The Library of the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg holds more than 2,400 manuscripts from the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period as well as more than 2,000 incunabula. The private library of the Nuremberg scholar Christoph Jacob Trew (1695-1769), with about 34,000 prints one of the largest preserved scientific scholar libraries of the time, and his letter collection with about 19,000 letters of the 15th to 18th centuries belong together with single-sheet prints, estates, papyri and coins from antiquity to modern times to the unique collections.
For more details about the holdings of the Manuscript Department and their provenance see the entry of the University Library in Handbuch der Historischen Buchbestände in Deutschland.
The Department for Manuscripts and Early Printed Books houses the treasures of the University Library. The curatorial staff aims to support persons working with manuscripts, early printed or rare books, and provides information and reproductions.