After closing in Minsk more than ten years ago, the German Library has reopened at the European Humanities University (EHU). More than 800 books covering a broad range of topics, including philosophy, art history, literature, history, politics, and law, are again available at EHU for scholars and students from Belarus and Lithuania.
At the grand reopening of the library, faculty and students of EHU were joined by Belarusian, Lithuanian, and German academics and diplomats who presented the books they consider important for German Studies at EHU.
Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany Jutta Schmitz said she was glad to see how cherished German culture is in Lithuania. She underscored the value of knowing the language of her country. “English is a must, and German is a plus!” exclaimed Schmitz. Furthermore, she presented a new Concise Encyclopaedia of Lithuania Minor, highlighting the close historic relations between Lithuania and Germany.
The first official visitor of the library was Alexander Vashkevich, a former constitutional judge of the Republic of Belarus and current law professor at EHU. From the library, he requested a comment on the European Convention on Human Rights and said, “I have been waiting for this book for many years, because it is a valuable resource for a legal argument. And I am very glad that I will have the possibility to work with it in Vilnius. Human rights are a core academic issue at EHU.”
With the support of the German Academic Exchange Service and with funding from the German Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the library’s collection will be enlarged every year, once again making texts in German a source of inspiration and inquisitiveness for teaching and research at EHU. The library will be operated by the EHU Center for German Studies.
The library is open Tuesdays 9 – 12 and Thursdays 14 – 17. The library catalog can be accessed online. Questions can be addressed to Daivita Jackevičienė, daivita.jackeviciene @ ehu.lt.