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Year-end closing times of the Bavarian State Library

Year-end closing times of the Bavarian State Library

The Bavarian State Library will be closed from December 24 to January 1 and on January 6, 2015 (epiphany).

[15.12.2014]

Relaunch of the "Deutsche Biographie"

Relaunch of the

"Deutsche Biographie", the historical and biographical information system for the German-speaking world, is online now with extended features. It includes digital full texts of more than 48,000 historical and biographical articles of the Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie (ADB, 1875-1912) and the Neue Deutsche Biographie (NDB, since 1953). It incudes various information from other biographical dictionaries as well as different online resources such as works and portraits. Realized in cooperation with the Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften and supported by Bundesarchiv, Germanisches Nationalmuseum, DLA Marbach, Deutsches Museum München, Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv, Foto Marburg, Deutsche Nationalbibliothek.

[5.12.2014]

Free guided tour

Free guided tour

Today at 4.30 pm: Free guided tour of the exhibition "Worlds of Knowledge" (the last in 2014).

[18.12.2014]

Free guided tour

Free guided tour

Today at 3.00 pm: Free guided tour of the exhibition "Worlds of Knowledge".

[14.12.2014]

Free guided tour

Free guided tour

Today at 4.30 pm: Free guided tour of the exhibition "Worlds of Knowledge".

[11.12.2014]

Free guided tour

Free guided tour

Today at 4.30 pm: Free guided tour of the exhibition "Worlds of Knowledge".

[04.12.2014]

Free guided tour

Free guided tour

Today at 4.30 pm: Free guided tour of the exhibition "Worlds of Knowledge".

[27.11.2014]

Free guided tour

Free guided tour

Today at 3.00 pm: Free guided tour of the exhibition "Worlds of Knowledge".

[23.11.2014]

Free guided tour

Free guided tour

Today at 4.30 pm: Free guided tour of the exhibition "Worlds of Knowledge".

[20.11.2014]

The Bavarian State Library will be closed on November 1, 2014 (All Saints’ Day).

[27.10.2014]

Worlds of Knowledge - The library and the chronicle of the Nuremberg doctor Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514)

Worlds of Knowledge - The library and the chronicle of the Nuremberg doctor Hartmann Schedel (1440-1514)

On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the death of Hartmann Schedel, the Bavarian State Library shows his personal copy of the Nuremberg Chronicle which came to Munich in the 16th century together with the whole library of the Schedel family. The gradual construction of the collection is traced through the stations of Schedels life. Exhibition from November 19, 2014 to March 1, 2015.

[27.10.2014]

Close enough to touch: The Golden Evangeliary of Mainz at the Library of the Aschaffenburg Castle

Close enough to touch: The Golden Evangeliary of Mainz at the Library of the Aschaffenburg Castle

From October 24 to November 21, 2014, the Library of the Aschaffenburg Castle is presenting the Golden Evangeliary of Mainz. The "BSB Explorer" provided to the exhibition by the MDZ, allows full access in high resolution to the digitized version of this precious manuscript of the 13th century.

[15.10.2014]

Manuscripts from the BSB in the World Digital Library

Manuscripts from the BSB in the World Digital Library

The collection of digitized works from the BSB in the World Digital Library has been extended to a number of outstanding religious and liturgical manuscripts. Among them are treasures such as the Evangeliary of Uta, the poems of Hrotsvit of Gandersheim, who is regarded as the first German poetess, as well as the prayer book of Otto III. The World Digital Library now comprises 119 works from the BSB. 30 more will follow within the next months.

[09.10.2014]

The Bavarian State Library will be closed on October 3, 2014 (German Unification Day).

[30.09.2014]

Now online: The Bellifortis by Konrad Kyeser

Now online: The Bellifortis by Konrad Kyeser

The Bellifortis by Konrad Kyeser illustrates on more than 300 pages military technology from the perspective of the Middle Ages. It also contains the first known picture of a chastity belt. The manuscript was created between 1402 and 1405 in Bohemia.

