Abbey Library of Saint Gall, St. Gallen

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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.
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  • August 20, 2017
    The Binliothek reminded me strongly of the Trinity College in Dublin. The library room was smaller than expected, the old books and the beautiful architecture but still very impressive. Also the information about the monastery and the calligraphy were very interesting. Only the architectural remains in the cellar were not particularly exciting.
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  • August 17, 2017
    This library is a hidden Paradies for historical interest people. Located near to the famous cathedrale of St.Gallen, just few steps and you find handwritten books which are hunderds of years old. Wha...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    If you like books and is interested in European history, it is necessary in this library. The sight is uniquely beautiful and there are many interesting.
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  • Great place, but rude staff and I generally don't like places where its not wllowed to make pictures (without flash). Why forbid to share with others?
  • Library is fabulous but no pictures allowed.
  • 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!!!
  • Beautiful place must visit in saint gallen city.
  • Nice libary. But 12chf is to expensive...

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