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"Der unsichtbare Pianist" // Second concert on a historic reproducing piano // German Music Archive of the German National Library in Leipzig // Wednesday, 14. November 2018, 18:00

Konzertsaal mit Reproduktionsflügel

For the second concert in our series "Der unsichtbare Pianist" ("The invisible pianist"), we will be introducing you to our treasury of piano rolls and Wolfgang Heisig will be presenting his composition for reproducing grand piano.
Self-playing pianos and pianolas (which played piano rolls from a device known as the "Vorsetzer") enjoyed immense popularity during the first third of the 20th century but went very quiet after this time. However, composer Wolfgang Heisig is proving that they never disappeared completely. He specialises in works for mechanic player devices and composed the work KODE, a graphic composition for pianola. He uses this work to explain how self-playing pianos work. (Foto: DNB, Stephan Jockel)

During the second part of the evening, the German Music Archive will be presenting examples selected from its treasury of piano rolls. Experience works by great composers played as if by magic with no visible performer on the Steck "Duo-Art" reproducing piano of 1925. Some of them were recorded by famous pianists of the early 20th century, others by the composer himself.
Between the individual pieces we provide information on interesting aspects of the instrument, the piano rolls, the works and their performers.

Free admission.
Book directly using the booking form or call: +49 341 2271-223

A world of knowledge awaits you // Apprenticeship Day // German National Library in Leipzig // Thursday, 15 November, 14:00 to 18:00


Apprentices of the German National Library will again be providing information on the apprenticeships offered at the Leipzig site.

Those interested have the opportunity to gain insights into the different areas, ask questions and talk to the trainees.

The German National Library offers the following courses of training:

  • Media and Information Services Specialist, subject area: Library
  • Computer Science Expert, subject area: System Integration

Meet in the foyer of the old building.
Admission is free of charge.

More about the courses of training at the Geman National Library

Komm, wir lesen Dir vor! // Readings on National Reading Aloud Day // German National Library in Leipzig // Friday, 16 November 2018, at 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 and 14:00

Der Bundesweite Vorlesetag

A reading adventure at the German Museum of Books and Writing of the German National Library: The 15th National Reading Aloud Day is on 16 November 2018 – and we, too, will be doing our part again!

Free admission. Registration including group registration, at or Tel. +49 341 2271-324

About the event

"The Little Prince" // Puppet show for children aged 12 and upwards // German National Library in Leipzig // Friday, 16 November 2018, 17:00

 Ein Mann vor einem hellen Vorhang, auf dem eine Puppe sitzt

To celebrate the 55th anniversary of the Franco-German Treaty of Friendship, the German National Library presents Theater WIWO, who will perform "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

The curtain will rise at 17:00 and the Little Prince's journey will begin. A pilot is forced to make an emergency landing in the desert. He is surprised to come across a boy – known as the 'Little Prince', who needs his help. Learning to 'see with your heart', seeking out the hidden things of life, questioning customs and habits and taking responsibility for the things you love – these, no less, are the lessons of "The Little Prince".

The puppet show is for adults and children aged from 12.

Audience numbers are limited.

Booking at: or Tel. +49 341 2271-324
Free admission

About the event

"Rettet wenigstens die Kinder" // Book presentation // German National Library in Frankfurt am Main / Tuesday, 20 November 2018, 19:00

Renata Harris mit ihrer Mutter Grete

The book “Rettet wenigstens die Kinder” (“At least save the children”) focuses on the life stories of the children rescued and the fate of their families. A musical backdrop to the evening will be provided by pianist Professor Dr. Joachim Reinhuber and baritone Noah Reinhuber. .

After the November pogroms in 1938, around 20,000 Jewish children from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia were rescued by being transported abroad by the so-called ‘Kindertransporte’. About half of the children rescued came to England, as did Renata Harris, whose mother Grete was deported and murdered by the Nazis. The photo on the left shows the mother and daughter still together in Germany. . (Foto: Privat)

Event organised by the German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in cooperation with the project Jewish Life in Frankfurt am Main.

