More space for studies and scholarship. Staatsbibliothek inaugurates modern learning and working area with 130 workplaces

400 square metres, 130 new workplaces, modern design and high quality of stay: On Thursday, 8 November 2018, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek inaugurates the new "Plaza" on the ground floor of the library building in Ludwigstrasse. The new space with a wide variety of workplace scenarios is the next step towards further improving services for the library users.

The "Plaza" offers open zones for group work, various individual workplaces for concentrated working and learning, so-called "carrels" for having an exchange in quieter surroundings and a lounge area for communication and recreation. The complete area of the "Plaza" is equipped with WLAN and fulfils the requirements of modern library design concepts.

Dr. Klaus Ceynowa, Director General of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek: "In the digital age in particular, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is strongly sought after as a place for learning, working and communicating. This involves both concentrated individual work in our frequently overcrowded reading rooms and group work and professional exchange. Our new "Plaza" has been custom-tailored for the latter purpose in particular."

Dr. Dorothea Sommer, Deputy Director General: "The new user area is designed to offer the visitors of the Staatsbibliothek a further attractive place to stay, where they feel inspired and welcome."

Setting up the "Plaza" is an important milestone in the continuous structural service improvement for the library's users. The completely refurbished East European, Oriental and Asian Reading Room of the Departments of Eastern Europe and Orient/ Asia with over 40 workplaces will presumably be re-opened already at the beginning of 2019.

Viewing opportunity for members of the press and media:
Thursday, 8 November 2018, 11:00

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Ludwigstr. 16, ground floor
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Press release for download
Press release  (PDF, 72 KB)  (in German)


Ulrike Rehusch
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
Press and Public Relations
Ludwigstr. 16, 80539 Munich
Phone:  +49 89 28638-2057


About the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek:
Founded in 1558 by Duke Albrecht V, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is an international research library of world renown. With more than 10.6 million volumes, around 58,000 current journals in electronic and printed form and almost 136,000 manuscripts, the library ranks among the world's most important centers of knowledge and heritage institutions. With more than 2.3 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.