Read, listen & watch

For a long time, literature was equated with "reading" - something that was only done alone and preferably in absolute silence. This was also the case when the city library was founded in Osnabrück in 1869. Silence is still the order of the day in libraries, but the Osnabrück City Library is a meeting place. Book bus and reading garden, lending of all kinds of media and many events and hands-on activities are all part of this - in co-operation with the West Lower Saxony Literature Office.

Even literary events are often no longer just "readings with a glass of water", but also frame the work presented with music, theatre, dinner or other events. The reading authors are delighted!

A selection of current literary events

Poetry Slam
02.05.2024, 20:00, Lagerhalle Osnabrück e.V.


Places of literature
Osnabrück City Library
Cultural centre, Library

Read, listen, join in and discover!

Aerial view of the EMR seen from St. Mary's Church
Erich Maria Remarque-Peace Centre
Museums/Collections, Place to see
Library of the University of Osnabrück

The library of Osnabrück University is divided into several areas. It is open to all members of the public. The centre is the Alte Münze library. The Philology and Cultural Studies reading rooms are also housed here. Other branches include the departmental libraries for social sciences, natural sciences and mathematics as well as for law and economics.

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Library of Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences

The Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences library has two locations with over 150,000 media units. It is a central institution of the university and serves to provide literature and information.

It is accessible to all members of the public. Its use is free of charge.

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Lower Saxony State Archive

With over 80,000 volumes on regional and city history, the Lower Saxony State Archive - Osnabrück site has the largest regional history reference library in the area. Unique documents that are of lasting value due to their legal or historical significance are also stored here permanently. The Lower Saxony State Archives - Osnabrück site is responsible for the records of the state authorities and courts and their legal and functional predecessors in the independent city of Osnabrück and the districts of Osnabrück, Emsland and Grafschaft Bentheim. Collections, estates, family and company archives also supplement the state holdings.

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Diocesan library

The Diocesan Library of the Diocese of Osnabrück, with its more than 160-year tradition, is a specialised academic library and houses more than 85,000 volumes from the various disciplines of theology as well as the humanities and natural sciences, such as history, politics, political science, art history and cognitive science, in the seminary at Große Domsfreiheit 5/6. Some of the books are several hundred years old.

The modern theological and philosophical library is open to the public, free of charge, barrier-free and generally accessible. It makes standard theological works and other important publications from the theological disciplines and the field of diocesan history available to all interested parties without restriction.

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Literature office

Literature mediation
The Literaturbüro Westniedersachsen
Literature live

The Literature Office is based in the historic Ledenhof in the city centre.

It is committed to communicating literature in many different ways and cooperates with many different partners such as artists, schools, universities, youth facilities - and also with the catering trade! It is important to bring literature to life. This can be together with music, theatre, artists or even in pubs, if it suits the novel. The Literature Office looks after poetry and digital forms of literature. It organises workshops and author meetings.

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Note on possible changes at short notice

Please inquire on the homepages or directly in the respective houses about the current opening and event times, prices, cancellations, etc.. This information can change at short notice!