Shared support – shared experiences
Welcome to the German National Library's circle of friends, Gesellschaft für das Buch
We are committed to supporting one of the world's biggest libraries and making a personal contribution to the preservation of cultural heritage in Germany. It is important to us that we make an active contribution towards shaping and enriching the development of the German National Library and its services.
We promote the Library’s diverse cultural programme.
We are committed to restoring and preserving the Library’s holdings.
We facilitate the purchase of items for the special collections.
We provide funding for special publications such as exhibition catalogues and issues commemorating the Library's anniversaries.
We support scientific conferences and congresses.
Our members meet at exhibition openings, readings and exclusive guided tours of the German National Library.
We have been supporting important projects by the German National Library ever since our society was founded in 1989. Here you will find a selection of the activities we have been involved in.
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Illustrated book “House of Europe. European Artifacts at the German National Library”
On the occasion of Germany’s presidency of the Council of the European Union during the second half of 2020, the German National Library published an illustrated book with the title “House of Europe. European Artifacts at the German National Library”
. With 183 stories in pictures from the collection – one for each day of Germany’s presidency. The German National Library circle of friends, Gesellschaft für das Buch made a generous contribution to the funding for the publication, which can also be accessed digitally.
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Become a member
As a member, you will be one of an important group of active friends and patrons of the German National Library. You will have the opportunity to meet like-minded people, participate in cultural programme and take a look behind the scenes. Join in, get involved and make use of our services.
You benefit from
personal invitations to all exhibitions and events
preferential seating reservations for all events
exclusive guided tours of the German National Library and all exhibitions
all publications by the German National Library and Gesellschaft fürdas Buch
the German National Library's current annual report and all issues of the journal “Dialog mit Bibliotheken”
Types of membership
There are several ways to join the circle of friends of the German National Library. Your membership fees are tax-deductible. We issue tax deductibility statements.
Private persons: Annual contribution Euro 50.00
Companies: Annual contribution Euro 255.00
Private persons: Annual contribution Euro 50.00 and a minimum donation of Euro 500.00 a year
Companies: Annual contribution Euro 255.00 and a minimum donation of Euro 1,300.00 a year
Give the book and culture lovers you know the wonderful surprise of a gift membership.
You can also support the work of Gesellschaft für das Buch
and thereby promote the German National Library by making a donation.
Bank data Gesellschaft für das Buch
IBAN: DE54 5105 0015 0930200100
Your donations are tax-deductible. We issue tax deductibility statements.
Organisation and board
Gesellschaft für das Buch
is a registered charity. Our work is funded by membership fees, donations and endowments. As specified in the Charter, the organisation’s organs are the board and the members’ assembly.
Minister of State (retired) Ruth Wagner (Vice Chairperson)
State Secretary (retired)
Michael Jansen (Treasurer)
Alexander Skipis (Secretary)
Vittorio E. Klostermann
Gesellschaft für das Buch
60322 Frankfurt am Main
Phone +49 69 1525-1026
Fax +49 69 1525-1010
Last changes: 05.04.2022
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