As a result of a programme evaluation, the DFG had subjected its library support programme to a fundamental structural change at the end of 2012: The joint system of special collection areas that had been well-coordinated for six decades was converted into a project funding scheme and replaced by "Fachinformationsdienste für die Wissenschaft" (specialised information services for scholarship and science, FID). After the failure of the conversion of the former special collection area of philosophy into a specialised information service in the year 2013, literature on philosophy was no longer collected comprehensively and centrally in Germany.
The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has now agreed to further expand its well-maintained philosophy collection with the support of the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation, to be able to satisfy the needs of cutting-edge research also in this discipline in the future. In addition to the funding in the amount of EUR 180,000 provided annually by the foundation, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek itself will continue spending EUR 100,000 out of its own budget for the collection annually.
The support by the foundation is based on the expectation that an appropriate public funding of the collection area of philosophy can be ensured again after the five-year period.
"The funding is at the same time intended to raise awareness that an appropriate successor system needs to be found for the joint system of the special collection areas," said Professor Dr. Heinrich Meier, Managing Director of the foundation.
"We are very grateful that the agreed generous funding by the Carl Friedrich von Siemens Foundation will make a decisive contribution to enabling the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek to do justice to the collection mandate in the field of philosophy in the interest of academic research and scholarship," stressed Director General Dr. Klaus Ceynowa.
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Founded in 1558 by Duke Albrecht V, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is an international research library of world renown. With over 10.3 million volumes, around 59,000 current journals in electronic and printed form and almost 131,000 manuscripts, the library ranks among the world's most important centers of knowledge and heritage institutions. With 1.2 million digitized works, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek holds the largest digital data stock of all German libraries. The library offers a broad range of services in the field of innovative digital use scenarios.