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Strasbourg, World Book Capital 2024
In Strasbourg, books have been loved since the time of Gutenberg, and today there are a number of key events and places full of exceptional books.
Places for reading and for cultural activities
The network of libraries in the city and the Eurometropole of Strasbourg covers 34 libraries. Some media libraries have developed centres of excellence: the patrimonial fund of the City of Strasbourg, the Centre of Illustration and European Literature at the André Malraux Media Library; the fund on gender at the Olympe de Gouges Media Library.
And with the Pass'relle card, you can access all of their documents, as well as numerous services and activities.
More information on their website.
The National and University Library is a jewel of the Neustadt's architecture founded in 1871. It offers numerous collections as well as cultural events throughout the year. More info.
Strasbourg's university libraries have 20 libraries covering all fields of study and research. More info.
Annual events not to be missed
The "Biblioethèques Idéales" invite you to debates, round tables and meetings with about fifty authors!
Save the date: Next edition from 2 to 18 September. More info.
The Rencontres de l'illustration celebrate illustration for 15 days in all its forms: a parade in the public space, exhibitions, shows or workshops in museums and media libraries, conferences, meetings in bookshops, independent fairs... The precedent edition here.
Strasburg has welcomed great artists such as Gustave Doré (painter, illustrator and draughtsman), whose more than 400 works are on exhibit at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Strasbourg, and Tomi Ungerer (author and draughtsman of children's books), who has his own museum in Strasbourg.
The local association Central Vapeur is dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of graphic arts such as illustration, comics and contemporary drawing and offers various events. More info.
Several publishing houses have made a place for themselves in Strasbourg, such as La Nuée Bleue, Editions 2024 and many others.
And not forgetting the many fine bookshops in the various districts of the city.
Formation and jobs in the book industry
Via this link from the University of Strasbourg's language faculty, you can find out about all the training courses in Alsace and the job opportunities in the book trade.
The Haute école des arts du Rhin also offers courses up to BAC+5 in the field of illustration. More info.
If you like reading, you can become an ambassador of Lire notre monde (e.g. organising book clubs or writing workshops at university).
Young book and reading influencers (booktubers, bookstagrammers) can be supported. Contact the team: Lirenotremonde@strasbourg.eu.