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Publications

"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.
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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.
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Tree Frog. [Photography]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest. http://quest.eb.com/#/search/149_2058552/1/149_2058552/cite
Digital Media

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.
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Preserve written cultural assets! An appeal from Weimar.
Announcement

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

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).
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Opening of a "Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies"
Announcement

On 3 November 2014, the grand opening took place of a "Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies" at the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. Dr. Klaus Ceynowa, Vice Director General of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, and Dr. Tseng Shu-hsien, Director General of the National Central Library of the Republic of China (Taiwan) signed a corresponding agreement in the presence of the representative of the Taipei mission in the Federal Republic of Germany, Agnes Hwa-Yue Chen.
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25th Bavarian Bibliothekstag at Rosenheim
Press Release

Press conference: 20 November 2014, 10 AM
"Libraries pay off": This is the motto of this year's librarians' conference organized by the Bavarian Library Association at the Kultur- und Kongresszentrum in Rosenheim from 20 to 21 November 2014 . For the first time in the history of this event, it takes place together with the Association Conference (Verbundkonferenz), the annual conference for academic libraries in Bavaria.
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