Current activities


Classification search for classical studies, studies of history, musicology and eastern and south-eastern Europe | © BSB/ Public Relations

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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Examples for "Tables of contents and more" in the OPACplus/ BSB catalogue | © BSB

Around 1.2 million tables of contents, registers, blurbs, abstracts and more permit checking the content of scholarly book publications during your research in the OPACplus/ BSB catalogue already before ordering, and thus permit ordering the desired titles in a more targeted manner.

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Up to the end of 2019, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek offers registered users the opportunity to test online reference works of the scholarly publishing house Oxford University Press on a great variety of disciplines free of charge.

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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 Ancient 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 ancient 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.