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Institute of Book and Manuscript Conservation (IBR)

The IBR was established already in 1944 as a centre for the restoration of books damaged during the war. During the subsequent decades it developed into an internationally reputed institution testing and using new techniques and methods. The IBR is responsible for the material state of the valuable historical collections. Primarily manuscripts, early printed books, maps, autographs, but also a variety of other objects made of parchment, paper or leather, partly combined with wood, metal, and fabric are restored. The IBR's field of activities is not limited to the collections of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, but also encompasses those of other Bavarian state libraries.
In addition to the restoration of collections, the IBR also accompanies the setup of exhibitions and conducts practical research. Moreover, its counsel and expert opinions are rather sought after in Germany and abroad.