Day Of The Libraries

Day of the Libraries is a holiday observed annually in Germany every year on October 24th. The purpose of this holiday is to bring attention to the many thousands of public libraries in the country and to encourage citizens to take advantage of the many services they offer.

It’s a day when librarians and communities organize special events to showcase their libraries. This can be anything from a book reading party to a treasure hunt within a private library. Since this day isn’t a public holiday, it’s not a day off for the general public. However, many Germans still take the time to celebrate this holiday in their spare time.

The History of Day of the Libraries in Germany

October 24th was chosen as the date for this holiday because that is the date when Karl Benjamin Preusker established the first public library in Germany in 1828. This public library was established in Großenhain, Saxony. By 1832, it had become the first German library that all citizens could use free of charge.

Observing Day of the Libraries in Germany

This holiday is observed by people attending their local library and checking out a book, or using one of the library’s other services. At some libraries, there are special events that help to raise the profile of the library in the eyes of the community.

These events can include children’s book readings, poetry recitals, and other special events. On social media, the hashtag #GermanLibraryDay can be used to spread the word about this holiday across the World Wide Web.

Where is it celebrated?
Germany (Observance)
When is it?
This year (2024)
October 24 Thursday
Next year (2025)
October 24 Friday
Last year (2023)
October 24 Tuesday