Shakespeare Library at Munich


Schellingstrasse 3 / Rückgebäude
D-80799 München
Tel. (+49) (0) 89 21 80 33 58
Fax (+49) (0) 89 21 80 1384

Director: Prof. Dr. Andreas Höfele
Vice Director: Dr. Bettina Boecker

Opening hours:

During the semester: Mon-Thu 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Fri 11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
During term break: Mon - Thu 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Fri 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

A systematic collection of publications on Shakespeare, his time and his international reputation and reception, including English drama from the beginnings to 1642, as well as on all disciplines, as literature, history and politics, theology, law and the arts of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. In addition there is an archive on stage history and on Shakespeare productions in the German-speaking countries, going back to 1960 (press clippings, programmes, photographs and posters). The holdin gs are comprised of about 16200 books, 9050 articles and offprints, as well as videos, audiocassettes and slides.

One of the ongoing projects of the library is the annual compilation of a theatre bibliography, listing reviews of Shakespeare productions in German-speaking countries, which is published in Shakespeare Quarterly and Shakespeare-Jahrbuch. The library also regularly sponsors seminars for secondary school teachers and organizes study trips to Stratford-upon-Avon.
Admission is open to anyone interested in Shakespeare research: pupils and university students, teachers and scholars from Germany and elsewhere, as well as translators, dramaturges, directors and others involved in the theatre. The library provides a Eur opean centre of communication with English and American Shakespeare studies.

The library was founded in 1964 by Wolfgang Clemen; it is a research library affiliated to the Department of English at Munich University.