The Albertina Library (Bibliotheca Albertina)
The Albertina Library (named at the time for the reigning Saxon king, Albert) was built between 1887 and 1891. It was an extremely modern library for the time, with lifts for book carts, fireproof iron doors and the division throughout the entire building between public areas and library offices. Construction costs, including interior furnishings, came to 2.3 million Reichsmarks. The building dedication took place on October 24, 1891.
On April 6, 1945, the building was two-thirds destroyed during a bombing attack. Restoration plans were made in 1956, but the necessary funds were not made available until February 1990, when the East German Parliament released 46 million marks. Building reconstruction took place from 1992 to 2002.
Today, the Albertina Library is one of seventeen branches of the University of Leipzig library system, and serves as the university's central liberal arts library and archive.
Monday - Saturday: 8:00am to midnight