The Harz Library
(German: "Harzbücherei") in Wernigerode is a scientific library focusing on
publications about the Harz and surrounding area.
It holds literature about the
city, shire and district of Wernigerode, genealogy, mining, geology, travel
literature, fauna and flora, transportation, novels, bibliography, geography
and history of Saxony-Anhalt as well as of Lower Saxony.
The Harz Library
was founded on 15 April 1868. In those days it was part of the "Harz-Verein für
Geschichte und Altertumskunde e.V.", an association interested in the history
and archeology of the Harz.
The purpose of establishing an internal library was
to promote the research of the history of Harz and to collect publications (preferably
complete) concerning the subject "Harz".
After the Second
World War, the scientific library was transferred into public ownership and was
connected to the Harz Museum in 1955.
Due to the division of Germany it was no
longer possible for the Association to operate in Wernigerode which is why they
gathered publications in Braunschweig during this time span. When the borders
between the GDR and the FRG were in the process of opening the inventory was
substantially extended as the separately collected items in Braunschweig could
now be transferred into the Harz library in Wernigerode.
Since 1992 it has
been attached to the Public library of Wernigerode and was given the status of
a Special Unit for the Regional History
of the Harz
In 2018 the Harz
library listed 33,158 items. Those included books, newspapers, periodicals,
maps, audio-visual and digital media as well as 2,000 postcards showing scenes
of the Harz.
The library holds
copies of the magazine "Zeitschrift des Harzvereins für Geschichte und
Altertumskunde" (from 1868 onwards) as well as of the homeland magazine "Der
Harz" which is being published by the "Harzklub e.V".
In the nearby city
archive copies of the newspapers "Wernigeröder Zeitung und Intelligenzblatt" (dating from 1797) can be accessed as well as the "Wernigeröder Tagesblatt" (1887 to 1927) in the form of microfilms.
library came to hold literary works of renowned personalities who were mainly
from Wernigerode. The largest collection was of Karl-Wolfgang Sanders from Bad
Harzburg and encompasses around 3,000 items and there are still more to be
Harz Library is also the centre of literature written by Victor Aimé
Huber (1800-1869), a German social reformer and founding father of the German
He lived and worked in Wernigerode until his demise. The
library holds documents written by Huber and publications composed about his
person and achievements.
The computer work
station in the reading room can be used for research purposes within the
Several catalogues in book form record literature which is not
yet listed in the OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue).
There is also a
photocopier available in the reading room.
If the literature
you require is not currently held it can be acquired by inter-library lending.
Opening hours for
the Harz Library
Tuesday: 10 - 12am
and 3 - 6pm
Thursday: 10 -
12am and 3 - 6pm
arrangements, especially for foreign visitors, are possible upon request.
Tel.: (+49) 03943-654424
Fax: (+49) 03943-654497