History of the University Library Giessen
1612 Foundation of the University Library through the purchase of 1.000 volumes by landgrave Ludwig V.
Expansion of holdings through significant donations:
1771 Manuscripts and incunabula of the brothers in Butzbach
1800 Collection of Renatus Carl von Senckenberg
Storage in the University building at the Brandplatz
Development into a library for use:
1830 Introduction of the card catalogue by Johann Valentin Adrian
1837 First interlibrary loan connection in Germany between Giessen and Darmstadt
1904 Own library building in the Bismarckstrasse
1942 Stock: 522.543 volumes and 302.800 doctoral dissertations
1944 Destruction of the library after an attack by allied bombers on 11th December; over 90% of the holdings were lost.
Valuable old stock and duplicates that had been swapped out were preserved.
1945 -1956 Preliminary work in the ruins
1959 Dedication of the new building of the University Library in the Bismarckstrasse
1979-1983 Reconstruction of the University Library in the Philosophikum I
Library system – coordinated network for literature supply
2002 All libraries of the university are reorganised in the library system and subordinate to the University Library („funktionale Einschichtigkeit“).
2011 Stock: 3,9 million volumes in the University Library, the four branch libraries and the seven subject libraries; literature supply for more than 33.000 readers.
Publications on the history of the University Library:
- Schawe, Josef: Universitätsbibliothek Giessen. Festgabe zur Weihe des neuen Hauses am 1.Juli 1959. Gießen: Universitätsbibliothek 1959
- Schüling, Hermann: Quellen und Schriften zur Geschichte der Universitätsbibliothek Gießen. Ein Wegweiser. Gießen: Universitätsbibliothek 1977