Library was created by Leopold I from the Saxon-Coburg-Saalfeld family before he was elected King of the Belgians in 1831. With barely more than 500 volumes, it is representative of agriculture, forestry and modern estate management of the time.


The library is located in Ehrenburg Palace. The lending and reading rooms with around 270 m² are located on the first floor in art-historically valuable rooms, exhibitions take place in the so-called silver room. Most of the storage rooms are located on the ground floor. From 1968 to 1981 extensive renovation measures, including new reinforced concrete ceilings, were carried out for 4.5 million DM. With the move of the Coburg State Archives from the castle to the armory in 1990, the space problems with the parking capacities were temporarily resolved.


In 1547 Duke Johann Ernst founded the Ducal Palace Library, which was expanded in 1590 by Duke Johann Casimir . Further significant expansions followed between 1764 and 1799 during the reigns of Dukes Ernst Friedrich and Franz Friedrich . The latter is considered the largest collector of books and graphics under the Coburg regents.

From 1801 to 1826 Friedrich Karl Forberg was employed as a librarian in the ducal service. In 1805, the ducal library, which was housed in Ehrenburg Palace, was converted into a public ducal court and state library that could be used by the ducal servants. From 1821 purchases were also financed by the state treasury. Over time, the user base also included the academic and business world of Coburg. After the end of the monarchy and the establishment of the Free State of Coburg , the Coburg State Foundation took over the administration of the institution, first called the State Library, then the State Library of Coburg , in 1919 . The Coburg State Foundation was established in 1919 with the aim of legally preserving the cultural assets of the fallen state. While maintaining its historical-traditional ties to Coburg, the library was taken over into the administration of the Free State of Bavaria on January 1, 1973 . The partially unclear ownership structure of the holdings of the Coburg State Library remained unaffected.


  • Silvia Pfister: The foundation takes on the administration and maintenance of the previous court and state library . In: Yearbook of the Coburg State Foundation 2009. Coburg 2009, ISSN  0084-8808 , pp. 159–174
  • Jürgen Erdmann: Wettinian princely book covers of the Renaissance in the Coburg State Library . Self-published, Coburg 2016.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Bavarian State Library: Literature Portal Bavaria. Retrieved June 23, 2019 .
  2. German library statistics 2007
  3. Catalog system of the Coburg State Library
  4. ^ Rolf Fuhlrott, Gerhard Liebers, Franz-Heinrich Philipp: New library buildings in the Federal Republic of Germany 1968-1983. Munich 1983, ISBN 3-465-01567-3 .
  5. ^ Beck, Emil: History and legal situation of the Coburg State Foundation . Diss. Erlangen 1967, p. 13; (Coburg) law on the use of the previous domain property and on the establishment of a state foundation of August 9, 1919.
  6. Silvia Pfister: The foundation takes on the administration and maintenance of the previous court and state library . P. 169

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