Bayerische Staatsbibliothek - Bavarian State Library
Bibliotheksforum Bayern, cover image of the current issue

In the current issue of the journal Bibliotheksforum Bayern, two articles in the section "intercultural library work" are dedicated to the library services for refugees: "Empathy – library services for refugees" and "The 'Asylothek' – a social necessity: The library for refugees in Nuremberg".

Dr. Dorothea Sommer
Press Release

Dr. Dorothea Sommer, hitherto Director of the University and Regional Library of Saxony-Anhalt, has been Vice Director General of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek since 1 September.

The new app: First editions of German classics
Mobile App

With this app, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek makes more than 30 German-language first editions from its extensive collections available in digital form. We invite you to discover some masterpieces of German literature on your smart phone or tablet, in a form you have not known so far.

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Literature Search

As of August 2015, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek makes available an "OPACplus Volltexte beta" catalogue in addition to the OPACplus within the framework of a test phase. In the beta version of the full text catalogue, more than 360,000 titles from the holdings of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek can be searched in full text mode. The titles are digitised books and periodicals, predominantly from the 19th century.

Western front, German soldier 1916 | Image rights: German Federal Archive (Bundesarchiv), image 183-R05148 / unknown / CC-BY-SA 3.0
Subject Portals

The "Thematic Library on the First World War and the November Revolution" is a new service offer by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek for research and education, providing combined search of and access to the library's world-war collection started in 1914 and its comprehensive holdings of research literature on the world war and the subsequent time of revolution.

New musicology database
Digital Media

The database "Music Online: Classical Scores Library" contains a collection of music prints, music manuscripts and hitherto unpublished material from the 15th to the 20th century. It covers various genres of music, among them orchestral and chamber music, opera, songs, instrumental and choir music, as well as different types of scores.

Luther Bibles online launch
Digital Media

The year 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. "The times of Martin Luther will be brought to life again online. For this purpose, historical documents and records of the time will be made publicly accessible. Until the anniversary year, a total of around 120 exhibits in the cultural portal bavarikon will convey a comprehensive image of the Reformation, the counter-movements and the radical offshoots from present-day Bavaria back to around 1555.

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