Bayerische Staatsbibliothek - Bavarian State Library

The library will be closed on 1 November 2014 (All Saints’ Day).
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We are pleased to introduce our new printing devices and scanners with optimized software, which will be available as of 26 November 2014. On the two preceding days, 24 and 25 November 2014, the known scanners will be available in the anteroom of the General Reading Room.

Bibliotheksmagazin, detail of the cover of issue 3 | 2014

In cooperation with the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Berlin State Library - Prussian Cultural Heritage) the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek publishes the Bibliotheksmagazin for the interested public three times per year. It features interesting reports and news from the exciting world of the two large German universal libraries.

Sun Yat-sen Library of Guangdong Province, People's Republic of China

On 23 October 2014, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek signed a cooperation agreement with the Sun Yat-sen Library of Guangdong Province. Initiated by the partnership between the Free State of Bavaria and the Chinese province of Guangdong, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has been in contact with the Sun Yat-sen Library of Guangdong Province, located in the provincial capital Guangzhou, for a long time.

Josef Gabriel Rheinberger (1839-1901)
Cabinet Exhibition

Within the framework of the series "Musical Treasures"
1 October - 14 November 2014
Josef Gabriel Rheinberger was a central personality of the music culture in Munich in the final third of the 19th century. On the occasion of his 175th anniversary, the Department of Music of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has organized an exhibition in cooperation with the International Josef Gabriel Rheinberger Society and the Office of Culture of the Principality of Liechtenstein.

Bellifortis - BSB Clm 30150
Digital Media

On more than 300 pages, the "Bellifortis" by Konrad Kyeser shows military engineering from the perspective of the middle ages, including also the first known representation of a chastity belt. The work was crafted in Bohemia between 1402 and 1405.

Prayer book of Otto III | BSB Clm 30111
Digital Media

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has delivered further digital copies of unique books from its holdings to the World Digital Library, which are now presented online. The latest delivery comprises predominantly outstanding religious-liturgical manuscripts.

Unknown photographer, France, Etricourt - German foot soldier between damaged or destroyed buildings, black-and-white photograph, approximately between 1916 and 1918 (detail) | Image source: German Federal Archive, image 104-0608A, Creative Commons | License: CC-BY-SA
Digital Media

A freely accessible online encyclopedia compiled by historians from over fifty countries now offers information to everybody searching for current research results about the first world war.
( Live stream of the public launch on 08/10/2014 starting at 2:30 PM)

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