[01.10.2014]

Now online: Pictures from the estate of Therese, princess of Bavaria

Now online: Pictures from the estate of Therese, princess of Bavaria

The estate of Therese, princess of Bavaria contains an extensive collection of photographs from travels who led the princess between 1871 and 1911 to Spain, Portugal and Greece, Tunis and Algeria, northern Europe, Russia, Brazil and the west of South America. This collection is available online now.

[30.09.2014]

System maintenance works

Due to urgent system maintenance works at the BSB, the following services will be unavailable from October 3 (00:00) to October 6, 2014 (approx. 10:00 AM CEST): order, reservation, extension, account features in the OPACplus (research remains possible), fee payment at the pay machines, issue and return desks (General Reading Room). Access to our Digital Collections will not be affected an remains available without any restriction.

[25.09.2014]

[22.09.2014]

Acta Pacis Westphalicae press release

Acta Pacis Westphalicae press release

A recent press release of our project partner Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn about the completion of the pilot project on the digital edition of the Acta Pacis Westphalicae.

[08.09.2014]

Now available online: Hartmann Schedels personal personal book collection

Now available online: Hartmann Schedels personal personal book collection

The Nuremberg chronicle of the physician and humanist Hartmann Schedel (1440 to 1514) was published from 1493 in different editions. Schedel's library is considered the most comprehensive private collection of books in Germany, which has survived from the 15th century. Schedel was interested in almost all areas of knowledge in the late Middle Ages. The Bavarian State Library preserves over 370 manuscripts and 460 prints from the possession of Hartmann Schedel today.

[01.09.2014]

Now available online: Hartmann Schedels personal personal book collection

Now available online: Hartmann Schedels personal personal book collection

The Nuremberg chronicle of the physician and humanist Hartmann Schedel (1440 to 1514) was published from 1493 in different editions. Schedel's library is considered the most comprehensive private collection of books in Germany, which has survived from the 15th century. Schedel was interested in almost all areas of knowledge in the late Middle Ages. The Bavarian State Library preserves over 370 manuscripts and 460 prints from the possession of Hartmann Schedel today.

[28.08.2014]

„BSB's Annual Report for 2013 is available online

„BSB's Annual Report for 2013 is available online

It recorded an increase of our Digital Collections by 198,024 titles. In the same time, the long-term archive grew to 201,501 objects resp. 67 terabytes. We would like to thank our users for their interest, finding expression in 88,738,554 page views and 892,804 downloads of PDFs from our various online services.

[26.08.2014]

„Music Treasures Consortium“ with 125 music manuscripts of the BSB

„Music Treasures Consortium“ with 125 music manuscripts of the BSB

The „Music Treasures Consortium“ of the Library of Congress prvides online access to the most important music manuscripts and print materials from the collections of the most prestigious music libraries. Now the metadata of 125 music manuscripts of the BSB are available on this platform.

[23.08.2014]

The Bavarian State Library will be closed on August 15, 2014 (Assumption Day).

[14.08.2014]

Now online: The earliest preserved Hungarian gospel translation of 1466

Now online: The earliest preserved Hungarian gospel translation of 1466

As the earliest preserved gospel in the Hungarian language (1466), the so-called "Munich codex" is the core specimen of the Hungarian manuscript collection of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (Cod.hung. 1) and forms part of the so-called "Hussite bible". It can be regarded as the philological-historical monument of the research of Hungary. The work is now available to the academic world not only in the form of the edition by Szabó T. Ádám, but also as complete digital facsimile.

[30.07.2014]

Extensive update of our successful app "Ludwig II – Walking in the Footsteps of a Fairytale King"

Extensive update of our successful app

On the occasion of this year's 150th anniversary of the accession to the throne of King Ludwig II, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek presents an extensive update of the popular and award-winning app "Ludwig II - Walking in the Footsteps of a Fairytale King".

[10.07.2014]

Now available online: The Acta Pacis Westphalicae digital edition

Now available online: The Acta Pacis Westphalicae digital edition

By 2008, forty volumes of the The Acta Pacis Westphalicae (APW) edition had already been published. By the end of 2012, around 28,000 pages of these volumes were digitized and made interactive. The APW digital edition is now available online. The project is being carried out by the Early Modern History Department of the Rhenish Friedrich Wilhelm University of Bonn and by the Bavarian State Library in Munich. It was funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)

[04.07.2014]

New: A viewer for polyphonic music works of the 16th century

New: A viewer for polyphonic music works of the 16th century

The viewer for polyphonic music works is a specialized application for our digitization project Printed sources of polyphonic music (1501-1700) from the Bavarian State Library: digitization and online presentation. It allows simultaneous display of belonging together voices from a set of parts to different segments of the screen. More than half of the 2,200 surviving in the BSB older printed music was published in the form of part-books (votes).

