Details on the library holdings

55,000 titles
The collection of books and essays covers all areas of Beethoven scholarship and reception, including over 800 biographies of Beethoven, as well as monographs of works, studies of sketches and sources, writings on performance practice and instrumentation, general and specialist music historical studies, Viennensia and Bonnensia, bibliographical and lexical reference books, documents and studies concerning aspects of reception history as well as reviews of books about Beethoven.
The collection of press cuttings has had to be reduced to local history clippings.

160 titles
Alongside periodicals to which the library subscribes, there is a large holding of historical periodicals and music journals, including some of the earliest examples of musical journalism, and the Leipzig Allgemeine musikalische Musikzeitung, which Beethoven used to read.

Music scores:
27,000 titles of which 6,500 are Beethoven editions
The main focus of the music collection is on the original editions and their different issues as well as other editions of Beethoven's works which appeared during his lifetime. In addition to these the collection also comprises editions by important editors or publishers, arrangements, study scores and new critical editions. For some of Beethoven's works there are over 100 different editions. Aside from scores of Beethoven's music the library holds a collection of early prints of works by Beethoven's contemporaries. These include valuable first editions and rare editions by composers who are today largely unknown.

Donations and bequests:
19 collections
Donations, bequests and permanent loans from private collections have greatly expanded and enriched the Beethoven-Archiv's library holdings:

Records and AV materials:
2,500 items
The small collection of audiovisual materials concentrates on historic audio media, complete recordings, rare recordings and films. It contains schellac discs, vinyl records, CDs and DVDs. In 2014 the "Beethoven Sound Archive" collected by Martin Schøyen with more than 3,600 records and 200 piano rolls was added.

Reprographic collection:
6,500 documents
The Beethoven-Archiv's reprographic collection startet in 1938 and comprises microfilms, photographs and scans of all the manuscripts, music prints and other Beethoven sources not in Bonn. A catalogue of sources lists Beethoven memorabilia in over 200 libraries around the world.