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East European, Oriental and Asian Reading Room | © BSB/H.-R. Schulz

After you have logged in on the web page of our booking system, you can now view and manage your bookings in a newly designed overview.

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Qalamos | SBB-PK CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

Qalamos, the portal for manuscripts from Asian and African scriptural tradition, starts on 28 June 2022. The portal pools the metadata and digital copies of manuscripts from this area from over 20 German institutions and makes them publicly accessible together for the first time.

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A recently acquired convolute of around 700 Tibetan manuscripts comes from Mongolia, which is influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. Against the background of the fact that Mongolia experienced a serious cultural setback during the time of communism up to 1990 and many monasteries, temples and Buddhist cultural goods were destroyed, the preservation of these manuscripts is noteworthy.

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Artistically painted Tibetan book cover, 15th/ 16th century | © BSB/ Public Relations

The collection of over 100 Tibetan book covers of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek has been expanded by a show-piece from the 15th/ 16th century. The artistically painted specimen shows the historical Buddha with his students and characters of Tibetan Buddhism.

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Oblique view of the three-dimensional profile of the Codex Aureus | © BSB/ Clm 14000

As a result of a four-year DFG project, an online database has now been made accessible on Western and Central-Asian adorned and luxurious book bindings and covers from the holdings of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek.

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New acquisitions