Bayerische Staatsbibliothek - Bavarian State Library

The library will be closed on Thursday, 18 September 2014 due to an annual works outing. Only the following reading rooms will be opened (without services): General Reading Room (8.00 - 24.00), Periodicals Reading Room (9.00 - 21.00)
We apologize for any inconvenience.
Please keep in mind the limited opening hours in September:
Registration:   10.00 - 17.00
Cultural Sociology of Mental Illness | Image source and copyright: Sage Publications
Digital Media

The interdisciplinary reference work on the cultural sociology of mental illness contains 400 articles by renowned experts in the field. Mental illness is illuminated from the non-clinical perspectives of sociology, history, psychology, epidemiology, economy, health policy and on the basis of the patients themselves.

Encyclopedia of Deception | Image source and copyright: Sage Publications
Digital Media

The "Encyclopedia of Deception" examines the forms of deception and lies from the perspectives of different disciplines, i.a. of social psychology, sociology, history, political science, ethnology, moral philosophy, theology, law, genealogy, evolutionary biology, philosophy.

Sigi Sommer (left) speaking to an unknown guest at a carnival event in Munich in 1955 (Bayerische Staatsbibliothek/ Fruhstorfer)
Subject Portals

Sigi Sommer (born on 23 August 1914 in Munich) works as a local beat reporter and sports commentator for the Süddeutsche Zeitung. In 1948, he writes features and causeries for the daily newspaper, and becomes a staff member of the newly founded newspaper Abendzeitung from the very first day. From 1948 to 1987 the Abendzeitung publishes his weekly column "Blasius der Spaziergänger" (Blasius the flaneur), which makes Sigi Sommer a sharp-sighted chronicler of his time and Munich's most popular journalist.

Brill Online Reference Works | Image source und copyright: Koninklijke Brill NV
Digital Media

With original contributions by important international scholars, the encyclopedia gives an in-depth insight into the historical development and the cultural influence of neo-Latin, which originated in Italian Renaissance and continues to exist until modern times. All aspects are examined, from literature and philosophy to law and sciences.

Bibliotheksforum Bayern, Issue 3 2014 - Detail of the cover

The journal Bibliotheksforum Bayern (BFB) contains specialised articles and news informing about all areas of public and academic librarianship in Bavaria, Germany and the world. In addition to the printed edition, the BFB will simultaneously be made available online free of charge.

From: Regensburg (St. Emmeram) mensural codex - Clm 14274
Music Collection

The object of the "Music Treasures Consortium" of the Library of Congress is to offer online access to the most important music manuscripts and print materials from the collections of the most renowned music libraries for academic studies and research. Now also the metadata on 125 music manuscripts of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek have been made available on this platform.

b2i, logo
Press Release

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek took over the special collection field "book studies, library and information science" together with the associated subject portal b2i from the State and University Library of Göttingen in 2008 within the framework of the reassignment by the DFG. The special collection field was integrated in the acquisition, cataloguing and provision workflows of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek within a short period of time, and was fully operational from the start thanks to the library's existing structures of content administration and organisation.

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