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© BSB/H.-R. Schulz

The Bayerische Staatsbibliothek reopens its research reading rooms as of Tuesday, May 5, 2020, in a limited way, subject to prior registration and in compliance with the respectively required hygiene measures. The Aventinus Reading Room, the Reading Room Music/ Maps/ Images, the Reading Room for Manuscripts and Rare Books and the East European, Oriental and Asian Reading Room will be opened (Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 17:00 in each case).

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© BSB/H.-R.Schulz

Even in a time of lockdown and social distancing, bavarikon continues offering the opportunity to experience art and culture without limitation! What is more – we are working on expanding our services continuously and are particularly pleased that we can now make available around 40,000 new content items for you in the extended collection "Books on Bavaria". This means that we have now exceeded the threshold of 300,000 digital copies!

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© Literaturportal Bayern

DigiLABS, the “Digitaler Literaturatlas von Bayerisch-Schwaben” has been launched online today. Being the only one of its kind within Germany, the digitization project provides a cartography of the literature landscape of the Bavarian part of Swabia. The places of activity of authors from the Bavarian-Swabian region, as well as historical sites of literature can be found marked on a digital map.

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Turnierbuch Wilhelms IV. von Bayern (1493 – 1550) | © BSB/bavarikon

bavarikon newly features around 190 lithographies. These are prints produced in the lithographic printing technique – a method developed in Munich, which revolutionised the reproduction of image materials.

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Hans VI. Tucher, Miniatur im Großen Tucherbuch, 1590 – 1606 | © Stadtarchiv Nürnberg/Inventarnummer: E29/III, 258, fol. 74r

Today, travellers have a wide range of information at their disposal, from conventional travel literature to experience reports on the Internet. But which media did travellers use in the late Middle Ages? Who was even able to travel? Pioneers of travel at that time were pilgrims. As a result, one of the most important German-language travel reports of this time is thanks to a Jerusalem pilgrim, Hans VI Tucher (1428 – 1491).

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