The library was founded before the lifetime of Anna Amalia in 1691 as "Ducal Library" by Duke Wilhelm Ernst.
It was only on the occasion of her 300th anniversary in 1991 that she received the name of Duchess Anna Amalia, as she was considered a great sponsor of the library.
December 5, 2016
The Duchess Anna Amalia Library is a publicly accessible research library for literary and cultural history with a focus on the German literature of the period around 1800. It preserves literary evidence from the 9th to the 21st century as sources of cultural history and research, opens up them formal and content-related aspects and makes them available for lending and use. In total, 1 million units belong to the library stock.
The historic library building with the famous rococo hall, which was damaged by the fire in 2004, is reopened and can be visited every day (except Mondays) by a maximum of 290 people.
December 9, 2018
During my visit at the end of July 2020, there were so long queues on Thursday, under corona conditions and holidays in Thuringia, that even the hoped-for view of the Rococo hall could not persuade me to queue up. That was at 1:00 p.m. and also shortly before the closure at 4:00 p.m.
August 2, 2020
The Duchess Anna Amalia Library (incorrect spelling: Duchess Anna Amalia Library), HAAB for short, was founded in 1691 as the "Ducal Library" by Duke Wilhelm Ernst in Weimar.
On the occasion of the 300th anniversary in 1991, she was given the name of Duchess Anna Amalia, who was her greatest patron.
Its oval rococo hall, which extends over three floors, is famous.
The Duchess Anna Amalia Library is a research library for literary and cultural history with a special focus on German literature from the Enlightenment to the late Romantic period.
Since 1998 it has belonged to the UNESCO World Heritage as part of the "Classical Weimar" ensemble.
January 31, 2021
The Duchess Anna Amalia Library, or HAAB for short, was founded in 1691 as the "Ducal Library" by Duke Wilhelm Ernst in Weimar. On the occasion of the 300th anniversary in 1991, she was given the name of Duchess Anna Amalia, who was her greatest patron.
March 30, 2022
With such a literary highlight, I absolutely have to quote the humorist Heinz Erhardt (1909 - 1979), who I admire and who was known to a wide audience for his word jokes and "Noch'n poem":
"I once found a finch's nest,
and in the same lay the rest
from a crime novel.
Now take a look:
The finch could read!
No wonder it was a chaffinch."
June 12, 2022
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