Bayerische Staatsbibliothek - Bavarian State Library

The library will be closed on 24 and 25 May 2015 (Whitsuntide).
The order function in the OPACplus will be deactivated temporarily from 24 to 25 May (8 AM) for operational reasons (searches are possible). The online registration will not be available from 18 to 26 May 2015.
Benediction on the occasion of the new moon feast

15 May – 10 July 2015
On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of taking up diplomatic relations between Germany and Israel, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek shows a selection of new acquisitions forming part of its widely noticed collection of Hebrew works in cooperation with the Consulate General of Israel.

Statuette of the knight Saint George, Augsburg and Munich 1586-1597/ 1638-1641 | Image source: bavarikon
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Bavaria's royal crown, Dürer's self-portrait in a fur coat, the fairy-tale castles of Ludwig II, the Gutenberg Bible, Apian's cartographic tablets of Bavaria and more than 200,000 further objects have been presented within the framework of a new version of "bavarikon" since 11 May 2015. The technical infrastructure has been substantially improved in the thoroughly reviewed version launched on Monday by Bavaria's Minister of Science Dr. Ludwig Spaenle and Dr. Klaus Ceynowa, the Director General of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.

Watchtower B of the Dachau concentration camp, April 1945 | Image source: Literaturportal Bayern
Subject Portals

"Literature – even in contemplation of death? Why not?" wrote the Dutch author Nico Rost in his famous book "Goethe in Dachau". Writing was a perilous form of resistance in concentration camps, yet was frequently practised also by non-writers, as impressively documented by numerous prisoners' diaries.

Detail of the exhibition poster
Small Cabinet Exhibition

21 April – 31 August 2015
From the series "kOSTproben"
In the entrance area of the East European, Oriental and Asian Reading Room a small cabinet exhibition is organized on the topic of the genocide committed against the Armenians 100 years ago. As illustrated by the "kOSTprobe", these events were perceived in different degrees of intensity in the Ottoman empire and from a different perspective in the European press. However, there was hardly any doubt at the time that a complete people was being wiped out.

Digital copy of the manuscript
Eastern Europe

Dr. Ludwig Spaenle, Bavaria's Minister of Science, will return the earliest Polish Pontifical, the so-called Plock Pontifical, to the Catholic church in Poland in the middle of the coming week. In the presence of the Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna, State Minister Spaenle will hand the valuable historic manuscript to the Bishop of Plock, Piotr Libera, in the Polish foreign ministry.

Research documentation database for manuscripts and valuable early printed works
Digital Media

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has documented research on the collections of the Department of Manuscripts and Early Printed Books for more than half a century, in order to provide experts and the interested public with references to relevant secondary literature. This has taken place as comprehensively as possible for bound manuscripts (codices) and, where available, also for valuable old printed works and personal papers.

Cupola reading room in the northern courtyard, 1897
Cabinet Exhibition

1 April – 18 September 2015
The cabinet exhibition in front of the Reading Room Music, Maps and Images introduces plans, projects and perspectives concerning the building of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, which were abandoned or not realized as originally planned. You are cordially invited to try out the thought experiment of the imagined buildings, wondering: "What if...?"

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