Current conditions of use of the Gotha Research Library

Provision times for manuscripts and historical prints in the special reading room at Friedenstein Castle from 5 December 2022 onwards

Due to the seasonally low temperatures in the stacks of the Research Library Gotha, it is necessary for conservation reasons to air-condition ordered titles before use.

Therefore, from Monday, 5 December 2022 until further notice, the following provision periods apply to manuscripts and prints published before 1850

Holdings from the stacks in the castle:  

  • Order before 9.00 a.m.: Use possible from 3.30 p.m. onwards
  • Order after 9.00 a.m.: use possible the following day

Holdings from the Perthes Forum: Provision within four working days

Holdings from the external storage: provision within two working days

Thank you for your understanding.

Conditions of use during the pandemic

The current conditions of use are as follows:

  • A qualified (medical) mask, e.g. FFP2 or surgical mask, must be worn when entering the library and on all routes. This can be removed at the workplace.
  • Please keep a distance of at least 1.50 metres from other people throughout the library.
  • Use of the special reading room is possible after written or telephone reservation (2 working days in advance).


We thank you for your understanding and support of the current protective measures to contain the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the staff of the Research Library by phone at +49 (0) 361 737-5540 or by email at

Stay healthy!

Barbara Lenski-Leihbecher
Barbara Lenski-Leihbecher
Information Desk, Library and Interlibrary Loan
(Gotha Research Library)
Forschungsbibliothek Gotha (Gotha, Schlossplatz 1)
Anke Seifert
Anke Seifert
Library Associate for User and Digitalization Services
(Gotha Research Library)
Forschungsbibliothek Gotha (Gotha, Schlossplatz 1)