Free admission
Book directly using the booking form or call.: +49 69 1525-1961

4th "Notenspur-Nacht der Hausmusik" // "Musik zu Hause in Leipzig" // German Music Archive of the German National Library in Leipzig // Saturday, 24 November 2018, 19:00 to 21:00 // fully booked

Gemälde „Hausmusik“ von Reiner Cornelius (*1926) / Quelle: Reiner Cornelius (*1926)

Dedicated to showcasing "Musik zu Hause in Leipzig", the "Notenspur-Nacht der Hausmusik" is being held once again this year. Public institutions and private living rooms will be turned for one evening into venues where bands and ensembles of all stripes come together to make music in front of a small audience in an intimate environment. With this, the German National Library’s German Music Archive is opening its doors and welcoming you to a very special musical evening.

The band Ysilia will take you on an imaginary journey to the far north with all its harsh beauty and heart-warming music.
If you open your eyes, you will see a nyckelharpa, Celtic harp, guitar, bass and percussion. If you close them, you will probably see Northern lights over endless forests.

Free admission.
The event is fully booked.

Campus mile – ideas for redeveloping the Frankfurter Alleenring // Panel discussion // German National Library in Frankfurt am Main // Monday, 26 November 2018, 19:30

Visualisierung einer innerstädtischen Flaniermeile

This event will furnish information on the results of the student ideas competition for the “Campus Mile” and serve as a platform for representatives of the institutions involved to discuss the future of the project. 

The Goethe University’s Westend campus, the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences and the German National Library are all situated along the northern part of the Alleenring ring road in Frankfurt. In future, this area is to be developed into a “Campus Mile” and thus become the most important academic axis in Frankfurt and the surrounding region.

Following the model of Frankfurt’s Museumsufer (museum embankment), the objective is to connect the institutions and give the ring road a spatial identity. A national student ideas competition was held for this purpose. (Picture: fra uas)

We will be providing information on and discussing the results and possible further steps with representatives of the neighbouring institutions and the municipal authorities of Frankfurt am Main.

Free admission. Book directly using the booking form or call: +49 69 1525 1101.

About the event

"Image factories" // Exhibition of the German Museum of Books and Writing on tour at Potsdam University of Applied Sciences // 19 October to 14 December 2018

Blick in die Ausstellung "Bildfabriken. Infografik 1920-1940."

The English-language exhibition "Image Factories. Infographics 1920–1945. Fritz Kahn, Otto Neurath et al" is currently on display in Potsdam. It was opened as part of the conference information+. The conference focuses on interdisciplinary practices in information design and data visualisation. In this highly topical context, the exhibition helps shed light on the historical derivations of infographics and economies of perception. It presents solutions developed at the beginning of the 20th century – in the face of a hitherto unknown flood of information and globalisation of knowledge – to disseminate information by means of images.

The touring exhibition can be viewed on the campus of Potsdam University of Applied Sciences until 14 December. It is an extract from the exhibition that was on display at the German Museum of Books and Writing earlier this year. (Photo: tecton/Julia Nitsche)

Free admission. Opening hours: Monday to Friday 11:00–16:00

"Dialog mit Bibliotheken" - latest issue available

Cover der aktuellen Ausgabe "Dialog mit Bibliotheken"

The new issue of the journal "Dialog mit Bibliotheken" has been published in good time for the Frankfurt Book Fair. What will happen to the RDA standard now that the new toolkit has been introduced? Renate Behrens and Jürgen Kett discuss this question in their article. The guest contribution by historian Christian Rau takes a look at the German National Library’s Frankfurt location during the years of occupation and the early days of the Federal Republic. This was triggered by the publication of two volumes on the history of the Deutsche Bücherei from the German Empire to 1990.

In the second part of the four-part series on the new permanent exhibition at the German Exile Archive 1933–1945, Sylvia Asmus and Kathrin Massar present a variety of biographies of people forced into exile. Other topics include: Bonpland – an app for preserving holdings and e-paper cooperation as a model for the future. We also take a look at the wide variety of events, exhibitions and cooperative projects at the German National Library.

In addition to the print edition, the "Dialog" is also available as a free download.

Additional Information


The German National Library in Leipzig will be closed on Wednesday 21 November 2018. The Exhibitions of the German Museum of Books and Writing will be closed as well.

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