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.

Start of the Fantaisie op. 35 by Louis Spohr, 2 5207 | © BSB/ Sanu Pulimootil

Start of the Fantaisie op. 35 by Louis Spohr, 2 5207 | © BSB/ Sanu Pulimootil

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.

Complete press release  (in German)  (PDF, 75 KB)


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