(Main library of Fulda Faculty of Theology)
Domdechanei 4, D- 36037 Fulda
Tel.: +49 (0) 661 / 87 - 5 31
Fax: +49 (0) 661 / 87 - 5 50
Monday - Thursday: 9.00 a.m. - 12.30 p.m., 2.00 - 5.00 p.m.
Friday: 9.00 a.m. - 12.30 p.m., 1.30 - 3.00 p.m.
Opening hours during the semester break:
Monday, Tuesday, Friday: 9.00 a.m. - 12.30 p.m.
Wednesday, Thursday: 2.00 p.m. - 5.00 p.m.
200,000 books, (including 40,000 volumes of journals), of which 40,000 volumes are from the 16th to 19th centuries (with 159 items of incunabula) and, in part, come from the former Jesuit college in Fulda; 200 in-print journals; 65,000 microfiche; databases and electronic resources.
Students and teachers of Fulda Faculty of Theology, all residents of the town and the surrounding area and anyone over the age of 14 from the diocese of Fulda. The library is also open to the general public. In addition to fulfilling its role regarding the academic study of theology, the library also functions as a diocesan library.
Theology, (Church) history, philosophy, psychology, religious pedagogy and literature related to the Fulda area.
And also ....
Over 2,000 modern and medieval documents, manuscripts and archives; over 5.000 dissertations on the history of Fulda, theology and on the history of law from the 16th to 19th centuries; as well as selected works of fiction and religious poetry. Special collections on Georg Witzel (16th-century theologian) and Athanasius Kircher (17th-century polymath).
The library was established at the same time as the Fulda Seminary College in 1572, but until the early 20th century, it was of modest size. In 1886 a fixed budget was established for the first time, and during the last 20 years the library’s holdings have increased by a third. In 1994 the seminary college library was combined with Fulda Faculty of Theology’s ‘Fachseminar-Bibliotheken’. These two institutions were brought together in the same building and are now governed by the same lending system. Since the changes, this new library has functioned as the „Hauptbibliothek“ (main library) of the faculty.
At the same time, the library moved into new premises: a newly built reading room between two older buildings (the ‘Domdechanei’, built between 1702 and 1704, and the seminary college, which was the former monastery building, built between 1667 and 1670). The new reading room is the visual centre of the library.
Since 1994 newly acquired holdings have been computer catalogued. The retrospective cataloguing of old holdings has almost finished.