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Digital Collection of the University Library Greifswald

The University Library is a central institution of the University of Greifswald.
It is one of the oldest university libraries in Germany. Since the holdings remained largely undamaged during the war, they form a unique collection of scientific history over a period of more than 400 years.

Special Collections, Old Prints, Focus on Northern Europe

A very rich collection of old books is maintained and used from the more than 400-year collection history of the library: approx. 200,000 printed volumes from the beginnings of book printing to the printing year 1850 as well as 1300 manuscript codices and collections, including more than 50 medieval manuscripts, more than 6,000 letters and autographs.

Among the old prints there are 313 incunabula (earliest cradle prints before 1500), almost 5,400 old prints from the 16th century, almost 13,500 from the 17th century and 23,000 from the 18th century. The old holdings up to 1850 are also listed completely in the catalogue database, the OPAC. Particularly remarkable is the large number of valuable Swedish and Finnish prints resulting from the more than 180 years of Greifswald's affiliation to Sweden (1648-1815).


The Pomeranica take a special place within the old stock. As far as possible, they are acquired and provided in their entirety. The famous personal font collection Vitae Pomeranorum comprises approx. 9,000 smaller prints from the 17th to 19th centuries.


Universitätsbibliothek Greifswald
Felix-Hausdorff-Straße 10
17489 Greifswald
Phone: +49 3834 420-1515
Fax: +49 3834 420-1502

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