Trier City Library (Weberbach)

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Trier City Library (Weberbach)
Trier City Library
City Library Trier am Weberbach

founding 1804
Duration 430000 (as of: 2018)
Library type Scientific city library
place trier
ISIL DE-121 (Weberbach City Library)
management Michael Embach

The Trier City Library (also Weberbach City Library after its location at Weberbach 25) is a general scientific and research library sponsored by the City of Trier and one of the most important existing libraries in Rhineland-Palatinate .

It is the deposit copy library for the former Trier administrative district . From 1966 to 1990 she was also responsible for the former Koblenz administrative district.


The library goes back to the library of the Trier Jesuit College , founded in 1560 , which in 1763 had a total of 10,075 volumes and existed until the order was abolished in 1773. It also supplied the old University of Trier with literature. In 1722 a separate university library was founded for the law and medical faculties, which was also set up in the former rooms of the Jesuit college in 1773. After the university was abolished in 1798 under French rule, it became the library of the central school of the Saardepartment , and in 1804 the Trier City Library. After the secularization in 1802, the holdings were expanded to include large parts of the libraries of the secularized monasteries and monasteries of the Saar department.

The Trier city archive has been linked to the city library in terms of space and personnel since 1894.

Municipal library / Palais Walderdorff municipal library

In Trier there was a public library from 1934. At times it had up to seven branch offices in the suburbs and from 1957 to 2007 also operated a book bus . At the beginning of 1967, the municipal library moved into its rooms in Palais Walderdorff ( Domfreihof 1b). In 1983 this was merged with the scientifically oriented organizational structure under the name Stadtbibliothek - Städtische Bücherei - Stadtarchiv . However, it was separated from the city library again in 2011 and now operates under the name of Stadtbibliothek Palais Walderdorff . The library has a stock of around 100,000 volumes.



Reading room seen from the palace garden

The current building of the city library was built from 1955 to 1960 according to plans by Alfons Leitl . It consists of a five-storey cube, which is clad by a concrete latticework and, among other things, houses the magazine , which is not accessible to library users , and a single-storey porch, which is used for exhibitions, among other things. The funnel-shaped reading room with its surrounding gallery adjoining the palace garden was also used as the city council hall from 1960 to 1968. The building is a listed building.


The library has around 430,000 volumes, including around 3,000 manuscripts , 95,000 pamphlets up to 1850, including around 3,000 incunabula , 2,000 autographs and 6,500 graphic sheets and portraits. 38,000 volumes date from the 16th and 17th centuries (as of 2015).

The main focus of the holdings are literature about Trier and the Moselle region, wine literature and book history. By the year 2000, basic scientific literature from all disciplines was also collected. There are several special collections, including around 12,000 volumes from the estate of the church historian Franz Xaver Kraus .


Particularly valuable books and manuscripts from the Middle Ages and early modern times are presented in the treasury of the city library, which was reopened in November 2014 with a newly designed permanent exhibition after a general renovation and expansion. The exhibition rooms have a total area of ​​364 square meters. The exhibits include the Carolingian Ada Gospels and the Carolingian Trier Apocalypse , the Ottonian Codex Egberti of Archbishop Egbert von Trier (977-993), which has been on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites since 2003 , numerous other manuscripts, a Gutenberg Bible , other incunabula, maps and two globes by Vincenzo Coronelli - a terrestrial globe from 1688 and a celestial globe from 1693. The expansion of the treasury was funded by the EU's ERDF program .


Virtual scriptorium St. Matthias

Together with the University of Trier and funded by the German Research Foundation , the Trier City Library has carried out a project to digitize the medieval library of the Trier Benedictine Abbey of St. Matthias . The aim was to virtually reconstruct the surviving inventory of manuscripts in the monastery library. These are around 500 codes that are distributed across around 25 locations worldwide.


The Trier City Library and the Trier City Archive are also involved in the Rhineland-Palatinate digitization portal dilibri, a digitized collection of regional studies and holdings from Rhineland-Palatinate libraries.

Support company

The Society of Friends and Patrons of the City Library of Trier eV, founded on June 30, 1998, supports the library ideally and materially, for example by assuming restoration costs. It has around 130 members (as of 2015).

Individual evidence

  1. .
  2. ^ City library, city archive . In: Architekturführer Trier , ed. v. Jens Fachbach, Stefan Heinz, Georg Schelbert, Andreas Tacke, Imhoff, Petersberg 2015, p. 77.
  3. Michael Embach: The new treasure trove of the Trier city library - cultural heritage from the Middle Ages and early modern times. In: Libraries today 1/2015, pp. 24–26.
  4. St. Matthias virtual scriptorium
  5. The Rhineland-Palatinate digitization portal dilibri
  6. ^ Website of the Society of Friends and Patrons of the Trier City Library e. V.


  • Gunther Franz (Ed.): Armaria Trevirensia. Contributions to the Trier library history. 2nd, greatly expanded edition. Reichert, Wiesbaden 1985, ISBN 3-88226-247-8 .
  • Richard Laufner, Elke Wawers: Trier City Library . In: Handbook of the historical book inventory in Germany . Volume 6 (1993) pp. 233-245 ( digitized version ).
  • Michael Embach: A hundred highlights. Precious manuscripts and prints from the Trier City Library. Schnell & Steiner, Regensburg 2013, ISBN 978-3-7954-2750-4 .
  • Reiner Nolden: The incunabula of the Scientific City Library Trier. Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden 2015, ISBN 978-3-447-10034-2 .
  • Ted Schirmer, Melanie Kubitza: From the safe: valuable manuscripts in need of restoration from the Trier City Library , Trier, 2011

Web links

Commons : Trier City Library  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Coordinates: 49 ° 45 ′ 5 "  N , 6 ° 38 ′ 29"  E