Wolfgang Schmitz (Librarian)

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Wolfgang Schmitz (born May 6, 1949 in Cologne ) is a German librarian and library scholar .


Wolfgang Schmitz studied German , history , historical auxiliary sciences and Middle Latin at the University of Cologne and completed his training for the higher library service in Düsseldorf and Cologne.

From 1982 to 2014 he worked at the University and City Library of Cologne , since 1999 as its managing director and since 2001 also as head of the university archive. Hubertus Neuhausen succeeded him as managing director of the university and city library at the end of 2014.

His areas of work are early modern book and publishing, especially Cologne book printing (Habilitation 1990), library history and topics of contemporary book and library work.

He is an adjunct professor for library science at the University of Cologne, since 2004 chairman of the Wolfenbüttel working group for library, book and media history, chairman of the International Society of Book Studies , and a corresponding member of the historical commission of the stock exchange association in Frankfurt am Main and Leipzig.

In 2003 he initiated the establishment of the Cologne Library Society.

Fonts (selection)

Numerous monographs and articles on books and libraries, publication of festschrifts and anthologies, co-editor of magazines.

  • The book archivist. Obituary for Ludwig Delp . In: Gutenberg-Jahrbuch 86 (2011), pp. 342–346.
  • Horst Kunze - librarian, book scholar and bibliophile in socialism. In: Leipziger Jahrbuch zur Buchgeschichte 19 (2010), pp. 335–357.


  • Rolf Thiele (ed.): The librarian in the 21st century - a manager who is conscious of tradition. Festschrift for Wolfgang Schmitz on the occasion of his 60th birthday (= small publications of the university and city library. 26). Cologne 2009, ISBN 978-3-931596-45-3 .

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Individual evidence

  1. Martina Windrath: University library is breaking new "e" ways. In: Kölnische Rundschau of February 17, 2015, accessed on February 18, 2015.