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Duchess Anna Amalia Library

The library was founded by Duke Wilhelm Ernst in 1691 and has been one of Germany’s most famous libraries since the 18th century.  

The Duchess Anna Amalia Library is a research centre for European cultural and literary history around 1800. It preserves literary records from the 9th to the 21st century as sources of cultural history and for research, catalogues them by formal aspects and content and makes them available for use. The library possesses a total of one million units. Since its profile is dominated by the educational concept of the era around 1800 and its collections from the time between 1750 and 1850 are particularly extensive, the epoch from Enlightenment to Late Romanticism is the major focus of the library’s work.

In September 2004, shortly before the long-planned redevelopment work was due to begin, the two upper stories of the building were completely destroyed by a smouldering fire in the roof structure. The damaged historic library building with the famous Rococo hall has been open for visitors again since December 2007. 50,000 works were irretrievably lost by the disastrous fire.  

The library has a wide range of clientele, including experts in the humanities and cultural studies from Germany and abroad but also students, people with intellectual interests from Weimar and its surrounding region as well as school children.

Only a maximum of 290 visitors can view the library daily, so it is important to book in advance. You will find the telephone number in the contact box.

UNESCO World Heritage Site

The historic library building with its famous Rococo hall are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site entitled "Classic Weimar", which, as unique testimony to the cultural epoch of Weimar Classic, reflects the outstanding role of Weimar as an intellectual centre in the late 18th and early 19th century.

Further UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Thuringia can be found at unesco-thueringen-entdecken.de

Opening hours

Tuesday: 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday: 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday: 09:00 - 17:00
Friday: 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday: 09:00 - 17:00
Sunday: 09:00 - 17:00

The opening hours apply to the Renaissance Hall and the exhibitions held there.
Please note that you need to register in advance to visit the Rococo hall, since the number of visitors is limited.
Individual visitors: Tues-Sun: 9.30 a.m. - 2.30 p.m. (last admission)
Groups (15-20 people): Tues-Sun: 3 p.m., 3.30 p.m., 4 p.m.
Opening hours of ticket office: Tues-Sun: from 9 a.m.

Detailed information

  • literature/theatre/music

Services

  • Language: German

Accessibility

Restricted access for wheelchair users Personnel lift available Toilet with restricted access for wheelchair users Assistance for blind and visually impaired persons Assistance for persons hard of hearing Special and personal assistance resources for the disabled

Public disabled parking spaces at the market place (100 metres) and by the Town Castle (140 metres). Route to Library over uneven cobbles.

The Study Centre is designed to be largely barrier-free and can be explored by wheelchair users without problems. A ground-floor orientation plan for the blind and visually impaired is available at the entrance. There is one workstation for the blind and two for the visually impaired at the Study Centre. For guided tours or lectures and readings, one radio microphone and ten receivers are available.
Guide dogs permitted.
Steps lead to the historic library building. Wheelchairs users can use a side entrance with a platform lift (1.20 x 1.35 metres). Since the number of tickets is limited, prior registration is recommended. Contact to staff who operate lift via call box with intercom. You can also buy your ticket from this member of staff if you have not booked in advance and tickets are still available.

Access to the exhibition on the ground floor and to the ticket office and shop via another platform lift (300 kg bearing load, 0.83 x 1.42 metres, operated by staff). The admission ticket includes an audio guide which takes you through the 1st floor with the Rococo Hall. Various accompanying leaflets for children and adults. Mobile induction loops for use with the audio guide, which is also available in writing.
With the help of staff, wheelchair users can gain access to the Renaissance Room. Because of the sensitive historic wooden floor, visitors in an electric wheelchair can only view the Rococo Hall to a limited extent. Protective coverings are available for the wheels of hand-driven wheelchairs.

WC in the basement of the historic building.
Please note: accessibility at left = 88 cm, left = 75 cm.

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Contact information

Klassik Stiftung Weimar

Platz der Demokratie 1
99423 Weimar

Telephone: +49 (0) 3643 5 45-400
Fax: +49 (0) 3643 41 98 16

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