The library contains 2,500 items thematically focused on the history, society, and culture of the Svitavy region. The collection is divided into the following thematic sub-groups: archival documents, manuscripts, anthologies and book series, and statistical almanacs.
The library mainly collects specialized publications on the subject of history and the history of art. The aim of the library is to create a comprehensive collection of books through the purchase of encyclopaedia series and specialized monographs focussed on Czech history and the history of Czech fine arts. Books can be checked out of the library free of charge.
Today the library is a mere fragment of one of the largest public German libraries in Moravia. The library was founded in 1892 using financial gifts from the Svitavy native and patron Valentin Oswald Ottendorfer (1826 - 1900)