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Bayerische Staatsbibliothek closed from Tuesday, 17 March 2020, onwards

In accordance with the requirements of the Bavarian government, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is closed from Tuesday, 17 March 2020, onwards until further notice. This precaution is linked to SARS-CoV-2 (Coronavirus). We kindly ask for your understanding. The library's reading rooms, Plaza, exhibition and cafeteria have been closed since Saturday, 14 March 2020.
All online services of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek are still available. Ordering books and other physical items is currently not possible. Users will not be at a disadvantage if their loan period expires. While the library is closed, there will not be any new or additional overdue fines. Loans to the reading rooms that can not be collected while the library is closed will still be available in the reading rooms' collection areas for a suitable amount of time once the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is reopened.
All on-site events, guided tours and courses are cancelled until 31 May 2020.


Sir Francis Drake's last voyage (1595/96)Sir Francis Drake's last voyage (1595/96)

Sir Francis Drake's last voyage (1595/96)

The manuscript Cod.angl. 2 is one of the most important English manuscripts of the Bavarian State Library. Among writings and letters on English seafaring from the 16th and 17th century, it contains a journal of Sir Francis Drake's last voyage, covering the period from August 28, 1595 to May 20, 1596, describing the course of one of the ships of this expedition to the West Indies. On page 13v from January 28 is a note about the death of Sir Francis Drake. The manuscript is available in an annotated version via our IIIF-viewer.
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Virtual tour through the MDZ ScanningCenterVirtual tour through the MDZ ScanningCenter

Virtual tour through the MDZ ScanningCenter

In this five-minute film the MDZ provides an overview of digital production at the Bavarian State Library.


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