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The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and the National Library of Kosova "Pjetër Bogdani" signed a cooperation agreement today, on Friday, 28 October 2022, in the presence of the Bavarian State Minister for Sciences, Research and the Arts, Markus Blume, the Kosovar Minister for Culture, Youth and Sports, Hajrulla Ҫeku, and the Kosovar Consul General in Munich, Afrim Nura. The agreement envisages a closer cooperation of the two institutions in numerous fields of library activities.

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The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has acquired the archive of the photographer Nikolai Molodovsky (1899 – 1986), which includes around 69,000 images. Nikolai Molodovsky documented everyday life in the Bavarian countryside during the time after the war, thereby creating impressive snapshots which frequently tell stories. The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek further expands its important Image Archive – the largest of its kind held by any German public-sector institution – by this unique collection of materials from Bavaria.

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The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has just provided online access to its 3-millionth digital copy. The library thus makes the majority of its copyright-free holdings and collections from many centuries available digitally to education, research and the broad public, with the greatest portion being retrievable at digitale-sammlungen.de. The number of three million digitized manuscripts, incunabula, rare printed works, books, newspaper issues, images and special materials corresponds to around 400 million image files, which are available online free of charge anywhere and at any given time. In terms of memory space for long-term archiving, this corresponds to over 1.1 petabytes.

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On 1 July 2022, Dr. Sascha Salatowsky assumed the office of Director of the Regional Library of Coburg as the successor of Dr. Silvia Pfister, who had been in this office since 2002.

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With its new virtual exhibition "Oktoberfest – History, backgrounds, highlights", bavarikon gets all fans of the "Wiesn" and everybody interested in culture and history in the mood for the 187th Munich Oktoberfest . The Internet portal of the Free State of Bavaria presents over 200 exhibits from twelve Bavarian cultural institutions, thus offering a unique digital stroll across the world’s largest fun fair – online at www.bavarikon.de/oktoberfest.

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Qalamos, the portal for manuscripts from Asian and African scriptural tradition, starts on 28 June 2022. The portal pools the metadata and digital copies of manuscripts from this area from over 20 German institutions and makes them publicly accessible together for the first time.

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As of next Monday, 2 May, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek extends the opening hours of its reading rooms, thereby surpassing its opening hours before the Covid pandemic. The successful reading-place reservation system will be maintained for all reading rooms.

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Since 2019, the State Libraries of Berlin and Munich, the University Library of Leipzig and the Herzog August Library Wolfenbüttel have been working on setting up the Germany-wide web portal handschriftenportal.de, which pools information on manuscripts from the Middle Ages and from modern times forming part of German collections, in a project funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The DFG has now approved further funding in the amount of almost five million Euros for a three-year continuation of this innovative endeavour, which is custom-fitted to the demands of researchers and collectors. The area of teaching and research Information Behavior of the Humboldt University in Berlin is a new member of the project group, whose involvement will ensure optimal usability of the newly developed portal.

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The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB) opens the photo exhibition "Olympic Games 72 in images. Photographs from the collections of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek" on 11 May 2022. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Olympic Games of 1972, the library takes a look back at the Games and their social, political and cultural dimensions. Most of the images, part of which has not been published before, are from photo collections acquired by the BSB only recently.

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The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek continues the indexing, digitization and setting up of an online presentation of the historical archive of the music publishing house B. Schott’s Söhne. The German Research Foundation (DFG) supports this second project phase with further funding in the amount of around 1.2 million Euro. The archive of the music publishing house seated in Mainz is considered unique among the preserved archives of publishing houses on account of its volume and comprehensiveness. It was entered in the German register of archives of national value (Länderverzeichnis national wertvoller Archive) in 2004.

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The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has successfully submitted three consecutive requests for the continuation of the funding line "Fachinformationsdienste für die Wissenschaft" ("Specialised Information Services for Research and Scholarship"; FID) by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The library receives funds in the amount of 8.6 million Euro for the years 2022 to 2024. They will serve for the further expansion of the Specialised Information Services for Classical Studies, Historical Studies and East, Central and Southeast European Studies.

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The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has acquired the photo archive of Volker Hinz (1947 – 2019), which includes around 1.3 million images. It comprises the entire photographic lifework of Volker Hinz for the weekly journal stern and numerous free works. With this outstanding document of photography in Germany, the library further expands its already extensive Image Archive, which is the largest of its kind held by any public-sector institution in Germany.

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The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is expanding its digital services again: With the provision of an additional over 361,000 newspaper pages, now a total of around 8.2 million newspaper pages are retrievable at digiPress. At the portal digiPress all digitized historical newspapers from the collection of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, of a wide variety of regions and languages, from the 17th to the 20th century, are presented centrally with a multitude of functions.

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The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has acquired the photo archive of Karsten de Riese, which includes around 390,000 images. With this important document of analogue photography in Germany in the second half of the 20th century, the library further expands its already extensive Image Archive, which is the largest of its kind held by any public-sector institution in Germany.

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The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB), Germany’s largest research and universal library, will migrate its library services to the cloud-based Alma® platform by Ex Libris. For almost 20 years, the BSB had used a local system that was becoming increasingly complex and meeting the limits of its performance capability. The transition to the cloud-based software as a service solution by Ex Libris, a company of the ProQuest group, is intended to significantly boost efficiency and user friendliness.

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The cultural portal bavarikon presents the virtual exhibition "König Ludwig II. von Bayern – Leben, Spuren, Mythos" ("King Ludwig II of Bavaria – Life, legacy, legend") including 150 objects from 12 Bavarian cultural institutions. Everybody interested in culture and all Ludwig fans can now walk in the footsteps of the fairytale king – online at the address www.bavarikon.de/ludwig2.

