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"Ich schenk‘ dir eine Geschichte" // Lesung zum Welttag des Buches im Deutschen Buch- und Schriftmuseum // Deutsche Nationalbibliothek in Leipzig // Dienstag, 23. April 2019 // 18 Uhr

Buchcover "Die Schöpfer der Wolken"

Wir laden ein zu einem fantastischen und galaktischen Abend mit der Leipziger Autorin Marie Graßhoff. Sie liest aus ihrem Roman "Die Schöpfer der Wolken". (Buchcover: Drachenmond-Verlag/Marie Graßhoff)

Entdeckt mit uns eine spannende Geschichte über verschiedene Dimensionen und Welten, die dabei sind zu zerbrechen.

Die Veranstaltung richtet sich an Jugendliche und Erwachsene. Eine Voranmeldung ist nicht erforderlich.

Kosten: Eintritt frei

A night full of surprises // Museum Night in the German Museum of Books and Writing at the German National Library in Leipzig // Saturday, 11 May 2019, 17:00–24:00

Plakat  Museumsnacht Halle & Leipzig 11. Mai 2019

The German Museum of Books and Writing will also be offering a varied programme of events for the Museum Night in Halle and Leipzig.

Visitors to the German Museum of Books and Writing will be able to enjoy an exciting guided tour of the library by night. The focus will be on comics, graphic novels and manga. A wide variety of hands-on projects for all ages – from hand-lettering to linocut – will tempt you to get creative.

Readings by Buchkinder e.V. and live music by the band Hot Club d’Allemagne will guarantee a pleasant evening.

At 17:00, the puppet theatre PAPPERLAPP will be entertaining our youngest visitors with a performance of the fairytale “Sleeping Beauty”.

Everything you need to know about Museum Night in Halle and Leipzig

Reading. Listening. Understanding. // Open Day at the German National Library // German National Library in Frankfurt am Main // Sunday, 26 May 2019, 10:00-17:00

Buchregal im Magazin

Take a look behind the scenes, from the top floor down to the extensive subterranean stacks. Get to know the German Music Archive, the German Exile Archive and the Deutsches Filminstitut! Meet the director!

We take you on a guided tour of the technical facilities, the data centre and our artworks. There is a treasure hunt for teens, discovery tours, and a workshop for children. On this day, people have the opportunity to learn about the world of digital media, inform themselves about the German National Library as an employer, and visit the exhibitions of the German Exile Archive. The programme is rounded off with curiosities from the collections and short readings by the actress Sarah C. Baumann, titled “Where books live – libraries in literature”. (Photo: Deutsche Nationalbibliothek, Stephan Jockel)

As part of the state-wide campaign “Ein Tag für die Literatur“ (A Day for Literature).

Free admission. Free tickets for every guided tour will be available on site from 10:00 onwards – as well as afternoon tickets from 13:00.

Programme of events

Frankfurt reads a book 2019 // Martin Mosebach’s “Westend” // Opening event // German National Library in Frankfurt am Main // Monday, 6 May 2019, 19:30 // The event is fully booked.

Buchcover "Martin Mosebach: Westend"

The focus of this year’s literature festival “Frankfurt liest ein Buch” (“Frankfurt reads a book”) will be Martin Mosebach's novel “Westend”. The festival will open with an event at the German National Library. (Photo: Book coverWestend”, Rowohlt-Verlag)

You will find information on this series of events at

Oskar Maria Graf: Rebel, global citizen, storyteller // The German Exile Archive 1933–1945 presents an exhibition by the Literaturhaus München (Munich House of Literature) in collaboration with the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and the Monacensia in the Hildebrandhaus// German National Library in Frankfurt am Main // 4 April to 7 September 2019

Oskar Maria Graf in Berg

Rebel, global citizen and storyteller extraordinaire: the exhibition by the Literaturhaus München presents the Bavarian poet Oskar Maria Graf (1894–1967) as an international, cosmopolitan and yet rebellious author. The exhibition focuses on his time in exile and the question of what constitutes the "true home". From 1933 to 1938, Graf lived in Vienna and Brno before emigrating to New York, whose diversity and vitality he loved.
As an author of global literary repute, he wrote his most famous works while in exile – texts of great relevance in today’s global political climate and well worth re-discovering (Photo: Oskar Maria Graf in Berg, 1964, fotografie: stefan moses / Münchner Stadtmuseum, Sammlung Fotografie, Archiv Moses)

The exhibition by the Literaturhaus München in collaboration with the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and the Monacensia in the Hildebrandhaus is now visiting the German Exile Archive 1933–1945.

Discover Oskar Maria Graf during one of our guided curator’s tours.

The exhibition will be open for viewing from 4 April to 7 September 2019. Admission free

Jan Tschichold – a once-in-a-century typographer? Insights into his legacy // Temporary Exhibition at the German Museum of Books and Writing // German National Library in Leipzig // 19 March to 8 September 2019

Ausschnitt aus dem Plakat zur Ausstellung

Although never a member of the Bauhaus movement himself, the Leipzig-born typographer and poster and book designer Jan Tschichold (1902–1974) is regarded as one of the major champions of functional typography. His works have become classics of graphic design and still inspire people today. To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Bauhaus, the German Museum of Books and Writing is temporarily exhibiting typographical milestones in the life’s work of Tschichold, a “zig-zag” through the century of printing arts.

Wallstein Verlag will publish an accompanying volume on the exhibition, which can be purchased at the museum for 24.00 Euro.

The exhibition is organised in cooperation with the University of Erfurt.

Discover the once-in-a-century typographer Jan Tschichold during a guided curator’s tour on 15 May 2019.

Free admission

Additional Information


The German National Library will be closed from 19 to 22 April (bank holiday).
The exhibitions of the German Museum of Books and Writing will open from 10:00 to 18:00. The presentation “Albert Kapr 100” and the Museum reading room will be closed.
The permanent exhibition of the German Exile Archive 1933–1945 in Frankfurt am Main will remain closed.


Changes to service hours as of 1 March 2019 at the Information desk in Frankfurt am Main:
Monday to Friday
9:00–12:00 and 13:00–18:00
The opening hours of the reading rooms and the issues desk in Frankfurt am Main are not affected by this.

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