The Westphalian Library of Agriculture “Westfälische Bibliothek der Landwirtschaft-WBL-“, in Münster goes online!

From 1 May 2022, the holdings of the Westphalian Library of Agriculture “Westfälische Bibliothek der Landwirtschaft-WBL-“, which is part of the Stiftung Landwirtschaftsverlag in Münster, will be available online.

Researchers, students and all other interested parties can log in via link and research many topics related to agriculture, rural life and agricultural history. The library can also be used as a reference library after prior registration.

The WBL contains about 6.500 volumes of practice-oriented agricultural literature from the past five centuries, with a spatial focus on Westphalia-Lippe or Northwest Germany.

“Many of the books in the collection are rare, some are even unique and have not yet been recorded in any library catalogue. That is why it is very important to us to make the collection accessible to the public,” explain Dr Ludger Schulze Pals and Marc Schürmann, board members of the Stiftung Landwirtschaftsverlag. A special jewel of the library, for example, are the issues of the 178-year-old “Wochenblatt für Landwirtschaft und Landleben” and its predecessors, which are available almost in their entirety from the founding year 1844 onwards.

The historical book holdings of the Westphalia-Lippe Chamber of Agriculture form the basis of the collection founded in 2008. It was significantly expanded in 2011 with the acquisition of part of the libraries of the former agricultural school in Lüdinghausen and the main agricultural association in Münsterland.

To make an appointment or if you have any questions about the collection, please contact

Dr. Katrin Jaspers

Mail: bibliothek.stiftung@lv.de

Telephone: 02501 / 801 - 3321, Monday and Friday 9:00-12:00)