Bamberg Treasures

Take a virtual look into our treasure chamber! The Bamberg Treasures present selected manuscripts, rare printed books, fine art prints and drawings of the Bamberg State Library in thematic order. This resource is continuously expanded.

Current Offers

The Bamberg Treasures convey digital insights into the historic collections of the State Library. Excellent pictures in high resolution, enhanced with additional information and partly with transcribed full texts, allow for intensive studies of the items that have been digitized so far.

The quick search option offered on the start page can be used as an entry into searching. Through the advanced search option, a targeted search e.g. for provenance, type of binding or place of origin is possible. Search results can be sorted according to title, author, shelfmark and year of origin.

This offer is continuously developed; an RSS-feed conveniently informs users about the newest digital copies. In all projects, the State Library receives continuous support by the Head Office of the Bavarian Library Network.


For the following topics or persons, amongst others, the Bamberg Treasures present an exemplary selection of our comprehensive holdings:

Manuscript Collection
Wordl Document Heritage
Michaelsberg Abbey Library and Scriptorium
Mathematical Treasures
Joseph Heller
Bamberg Blockbooks
Armorial Calendars
Bamberg Books of Relics
Bamberg Early Modern Civil Law (Halsgerichtsordnung)
Jean Paul
E. T. A. Hoffmann
Johann Lukas Schönlein

Other holdings presented include inventories of former monastic libraries in the Prince-Bishopric of Bamberg, prince-bishopric funeral sermons, outstanding botanical works and views of the Franconian countryside (“Fränkische Schweiz”), moreover collections concerning the Hundred-Year Calendar by Mauritius Knauer, Johann Graff as well as the First World War.

Usage Rights

Unless otherwise noted, the digital copies of the Bamberg Treasures that are already available are licensed under the Creative-Commons-License CC BY-SA 4.0. You may copy and distribute these contents, change the material for your purposes and build on it, if you name the Bamberg State Library as the source, indicate the shelfmark of the document and quote this license in the case of dissemination.

The reference to the source including the correct shelfmark must be given in the following form:
Staatsbibliothek Bamberg, shelfmark. Photo: Gerald Raab

Holdings of the Bamberg Historical Society on deposit in the Bamberg State Library should be cited in the following form:
Staatsbibliothek Bamberg, Historischer Verein Bamberg, shelfmark. Photo: Gerald Raab

In the interest of the ongoing documentation and the information of other users, the Bamberg State Library asks users to provide (digital) copies of all works about its holdings. Should this not be possible, please send us the bibliographic reference to your publication.

Reproductions of holdings that have not yet been published in our digital collections can be ordered from us. We will be happy to inform you about the technical possibilities as well as the costs incurred and reproduction fees in case of publication.