Use and service
The majority of items belonging to the Bavarica collection of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek is kept in stacks that are not directly accessible. To obtain books and media for home loan, these items need to be searched and ordered using the OPACplus/ BSB catalogue.
For this purpose you need a reader pass which can be requested in person at the library's registration office.
Ordered media are available for collection after 2 to 3 working days on average. Those for home lending can be collected in the book collection area on the ground floor.
Please note that there are also parts of the collection which cannot be ordered for home loan. Works that are particularly valuable or worthy of protection – such as manuscripts and personal papers, old printed books, sheet music, maps and images forming part of the Bavarica holdings – are available for use exclusively in the respective reading rooms.
Aventinus Reading Room
The Aventinus Reading Room (2nd floor) is a special reading room for the subjects of history, works from and about Bavaria and classical studies. The reading room offers the most important reference works, monographs, periodicals and serials about Bavaria from all fields of specialisation for direct consultation.
Modified conditions of access to the reading rooms during the Corona pandemic
The number of available working places has been reduced due to the currently mandatory hygiene and distancing rules.
Therefore, prior reservation of a working place is required for every visit to the reading rooms.
Further information on booking a working place in a reading room
Reading Room for Manuscripts and Rare Books
The collections administrated by the Department of Manuscripts and Rare Books can be used exclusively in the department's reading room (non-lending collection).
Reading Room for Music/Maps/Images
The Reading Room for Music/Maps/Images offers 28 working places (currently reduced), the division of music provides a reference library with around 5,700 volumes, the division of maps and images offers a largely freely accessible reference library with around 3,800 volumes.
The recent-acquisitions service of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek provides the option to search for new acquisitions on Bavarian history of the past 12 months. The search can be limited to epochs and/ or individual topics. Further, if you subscribe to our recent acquisitions service, you will receive monthly information by e-mail.