[04.07.2014]

Maintenance Works on July 5, 2014

Due to maintenance works, the following services of the BSB will be unavailable this saturday (presumably from 7 AM to 6 PM CEST): Account function in the OPACplus, Internet access in the BSB, E-media access. The access to our digital collections will not be affected.

[01.07.2014]

Maintenance Works on July 5, 2014

Maintenance Works on July 5, 2014

Due to maintenance works, the following services of the BSB will be unavailable this saturday (presumably from 7 AM to 6 PM CEST): Account function in the OPACplus, Internet access in the BSB, E-media access. The access to our digital collections will not be affected.

[24.06.2014]

Extended until August 1, 2014: The Exhibition „Paul Heyse - A favorite of the Muses (1830-1914)“

Extended until August 1, 2014: The Exhibition „Paul Heyse - A favorite of the Muses (1830-1914)“

On the 100th Anniversary of the death of writer and Nobel Prize winner Paul Heyse, the Bavarian State Library shows until August 1, 2014the exhibition „Paul Heyse - A favorite of the Muses (1830-1914)“. The focus is on sources from Heyse's extensive estate preserved by our library. Exhibition runs from April 4 to June 22, 2014 and is free of charge. More than 170 titles by Paul Heyse are available online.

[23.06.2014]

The Bavarian State Library will be closed on June 19, 2014 (Corpus Christi public holiday).

[11.06.2014]

Now available online: "Dekorative Kunst" (Decorative art), the illustrated journal of Applied Arts (1897-1929)

Now available online:

This richly illustrated magazine presents buildings, interiors, furniture, ceramics and other artistically designed things of everyday life from 1897 until 1929. Other major topics are landscape architecture and garden or park design. A project supported by the University Library of the Technical University of Munich, the missing volumes presented are available.

[10.06.2014]

Now available online: "Dekorative Kunst" (Decorative art), the illustrated journal of Applied Arts (1897-1929)

This richly illustrated magazine presents buildings, interiors, furniture, ceramics and other artistically designed things of everyday life from 1897 until 1929. Other major topics are landscape architecture and garden or park design. A project supported by the University Library of the Technical University of Munich, the missing volumes presented are available.

[03.06.2014]

Now available online: The Phonographische Zeitschrift (1900-1938)

Now available online: The Phonographische Zeitschrift (1900-1938)

The Phonographische Zeitschrift was published from 1900 to 1938, running to over 34,000 pages in that period. As "the journal serving the entire music and voice-equipment industry" (its subheading until 1933), the publication is a unique source of information, in text and images, on phonography in the first third of the 20th century. Digitization was realized in cooperation with Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung Berlin, Berlin State Library and Deutsches Museum, Munich

[02.06.2014]

The Bavarian State Library will be closed on 8 and 9 June 2014 (Whitsun). For operational reasons the order function in the OPACplus will not be available from 7 June 2014 (8 PM) to 9 June 2014 (8 AM) (searches are possible).

[30.05.2014]

World War I in the Far East: The end of the German colony Tsingtao

World War I in the Far East: The end of the German colony Tsingtao

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek shows a exhibition in the entrance area of the East Reading Room about the end of the German colony of Tsingtao. The documents to be seen here are all from the personal papers of Hermann Neukamp (1927-1987), who lived in Tsingtao for a long time and over decades compiled a comprehensive collection about the history of the former colony. Open Monday to Friday 9 AM to 5 PM. Closed on 29 May, 9 June, 19 June. Free entrance.

[26.05.2014]

The Bavarian State Library will be closed on May 29, 2014 (Ascension Day).

[23.05.2014]

The Bavarian State Library will be closed on May 29, 2014 (Ascension Day).

