Library services for musicological cutting-edge research subsidised with EUR 1.5 million

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB) and the Saxon State and University Library Dresden (Sächsische Landesbibliothek – Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden; SLUB) have started the second phase of the "Fachinformationsdienst Musikwissenschaft" (FID Musikwissenschaft, "Specialised Information Service for Musicology"), a three-year project subsidised by the German Research Foundation (DFG) with around EUR 1.5 million. The objective of the project is to make relevant information services for cutting-edge research in musicology available professionally in Germany.

In the course of the coming three years, the BSB and the SLUB will further expand the already existing services of the FID, adding new, innovative services. The two libraries will jointly develop further the Internationales Quellenlexikon der Musik (International Inventory of Musical Sources; RISM), which will be expanded by detailed descriptions of printed works from the field of music in addition to music manuscripts. The BSB will further expand the information portal "Virtuelle Fachbibliothek Musikwissenschaft" ("Virtual Library of Musicology",, ensure the long-term archiving of websites relevant for musicology and take on the challenges of optical music recognition (OMR). Comprehensive collection building for the subject of musicology will be continued in the tried and tested form by the BSB in the fields of conventional and electronic media as well. At the SLUB, a database will be developed for collecting performance documents, such as concert programmes, posters, etc., which will offer new perspectives for the academic discussion of the German and international concert business. The new range of services will also encompass a specialised repository in which musicological literature will be made available under open access conditions.

The continuing exchange with the specialist community will be ensured by an advisory committee consisting of 13 members from relevant institutions and associations. In addition to papers at conferences and journal articles, road shows are planned to raise potential users' awareness of the new service offer of the FID Musicology, where the project partners will visit musicological institutes to report on the services of the FID.

The support programme "Specialised information services for academic studies" started by the DFG in the year 2013 replaced the system of special collection areas. From 1949 to 2013, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek was in charge of the special collection area of musicology, receiving financial support from the DFG for the acquisition of printed sheet music and music literature. As of the year 2005, the funding for the special collection areas was complemented by funding for the development of the Virtual Library of Musicology (, a central information portal for musicology offering broad access to quality-tested specialist information.

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Jürgen Diet
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
Department of Music
Ludwigstr. 16, 80539 Munich
Phone:  +49 89 28638-2768

Dr. Barbara Wiermann
Saxon State and University Library Dresden
Department of Music
Zellescher Weg 18, 01069 Dresden
Phone:  +49 351 4677-561


About the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek:
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.

About the Saxon State and University Library Dresden:
The SLUB is one of the most highly efficient academic libraries in Germany. Its history goes back to 1556, the year of foundation of the electoral library in Dresden. The library serves the Technical University of Dresden, is the state library of Saxony and an important center of innovation and coordination of librarianship in Germany and Europe. The SLUB coordinates the digitization programme for science and culture of the Free State of Saxony, operates the Dresden Digitization Center (DDZ), one of the leading centers for mass digitization, and is strongly committed to the digitization and diversification of its information and communication services.