The abbey library in St. Gallen, one of the oldest monastery libraries in the world, is synonymous with the St. Gallen abbey precinct, a designated UNESCO World Heritage site.
Its exceptionally valuable collection of books manifests the development of European culture, as well as documenting the cultural accomplishments of St. Gallen’s monastery from the 8th century right through to the abbey’s dissolution in the year 1805.
Fundamental works on European ecclesiastical history, which have been solicitously handed down through the ages, are stored here for safekeeping. As a result of this, UNESCO decided in 1983 to include the St. Gallen abbey library, together with the entire abbey precinct, in its list of World Heritage Sites. The undisputed jewel in the collection is the mainly indigenous corpus of manuscripts dating back to the time of Charlemagne and the Emperor Otto in the 8th – 11th centuries AD.
The abbey church is one of the last religious monumental edifices to be built in the late Baroque era.