[15.04.2014]

Current long-term preservation statistics

On March 31, 2014, BSB's long-term preservation system had 1,185,199,898 (1,1 billion) Files to preserve. The total samount of data was 532 TB.

[04.03.2014]

Carmina Burana digitized

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).

[25.03.2014]

„Paul Heyse - A favorite of the Muses (1830-1914)“ Exhibition at the Bavarian State Library

„Paul Heyse - A favorite of the Muses (1830-1914)“ Exhibition at the Bavarian State Library

On the 100th Anniversary of the death of writer and Nobel Prize winner Paul Heyse, the Bavarian State Library shows the exhibition „Paul Heyse - A favorite of the Muses (1830-1914)“. The focus is on sources from Heyse's extensive estate preserved by our library. Exhibition runs from April 4 to June 22, 2014 and is free of charge. More than 170 titles by Paul Heyse are available online.

[24.03.2014]

„Paul Heyse - A favorite of the Muses (1830-1914)“ Exhibition at the Bavarian State Library

On the 100th Anniversary of the death of writer and Nobel Prize winner Paul Heyse, the Bavarian State Library shows the exhibition „Paul Heyse - A favorite of the Muses (1830-1914)“. The focus is on sources from Heyse's extensive estate preserved by our library. Exhibition runs from April 4 to June 22, 2014 and is free of charge. More than 170 titles by Paul Heyse are available online.

[21.03.2014]

„Paul Heyse - A favorite of the Muses (1830-1914)“ Exhibition at the Bavarian State Library

„Paul Heyse - A favorite of the Muses (1830-1914)“ Exhibition at the Bavarian State Library

On the 100th Anniversary of the death of writer and Nobel Prize winner Paul Heyse, the Bavarian State Library shows the exhibition „Paul Heyse - A favorite of the Muses (1830-1914)“. The focus is on sources from Heyse's extensive estate preserved by our library. Exhibition runs from April 4 to June 22, 2014 and is free of charge. More than 170 titles by Paul Heyse are available online.

[18.03.2014]

The World War I Collection of the Bavarian State Library

The World War I Collection of the Bavarian State Library

World War I, which broke out a hundred years ago, is nowadays subject to intense scientific research. The Bavarian State Library has a large collections of sources, research literature and digital media on this episode of history. Numerous works of the World War I Collection have already been digitized. A comprehensive overview of the holdings of BSB's holdings about the World War I can be found on the platform „Clio online“.

[14.03.2014]

Pericopes of Henry II digitized

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.

[13.03.2014]

Pericopes of Henry II digitized

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.

[12.03.2014]

Pericopes of Henry II digitized

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.

[06.03.2014]

Behind the scenes - Guided tour of the repository of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek

Behind the scenes - Guided tour of the repository of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek

Our guided tours (in German) offer a look behind the scenes: An informative tour of our repository gives you a personal experience of the dimensions of our institution and provides you with many interesting facts about our unique collections. The 2014 dates: 25 April, 27 June, 22 August, 24 October, 05 December, alway at 4 pm. Meeting point is the main stairway in the entrance hall. No registration necessary for individuals.

[05.03.2014]

Shutdown for maintenance work on March 4, 2014

On March 4, 2014 (Shrove Tuesday/"Faschingsdienstag") the Bavarian State Library will be closed to the public. Please note that due to maintenance work on this day, central services - among other things the OPACplus (research and ordering) and the E-media Access - will not be available. Access to our Digital Collections will generally be available this day, but might be affected too.

[21.02.2014]

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek presents: „Con moltissima passione“

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek presents: „Con moltissima passione“

In the presentation "con moltissima passione" the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek shows selected new monographs on the history of music of Italy from the special collection field and specialised information service on musicology. It takes place on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi in October 2013.

[04.03.2013]

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek presents: „Con moltissima passione“

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek presents: „Con moltissima passione“

In the presentation "con moltissima passione" the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek shows selected new monographs on the history of music of Italy from the special collection field and specialised information service on musicology. It takes place on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi in October 2013.

