Visiting the Library

Whether you want to work in the reading room, need personal advice in the literature search, visit our exhibition, or hold a seminar using our special collections – we look forward to your visit to the Bamberg State Library!

Opening Hours

Find your way to us.
Monday to Friday9:00 to 17:00
Saturday9:00 to 12:00
The library is closed on Saturdays in August.
In 2024, the library is closed on the following days:
1st January 2024New Year
6th January 2024Epiphany
13th February 2024 from 12:00Shrove Tuesday
29th March to 1st April 2024Easter
1st May 2024Labour Day
9th May 2024Ascension Day
20th May 2024Whit Monday
30th May 2024Corpus Christi
9th July 2024Staff Outing
15th August 2024Assumption Day
3rd October 2024German Unity Day
1st and 2nd November 2024All Saints’ Day
21st December 2024 to 6th January 2025Christmas, New Year, Epiphany


Close to the library, the following special parking spaces are reserved for people with disabilities: Domplatz 1/2 (opposite the Diocesan Museum Bamberg) and Domstraße at the back of the cathedral (limited to 3 hours). The entrance to the library can be accessed via a ramp with wheelchair, walker, or stroller. However, both the cobblestones in the Domplatz and parts of the steep ramp may cause problems. We are happy to be of assistance; please call us if necessary at + 49 951 95503-106. All public rooms are accessible.

Although you may bring books, laptops, or writing materials into the reading room, please store jackets, backpacks, laptop bags, drinks, etc. in one of the lockers in the entrance hall before your visit. You will need a 2 Euro coin for the deposit.

The restrooms in the library are not accessible. The nearest accessible toilet is located in the immediate vicinity in the entrance to the State Gallery and the State Rooms in the New Residence.

Reading Room
There are 24 workplaces and a reference library with around 10,000 volumes (including 2,000 publications on Bamberg), current periodicals, newly acquired literature, three computers with Internet access, free WiFi, a microform scanner and a book scanner.
Here you will also receive all the materials you have ordered for borrowing. We can issue library cards, assist you in your research, and advise you individually on any questions regarding the use of the library.

Exhibition Room
In the Sternengewölbe and in the Scagliolasaal we regularly show exhibitions. The exhibition rooms are accessible.

Seminar Room
The seminar room on the second floor is unfortunately not accessible. There is an elevator for a maximum of four people.

Rose Garden
The rose garden, with the local café near the New Residence, is open during the summer.


Do you need expert advice in finding research materials? Would you like help with catalogue and database research? Do you have a question about the services offered by the Bamberg State Library?

We can help you individually or in small groups. Come to us with your request during our opening hours, call us at +49 951 95503-101 or send us an email.

Subject Groups

ELanguage and literature
FArt, music and theatre
GLaw, government, society, economic
KHistory and cultural studies
MBavaria, Franconia, Bamberg

In the Reading Room

The historic rooms of the reading room were used by the Bamberg prince-bishops in the 18th century as an audience chamber during the summer and later as the court chapel. Even today, our reading room offers a quiet atmosphere for concentrated reading, working, and studying with a view of the idyllic rose garden. 24 workstations, three library computers, and a book scanner are available.

You have immediate access to an open-access library with around 10,000 volumes (general reference works, basic literature), which are systematically organized according to subject groups and which you can consult without further formalities. A special feature of this is the collection of about 2,000 publications of the specialist group M (Bavaria, Franconia, Bamberg), which holds relevant works with a regional focus. The works exhibited in the reading room are listed in a repertory and of course also listed in the Bamberg Catalogue.

The reading room also contains the latest issues of selected journals, as well as a weekly selection of newly acquired literature.

Internet Access

Three library computers with internet access and options to connect laptops to WiFi are available in the reading room. The reading room supervisor is available to give technical support if you have any questions.

This is how to connect to the Internet with our computers or with your own laptop, smartphone or other devices:

Library Computers

At the library computers, you can conduct literature research online as well as use the library's online services. Registered library users can log on with their library number, students and other members of the University of Bamberg with their BA number.


Students and other members of the University of Bamberg as well as visiting members of other universities or research institutions can use eduroam WIFI to access the Internet. Members of the University of Bamberg use their BA number. Visitors use the access data of their home institution. The IT-Service of the University of Bamberg provides detailed information about VPN.


Within the Bamberg State Library, access to BayernWLAN is free of charge.

Research Stay

If you are planning a one-off working stay with us and therefore do not need to be issued with a library card, or if we cannot issue you with a library card because you do not have a fixed place of residence in Germany, you can still work with our holdings in the reading room. In certain cases, our seminar room is also available for your research stay upon prior request.


A visit for research requires a written registration. Please send us a request by email at least one week before your arrival.

Ideally, you will have researched the literature yourself from home in the Bamberg Catalogue or our manuscript catalogues and have told us of the needed bibliographic information and their signatures in advance. If certain titles that you need cannot be determined through our online catalogues, we will be happy to research based on your information.

Please note: The ordered media can only be used in the reading room. A loan to take these materials out of the library is not possible.

If you would like to use manuscripts, incunabula, old prints or fine art prints and drawings in the course of your stay, we also need proof of scholarly interest in addition to the written registration. The inspection of such items from our special collection requires the approval of the directorate. Before their usage, we will discuss the purpose and background of your use request with you.

When you arrive at the Bamberg State Library, please contact the reading room supervisor directly.


The use of the Bamberg State Library is governed by the Allgemeine Benützungsordnung (ABOB) of the Bavarian State Libraries in the version of 18th August 1993 (GVBI p. 635).

Furthermore, the usage guidelines for information processing systems of the Otto Friedrich University of Bamberg apply.

Refreshments during Breaks

A short distance from the Bamberg State Library, there are numerous cafés, restaurants, bakeries, and butchers with snack stands in both the rose garden of the New Residence and also at the foot of the Domberg.