The service library collects any kind of literature on Silesia and comprises about 45.000 units. The thematic focus is, inter alia, on reports on flight and expulsion as well as memoirs, often published by the authors themselves in only small editions. Another important part is Silesian literature, particularly by Baroque writers, for example Opitz, Gryphius or Logau and J.C. Günther, who are well represented with numerous first and complete editions. Modern literature is being collected, too - from Gerhart Hauptmann to Olga Tokarczuk.
There is quite an extensive collection of local journals of expellees existing, sometimes even completely maintained with the volumes of all years being included. Together with the monographs of places, they are an important source for scientific and private (family) research.
Upon request, the library is open to interested visitors. Online research ca be made via a virtual catalogue „Verbundkatalog östliches Europa“ (Catalogue on Eastern Europe)
Luther Bible from 1672 belonging to Wenceslaus Buhl from Breslau
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