Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Sachsen-Anhalt Halle


The Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Sachsen-Anhalt (ULB) owns an extensive collection of manuscripts and autographs, including more than 320 medieval manuscripts, 550 music manuscripts and several Oriental manuscripts. The majority of the manuscript collection consists of modern manuscripts of various provenance. Since 1925, the ULB has also managed the Bibliothek der Deutschen Morgenländischen Gesellschaft (DMG)), which is located in the department Vorderer Orient/Ethnologie. More information on the library of the DMG can be found here .

Collection history

Universitätsbibliothek Halle was established shortly after the university was founded in 1694. The collection expanded slowly but steadily through larger and smaller donations, the acquisition of individual private libraries and mandatory deposits from local printers and publishers. The UB did not own a large number of manuscripts until the middle of the 18th century. It was only after the closing of smaller universities and the secularisation of monasteries and foundations during the Napoleonic period that the UB acquired a significant number of manuscripts. At the end of the 19th century, the UB purchased more than 3,800 medieval and early modern documents as well as several Romance and Latin manuscripts from the estate of the Milanese historian Carlo Morbio (1811−1881) on behalf of the Prussian Ministry of Education. In 1938/39, by ministerial decision, the UB received the manuscript treasure of the Quedlinburg Gymnasium, which originated from the former Stiftsbibliothek and contained important Western codices as well as some Oriental manuscripts.