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Sunday guided tours of the library and museum

The following guided tours are offered on the third Sunday of each month at the German National Library:
11:00 guided tour of library, meet in the foyer of the historical building
12:30 guided tour of museum, meet in the museum foyer, entrance to new building
11:00 tour for children and teenagers, meet in the museum foyer, entrance to new building
These guided tours are aimed at individuals and families and are not suitable for larger groups. It is not necessary - or possible - to make a reservation in advance.

Group tours

Guided tours for groups of 7 to 20 are offered from 9:00 to 15:00 Mondays to Fridays. Reservations should be made at least three weeks in advance (Kerstin Kubitzky, Tel: + 49-341/2271-331, e-Mail: ). Guided tours of the library can be arranged for year 11 and older school groups; there are no age restrictions on tours of the museum.

Guided tour of the library

The library tour, lasting roughly 90 minutes, presents the work and history of the library and includes a tour of the building. (The different types of services available are merely outlined.) The fee for the guided tour is EUR 2.00 per person.

Guided tour of the museum

  • General-based guided tours of the permanent "Signs - Books - Networks: From Cuneiform to Binary Code" exhibition (as announced and advance booking required)
  • Public guided tours for senior citizens (as announced and by appointment)
  • Themed tours of permanent and temporary exhibitions
  • Collection-orientated event for study groups, trade visitors, etc.

Further information on costs can be found in item 7 of the Cost Regulations (only available in German) (PDF, 1MB, Not barrier-free file.). (available only in German)

Guided cultural-architectural tours

Tour of the Deutscher Platz, including the German Museum of Books and Writing, the German National Library and the exhibition covering 5,000 years of media history
These guided tours are offered for individuals and groups in cooperation with Leipzig Details.
Duration: approx. 1.5 hours. Price: EUR 8.00. Meeting place: in front of the German National Library, Deutscher Platz 1. Start: 11:00
No advance booking necessary, tickets can be purchased on the day.
Contact for further information

Introduction to using the library and the German Music Archive

An introduction to using the electronic catalogue of the German National Library, including an explanation of the use and log-in modalities, is given on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. This session starts at 15:00, lasts roughly one hour and is free of charge. Advance booking is only necessary for groups (phone +49-341-2271-453 or send e-Mail to Meet in the foyer of the old building.
Visitors can obtain an introduction to the work of the German Music Archive (Deutsches Musikarchiv) in an information evening held once per month. The services and facilities of the music reading room are presented, as are the research options for sheet music and sound recordings. The introduction ends with a guided tour of the exhibition of historic sound recordings and reproduction equipment.
This information evening is always held on the last Monday of the month and is free of charge. The event starts at 17:00, meet in the foyer of the old building.

Guided tour of the German Music Archive

The 90 minute tour includes the rooms of the German Music Archive and the "Historical sound recordings and reproduction equipment" exhibition. Background information is provided on the collection and the archive's history.
Reservations must be made in advance (Ursula Dziadek, Tel.: +49-341-2271-170 or e-Mail The fee for the tour is EUR 2.00 per person. Meet in the foyer of the old building.
Please leave all coats, jackets, bags and umbrellas in the cloakroom of the old library building or in the museum foyer in the new building.

Fees and charges (available only in German) (PDF, 1MB, Not barrier-free file.)
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German National Library in Frankfurt am Main

Guided tours of the library

Guided tours for the general public are conducted in cooperation with Kulturothek Frankfurt at 11:00 and 14:30 on the first Wednesday of each month. Duration: approx. 1.5 hours.
The next dates are: 5 August / 2 September 2015. No advance booking is required.
The meeting place is the entrance area (Rotunda). The tour costs EUR 8.00 per participant (reduced rate EUR 6.00).
Coats, jackets and umbrellas must be deposited in the cloakroom before starting the tour. A two-euro coin is required for depositing bags, rucksacks etc. in the lockers provided. The coin is returned when the locker is emptied.

Group tours

Guided tours are also offered for groups in cooperation with Kulturothek Frankfurt. Duration: approx. 1.5 hours. Price for groups of up to 25 in German: EUR 95.00. Price for group tours of up to 25 persons in other languages: EUR 130.00.
Contact Kulturothek Frankfurt to make bookings:
Tel. +49-69-281010
Fax +49-69-281070

Introductory sessions for users

Introductory sessions on how to use the reading room facilities of the German National Library are held at 10:30 and 16:30 on the third Wednesday of each month at the Frankfurt site. Next dates: 19 August 2015, 10:30 / 16 September 2015, 16:30 / 21 October 2015, 10:30. The sessions contain a general introduction to using the reading rooms, offer effective catalogue search strategies and include an introduction to using electronic publications on the reading room terminals at the German National Library. Participation is only possible following prior application. Please contact the main reading room (Tel. +49-69-1525-2500) or the multimedia reading room (Tel. +49-69-1525-2515) to apply. Participants should meet in the foyer.
Participation in the introductory sessions is free of charge.

Fees and charges (available only in German) (PDF, 1MB, Not barrier-free file.)
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Last update: 16.7.2015

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