Order digital copies using our service Dokumentlieferung „Altes Buch“


Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Dokumentlieferung
„Altes Buch“

80328 München
Fax: +49-89-28638-2775

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Would you like to order a digitized manuscript, map or book? Our Dokumentenlieferung „Altes Buch“ (Reproduction service „Old Books“) can provide copies or scans of single or more pages or of entire manuscripts, old and rare printed publications and newspapers for a fee. However, it is only possible to produce scans of works that are not protected by german copyright law.

Availability and Delivery

Your copies can be delivered either as a paper copy, on DVD or saved on a USB stick or via Internet download. The bigger part of the collections of the BSB (including special collections such as maps, music engravings, autographs e.a.) is available this way. Please refer to our current tariff list for further details about quantities and charges. The publication (hereby meaning the further reproduction of our copies or scans) is subject to authorization and usually subject to charges. Please refer to our list of reproduction fees. When ordering digital reproductions, we kindly request you to state the intended use of the ordered images.

Many digital objects of the Bavarian State Library are also available as free PDF-Copy for personal use. Please attend to the Copyright of the BSB.


The Bavarian State Library unfortunately cannot guarantee the execution and delivery of any order; it also is not possible for us to name exact delivery dates, as aspects of conservation have top priority for us. However, any copies will be delivered as soon as possible – in general within four weeks after receipt of order or of payment. Usage of our service is also possible for customers who are no registered users of the library. Copies are delivered generally without any post-editing. But of course it is always possible to post-edit any image we deliver. For post-editing, you can address the Media Resources Center of Induprint, situated in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, or any other service provider of your choice.

To order a reproduction, please use our EraTo programme to create a fully completed form. Please fax or post a signed print-out of this form to Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Dokumentlieferung „Altes Buch“, 80328 Munich, Germany, Fax: ++ 49 89 28638-2775

Information about Quality

We generally offer copies in two degrees of quality: Scans for common use are generally produced with a resolution of 150 ppi and saved as JPEG without embedded colour profiles. If camera-ready copies should be necessary, the scans are produced with a resolution of 400 ppi and saved as TIFF with embedded ICC profile. Additionally, these can be processed to greyscale images with 256 levels. Before doing so, the data is converted to sRGB to preserve the colouring. If you wish to reprint the images, we ask you to let us know so before you post your order. By this, we can ensure the scans will meet all printmaking demands.

What's new

News 23.04.2014

Latest Additions to our Digital Collections

Updated daily: Latest additions to the Digital Collections of the Bavarian State Library. Items online: 1,031,477


News 25.03.2014

Carmina Burana digitized


The world-famous Carmina Burana (Clm 4660), a unique collection of manuscripts with poems and dramatic texts from the 11th to 12th century, have recently been digitized. The volume containing the „Songs from Beuern“, found in the year of 1803 at the monastery of Benediktbeuern and brought to Munich, is being preserved at the Bavarian State Library. Also available online: The Fragmenta Burana (Clm 4660 a).


Pericopes of Henry II digitized


The Pericopes of Henry II (Clm 4452) is a masterpiece of Ottonian book illumination from the famous scriptorium of the Benedictine Abbey of Reichenau, making it one of the most important manuscripts of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. In 2003 it was included in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register. Now this manuscript has been fully digitized.



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