12th April 2023

111 years of the German National Library

111 years ago, in 1912 the Kingdom of Saxony, the City of Leipzig, and the Börsenverein der Deutschen Buchhändler zu Leipzig (German Book Traders’ Association of Leipzig) signed a contract for the foundation of the Deutsche Bücherei.
The library location in Frankfurt am Main was established in 1946 after the partition of Germany.

On 3 October, German Unity Day, the libraries in Leipzig and Frankfurt am Main merged into a single institution. The two locations have since developed into a single modern institution that serves the whole country and has a crucial role to play in the cultural memory of Germany.

111 years after the foundation the German National Library is celebrating its anniversary by publishing 111 stories from the German National Library in its blog and holding a variety of events, both online and at physical locations.

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