Libraries & collections



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.

Among the holdings of the manuscript department, there are more than 2,400 manuscripts from the middle ages and the early modern period; 2,100 incunabula; about 19,000 letters dating from  the 15th through the 18th centuries from the collection of Christoph Jacob Trew (1695-1769), a Nuremberg scholar; his private library, with 34,000 books and prints one of the most extensive collections of the time; broadsides, legacies, papyruses, as well as ex-libris.

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.

Loans for exhibitions

If you wish to borrow manuscripts, early printed books, or items from the graphic collection of the University Library for a temporary exhibition, please contact the department.
Here you may find information on our loans policy and conditions: Information about the Provision of Loans for Exhibitions.

See the special conditions applying for the loan of highly valuable items: Information about the loan of highly valuable manuscripts and early printed works for exhibitions.

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