Bayerische Staatsbibliothek - Bavarian State Library

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Part-book viewer
Music Collection

Within the framework of the DFG-funded project "Printed sheet music of the 16th and 17th century with music for several voices in the BSB – digitisation and online availability", the Munich Digitization Centre has developed an innovative, special viewer that makes it possible for the first time to represent associated parts of a piece of sheet music in different screen segments at the same time. The new part-book viewer is selected by default for the digital copies forming part of the project.

iPhone app
Mobile App

On the occasion of this year's 150th anniversary of the accession to the throne of King Ludwig II, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek presents an extensive update of the popular and award-winning app "Ludwig II - Walking in the Footsteps of a Fairytale King". In addition to extensive content, offering a multimedia representation of the live and work of King Ludwig II, the iPhone app offers also fascinating augmented reality features providing a real-life experience of history by using high tech.

Copyright: Israelitische Kultusgemeinde München und Oberbayern / Image: BSB
Press Release

On Tuesday morning, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and the Israelitische Kultusgemeinde Munich have signed a contract for the preservation of the music manuscript "Gottesdienstliche Gesänge der Israeliten in Wien" (Synagogal songs of the Jews in Vienna) from the year 1832 in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. A further, very valuable document is thus added to the library's collection of music sources on synagogal music and its history.

Image element of the poster of the small cabinet exhibition
Small Cabinet Exhibition

1 July – 30 October 2014
Within the framework of the series "A Taste of the East"
Newspapers and other print products of different political and geographic provenance illustrate how the "crime of Sarajevo" (Reichspost, Vienna, 29 June 1914) was perceived in the days immediately after the assassination and during the subsequent weeks, and how it became apparent to the public of the European states that war was imminent.

Copyright: BSB/H.-R. Schulz
Press Release

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek will be supported by the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation also in the years 2015 and 2016, with EUR 400,000 annually for the acquisition of antiquarian prints. The Foundation has already supported the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek from 2012 to 2014 with funds in the amount of EUR 1.2 million.

Bibliotheksmagazin, issue 2 | 2014 – detail of cover

At the end of last year, the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation had obtained the American travel diaries of Alexander von Humboldt for the State Library – a purchase that was widely celebrated, and in particular by the Berlin State Library, as an "acquisition of a century". The natural scientist Alexander von Humboldt is considered as the "second discoverer of America" after Columbus – not least in central America and South America itself, where he has been idolized up to the present.

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Digital Media

The publishing house launches a new version of the database on 17 June 2014. Here is an extract from the announcement by the publishing house: "The SZ Library has a clearer, more modern and more well-arranged design: a fresh, consistent appearance of all interfaces – at the same time offering even greater comfort."

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