Bayerische Staatsbibliothek - Bavarian State Library

Please keep in mind the limited opening hours in September:
Registration:   10.00 - 17.00
The library will be closed on 3 October 2014 (German Unification Day).
Due to urgent system maintenance works the following services will be unavailable from 3 October (00:00) to 6 October 2014 (approximately 10:00 AM):
order, reservation, extension, account features in the OPACplus (research remains possible), fee payment at the pay machines, issue and return desks (General Reading Room)

The "introductory course for new users" scheduled for this Thursday (2 October 2014, 5 PM) has to be cancelled unfortunately. The next date for the evening course is 6 November 2014, 5 PM. Alternatively, you are invited to join one of the weekly introductory courses taking place on Tuesdays at 3 PM.

Image element from the exhibition poster
Cabinet Exhibition

18 September - 7 November 2014
The works on exhibition are not only rare, some of them even one of a kind, they also convey a certain image of the culture of their time – a colourful kaleidoscope of life and culture in its fullness from the beginnings of book printing to the 21st century. The centuries-old tradition of collecting books has by no means collected dust. "There is always one more book", and the visitor is invited to take a stroll through daily life and culture since the invention of the letterpress.

Cultural Sociology of Mental Illness | Image source and copyright: Sage Publications
Digital Media

The interdisciplinary reference work on the cultural sociology of mental illness contains 400 articles by renowned experts in the field. Mental illness is illuminated from the non-clinical perspectives of sociology, history, psychology, epidemiology, economy, health policy and on the basis of the patients themselves.

Encyclopedia of Deception | Image source and copyright: Sage Publications
Digital Media

The "Encyclopedia of Deception" examines the forms of deception and lies from the perspectives of different disciplines, i.a. of social psychology, sociology, history, political science, ethnology, moral philosophy, theology, law, genealogy, evolutionary biology, philosophy.

Sigi Sommer (left) speaking to an unknown guest at a carnival event in Munich in 1955 (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek/ Fruhstorfer)
Subject Portals

Sigi Sommer (born on 23 August 1914 in Munich) works as a local beat reporter and sports commentator for the Süddeutsche Zeitung. In 1948, he writes features and causeries for the daily newspaper, and becomes a staff member of the newly founded newspaper Abendzeitung from the very first day. From 1948 to 1987 the Abendzeitung publishes his weekly column "Blasius der Spaziergänger" (Blasius the flaneur), which makes Sigi Sommer a sharp-sighted chronicler of his time and Munich's most popular journalist.

Brill Online Reference Works | Image source und copyright: Koninklijke Brill NV
Digital Media

With original contributions by important international scholars, the encyclopedia gives an in-depth insight into the historical development and the cultural influence of neo-Latin, which originated in Italian Renaissance and continues to exist until modern times. All aspects are examined, from literature and philosophy to law and sciences.

Bibliotheksforum Bayern, Issue 3 2014 - Detail of the cover

The journal Bibliotheksforum Bayern (BFB) contains specialised articles and news informing about all areas of public and academic librarianship in Bavaria, Germany and the world. In addition to the printed edition, the BFB will simultaneously be made available online free of charge.

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