Bayerische Staatsbibliothek - Bavarian State Library

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East European, Oriental and Asian Reading Room:   09.00 – 12.30
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 For this purpose, historical documents and records of the time will be made publicly accessible.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.


The Interdisciplinary Research Network Digital Humanities in Berlin (if|DH|b) has presented the Berlin Digital Humanities Award for the first time. The award goes to outstanding and innovative DH projects in the Berlin area. The jury evaluated the innovative character, consistent usage of standards and normative data, as well as special efforts to ensure sustainable accessibility of the project results.

International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF), logo
Press Release

The International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) has set standards for providing digital images and presenting data on the Internet, which will serve both international research cooperation and the simplification of data provision on the Internet.

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Press Release

"Setting up a research network will put us in a position in the future to network the public agencies that are particularly involved in provenance research. This is an important step to ensure effective and efficient research in Bavaria of the history of objects of art and culture which where presumably stolen in the time of the NS regime, and to determine the rightful owners", explained Minister of Art Dr. Ludwig Spaenle in Munich today (18 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
Press Release

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.

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