Visit of the Humanist library - The Bibliothèque Humaniste of Sélestat


Gratuit avec le Alsace Pass


20.00 €

10% in your kitty

The interactive devices proposed throughout the visit allow everyone to enter the heart of the books and understand the richness of Rhenish humanism. Spend an unforgettable moment in this heritage facility ideally located at the crossroads of Alsace's tourist routes.


May - September / December: Tuesday to Sunday, 10am - 12.30pm / 1.30pm - 6pm

24 and 31 December: closes at 4pm

February - April / October - November: Tuesday to Sunday, 1.30 pm - 5.30 pm

Last admission 30 min. before closing time.

Closed on Mondays and from 1 to 31 January, 1 May, 25 and 26 December.



03 88 58 07 20

Humanist library - The Bibliothèque Humaniste

The Humanist Library of Sélestat (Bas-Rhin) brings together the collections of the town's parish library. And those of the personal library of the Alsatian humanist Beatus Rhenanus (16th century), who donated them to his native town. It is housed in the town's former corn exchange, built in 1845.

Among the treasures that visitors can admire is a 7th century liturgical manuscript. The oldest book preserved in Alsace.

But also a 13th century bible, with numerous illuminations. Some of them in gold. Or a school book by Beatus Rhenanus. Written more than five centuries ago, it is a rare document.

Since 2011, the humanist library in Sélestat has been listed in the Unesco Memory of the World register. This testifies to the universality and value of this collection.