Kulissenbibliothek mit Kindern  The Historic Library, with its original shelving dating from the eighteenth century, is the centrepiece of the library building. Built between 1726 and 1728, it is Germany’s oldest surviving secular library building. Here, in the Kulissenmagazin, the books are stored on restored baroque shelves, arranged like the wings of a stage.
The Francke Foundations Library has a dual function. On the one hand, it is a sort of museum open to the public. On the other hand, it is one of several stacks in which the collections of the August Hermann Francke Study Centre, which includes the Archive and the Library, are stored and preserved.
For conservation reasons, visitors cannot walk through the Kulissenbibliothek. Those who wish to admire the library’s treasures are welcome to view books and manuscripts exhibited in the small exhibitions held on different topics in the former Reading Room directly next to the Kulissenbibliothek.