Albert Schweitzer's library
"I am very attached to Strasbourg University's library. It was because of the library that I was able to write my study on the "lives of Jesus" (all the works devoted to the life of Jesus). Nowhere else in the world would I have been able to find almost all of them, as I did in this library […]. I am profoundly grateful to Strasbourg University's library for everything I owe it. The long days I spent searching through all the shelves are among my happiest memories. That was between 1905 and 1911." Albert Schweitzer
In 1957, Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965) gifted a first collection of books to the BNU. The books were from his library in Gunsbach (Haut-Rhin département). Subsequently, between 1958 and 1965, Dr Schweitzer sent a number of cases of books from Lambarene. This formed the foundation of the Albert Schweitzer collection, representing about 2 000 books, to which has since been added almost 300 essays by or about Schweitzer. The BNU's reserve of manuscripts has a number of letters written by Schweitzer from 1948 onwards.