University Library (Universitatsbibliothek)

University Library (Universitatsbibliothek)

University Library (Universitatsbibliothek)
4.5
8:30 AM - 1:00 AM
Monday
8:30 AM - 1:00 AM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 1:00 AM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 1:00 AM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 1:00 AM
Friday
8:30 AM - 1:00 AM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 1:00 AM
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HansonLam
Toronto24 contributions
Couples
We were planning to visit old town Heidelberg and were directed by our GPS to an underground parking garage after we visited the Heidelberg Castle. When we went up to the ground level, I was surprised to find that I was parked below the University Library. As a book lover, my instinct urged me to go in for a visit. The library entrance was filled with smokers which may be a deterrent to smoke allergic visitors but I sped through the "heavy" layer of smokes and went in anyway. There was a free exhibit of old records and manuscripts about history of Germany and the city on the 1/F (Sorry, I don't understand Germans but that was my guess from pictures and exhibit descriptions). What interested me most was an exhibit of ancient Bibles from the 14th century. The books are so beautifully written in latin and "crafted' like a piece of artwork. This place is worth visiting as an off road trip on your way to the Old City.
Written December 16, 2014
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Jorfraggle
Kyiv (Kiev), Ukraine41 contributions
Couples
Well-conserved library. We entered inside and I can to say it's more beautiful outside than inside. In use.
Written March 3, 2019
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stephrab
New York City, NY632 contributions
Friends
This amazing building survived WWII without being bombed (like the rest of the town - which is just amazing). Enjoy the outside architecture and then go inside and see the exhibits.
Written November 24, 2018
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bnbass
Utrecht, The Netherlands424 contributions
The reason to take a peak inside the library is to check the Codex Manesse. It is usually on display on the first floor. Weird thing is that neither the staff nor the way it is displayed shows any respect for the uniqueness of this midieval book. As if they rather ignore the whole thing. But entrace is free so if you are around just pop in and see of the book is on display (mind you, it is sometimes locked away for research so it´s a bit of a gamble of you can see it ot not.)
Written August 30, 2020
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Ralf K
Wurzburg, Germany1,494 contributions
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This university was founded in 1386. At the southern end of the Grqbengasse you find the university library which you can enter and visit it. The four-wing construction is a top achievement of Baden architecture. On the stairs you will find busts of famous scholars. A special attraction is the Codex Manesse, the world famous medieval song collection.
Written September 29, 2018
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KBradley
Sydney, Australia47 contributions
If it wasnt for my partners past life in heidelberg i would not have walked this far down the road to see a library even if you told me.. once you see it, honestly, the most lavish library in the world i am sure! A must see!
Written January 29, 2015
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retireeVancouver
Vancouver, Canada1,655 contributions
Couples
The University Library entrance is located at the intersection of Grabenstrasse and Plock, across the street from Peterskirche. The library built from red sandstone in the early 1900s is richly sculpted on its exterior. On either side of a green entrance door two sculpted figures lean against columns representing the transmission of knowledge - Prometheus and Eve. Overhead are sculpted busts and large ornate medallions. The facade gives the impression of an old building. I wondered how modern it would be inside.

Upon entering the building one has to go up a flight of stairs to see some rooms which were open for students to study in. These rooms were set up as modern computer rooms where students could use large screen computers set up on rows of tables. These study areas had comfy lounge chairs on one side of the room and a rug covered the floor. These rooms did not reflect the traditional exterior of the building. I didn't see any stacks of books, periodicals or circulating desk in that area.

However, in a display case in the hallway by the stairs, an old, thick illustrated book was open to show its contents - The Codex Manesse. It's a collection of medieval songs that was handwritten and vividly illustrated in the early 14th century. These pages reminded me of an illustrated manuscript with text on one side of the book and the illustration beside it on a new page. There were no musical scores on the opened page. The text was written in old German script. Next to this old book was a recent publication which had copies of the original pictures. Several pages were open so that visitors could see more of the pictures in the collection. While the pictures were interesting to look at, they were simply drawn with details that told a story that I was unfamiliar with. The information board in the display case would be informative to German speaking visitors.

Later, I discovered, from the University's website, that the collection of books the French had gifted to the Pope after looting them from the Heilliggeist library in the late 1600s - the Bibliotheca Palatina - had been digitized and was available online on a website sponsored by the university. History buffs might be interested in that fact.

The display of the Codex Manesse would be worthwhile to see for those interested in medieval works. I enjoyed my peek into the library building, but I wish I had wandered around to see more of the building. On a Sunday morning, it was not busy with hustling students.
Written June 25, 2019
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Christian A
2 contributions
Solo
A must see in Heidelberg. The library is not only for students. They have an impressing architecture and currently a nice exposition about the art of faking and by the way you can enjoy a really strong coffee from the coffee mashine. For students is a good place for learning some stuff and meeting other students. As a guest you can find a silent spot for reading whatever you are interested in. The selection of academic literature is huge, but you can also find some newspapers or popular science.
Written February 17, 2019
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Shimnik
Delft, The Netherlands6,449 contributions
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It is hard to believe but the library dates back to 1388. A richly ornamented building from the red sandstone was constructed in the beginning of XX century. The architect, who built the library, took an example of Heidelberg castle and added many elements of Art Nouveau.
Written November 18, 2018
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bvipul16
Bangalore, Karnataka, India130 contributions
Solo
The University Library is huge and has a good collection of books esp for the students studying at the University. I had a friend studying there and hence had easier access into the library. The staff was courteous and helpful and was very systematic in approach.
Written December 22, 2017
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