At the heart of the approximately 35,000 volumes that make up the library of the "Staatliche Bücher- und Kupferstichsammlung in Greiz" are three major collections.
The first is the magnificent collection of books established in the mid 18th century by Count and later Prince Heinrich XI. Reuß ä. L. Obergreiz, who was responsible for the construction of the Sommerpalais. As an 18th century library, it is remarkable for its entirety and encompasses complete editions of French authors, as well as historical papers, encyclopaedias, travelogues and scientific works. A large part of the 16th and 17th century volumes in the library cover subjects such as theology, philosophy, rhetoric and history and were originally housed in the Gymnasium Rutheneum, the princely secondary school in Gera.
Furthermore, the library possesses an extensive art history reference library and numerous publications on the subject of caricature.
The library is used purely for reference. Four work areas are available to scientists, students and interested members of the public.
Please note that currently only a part of the collection is recorded in the OPAC database.