[26.02.2014]

Musical treasures of the Renaissance – Manuscripts and prints of works of Cipriano de Rore

Musical treasures of the Renaissance – Manuscripts and prints of works of Cipriano de Rore

On the occasion of the conference "Cipriano de Rore at the Crossroads" the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek presents from February 26 till March 21 manuscripts and prints of works of the composer Cipriano de Rore (1515/1516–1565) in the treasure vault.

[21.02.2014]

Annual report 2012

Annual report 2012

The annual report 2012 of the Bavarian State Library is available online (in German language only). It also reflects the public interest in the various services of the Munich Digitization Center. MDZ says thank you for 67.5 million page views and 799,040 PDF downloads in 2012.

[03.02.2014]

A new highlight in our Digital Collections: The Prayer Book of Emperor Maximilian I

A new highlight in our Digital Collections: The Prayer Book of Emperor Maximilian I

The Prayer Book of Emperor Maximilian I is a prayer book in Latin, which was printed 1514/15 in Augsburg in an edition of ten copies. The unique copy of the Bavarian State Library, containing illustrations by Albrecht Dürer and Lucas Cranach the Elder, has now been digitized.

[30.01.2013]

Maintenance Works on Tuesday, January 28

Due to maintenance work, this service will be temporarely unavailable between 11 am and 2 pm (CET) today.

[28.01.2013]

Maintenance Works on Tuesday, January 28

Maintenance Works on Tuesday, January 28

Due to maintenance work, this service will be temporarely unavailable between 11 am and 2 pm (CET) today.

[24.01.2013]

Maintenance Works on Tuesday, January 28

Maintenance Works on Tuesday, January 28

Due to maintenance work, this service will be temporarely unavailable between 11 am and 2 pm (CET) today.

[14.01.2013]

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek presents: „con moltissima passione“

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek presents: „con moltissima passione“

In the presentation "con moltissima passione" the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek shows selected new monographs on the history of music of Italy from the special collection field and specialised information service on musicology. The presentation has been arranged in the hallway in front of the reading room for music. It takes place on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi in October 2013, which prompted the publication of numerous new works.

[24.01.2013]

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek presents: „con moltissima passione“

In the presentation "con moltissima passione" the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek shows selected new monographs on the history of music of Italy from the special collection field and specialised information service on musicology. The presentation has been arranged in the hallway in front of the reading room for music. It takes place on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi in October 2013, which prompted the publication of numerous new works.

[16.01.2013]

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek presents: „con moltissima passione“

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek presents: „con moltissima passione“

In the presentation "con moltissima passione" the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek shows selected new monographs on the history of music of Italy from the special collection field and specialised information service on musicology. The presentation has been arranged in the hallway in front of the reading room for music. It takes place on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi in October 2013, which prompted the publication of numerous new works.

[13.01.2013]

1,15 Billion archived files

1,15 Billion archived files

In the year of 2013, the BSB had 209,880,000 files processed for long-term preservation. This represents an overall increase of 67 terabytes. The long-term preservation system currently comprises a total of 1.15 billion files resp. 512 terabytes.
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[07.01.2013]

1,15 Billion archived files

1,15 Billion archived files

In the year of 2013, the BSB had 209,880,000 files processed for long-term preservation. This represents an overall increase of 67 terabytes. The long-term preservation system currently comprises a total of 1.15 billion files resp. 512 terabytes.
Read more.

[06.01.2013]

7,589 digitised incunabulae available online

7,589 digitised incunabulae available online

With more than 20,000 copies of 9,756 editions, the collection of incunabula of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is not only Germany's largest collection, but, taking the number of copies as a measure, it is the most extensive collection of any library worldwide. From 2008 to 2013 one copy of every edition of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek was scanned and made available online within the framework of a digitization project funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. Currently, 7,589 titles are available online.

To avoid creating digital duplicates, editions were excluded that had already been digitised by other libraries. In addition, some copies could not be scanned for reasons of conservation. In the course of the past five years, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has thus digitised a quarter of all prints of the 15th century (the complete number of incunabula editions worldwide amounts to roughly 30.000). Among the best-known works there are the Gutenberg bible and Hartmann Schedel's illustrated personal copy of his world chronicle. The works have been catalogued in the OPACplus and in a special online catalogue for incunabula, BSB-Ink online.

[03.01.2013]

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