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The Gutenberg Library

The Gutenberg Library is one of Germany's largest libraries specialized in the history of books, printing, and script. This includes the entire sector of book sciences and book design, printing and typography, as well as artistic graphic print techniques. The library contains more than 91,000 titles from seven centuries and constitutes the heart of the exhibition activities of the Gutenberg Museum. At the same time, it is a reference and research library that can be used free of charge by all interested users.

Its extensive historic contents can be researched internationally through the Online catalog. In addition, part of the library contents are included in the museum exhibitions. The incunabula collection contains around 3,300 titles and is listed in its own catalog.

More literature on the history of books, printing and writing can be found in the online catalogs of the Wissenschaftliche Stadtbibliothek Mainz, the Universitätsbibliothek Mainz or the Karlsruher Virtueller Katalog.

Opening hours & admissions

Opening hours

Tue – Fri:

9 a.m. – 1 p.m. / 2 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Last admission: 4:30 p.m.

Mon, Sat, Sun, public holidays


Using the library

The library is equipped with a reading hall with 16 work stations, a microfiche reading device, and a copier/book scanner.

Please contact us in advance if you would like to work with the holdings of the Gutenberg Museum.

Research:The holdings can be researched on the Online catalog.

Book orders: Please order desired titles in advance where possible, either in writing, per telephone or via e-mail to prevent waiting times.

Reproduction order: If you wish to receive reproductions from the holdings of the Gutenberg Library, please fill out the attached form and send it to us signed.


Gutenberg Library Mainz
Römischer Kaiser
Liebfrauenplatz 5
55116 Mainz

Mail: gutenberg-bibliothekstadt.mainzde

Phone: +49 6131 – 12 2623
Fax.: +49 6131 – 12 3488

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