Due to an event, the Reading Room for Music, Maps and Images will be open for library users only as of 13:00 on 24 October 2018.

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The library will be closed on 1 November 2018 (All Saints' Day, statutory holiday).

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Due to renovation work, the Reading Room for Manuscripts and Rare Books will be closed from 8 to 14 November 2018.

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Databases

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Database Information System (DBIS) with around 2,800 databases on all areas of specialisation (for articles, biographies, statistics, images, maps, newspapers, encyclopaedias, etc.): Please determine which database is relevant for your topic/ your search. Out of the total offer, 2,300 databases are freely accessible and 500 are accessible with the BSB identification code.

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Catalogue OPACplus

OPACplus

BSB Catalogue with media of all types belonging to the collections of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (books, periodicals, newspapers, maps, sheet music, manuscripts or electronic media such as e-books, e-journals or databases  |  Articles & More, predominantly containing articles from e-journals and databases  |  Union Catalogue, predominantly with collections of libraries in Munich and Bavaria (with order option via interlibrary loan)

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Books

OPACplus

BSB Catalogue with media of all types belonging to the collections of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (books, periodicals, newspapers, maps, sheet music, manuscripts or electronic media such as e-books, e-journals or databases  |  Articles & More, predominantly containing articles from e-journals and databases  |  Union Catalogue, predominantly with collections of libraries in Munich and Bavaria (with order option via interlibrary loan)

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Journals

OPACplus

BSB Catalogue with media of all types belonging to the collections of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (books, periodicals, newspapers, maps, sheet music, manuscripts or electronic media such as e-books, e-journals or databases  |  Articles & More, predominantly containing articles from e-journals and databases  |  Union Catalogue, predominantly with collections of libraries in Munich and Bavaria (with order option via interlibrary loan)

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Newspapers

OPACplus

BSB Catalogue with media of all types belonging to the collections of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (books, periodicals, newspapers, maps, sheet music, manuscripts or electronic media such as e-books, e-journals or databases  |  Articles & More, predominantly containing articles from e-journals and databases  |  Union Catalogue, predominantly with collections of libraries in Munich and Bavaria (with order option via interlibrary loan)

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Databases

Databases – Browse by Subject

The overview of fields of specialisation in the Database Information System (DBIS): Proceeding from the overview of fields of specialisation, you can select the relevant databases. Important databases in the respective field are on top of the list as "TOP databases". 2,300 databases are freely accessible and 500 are accessible with the BSB identification code.

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Databases

Database list A-Z

The "alphabetical list" in the Database Information System (DBIS): The overview allows you to select the relevant database for your search. 2,300 databases are freely accessible and 500 are accessible with the BSB identification code.

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Books

Sammlung: E-Books

Proceeding from the overview of e-book platforms in the Database Information System (DBIS), you can select the matching database, e.g. ProQuest Ebook Central or SpringerLink, and then search for e-books in this database. A total of around one million licensed e-books are available. The BSB identification code is required.

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Books

Digital Collections

The digitized (historical) holdings of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, with an emphasis of works up the 19th century. Around one million e-books from all fields of specialisation are available in the Open Access format.

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Books

Karlsruher Virtueller Katalog

Book search engine listing several million media in catalogues worldwide. Read more...

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Books

Google Books

Google Books with several million e-books from all fields of knowledge: The service includes the collections of renowned libraries from all over the world. On the basis of agreements concluded with over 20,000 publishing houses, also their e-books are accessible via Google.

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Books

Gateway Bayern

Library and union catalogues and articles databases can be queried at the same time. The data are from the "B3Kat" (joint union catalogue of Bavaria, Berlin, Brandenburg), the licensed Primo-Central-Index, the "Bayerische Bibliographie", the "VD 16" and "VD 17" catalogues. Search tips

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Journals

Electronic Journals Library

The most comprehensive catalogue for electronic journals with around 86,900 titles from all fields of specialisation: 54,100 specialist journals are freely accessible in full text versions, 26,900 titles are accessible with the BSB identification code. The EZB does not permit searching for articles. Read more...

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Journals

Zeitschriftendatenbank

The largest database of the world for periodicals, newspapers, etc., with 1.8 million title entries in all languages and 15 million holdings records of German and Austrian libraries.

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Newspapers

Zeitschriftendatenbank

The largest database of the world for periodicals, newspapers, etc., with 1.8 million title entries in all languages and 15 million holdings records of German and Austrian libraries.

