EBKS Die Bibliothek

25 Aug


This was one of the words on my first German spelling test at school, I probably got it wrong, but I’ve never forgotten the pronunciation and the way the word bubbles off your tongue. It’s one of my favourite German words and also the place in Erlangen that saved my sanity on occasion.

Considering it’s a place that is open to the general public it was initially hard to find…


Off the Hauptstrasse, this is the entrance!

Well that just screams library doesn’t it? you actually have to walk through the cafe seating to get to the doorway. Sign? I hear you cry, no. It is written on the glass door inside that unlighted entrance so if you get within a foot you can actually tell it’s a library!


Yes that gorgeous building is in fact the library

If you miss the side door off the main street you can always look for the main entrance, which is clearly marked indistinguishable from all the other buildings on the Marktplatz. There are certain clues, high volume of traffic in and out and a lot of parked bicycles outside, but to me as a newcomer I just assumed that it was some sort of Amt and I tend to avoid those unless its absolutely necessary.

Stadtbibliothek Erlangen (Erlangen city Library) Marktplatz 1 91054 Erlangen

Mon,Tues,Thurs,Fri 10am-6.30pm Saturday 10am-2pm Wednesday closed


Returns, registration etc

The library is decorated simply and maintains many of its original features, it also has automatic doors and a lift so everyone can enjoy it.

Membership of the library will costs you 17.50 euro per year (they didn’t have a card machine when I registered so best to take cash), there are discounts for students etc and children under 18 are free. You will have to take your passport as ID and your German registration paper to confirm your address (although they are sympathetic to you living in a hotel and will just ask that you change your address when you move) and become a member.

Once you are a member, you can use the self checkouts to get your books, really easy to use and great for when you just don’t want to talk to anyone, you can also renew online. The assistants are helpful and are willing to speak English if you get stuck.


The atrium

This area of the library is free to use you don’t need to be a member, it’s a quiet reading area and has a good selection of newspapers and magazines (though none in English) for you to read. Don’t attempt to take them with you though, they are tagged and need to be put back when you are finished.

At the far end of the atrium is the children’s book section, it has two floors, books (a decent english selection), audio books, music, DVDs and is generally a nice safe place to hang out with your little people. It is slightly separate to the rest of the library so no one expects your little darlings to be utterly silent whilst they are there.

Apologies for no more photographs but I didn’t want to annoy anyone that day.

Now for the grown ups, the second floor (turn left on exiting the lift, then right, and right again) houses a decent English language book selection, I haven’t read them all yet and it’s been 3.5 years, they get new ones fairly regularly too. They also cater for other languages but not in so great a volume. The audio book section is also nearby, just check that it is in English if that’s what you are looking for.

The CD/DVD section is just across from the English books, most will have an English language selection and there are a ton of box sets to chose from. There is a small charge to rent DVDs I think about 1.50 euro and you can only have them for a week, but when you’ve got no internet that’s a small price to pay!

The library also has great selections of written music, games and comics. It is a great place to study or just get lost in for a few hours, there is an modern art museum inside the  library which changes quite regularly, they even have a small shop of arty goodies.

You can access the internet (via the library computers) on the first floor, you do need to be a member to do this though.

So now you know where the library is, will you be visiting?



12 Responses to “EBKS Die Bibliothek”

  1. Expat Eye August 25, 2014 at 9:05 pm #

    What a lovely space! Bit surprised by the lack of signposting though – tut, tut, Germans 😉
    Think I’ll definitely join Berlin library!

    • Alie C August 27, 2014 at 4:56 pm #

      Clearly a test if ingenuity before you’re allowed to join, hope Berlin library is easier to find!

  2. terrimoore65 September 2, 2014 at 11:39 am #

    It looks delightful! And who knew there would be a section of English books?!! (Tho I often think I should listen to familiar stories in German to continue to learn the language!) You have inspired me to search out the Bibliothek in my area.

    • Alie C September 2, 2014 at 9:35 pm #

      Most reasonably sized libraries I’ve found over here have at least had a shelf or two of English books, I hope you find some, it would be unusual for a UK library to have any German ones! I find a good English book is light relief from German learning.

  3. GM September 11, 2014 at 2:31 pm #

    I have lived in Erlangen for almost 5 years (2000-2004); while reading your posts I can recall the feelings that I had at that time… Thanks for this nice leap into the past and, of course, Viel Glueck!

    • Alie C November 19, 2014 at 2:56 pm #

      I do love a good look back, I’m sure that it has changed a fair bit since you were in town!

  4. marleneneu October 23, 2014 at 12:54 pm #

    Thanks for the article! I enjoyed reading. The lack of visibility is really a pity. I hope we can do some improvements in the future. By the way: I am working at this library 🙂

    • Alie C November 19, 2014 at 2:58 pm #

      Yes, it needs to be more visible, it’s not just just expats that can’t find the place plenty of my german friends told me that Erlangen doesn’t have a library!

  5. Vanessa March 17, 2015 at 6:24 pm #

    I have to admit I’ve never heard of Erlangen, but it’s now on my to-visit list! 🙂

    • Alie C March 17, 2015 at 6:49 pm #

      It’s small but perfectly formed and a great side trip from Nürnberg if you’re in the area!

  6. Jürgen Hubert April 15, 2015 at 9:39 am #

    I used to go there all the time when I was younger (and I racked up some _impressive_ late fees). But the interior seems to have changed a lot since I lived there, more than 10 years ago…

    • Alie C April 21, 2015 at 3:25 pm #

      It’s so lovely and modern now, but they at least kept some of the traditional features

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