Founded in 1455, the Humanist library of Sélestat is today one of the most famous in Europe and bears witness to the golden age of Rhenanus humanism. Located since 1889 in the former corn exchange, no less than 450 manuscripts, 550 incunabula, and nearly 2,600 printed works of the 16C are kept here. Among its treasures are the oldest book in Alsace, the 7C Lectionnaire mérovingien and the famous Cosmographiae Introductio printed at Saint-Dié in 1507, which contains the "first mention" of America as such.
Address:1 rue de la Bibliothèque, 67600 Sélestat
Phone:+33 3 88 58 07 20
Jul-Aug: 9am-noon, 2pm-6pm, Sat 9am-noon, 2pm-5pm, Sun and Bank Hols 2pm-5pm; rest of year: daily except Sun and Bank Hols 9am-noon, 2pm-6pm, Sat 9am-noon - closed Tue