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Journals

SpringerLink

E-journals of the Springer publishing house: Around 1,500 electronic journals from all fields of specialisation are accessible as full-text versions (partly without the current years of publication). BSB identification code required.

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Journals

ScienceDirect

E-journals of the provider Elsevier: Around 2,800 electronic journals from all fields of specialisation are accessible as full-text versions (partly without the current years of publication). Focal points are on medicine and sciences among other fields. BSB identification code required.

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Journals

JSTOR

E-journals of the provider JSTOR, i.a. from the collections: Arts & Sciences, Business, Health Sciences, Language & Literature, Life Sciences, Mathematics & Statistics, Music. The respectively most recent years of publication are not accessible via JSTOR.
BSB identification code required (or access with FID identification for Music Collection).

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Images

Bildarchiv

The Image Archive of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has entries of over 220,000 individual images (around 150,000 together with the digitized image): Portraits from the 16th to the 20th century, views of cities and locations (particularly in Bavaria), historical photographs, etc.

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Images

Image-based Similarity Search

An image similarity search tool for searching over 43 million machine-identified images from manuscripts, early printed works and more from the 9th to the 20th century from the holdings of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek. Read more...

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Images

Britannica ImageQuest

Three million images, graphic representations and illustrations (at high resolution and with extensive metadata) on all topics from over 50 renowned sources, among them Getty Images, National Geographic Society. Read more...

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Images

Datenbank-Infosystem – Bilddatenbanken

An overview of around 250 image databases in the Database Information System (DBIS), from which the topically relevant collection of images and photographs can be selected. The databases are accessible either freely or with the BSB identification code.

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Newspapers

digiPress

The newspaper portal of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek currently offers access to around 340 digitized historical newspapers. The portal is expanded successively (it is intended to integrate around 1,000 predominantly Bavarian newspapers from the holdings of the BSB). digiPress help | E-tutorial

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Newspapers

Süddeutsche Zeitung

The issues of the Süddeutsche daily newspaper for Germany, Bavaria and Munich, including the issues for the individual administrative districts as of 1992, the supplement SZ-Magazin as of 1999, etc. BSB identification code required. FAQ and help

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Newspapers

Frankfurter Allgemeine

The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung as of 1993, Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung as of 1995 etc., as well as retro-digitized articles of the FAZ and its local news section (01/11/1949 – 31/12/1992). BSB identification code required (access possible exclusively in the library). Read more...

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Newspapers

Nexis

Articles from up-to-date (and past) issues of several thousand periodicals, journals and newspapers in full-text version, e.g. Der Spiegel, Die Welt, Die Zeit, The Guardian, The Independent, The New York Times, American Banker, El Pais, Le Monde. BSB identification code required. Read more...

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Newspapers

wiso/Presse

wiso database with full-text access to over 180 newspapers from Germany, Austria and Switzerland among other things. BSB identification code required. Read more...

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Maps

IKAR - Printed Maps before 1850

World maps and street plans of cities all around the world, topographic and topical maps, atlases, panoramas, bird's eye view maps, facsimiles and electronic resources, etc. – 265,000 publications with around 273,000 holdings records of the participating libraries. Read more...

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Manuscripts

OPACplus/ BSB Catalogue – Manuscripts

The BSB Catalogue with the type of media "manuscripts" being preset: In the online catalogue new acquisitions as of 2009 and all digitized manuscripts are registered, in addition also the total holdings of codex manuscripts and personal papers. Help

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Manuscripts

Digital Collections – Manuscripts

Already digitized collections of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek: medieval and modern-age manuscripts from all over the world, letters and autographs, music manuscripts.

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Manuscripts

Forschungsdokumentation Handschriften

References for secondary literature on manuscripts (90% of entries), personal papers, autographs, rare and valuable printed books (no music materials). Read more...

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Manuscripts

Manuscripta Mediaevalia

Data on over 90,000 Occidental manuscripts and manuscript fragments available primarily at German libraries.

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Manuscripts

Datenbank-Infosystem – Handschriftenkunde

Database Information System with the subject area "codicology" being preset: The databases relevant for your search can be selected from the overview. The databases can partly be accessed freely, and partly only with the BSB identification code.

