Bayerische Staatsbibliothek - Bavarian State Library

Due to an event the East European, Oriental and Asian Reading Room
will be closed on 21 April 2015 at 4.30 PM.
Due to an event the Reading Room Music, Maps and Images
will be closed on 24. April 2015 at 12.30 PM.
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...?"

Cecilia Bartoli and Andrea Bocelli | Image source/ Copyright: Bayerische Staatsbibliothek / Image archive
Digital Media

In the database of the image archive of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek more than 140,000 images and views can be researched and ordered. The new version launched a short while ago presents a new user interface design and enhanced search options.

Bibliotheksforum Bayern – Detail from cover of issue 1, 2015

The issue no. 1, 2015 of the journal "Bibliotheksforum Bayern" is available online as of now. One main focus of the current issue is on the topic of "libraries and adult education centres".

Image source and copyright: Harmattan
Digital Media

French-language e-books from the publishing house Harmattan are available to the users of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek since 2014. The titles run the gamut of all areas of cultural studies. Current new publications will be added continually.

Jean Paul app, icon
Mobile App

Jean Paul is omnipresent also in the second year after the great jubilee. On the occasion of his 252nd birthday on 21 March, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek honours the Upper Franconian poet Johann Paul Friedrich Richter (1763-1825), known as Jean Paul, with a film complementing a mobile application for tablets and smart phones.

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