Current activities


Webinare | © BSB/M. Fein

In time for the start of the second half of the year, the training team of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek presents the new webinar programme, and it has a lot to offer: The portfolio now covers almost 20 different topics, from the weekly introductory course for new users to special search tips, up to expert webinars for researchers from different fields of specialisation.

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Reihencover der „Millennium-Studien“ | © De Gruyter

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek supports the free digital access to specialist literature in the field of classical studies. It is planned to make the 85 already published volumes of the series "Millennium-Studien" (De Gruyter) freely accessible on the Internet. The ten new publications scheduled for publishing during the two-year project term (2021 – 2022) will be accessible in open access right from the time of publication.

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Fachsystematische Suche für Altertums-, Geschichts- und Musikwissenschaft sowie Ost- und Südosteuropastudien | © BSB/Öffentlichkeitsarbeit

The high-quality classificatory subject indexing can now also be used in the OPACplus for thematic searches for academic literature of the past two decades in the subject fields of classical studies, studies of history, musicology and eastern and south-eastern Europe. This constitutes a substantial enhancement of subject-related search possibilities.

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© Gnomon Bibliographische Datenbank

With over 630,000 entries, the "Gnomon Bibliographische Datenbank" is one of the most comprehensive and most renowned database systems for specialised literature from the overall field of classical studies, including the subject-specific history of scholarship and science. The migration of the database has now been concluded, a little more than one year after the online launch of the new search interface. Updated on a daily basis, Gnomon provides access to the recorded data which are also incorporated in PropylaeumSEARCH, the central search portal of the Specialised Information Service for Classical Studies.

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Sammlung Tusculum | © De Gruyter

Tusculum, near Rome, was the city where Cicero had his country house, which served as his retreat. Tusculum was considered the epitome of leisure and of valuable escapes from a demanding everyday life – and gave its name to the famous book series. The "Sammlung Tusculum" (collection Tusculum) is the most extensive book series on Greek and Latin literature in the German language area.

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Propylaeum blog

In the weblog of Propylaeum, the website of the specialised information service for classical studies operated by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and the University Library of Heidelberg, information is available about current activities of Propylaeum and inspiring classical-studies projects worldwide.


The SDI service my.propylaeum includes several services, providing you with the option of accessing classical-studies contents individually and in a manner that is custom-tailored to your interests and main fields of research. For example, you can receive information about the current new acquisitions of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Munich and the University Library of Heidelberg matching your research topics, about newly digitized historical research literature or new open-access publications on the publication platforms of Propylaeum. The services of my.propylaeum are expanded continuously.


Events also offers a calendar of events for the field of classical studies.

Projects and cooperations

Specialised Information Service for Classical Studies – Propylaeum

Within the framework of the DFG programme "Fachinformationsdienste für die Wissenschaft" ("specialised information services for scholarship and science"), the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has been developing its existing services into a joint specialised information service for classical studies in cooperation with the University Library of Heidelberg. The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek continues to be in charge of the subject areas of Byzantine studies, ancient history, classical philology, medieval and new Latin philology and prehistory and early history.

In tune with the academic field, the following areas will form particular focal points during the project term:

  • Provision of information resources
  • Enhancement of the subject-specific information infrastructure of Propylaeum/ PropylaeumSEARCH
  • Electronic publishing in open access – Propylaeum e-publishing
  • Sustainability for excellent specialist information
  • Linked Open Data – "Digital Classics"
  • Scholarly communication, public relations activities, marketing

For further information please visit the website of the project.

Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and Munich graduate school Distant Worlds intensify cooperation

On 23 August 2016, the graduate school Distant Worlds of the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich and the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek signed a cooperation agreement which will intensify their cooperation in the field of classical studies. The graduate school Distant Worlds has been supported by funds from the excellence initiative of the German Research Foundation (DFG) since 2012 and innovatively supports the research of young scholars. Through the cooperation agreement, they will, among other things, gain comprehensive access to the great variety of services offered by the specialised information service "classical studies" operated by the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek together with the University Library of Heidelberg.