Current activities


Neuerwerbungen | © BSB/H.-R. Schulz

The services for recent acquisitions of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek have been technically and functionally modernized as of 1 July 2019. For the subject areas of historical and classical studies, music and Eastern Europe, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek now offers three new services on topical books and other new acquisitions forming part of its collections.

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© Gnomon Bibliographische Datenbank

With over 600,000 entries, the Gnomon Bibliographic Database is one of the most comprehensive and most renowned database systems for specialist literature from the overall field of classical studies, including the subject-specific history of scholarship and science. The new search interface of the database was launched online on 6 May 2019.

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The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has successfully submitted three requests for the continuation of the funding line "Fachinformationsdienste für die Wissenschaft" ("Specialised Information Services for Research and Scholarship") by the German Research Foundation (DFG). The library receives funds in the amount of EUR 7.4 million for the years 2019 to 2021. They will serve for the further expansion of the Specialised Information Services for Classical Studies, Historical Studies and Russian, East and Southeast European Studies.

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Aristoteles | © BSB/M. Müller

The international specialised bibliography on research on Aristotle offers over 50,000 relevant literature entries. It contains monographs, articles from journals and omnibus works, dissertations and reviews in European languages.

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Mosaik: Kaiser Justinian und Bischof Maximian mit Gefolge, San Vitale (Ravenna) | Lizenz CC BY-SA 2.0, Carole Radato, Quelle:

Constituting the single existing specialist bibliography for all disciplines of Byzantine studies, the Byzantine bibliography is an indispensable and unrivalled tool for all Byzantinists, historians, medievalists, theologians and Greek scholars. The data stock has now been made accessible online as well for the first time.

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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.