Abbey Library of Saint Gall, St. Gallen

(4.7/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web)
View the oldest library collection in the country at Abbey Library of Saint Gall. Founded by St. Othmar on the site where St. Gall had established his hermitage, the library holds 2,100 manuscripts dating from the 8th through 15th centuries as well as almost 160,000 published volumes. The library books are available for public use, except for those printed before 1900, which must be read in the reading room. Admire the Rococo-style architecture of the renowned library hall, designed by Peter Thumb. Exhibitions here explain the history of writing and the development of paper and books. Use one of the audio guides in English or take an English-language guided tour, available at specific times. You must wear oversized slippers provided by the library upon entry. To visit Abbey Library of Saint Gall on your holiday in St. Gallen, and find out what else St. Gallen has to offer, use our St. Gallen travel itinerary planner.
Create a full St. Gallen itinerary
map

Plan your trip to St. Gallen

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in St. Gallen by other users

16 days in Europe BY A USER FROM MEXICO June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Zurich, St. Gallen & Interlaken BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES March, kids, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, kids, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in Switzerland & Liechtenstein BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE June, kids, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 31 days in Switzerland BY A USER FROM SOUTH KOREA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 14 days in Switzerland & Vaduz BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE June, kids, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 15 days in Switzerland BY A USER FROM INDIA April, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 16 days in Europe BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in Europe BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND June, kids, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 37 days in Switzerland BY A USER FROM ROMANIA March, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 18 days in Switzerland BY A USER FROM DOMINICAN REPUBLIC July, hidden gems PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 17 days in Switzerland BY A USER FROM INDIA May, slow & easy, hidden gems PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 7 days in Switzerland, Feldberg & Vaduz BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: April, culture, relaxing, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • One should visit St Gallen just to see this ancient gallery. Photo is not allowed inside, you put slippers on your shoes to get in.  more »
  • very beautiful to the look, great exhibits, it is worthwhile in any case here over watch
    View original
  • In this corner of Switzerland, rich in history, next to the famous monastery, you can visit a beautiful baroque library. A small, precious treasure chest, which contains and passes on the story and sensitivity for the Central European culture. Spectacular concentrate of beauty, care, tradition and history. At the entrance, above the door, an inscription in Greek "Pharmacy of the soul" invites visitors to enter the venue with respect and awe. Beautiful ceiling paintings, wooden panels, colours and lights ... and books, including many manuscripts. A jewel for all, not to be missed!
    View original
Google
  • One of the most beautiful places I have visited! The library looks like a Harry Potter movie! Magical is the word or Breathtaking!!! Absolutely not to be missed!!!
  • The Abbey Library of St. Gallen is the oldest still accessible library in the world. Its history dates back to the year 612, as was laid by a monk of the first foundation of the Benedictine monastery of St. Gallen. Gradually a flourishing abbey originated. The Abbey Library, which is also entered in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site, now serves both as a museum, on the other hand it is still active lending library. It has approximately 170,000 books and other media. However, users have to be resident in Switzerland.
  • Sehr schön!
  • Amazing place, wonderful exhibition
  • Fascinating, the Stiftsbibliothek. Comparable with libraries from Oxford or Dublin.