A resource of bibliographic records of publications which:

  1. are of Bohemian, Moravian and Silesian German interest, or;
  2. are written by German authors born in the Czech lands (or who lived there), or;
  3. were published in the Czech lands before 1946 and which relate to either (1) or (2) above, or;
  4. were published by German publishers in the Czech lands before 1945.

This rare historical collection consists of around 13 000 titles. You can find the collection in the library's on-line catalogue – click on "Germanics". Then search by author, title etc.



The Library’s Historic Collection includes manuscripts, first editions, old prints and 19th century printed documents, rare editions from the 20th and 21st centuries, collections of photographs and a number of smaller archival documents.


Manuscripts, first editions and old prints.

The collection comprises a total of 1156 items. It was brought together in the 1920s with the founding of the Bücherei der Deutschenspecial library. Gifts and purchases have further expanded the collection.

Rare manuscripts include:

  • fragments of three parchments from a medieval antiphonary (late 13th – early 14th century)
  • a 1493 original edition of the Nuremberg Chronicle – written by the Nuremberg doctor and humanist Hartmannn Schedel
  • part of the library of the Piarist Gymnasium in Doupov – including works by Bohuslav Balbín, Antonín Koniášand other significant 17th and 18th century writers
  • a collection of smaller items from the 16th and 17th centuries from the collections of literary historian Rudolf Wolkan.


19th, 20th and 21st Century Materials

The collection comprises 4837 printed works, including all (Sudeten?) publications from the 19th century with the exception of Germanics from the Czech lands. The collection also includes numbered editions from the following century and books with the author’s dedication or interesting bookplates.

The Photographic Collection comprises mainly documents from 1938-1945 which map political life in the Sudeten region, e.g. a series of photographs documenting the arrival of the German army in Liberec in 1938, the burning of the Liberec Synagogue and Adolf Hitler’s visit to Liberec. The collection also includes postcards from Liberec and the surrounding districts.



Liberec Research Library,

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Rumjancevova 1362/1, 460 53 Liberec 1

tel: 482 412 133, fax: 482 412 122,

e-mail: library@kvkli.cz

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