Bavaria Library

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Library hours
Sun 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
Mon closed
Tue 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Wed 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Thu 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Fri 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
Sat 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
U.S. holidays open; German holidays closed
Unit 28130
APO, AE   09114
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December 2013

Tire.Holiday Card Crafting3 December 1630-1800 @ Rose Barracks or 4 December from 1630-1800 @ Tower BarracksYou have friends and family that would love to receive a little holiday cheer and we have a family event that will help you send some. Join us to created your own holiday greeting cards. We'll have all the supplies necessary for you and your family to stamp, stencil, cut, paste, color, punch, and glitz up to five cards per person. All you'll need to stay in touch with distant family and friends is a stamp! Space is limited and pre-registration by November 30th is required.

Cover art.Book Club for Adults: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and ClayThursday, 5 December 2013, 7 p.m. Join the Library for a discussion of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay written by Michael Chabon. Join us for a rousing discussion in the Java Café. Stop in the library to pick up your copy of the book, or request a copy online at

Cover art.Military History GroupWednesday, 11 December 2013, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Soak up some knowledge about the Crusades while hearing about the fall of the Kingdom of Jerusalem and the Hattin Campaign of 4 July, 1187 during the December meeting of the Military History Group.

January 2014

Runner.Get Fit @ Your Library7 January 4:30-6:00 p.m. @ Rose Barracks or 9 January from 4:30-6:00 p.m. @ Tower BarracksThe Libraries are partnering with the Fitness Centers to get you moving in January. Fitness instructors will provide demonstration classes and the libraries will have the best of the fitness materials on display throughout the month. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat or towel to place on the floor.Pre-registration by 3 January is required.

Tire.New Lapsit Story Time AnnouncedThursdays from 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.We’re adding a special half hour program for the under 2s. We’ll have plenty of rhythm and rhyme to share through stories, music, and play. No preregistration required.

February 2014

Heart and book.Blind Date with a BookFall in love this February during Library Lover’s Month. Visit the Tower Barracks or Rose Barracks library during the month of February and select a wrapped book for a ‘Blind Date with a Book’. We’ll have a selection of potential favorites BUT you won’t be able to judge these books by their covers – take a chance on book love.

Ongoing Events

Group.Adult Book Club
First Thursday every month, 7 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Tower Barracks Java Café, Bldg. 612
Join us on the first Thursday of the month inside the Java Café for a rousing discussion of our latest selection. Books can usually be found in multiple formats in the Library's Online Catalog at No pre-registration required.
Book.Story Hour
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. or Children Under Age 2 on Thursdays from 10:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Children from ages 0 through 5, along with their caregivers, are invited to join us for a weekly Story Hour at the Library. Share in great stories, rhymes, songs, projects and more. The programs last approximately one hour while the library is closed so we can make as much noise as we want to! No preregistration is required.
Masks.Ethnic interest displays
Helmet.Military History Group
Second Wednesday every month, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Learn about military history with the library during our monthly meetings. New members and presenters are always welcome!
Book.Paperback swap


Meeting rooms: 2
20 person capacity; equipped with laptop, projector, and screens
Study rooms: 1
12 person capacity; equipped with laptop, projector, and screen
Children’s area
Separate room with 2 recreational computers
Teens’ area
Integrated into children’s room; 5 separate shelves with purple asterisk


The Bavaria Library houses special collections including a deployment and reintegration section, Spanish collection, German collection, and reference collection.

Wireless Internet nearby (Bowling Center)
After hours and drive up book drops: 2
Book drop and audiovisual drop are both open 24 hours a day
Handicap accessible
Ramp, automatic door, doorbell, and handicap-friendly restrooms
Reference help


Research computers: 5
Recreational computers: 22
Microfilm reader
Laptop, projector, TV, VCR and screens available for in library use



The Region

The 100-year-history of the Grafenwoehr Training Area began under the Royal Bavarian Army and continued with the German Wehrmacht. Many celebrities have visited Grafenwoehr, to include the Bavarian Princes and Elvis Presley, the King of Rock’n’Roll.

The history of Grafenwoehr is quite interesting. In 1907, Prince Luitpold, regent of Bavaria, selected the area near Grafenwoehr as the place best suited for training of the Bavarian Army. Construction began in 1908 and by 1915, the reservation covered an area of 37 square miles. At 8 a.m. on 30 June 1910, the first artillery round was fired. Throughout World War I, from 1914-1918, the training area was used for training of combat units. After the end of the war, the Berlin High Command utilized Grafenwoehr Training area for the 100,000 man German army. In 1936, Adolf Hitler came to power and in a few years the training area became too small for the fast growing German army. In 1936, it was expanded to the present size of 90 square miles. On 5 and 8 April 1945, the camp and town were subjected to an air raid conducted by the Allies. The American era began after the last German Commander of the training area surrendered to the American forces on 20 April 1945. During the first few years, only units stationed at Grafenwoehr used the training area. In 1947, the American Army reactivated the training area for unit training purposes. In 2013, the Garrison was renamed USAG-Bavaria.

Grafenwoehr is a small Bavarian town located in a scenic, rural section of Northern Bavaria. It lies right outside the gates of the training area and owes much of its prosperity to the soldiers training there.

The Library

Building 107 on Grafenwoehr Post was the home of the MWR Library for more than fifty years. In August 2005 the library moved to its new location, Bldg. 445 on Saratoga Avenue. This completely renovated facility, equipped with new shelving and furniture, provides the USAG Grafenwoehr community, NATO troops and training units with current, retrospective and authoritative multimedia maeterials in all subject fields housed in more than 14,000 square feet. A computer lab housing 27 computers is available for authorized patrons. In 2013, the Garrison was renamed United States Army Garrison Bavaria.