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Former Peters Music Library

First publicly and freely accessible music library in Germany

View of the Former Music Library Peter which is a location along the Notenspur in the music city Leipzig, culture
© Andreas Schmidt

The Peters Music Library was founded by Max Abraham, owner of the music publisher C.F. Peters. At the beginning of 1894, the world's first public specialist library was opened in Königstraße 26 (now Goldschmidtstraße). The fact that women were also allowed to use the library was also a world first.

After Abraham's death, the library, according to his will, was entrusted to the City of Leipzig as a foundation. After the Reichspogromnacht (Reich's Pogrom Night/Night of Broken Glass) in 1938 his nephew and successor, the Jew Henri Hinrichsen was banned from working. The forced sale and the "Aryanisation" of the publishing house followed. Hinrichsen was killed at the Auschwitz concentration camp. After the end of the Second World War, the publishing house and the Peters Library were returned to Hinrichsen's son Walter, now an American citizen. Since 1954, the collection has been kept in the Städtische Musikbibliothek with the city's own music collection.

The approximately 500 autographs in the Peters Library are particularly valuable. These include, among others, scripts by Bach, Haydn, Mendelssohn, Schumann, Brahms and Grieg. You can experience the history of the valuable "Peters Collection" in texts and pictures at the Leipzig City Library or online. 


location Former Peters Music Library
Goldschmidtstr. 26
04103 Leipzig