Former Dominican Convent (today public library)  

Adress :
1 Place des Martyrs de la Résistance, 68000 Colmar

Descriptif lieu

Colmar’s public library is located in the former Dominican convent. The Dominican brothers arrived in Colmar in October 1278, preceded by the Dominican sisters of Unterlinden. They began to build their church in 1283. The cloister, real haven of peace in the heart of the city, remains from the convent of the 13th century. A school was at the disposal of the brothers for their education. There was for example liberal arts education, which was at that time an undergraduate education in Universities.

The former buildings of the convent, confiscated during the Revolution, host since 1951 the rich patrimonial collection of the public library. The library was built around the confiscated library from the abbey of Murbach and has not less than 1200 manuscripts (the oldest dating from the 8th century), 2,300 incunabula, 50,000 volumes of the 6th century, a collection of 25,000 Alsatians, and many iconographic and numismatic documents. There is also a public reading room and media library, transferred in the buildings of the former Hospital in 2012.



1 Place des Martyrs de la Résistance, 68000 Colmar
How to go there

Tourist Office of Colmar and its region

 Place Unterlinden


From Monday to Saturday

02/01 > 31/03: 09:00 - 17:00

01/04 > 31/12:  09:00 – 18:00

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