Current activities

© BSB/Cod.sin. 212

In the "Digital East Asia Collections", the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek presents digitized Chinese, Japanese and Korean manuscripts and printed works from its extensive holdings stemming from East Asia. The digital copies have been prepared in a digitization project supported by the German Research Foundation and in cooperation with Google. The web portal was relaunched on 1 February 2018.

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Ostlesesaal | © BSB/H.-R. Schulz

Due to reconstruction and remodelling measures, the East European, Oriental and Asian Reading Room will be closed as of 3 April 2017. We kindly ask you to use the other reading rooms of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek for the duration of the works, which will presumably take until the start of 2018.

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Im Uhrzeigersinn, links oben beginnend jeweils ein Band aus dem Kanjur, dem Tanjur, den Schatztexten und aus den gesammelten Werken von Tsongkhapa und Changkya Hutuktu Ngawang Choten | © BSB

The latest present to the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is of an extraordinary format and volume: a Tripitaka from Inner Mongolia, a 400-volume Buddhist canon in the Mongolian language. The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek thus holds the so far only copy of the new edition of the Mongolian Tripitaka in Germany.

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Birmanische Prachthandschrift aus dem 19. Jahrhundert, Geschenk an die Bayerische Staatsbibliothek | © BSB/S. Gottstein

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has been given a Burmese adorned manuscript from the 19th century as a present from a private holder. Palm leaves as writing material and the magnificent design indicate the Buddhist content of the manuscript.

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Konvolut von Palmblatthandschriften aus Sri Lanka und Birma | © Joachim Baader

Thanks to the generous financial support by the Association of Sponsors and Friends of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek expands its collections by a convolute of 30 rare palm-leaf manuscripts form Sri Lanka and Burma.

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New acquisitions