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Walther Rathenau – Leben und Werk eines konservativen Liberalen // Lecture by Wilhelm von Sternburg // German National Library in Frankfurt am Main // Thursday, 5 October 2017, 19:00

Porträt Walther Rathenau

Born 150 years ago, the future foreign minister of the Weimar Republic, Walther Rathenau, became the representative of a new middle class that was to play a crucial role in the economic awakening of Germany and in deciding the path taken by the European states in the First World War. Yet he always remained an outsider - not least as a Jew in a society suffused with latent and soon virulent anti-Semitism. When Walther Rathenau was shot down in broad daylight by the extreme right in 1922, democratic Germany gathered for the last time in mass protest against the racist madness and the voices of violence that would eventually destroy the German Republic.

Journalist Wilhelm von Sternburg talks about the life and work of a conservative liberal who reflected the contradictions of his era. (Photo: Federal Archives, image 183-L40010 / CC-BY-SA 3.0)

Free admission
To reserve a place, please send an e-mail to .de, or call +49 69 1525-1961.

A world of knowledge awaits you // Apprenticeship Day // German National Library in Leipzig // Thursday, 5 October, 14:00 - 18:00


Apprentices of the German National Library will again be providing information on the apprenticeships offered at the Leipzig site, and giving potential candidates the opportunity to gain an overview of the different areas, ask questions and talk to the current apprentices. The library offers apprenticeships in media and information services (specialising in librarianship) and in IT (specialising in systems integration). (Photo: German National Library, Tina Aischmann)

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

Students' Special // Orientation sessions for first year students // German National Library in Leipzig // Thursday, 5 October and Friday, 6 October 2017

Blick in den Musiklesesaal des Deutschen Musikarchivs

The German National Library is offering special orientation sessions for first-year students during the first week of the semester.
Students can find out all about the use of digital publications and the possibilities offered by the Library for academic work and research at 11:00 on both Thursday, 5 October and Friday, 6 October. (Photo: German National Library, Christian Horn)
A separate orientation session devoted to the services provided by the German Music Archive of the German National Library is scheduled for Thursday, 5 October at 10:00.

Admission to all these events is free.
Meet in the foyer of the old library building.
Advance registration is not required.
Separate appointments can be arranged for groups by contacting .

OPEN BOOKS 2017 - Opening ceremony on the "Blue Sofa" // With Eva Demski, Jürgen Becker, Didier Eribon and the winner of the German Book Prize 2017 // German National Library in Frankfurt am Main // Tuesday, 10 October 2017, 20:00

Foto: Porträt der Frankfurter Schriftstellerin Eva Demski

OPEN BOOKS presents the major autumn releases at various locations around the Römer in the city centre to coincide with the Frankfurt Book Fair. The city's reading festival is traditionally opened on the "Blue Sofa". Talking this year in the German National Library about their latest books will be the Frankfurt author Eva Demski ("Den Koffer trag ich selber. Erinnerungen"), the poet and Büchner Prize-winner Jürgen Becker ("Graugänse über Toronto"), the French sociologist and novelist Didier Eribon ("La société comme verdict"), as well as the winner of the German Book Prize just announced the day before. The presenters and comperes of the event will be Luzia Braun (ZDF), Barbara Wahlster, René Aguigah, and Volker Weidermann. The "Blue Sofa" is organised by Bertelsmann, ZDF and Deutschlandfunk Kultur together with Kulturamt Frankfurt am Main and the German National Library. (Photo: Wolfgang Schopf)

Admission EUR 9.00 / reduced EUR 7.00. Tickets available from
Remaining tickets on the door

"Syrien. Ein Land ohne Krieg" Book launch // Interview and photo presentation with Lamya Kaddor and Lutz Jäkel // German National Library in Frankfurt am Main // Wednesday, 11 October 2017, 19:30

Buchcover "Syrien. Ein Land ohne Krieg"

Syria is a rich country in historical, cultural and human terms. It has always pivoted between the Orient and the Occident, representing a transit region for long-distance trade on the Incense and Silk roads. Many peoples and religions have left their mark, making the area one of the world's most beautiful and most important cultural regions. The volume combines photos by Lutz Jäkel, documenting everyday life in Syria before the war, with personal essays of renowned Syrian, German-Syrian and German authors who have set down their thoughts on their homeland, on the land of their parents and on their travels.

On this evening the editor, Lamya Kaddor (German-Syrian journalist, Islamic scholar and religious educator) and the photo and video journalist Lutz Jäkel will be drawing attention to the country and its people, to daily life before 2011, and showing how people laughed, discussed, smoked, and celebrated in Syria.

Organised in cooperation between the Piper publishing house and the German National Library.

Free admission. Registration:

"Die Farbe Rot. Ursprünge und Geschichte des Kommunismus" // The author Gerd Koenen in conversation with Wolfgang Niess (SWR) // German National Library in Frankfurt am Main // Thursday, 12 October 2017, 19:30

Porträt des Autors Gerd Koenen

Gerd Koenen tells the epic story of a dream which is as old as humanity itself. This dream of a community in which all people are good to each other and no-one is the servant of anyone else left a huge mark through the centuries until 1917 when the Russian Revolution brought Communism to power. At which point the dream became a nightmare. In conversation with Wolfgang Niess the author portrays the history of Communism and describes the reasons behind the appeal of the Communist idea. At the same time he brings home why the struggle for social justice in a world of capitalism remains legitimate and relevant today, but also how and why Communism's rendezvous with history ended in terror and paranoia. (Photo: Christoph Mukherjee)

Organised in cooperation between Hessische Landeszentrale für politische Bildung, the C. H. Beck publishing house and the German National Library.

Free admission, booking: or call +49 611 324020

Shaping Access! More Responsibility for Cultural Heritage // Working together // 7th International Conference // German National Library in Frankfurt am Main // 19 to 20 October 2017

Logo Zugang gestalten

Digitization could enable access to our cultural heritage and thus make an important contribution to the knowledge society of our future. Digitization facilitates and promotes networking and cooperation across institutional and national boundaries and combines sectors, which had been divided so far. But what are the prerequisites for good cooperation? When does it work? And where and why does it fail? International experts from cultural institutions, academia, business, society and politics will explore the opportunities and limitations of cooperation when it comes to making cultural heritage accessible in the digital world.

Under the patronage of the German Commission for UNESCO // Sharing Heritage – European Culture Heritage Year 2018

German speeches will be translated simultaneously into English.
Free admission. Registration at

A dialogue about licensing information and rights documentation – Establishing sustainable data flows// German National Library in Frankfurt am Main // Tuesday, 7 November 2017, 10:00–17:00

Veranstaltung im Vortragssaal der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek in Frankfurt am Main

The German National Library has chosen "A dialogue about licensing information and rights documentation - Establishing sustainable data flows" as the motto of its information event dedicated to the subject of licence details and legal notices for digital objects. The event will focus on individual reports from and the exchange of ideas with information providers e.g. in the fields of publishing, libraries, repositories, museums and archives. (Photo: German National Library, Stephan Jockel)

The aim is to promote the declaration of licence information and legal notices concerning the re-use of digital content. Legally secure, transparent, standardised and machine-readable information in the bibliographic metadata are essential for the production, dissemination and exchange of open and freely accessible digital data and works in the cultural, scientific and educational fields.

Participants can now register for the event.
Further information and event programme (available only in German)

Additional Information


The following applications and services will not be available from 8:00 to 10:00 on Tuesday, 26 September due to maintenance work: portal log-in and searches, Wi-Fi log-in, user accounts, use and delivery of online publications, WebDewey Deutsch.
It will only be possible to order media via the Information or Issues desks.

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