The Duchess Anna Amalia Library preserves texts dating from the 9th to 21st centuries as research sources and testimonies of cultural history, indexes them according to their forms and contents and makes them available for use. In all, the Library’s collection comprises approx. 1 million books. As its profile is the most strongly influenced by educational concepts from the period around 1800 and its collection dating from 1750 to 1850 is still especially extensive despite the devastating library fire in year 2004, it focuses mostly on the period from the Enlightenment through to late Romanticism.
The Duchess Anna Amalia Library sees itself as a research library for cultural and literary history.
The Library is part of the Klassik Stiftung Weimar, which receives approx. 45 percent of its funding from the government, another 45 percent from the Free State of Thuringia and 10 percent from the City of Weimar. Around 90 employees work in the Library at present. Almost half of these are financed by special funds and project funds from organisations such as the German Research Association, the Volkswagen Foundation and the Employment Agency.
Approx. 500,000 Euro can be spent on new acquisitions every year. Moreover, a considerable amount of donated funds is used to replace those parts of the collection which were burnt; this amounts to almost as much per annum as is spent on new acquisitions.
Private donations are becoming increasingly important. Since the fire in particular, the Duchess Anna Amalia Library needs to raise funds amounting to 67 million Euro to repair the damage to the book collection, insofar as money can make this possible; this money comes from donations and project grants. About half of the sum required is available at present.