Bayerische Staatsbibliothek - Bavarian State Library

Due to an event the East European, Oriental and Asian Reading Room will be closed on 2 February 2015 at 3 PM.
Due to an event the library will be closed on 12 February 2015 at 5 PM. The General Reading Room will be closed all-day.
Newly digitised autographs
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Numerous valuable autographs have been added to the Digital Collections. Among them are letters by the philosopher Immanuel Kant, the two scientists Alexander and Wilhelm von Humboldt, the author E. T. A. Hoffmann, the "mysterious foundling" Kaspar Hauser, as well as the leader of the Tyrolean uprising of 1809, Andreas Hofer.

Exhibition "Worlds of Knowledge"" | Image source and copyright: BSB/H.-R. Schulz

Next date: 29 January 2015, 4.30 PM
On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the death of Hartmann Schedel, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has arranged a cabinet exhibition displaying the specimen of the chronicle which arrived in Munich already in the 16th century, together with the library of the Schedel family. The gradual growth of the collection is reconstructed by means of stages and events in Schedel's life. We cordially invite you to take part in the public guided tours of the exhibition (in German).

Image element from the poster of the cabinet exhibition
Cabinet Exhibition

7 January – 20 March 2015
From the series "Musical treasures of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek"
The cabinet exhibition shows musical artists' books and graphic scores from the time before the first world war up to the present. The scores represent the border area between art and music from different perspectives: Compositions which either originated in a mutual influence between an artist and a composer, which are based on a painting, or which represent a work of art themselves as a graphic score.

Image source and copyright: Allitera Verlag

"Can I give you my wish list?" These were the words of Thomas Mann, when he asked Emil Gratzl, the director of the acquisition department, for special conditions for borrowing books in 1928. This little exchange of letters can be found in a newly published volume, as well as the discussions about the new development of the library and archive building in the 1840s, the suitability of the construction site as a climbing frame tested by Ludwig Ganghofer as a young man, or the use of the middle aisle of the reading room as a catwalk that had been fashionable for a number of years.

View of the archive at Schott Music GmbH & Co. KG, Mainz | Photograph: Peter Andersen
Press Release

A group of buyers under the lead of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and the Culture Foundation of the German Länder has managed to purchase the historical archive of Schott publishers in Mainz. Numerous sponsors and the relevant research institutions supported the purchase of the archive in its entirety. The historical archive of the publishing house represents a unique national cultural good. No other archive of a German music publishing house of similar size and comprehensiveness is known.

Tree Frog. [Photography]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest.
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The image database contains around three million images, graphics and illustrations relating to all subject areas from more than 50 well-known sources, among them i.a. Getty Images, National Geographic Society, The Times Picture Archive, Natural History Museum, The Granger Collection, Oxford Scientific (OSF), Royal Geographic Society, Bridgeman Art Library and the National Portrait Gallery of London.

Preserve written cultural assets! An appeal from Weimar.

"The written tradition is increasingly jeopardized by neglect. A city charter, a baroque book, an old map, the photo album of an expatriate writer or a music manuscript are unique testimonials of our cultural history. We continue to need these originals, even if we have produced copies of them for the Internet."

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