Read, listen & watch

For a long time, literature was equated with "reading" - which was done exclusively alone and, if possible, in absolute silence. This was also the case when the municipal library was founded in Osnabrück in 1869. Silence is still the order of the day in libraries today, but the Osnabrück City Library is a place of encounter. Bookmobile and reading garden, lending of all kinds of media and many events and participatory activities are part of it - in cooperation with the Literaturbüro Westniedersachsen.

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

All literary events are listed in the OS-Calendar.


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 the University of Osnabrück is divided into several areas. It can be used by all citizens. The central library is the Alte Münze. The Philology and Cultural Studies reading rooms are also located here. Other branches include the Departmental Libraries for Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Law and Economics.

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Library of the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences

The library of the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences has two locations with more than 150,000 media units. It is a central institution of the university and serves to provide literature and information. It is accessible to all citizens. Its use is free of charge.

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Lower Saxony State Archives

With more than 80,000 volumes on regional and urban history, the Lower Saxony State Archives - Osnabrück site has the largest regional history reference library in the area. Unique written material, which is of lasting value due to its legal or historical significance, is also permanently stored here. 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 in the districts of Osnabrück, Emsland and Grafschaft Bentheim. Furthermore, collections, estates, as well as family and company archives complement 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 specialized scientific library and houses more than 85,000 volumes from the various disciplines of theology as well as 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 public, free of charge, barrier-free and generally accessible. It provides unrestricted access to standard theological works and, in addition, important publications from the theological disciplines and the field of diocesan history to all interested parties.

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Literature Office

Teaching literature
The Literature Office West Lower Saxony
Literature live

The Literature Office is located in the historic Ledenhof in the city center.

It promotes literature in many different ways and cooperates with many different partners such as artists, schools, universities, youth institutions - and also with restaurants! It is important to bring literature to life. This can be together with music, theater, artists or even in pubs, if it fits the novel. The literature office takes care of poetry and digital forms of literature. It organizes 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!