Regional library

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In Germany, a regional library is the name given to those libraries that are responsible for collecting, storing and making available regional literature and listing it in a bibliography (regional or regional bibliography ). The tasks of a regional library are roughly comparable to those of a national library on a smaller scale. Many regional libraries also have a regional depository right .

The regional libraries include all state libraries (also known as the State Library ) and some city ​​libraries with regionally-related collecting activities. Some of the regional libraries can also be assigned to a different type of library , which can often be read from their names (e.g. Saarland University and State Library , Lower Saxony State and University Library Göttingen ).

Many regional libraries go back to royal or princely court libraries or administrative libraries .

The Berlin State Library and the Bavarian State Library in Munich have a special status insofar as they already performed supraregional tasks in the 19th century and are of national and international importance - in this respect they are no longer counted among the regional libraries.

See also


  • Bernd Hagenau (Ed.): Regional libraries in Germany . Journal of Librarianship and Bibliography. Special issue 78. Klostermann, Frankfurt am Main 2000. ISBN 3-465-03085-0
  • Ludger Syré (ed.): Literary estates . Literary collections and archives in the regional libraries of Germany, Austria and Switzerland , Klostermann, Frankfurt / M. 2009 (Journal of Libraries and Bibliography, Special Volume 98), ISBN 978-3-465-03635-7 .
  • Ludger Syré (Ed.): Music collections in the regional libraries of Germany, Austria and Switzerland , Klostermann, Frankfurt / M. 2015 (Journal of Libraries and Bibliography, Special Volume 116), ISBN 978-3-465-04235-8 .
  • Ludger Syré (Ed.): Resources for Research. Special collections in regional libraries , Klostermann, Frankfurt / M. 2018 (Journal of Libraries and Bibliography. Special volumes, Special volume 123), ISBN 978-3-465-04362-1 .

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