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The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek takes a further step towards normalising its library operations. The opening hours of the General Reading Room, so far strongly limited due to the Corona pandemic, are extended, the learning and working area "Plaza" is re-opened and also the Stabi Café opens its doors again for visitors. Further opening steps are scheduled as of Monday, 12 July 2021.

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The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has comprehensively updated and improved its digital core piece, the Digital Collections. At the address www.digitale-sammlungen.de, it has now been made even easier to search, browse, explore and admire around 2.7 million digitized titles from the holdings of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, as well as from the regional State Libraries of Augsburg, Bamberg, Regensburg and Passau.

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Users of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek can now reserve a working place in the General Reading Room by means of a smartphone app. The new "BSB-Leseplatzreservierung" ("BSB Reading Room Reservation") permits up to five bookings in advance and, among other things, provides a map with the option to reserve your favourite working place, as well as a break function. The app is now available free of charge for Android and iOS. The General Reading Room is re-opened on 16 March 2021.

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The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB) and the Saxon State and University Library Dresden (Sächsische Landesbibliothek – Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden; SLUB) have started the fourth phase of the Fachinformationsdienst (FID) Musikwissenschaft (Specialised Information Service for Musicology), a project subsidised by the German Research Foundation (DFG) since 2014 and now extended by a further three years. The funding volume of the 4th phase amounts to around EUR 2 million. The objective of the project is to make relevant information services for cutting-edge research in musicology available in Germany. In the course of the coming three years, the BSB and the SLUB will further expand their already established services, adding new, innovative services.

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The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB) preserves an extensive collection of most valuable manuscripts and printed works. A selection of 400 important works, which form part of the unique written cultural heritage of Bavaria, has now been made available online at the cultural portal bavarikon. The access to the cultural treasures has been designed to be particularly user-friendly for laypersons, giving an insight into the collection without requiring any prior knowledge. A large part of the manuscripts and printed books in addition has extensive descriptions in German and in English.

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The manuscript collection of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek records the addition of precious items: A total of three high-ranking German-language manuscripts of Bavarian origin could be acquired at the same time for the library from the antiquarian book trade. After conservatory treatment by the library’s own Institute of Conservation and cataloguing, they are now being digitized and will be made available for academic research subsequently.

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The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek complements its renowned collection by two very rare works of the Czech artist Josef Váchal (1884 – 1969): "Ďáblova zahrádka, aneb přírodopis strašidel" ("The devil's garden, or the natural history of spirits") of the year 1924 and "Šumava umírající a romantická" ("Bohemian Forest dying and romantical") of 1931. The two impressive, leather-bound folio volumes are illustrated with exquisite coloured wood engravings and rank among the absolute masterpieces of Czech modern art between the two world wars.

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In the course of the Bavaria-wide loosening of the measures taken due to the corona pandemic, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, which had to be closed completely on 17 March, has been re-opened and taken up its services again step by step. Since 25 May, the library has now been offering the majority of its services again.

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On 25 May 2020, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek reopens its successful photography exhibition "MUNICH. LOOK here!" for the public. Visitors can then view the 270 exhibits from the historical image archive of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek with certain limitations – up to and including 31 July 2020 at that.

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In the light of the current situation, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is directing its focus more strongly at its digital contents and optimizes its services for users. These services range from a simplified registration process to virtual exhibitions.

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From 6 March to 21 June 2020, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek shows the photographic exhibition "MUNICH. LOOK here! The Image Archive of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek". 250 historical images from the mid-19th century up to the 1970s invite visitors to go on an exciting journey through time in Munich and its surroundings. The extraordinary photographs are from well-known Munich photographers, such as Franz Hanfstaengl, Georg Fruhstorfer, Felicitas Timpe or Heinrich Hoffmann. The Image Archive of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, which manages the photographic legacies and image archives, offers a representative insight into the institution’s outstanding photograph collections.

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The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has received the personal papers of the composer Josef Anton Riedl (born in Munich in 1927, died in Murnau in 2016), including both his musical work and documentation of his life, as a donation by the family von Külmer, Christiane and Stefanie von Külmer. At the initiative of the musicologist Pia Steigerwald, who could be won by the heirs as curator of the personal papers, the Staatsbibliothek now preserves music manuscripts and reproductions of Riedl's own works. In addition, the collection includes his very extensive correspondence with renowned composers and international cultural institutions since the late 1940s. Film material, slides, photographs, manuscripts and an extensive collection of concert and event posters and program booklets of the time between the 1950s and the 2000s complement the collection and round it off.

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In the course of the coming three years, the German Research Foundation will fund the development of a union catalogue and of a portal "Orient-Digital" for oriental manuscripts. It is intended to establish common cataloguing standards, to convert printed catalogues into electronic ones and to pool all existing electronic catalogue entries. Under the direction of the Oriental Department of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, the Gotha Research Library, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Munich and the University Computation Center (URZ) Leipzig will be cooperating closely. Academic libraries in Germany host extensive and diverse collections of oriental manuscripts. These constitute an essential part of the written cultural heritage of the world and are of utmost importance as primary sources for various scholarly fields of specialisation.

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Within the framework of an event on 4 December 2019, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (BSB) has restituted 203 illegally acquired books from its holdings to the German Masonic Museum in Bayreuth in the presence of Minister of Sciences Bernd Sibler. The library thus continues its endeavours started in 2003 to return NS loot to its original owners or their heirs or legal successors.

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