Book and Reading Studies in Mainz

Books open up the world and have done so for centuries in the many languages of this world. Gutenberg's invention of movable-type printing in Mainz in 1455 brought books and prints to the wider world. Today, books in combination with other media are part of our everyday life, especially in Mainz, the city of ZDF and SWR in the middle of the metropolitan region of Mainz, Wiesbaden as well as Frankfurt am Main with its many publishing houses, the Frankfurt Book Fair, the German Publishers and Booksellers Association and the German National Library.

The Department of Book and Reading Studies at the Gutenberg Institute for World Literature and Written Media is the oldest and largest institute of its kind in the world. It offers a

  • BA program in Book and Reading Studies,
  • MA program in Book and Reading Studies,
  • MA program in Literature for Children and Young Adults / Book and Reading Studies
    (in cooperation with Frankfurt University),

as well as a PhD program, all of which are curated in close cooperation with professionals from the book industry.

The Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz

With around 35,000 students, the Johannes Gutenberg-University is one of the largest universities in Germany with a wide range of courses, also and particularly in the field of books and media. Almost all institutes and facilities are located on one large campus. More than 15 percent of our students come from abroad.