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Manuscripts

BSB-CodIcon Online

Catalogue of the manuscripts of the collection group "Codices iconographici" – illuminated manuscripts of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek from the 15th to the 20th century – with the extended field of architectural manuscripts ArchIcon (under construction). Read more...

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Images

BSB-CodIcon Online

Catalogue of the manuscripts of the collection group "Codices iconographici" – illuminated manuscripts of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek from the 15th to the 20th century – with the extended field of architectural manuscripts ArchIcon (under construction). Read more...

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Manuscripts

Kalliope

National reference tool for personal papers, autographs and archives of publishing houses with individual entries from almost 450 institutions in the Federal Republic of Germany and from further registers of collections and personal estates. Read more...

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Manuscripts

Digital Collections – Modern papers/ autographs

Holdings of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek that have already been digitized: Personal papers and autographs of famous persons.

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Manuscripts

World Digital Library

Important digitized materials from a large number of countries and cultures around the world, among them manuscripts, maps, rare works, music recordings, films, printed books, photographs and architectural drawings.

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Maps

OPACplus/ BSB Catalogue – Maps

BSB catalogue with the media type "maps" being preset.

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Articles

OPACplus/ Aufsätze & mehr

"Articles & more" offers entries of articles from all fields of specialisation – from numerous (specialist) databases and e-journals, etc. – which can be queried simultaneously via a comprehensive index (Primo Central).

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Articles

Scopus

Multidisciplinary database for current research literature from the fields of sciences, technology, medicine and life sciences, social sciences, fine arts and humanities. BSB identification code required. Read more...

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Articles

Periodicals Index Online

Multidisciplinary articles database for humanities and social sciences: The search encompasses 4,800 periodicals from over 37 subject areas, from 1739 – 2000. BSB identification code required. Read more...

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Articles

IBZ Online

International bibliography of periodicals literature from the fields of humanities and social sciences: Journal articles from 11,500 journals as of the publication year 1983. BSB identification code required. Read more...

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Books

Schrettinger Catalogue

The "Alphabetischer Realkatalog", alphabetical classified catalogue (1501 – 1856), the oldest large alphabetical subject catalogue of the world, with around 84,000 titles from the old stocks of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (articles as well). The catalogue takes account of the subjects of historical science, philosophy, mathematics, sciences and medicine in particular. Register

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Books

ARK-Online

Register of the alphabetical subject catalogue 1501 – 1952: The subject catalogue is subdivided into three parts, a topographic part, a historical part and an art catalogue. On the subject of Bavaria, also articles were registered from 1916 to 1952.

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Articles

Google Scholar

Search engine by Google for journal articles and scholarly literature. Full texts are accessible partly freely and partly with the BSB identification code.

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Articles

Yewno

Novel discovery service for topical search in English-language digital texts: Yewno finds topics and concepts (search terms and their abstractions) with methods of machine learning and artificial intelligence. Read more...

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News

musiconn.kontrovers, Logo

A few days ago, musiconn.kontrovers has gone online, the new blog in the Specialised Information Service for Musicology. The blog is intended for discussing the core issues of the subject field in regular posts. We are looking forward to lively debate and your contributions!

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Bildausschnitt des Plakats zur Kabinettpräsentation | © BSB/Bildarchiv

1 October – 16 November 2018
Cabinet presentation of the Image Archive
The building of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in the Ludwigstrasse was completed 175 years ago and thus inaugurated in 1843 – after a construction period of eleven years. King Ludwig I had commissioned the architect Friedrich von Gärtner with this project already shortly after his accession to power.

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© HVB Stiftung Geldscheinsammlung

The September update has bavarikon vault over the quarter-million mark: Over 250,000 high-resolution digital copies and data sets have been made available online now. This demonstrates the success of the digitization campaign, which also involves smaller institutions in the Free State of Bavaria.

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Plakat zur Ausstellung „Gott, die Welt und Bayern“ | © BSB

Titled "Gott, die Welt und Bayern", the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek presents one hundred highlights of the ten regional State Libraries of Bavaria in its treasure vaults from 17 October 2018 to 7 July 2019. Up to 13 January 2019, the first part of the tripartite exhibition series shows valuable medieval manuscripts and printed works up to the time of the Reformation, among them the famous World Chronicle of Hartmann Schedel or the so-called "Lorscher Arzneibuch", which forms part of the UNESCO Memory of the World Register.

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